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A Moon Roots

A Moon Roots

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One of the best ways to learn is to read important works in the field. But no matter how much time we spend in our favorite books, all we tend to achieve, day after day, is learning how to become more like the people we read about. There's only so much information the human brain can retain, and the best way to learn is to be immersed in it.From December to March, Winter Moon offers premium quality, organic carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, and radishes. Winter Moon's goal is to minimize its carbon foot print. The farm's storage facility requires minimal electricity and that which it does use, is provided for 100% by solar power. Winter Moon also delivers over 25,000 lbs of roots each year by bicycle. Produce is available at Northampton winter farmers' market as well as River Valley Co-op, Green Fields Market, Serio's Market, and Whole Foods. Also at area restaurants including Paul and Elizabeth, Hope and Olive, Magpie and Hearty Eats.

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Though Winter Moon has just completed its third season, Docter has been farming in the Valley for several decades. In the early 1990s he founded the Food Bank Farm, which pioneered the concept that organizations supplying food to families in need could produce some of that food themselves. From 1991 to 2009, the Food Bank Farm in Hadley raised organic crops that supported 700 CSA shares, feeding approximately 1,200 local households. In addition, each year more than 200,000 pounds of vegetables were donated via the Food Bank to food pantries throughout the region. Winter Moon Roots started in 2008 when Michael Docter left the Food Bank Farm. We set out to fulfill a mission to provide local organic produce while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. Winter Moon’s storage facility is designed to use the least refrigeration possible. It relies on a computerized fan and venting system that brings in cold winter air rather than energy-intensive conventional refrigerants. This means that instead of a conventional cooler we are using the night air to keep the roots at an ideal temperature most of the time. The exception is when winter night air goes above freezing for several days. Then we kick in back up refrigeration if we have to.

Food is the medium that connects us all. We desire to share wholesome, healing food that doesn’t cost a fortune and harm the planet, that feeds our souls and interconnects us to this land and time and place. We empower each other to look deeper at our choices, our habits, how we live and work, to understand the stories of our current era. We seek to create moments beyond societal constraints, to explore truth together. We support and protect younger generations and older traditions, honouring the ways of our ancestors and embracing those of the future by fully living together in the now CISA honors Michael Docter for his commitment to innovation and renewable energy, leadership in organic farming and mentoring new farmers, and making farm-fresh food available to the entire community. Docter has been a leader in building the local food system we now enjoy in the Valley. (Source: guide.farmfreshri.org)

 

 

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