Genuine Faux Farm
Tom Sawyer Days at the Farm
We're really not sure if we should let you do this work. Honest, we really think we should do it ourselves.
Well, ok, if you REALLY want to do some of this work.
Come to a Tom Sawyer Day!
What is a Tom Sawyer Day?
Tom Sawyer Days are scheduled events at the farm where we invite interested persons to come work on the farm for part of a day.
We know from our own experience that it is, for some reason, relaxing to work for someone else for a short while. Why? Well, you don't have to make decisions, you know it will end...and you get to try something different from what you are used to doing!
Many Farm Share CSA members who have attended a Tom Sawyer Day have found a new appreciation for the food they receive through the CSA or purchase at market. Others have commented that they feel like they are more integrated into the CSA community. We have also received the comment that share holders find it to be a positive part of investing further in the farm and its principles.
Other persons who are not involved in the Farm Share program are invited to join us as well. If you want to get some idea of how a small, diverse farm that provides local food works, here is a good chance to get a feeling for where food comes from.
Once the day is announced, we ask persons who intend to participate to RSVP their intentions to us. It is important that we know WHO and HOW MANY are coming so we can provide appropriate tasks to all participants. Please remember, putting together any event requires planning and effort. Surprises can make the entire event less enjoyable for everyone involved.
You may show up at any point during the Tom Sawyer Day schedule. If the schedule calls for work from 3pm to 6 pm, you can arrive at 5pm and be just as welcome as those who arrive at 3pm. Just let us know what you are planning.
Please wear appropriate clothing. Bring gloves. Use sunscreen!
And remember, these are workdays, they are not festivals.
Tasks will vary depending on who shows up and the time of year. Weeding is frequently a necessary task, but we have done some of each of the following at TSD's:
We try to find something that everyone can do, including children with a parent's supervision.
Food - the June TSD experiment:
We have had groups come and work on the farm and then have a meal after the work. We would like to experiment with a potluck with those who come to do work on the farm during this Tom Sawyer Day. Depending on attendance we will provide some or all of the food. We want to keep the food part low key so that the focus on appreciation for the work that was completed.
TSD then Festival - the July and September experiment:
You might note that we have a Tom Sawyer Day scheduled now just prior to two of our festivals! We are hoping that some will find the single date to be an attraction. You can work for a while at the farm and then enjoy a potluck and games afterward. We would appreciate some helpers attending the TSD with the intent of helping us to set up for the Festival itself. If we have enough volunteers, it would also be nice to have helpers do a little work in the fields. We always want our farm looking its best for festivals, so extra hands to clean up whatever messes we find most irritating would also be a good thing.
background photo copyright by L.E.Bartel