January 2006 Newsletter

LocalHarvest Newsletter
January 2006
Jan 25, 2006

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter!

If these long winter evenings are feeling a little too long, might we suggest spending a little time browsing through the LocalHarvest.org web site? We've gotten over 100 new member farms just since the new year, along with dozens of new catalog products, so there is always something new to see. The word on LH continues to spread among farmers and farm-based businesses, which is great news for all of us who care about buying local and supporting family farmers.

In this edition of our newsletter you'll find not one but two interviews with LocalHarvest farmers, plus Valentine's Day gift ideas, a look at our top-selling seeds from 2005, and a few words on our business model. Enjoy!

In This Issue

  • Sharing Life with Rare Sheep, and Loving It
  • Seeds: Now's the Time
  • Flax: The Surprise Top Seller of 2005
  • Valentine's Day: Just Three Weeks Away!
  • Do you like LocalHarvest.org? Consider a Contribution

  • Sharing Life with Rare Sheep, and Loving It

    How many of us could honestly say of our life work, "I'm addicted to what I'm doing, so I'm going to keep doing it no matter what." These are the enthusiastic words of Lisa Westervelt, from Cranberry Moon Farm in western Massachusetts. Westervelt raises rare breeds of sheep, spins wool, teaches classes, weaves, brokers wool for other farmers - and is taken with it all.

    Read on...

    Seeds: Now's the Time

    If you're like us, the best thing about January is the opportunity it affords to pore over seed catalogs and dream big for the coming garden season. Over the last three years, LocalHarvest.org has been fortunate enough to attract over a dozen seed growers who now sell their collections through our catalog. Seeds have become one of our top-selling items, largely because our farmers are offering such treasured and hard to find varieties.

    Read on...

    Flax: The Surprise Top Seller of 2005

    It seems like every magazine we pick up these days has an article about the health benefits of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. So perhaps we should not have been surprised to look at LocalHarvest's year end sales and find that flax seeds were one of our top selling products. We called Carmen Fernholz, LocalHarvest.org's flax seed provider, to find out more about his experience growing flax seed.

    Read on...

    Valentine's Day: Just Three Weeks Away!

    Got a sweetie? Trying to woo one? The LocalHarvest.org store has dozens of creative options for gifts that will catch your beloved’s eye this Valentine's Day. Check out some of our gift suggestions, or browse through the catalog to get your own ideas!

    Valentine's day gift ideas...

    Do you like LocalHarvest.org? Consider a Contribution

    We know you think that LocalHarvest.org is a site that's worth your attention – that's why you signed up for our newsletter. What you might not know is that we have what can only be considered a "unique" business model.

    We exist to support the growth of small scale farming and local markets. To that end, we charge our members as little as possible to participate in LocalHarvest.org. Joining the directory is free, and the fee for selling products through our catalog is nominal. While this policy serves our values very nicely, it creates a few stressors, mainly not having much of an advertising budget. We want to bring as much public attention as possible to our farmers, their products, and the issues they face.

    If you would like to make a financial contribution to help us promote LocalHarvest.org farmers, please click on the link below. And if you happen to have some marketing ideas you think we should try, please email Erin Barnett at erin@localharvest.org. Thanks so much for all your support!

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