…and now for something completely different…
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
on the lake side.
The constant swish-swish of skis
On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
On a day long drive.
My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
Nothing of it.
Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.
Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
of marshmallow snow
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
This document was begun in 2000 with major revisions and expansions made in 2008.
Snakeroot Organic Farm
Farmers' Retirement Plan
Thinking about farm succession . . .
(A work in progress: 2008 Addendum)
Moving Farm Ownership
The Farm is in Two Parts.
One part of the farm is the business of the farm, its markets, its reputation, its buildings and equipment. The other part is the land itself. On more than
one occasion we have seen farmers build a farm with a recognized name at one location and then move to another location taking their farm name with them to
their new location. This is common practice for the farmers in the Journeyperson program at the MOFGA fairgrounds.
The legal ownership of these two parts becomes the core of the issue of moving farm ownership from the original farmers to the new group of farmers. At the
same time it seems prudent to put the ownership of both aspects of the farm into the hands of an entity that transcends the individuals involved, partly
for liability reasons, and partly to avoid having to invent yet another process to deal with further expansion or transition of the farm in future.
At present (Spring 2008) we are considering forming an LLC, whose members will be the farm partners. Additionally we are looking into opening bank account
for the farm separate from any of our invividual accounts. (Currently the farm is operated out of Lois's and Tom's personal checkbooks.)
[ to be continued . . .]