Resource conservation takes multiple forms on a small family farm. One example is how your farmers start the majority of the vegetable plants—frequently from organic seed—in our own greenhouse. Starting our own plants involves a great deal of labor, but the process also conserves the financial resources of Cane Creek Asparagus & Company.
I am happy to tell anyone who asks Robert is the true farmer in this couple! I handle all of the web site content, the CSA Newsletters, the CSA Member communication, packing and delivering the CSA Boxes as required, the bookkeeping, marketing, and I transplant all of the seedlings in the greenhouse. Farmer Robert determines which vegetable varieties we will be growing, orders the seeds, and plants the seedbeds. When the seedlings are nurtured to the proper size for transplanting into peat pots, I do the transplanting.
And when the seedlings are nurtured to the proper size for transplanting into the gardens, Robert handles this aspect as well as the irrigation and care of the plants in the gardens or fields where the produce grows. Before I know it, he is “magically” bringing me truckloads of vegetables to pack into our weekly CSA Boxes and deliver to our CSA Members at our convenient Asheville, Biltmore, Arden, Fairview and other Buncombe locations!
I say magically, because despite the fact I do understand how a plant biologically produces flowers, seeds, and vegetables, it still is a magical process to me! There are so many factors along the way which could prevent a single, miniscule seed from sprouting into a plant and then from becoming a plant which actually produces vegetables to eat that I cannot but help see magic in the farming process.
Our Cane Creek Asparagus & Company greenhouse is maintained by an individual I lovingly call Spiderman. When exhaust fans need to be repaired, a window pane replaced, or a seal repaired, it takes special equipment to move around three stories up on the glass rooftop of our greenhouse. Our Super Hero is Bill Kater of Pool Enclosures, Inc.
Bill has been doing our dangerous work for many years. His technical services are in demand nationwide, but he is never too busy to help out your local CSA Farmers! If ever you need a sunroom, bay window extension, skylight install or repair, humidification issues address, canopy, retractable awning, or a pool enclosure, this is someone we can highly recommend for the Buncombe and Henderson County and greater Asheville area.