farewell brooke!

May 29th, 2013 by caitlyn

I have some big news to report: as of next week, Brooke — my partner in crime, my other farming half — will be moving on to new adventures. She’ll be leaving the farm and San Francisco for good and relocating to Orcas Island, WA to try on a smaller-town lifestyle. She’ll raise lambs, work on some building projects, continue on with her illustration work, and dig her roots into a new home. I will miss her dearly!! It’s not often you get to work so closely, day in and day out, with an inspiring, energizing, thoughtful, communicative, wise lady like her. I’ve been so lucky. We’ve done so much together.

But, after Brooke harvests her last bit of kale and says goodbye to the dahlias, the farm will go on. Little City Gardens still has a lot of life left in it, and a lot of untapped potential. Even after three years of working hard and growing this farm, I still look around and feel that we’ve only barely begun.

For now, I will continue to run the farm part-time with the help of a small but solid crew of farm helpers. We’ll continue our weekly sales to restaurants, and beginning early summer we’ll experiment with a new venue as well (stay tuned). I don’t yet know what kind of long term farm collaborations or partnerships will take shape for the future, but I’m keeping an open mind and I’m excited to take this opportunity to reorient my own goals, shake things up a bit, and after I get my bearings, revisit larger visions for this project. I know we say this all the time but: there’s still so much work to do.

There are a few unfinished projects that Brooke and I still have plans to complete together from afar– a second issue of our zine, an economic summary of the farm’s first three years of operations, etc — so our collaborations are not quite done. In fact, I’m sure her and I will find time and space for other new collaborations in the future, whatever those may be. But for now, I send Brooke off with the deepest amount of love and admiration. I’ll take our farm to new heights, B! I’ll take good care of it.

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