Oct. 17th, 2013

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I don't know where to start telling you about Eastleigh Farm. I started doing the Cape Ann Fresh Catch fish share there three winters ago. The people have aleays been great, the atmosphere is just wonderful, cows, animals, hard working nice folks, who really care about the farm, and the animals, and anyone who expresses an interest. Talis started milking there this summer, four morning milkings a week (and sometimes more, if they needed her), getting paid in milk adn ice cream. She was good enough that Cindy, the barn manager, gave her her own lime of cows after about three days. Cindy says Talis is a natural. When T was driving home from camp on the West coast, Cindy would ask me when her girl was coming back... she missed her. Having someone who was passionate about the cows and her job is, I guess, uncommon these days.

There is a wonderful video of the cows, and Georgette Jowdy talking about the farm here

So, Eastleigh is in some financial trouble. There is a foreclosure auction next Wednesday, October 23. I have been reading articles in the local-to-Framingham paper and the related articles linked from that one, and all I can tell is that they have a mortgage of $30,000 per month, and the town has rejected buying the development rights (I think they say it is too expensive... ) and is waiting to see if the farm can gain a conservation restriction...

Talis would love to buy the farm, run it differently, add more educational aspects... However... Donations can be made to: Eastleigh Farm Education Trust, 1084 Grove Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Talisu says I should be praying for a major miracle to save Eastleigh Farm http://www.eastleighfarm.com/ from foreclosure next week. Donate what you can; this is the closest large farm to Boston, and it would be a shame for it to go to real estate. Make it a non-profit, learning center with a working raw milk dairy farm...

I wish I had the hutzpah to raise some unknown large amount of money.

I have other thoughts about the last Thursday farm day of Heirloom Harvest 2013 season. Garlic planting is this Saturday, and the final pick-up is Sunday. Then the farm goes to bed for the winter.

But it is late, and I have a full day tomorrow, so, good night, all. Please pray for our farm, and the cows. It is very sad just thinking about them.

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