Busy Farm Week
What a busy week at the farm. It got even busier when Farmer Paul threw out his back and was laid up for four days (and still counting). Thank you to all who emailed and sent get-well wishes to the immobile Farmer Paul, nothing could have raised his spirits better than your greetings.
What the week really pointed out were two things:
- The amazing crew that makes JenEhr happen. When Farmer Paul went down, the crew picked up the pieces. They worked extra hours, more thoroughly coordinated the work and made it easier for us to fill CSA shares, have full farmers’ market stands and make sure that wholesale orders were ready to go out the door on time. It was insightful to watch Farmer Paul go from a physically active, hands on farm manager to someone who had to manage through written communication, cell phone and finally 10 minutes every hour in the packshed.
- When a key member of the farm is unable to carry on as usual, it points out all the weaknesses in our systems. When not in pain, Paul saw how jobs that could have been delegated earlier in the season came to haunt him. How too many critical jobs are dependent on only one person can be a weakness for the whole farm.
The farm runs tight, and this fall labor has been tighter than usual, making Farmer Paul’s absence more of a loss than it might have been if we had enough staff. Finding staff to work the farm is extremely difficult. It is hard work t