Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 17, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Well, we can hardly believe it, but our summer vegetables CSA season once again is coming to an end – this is the final week!  We hope you’ve had a wonderful CSA experience with us:  that you’ve eaten very well;  that we’ve introduced you to some new vegetable favorites;  and that you’ve tasted Iowa summer in every scallion and tomato.  Thank you very much again for investing and partnering with us in our CSA program.  We’re grateful for your commitment to our dual missions of chemical-free, sustainable farming and providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  We truly couldn’t do it without you!

A few updates and reminders about other shares types –

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March for Medicaid – Tuesday, Nov. 6

You may not know, but Raccoon Forks microbusinesses are a part of Optimae LifeServices and one of our main missions is to employ individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who otherwise struggle to find work. We provide them with coaching to give them the needed skills to succeed and sometimes move onto employment elsewhere. This vulnerable population has seen cuts to vital medical and social services due to the inception of Medicaid managed care and we need Iowans to step up to the plate. That’s why we want to get the word out about the #MarchforMedicaid, hosted by the Bright Radical Star Fund, happening Election Day (November 6), in which Iowans are being encouraged to cast their ballots and elect leaders who will make changes to the state’s broken Medicaid system. You can find out more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/171755163707077/.

Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 9, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

We feel as though we’re always writing to you about the weather, this year – but the weather’s been so…robust! and so present! Even as we write this! Have you had enough rain? Are you growing gills and fins, yet? We feel as though we are!

In happier “wether” news, we have two beautiful new goats! One is a buck, and one is a wether – a castrated male goat. We want to expand our herd, and we’ll be breeding our goats next week. We already had one buck, and we’ll pair him with our mature ewes. We purchased the new buck to expand the herd’s genetics – we’ll breed him with our doelings (young female goats). Next year, you can expect to hear that we’ve sold a buck or two and acquired new ones, to keep our genetic pool growing!

Wether on the left, buck on the right

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