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“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
--Ray Bradbury

“To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.”
--Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne: Essays

“When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.”
--Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker

“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
--Kurt Vonnegut

“Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.”
--Eugene O'Neill

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
--Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

“Censorship is advertising paid by the government.”
--Federico Fellini

“All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.”
--George Orwell, Why I Write

“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.”
--Bruce Coville

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
--Harry S. Truman

“If you can't say Fuck, you can't say, Fuck the government.”
--Lenny Bruce

“Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.”
--Charles Bukowski

"But the truth is, that when a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me."
--Mark Twain, Letter to Mrs. F. G. Whitmore, 7 February 1907

“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”
--John Morley

“We change people through conversation, not through censorship.”
--Jay-Z, Decoded

“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?”
--Frank Zappa

“The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.”
--Walt Whitman

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
--Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

"Life isn't stable. Stability is unnatural. The only stable society is the police state. You can have a free society or you can have a stable society. You can't have both. Take your choice. As for me, I'll choose a free, organic society over a rigid, artificial society any day."
--Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

Terra Incognita

"Celestial crops carry me home
These ancient technologies strengthen my bones
I know a place called love
No one bothered me there, no I was all alone

Will you join me?
Could you possibly be
The one I sought?
The one I fought for?

A place I'd be
Able to see clearly
The beginning and end
I want to begin."
--Bradford Cox

(Ed. note--6/2/12 If you are interested in the newly available Webster Groves Thursday CSA shares, please email at instead of using the sign-up form. All info is accurate (so please read it all) other than delivery info and season length, which will be determined based on interest as the market season wraps up. THANK YOU!) The beginning of each season on the farm brings a special kind of unknown hope. As with most endeavors, our minds are filled with images of past experiences. But if there is one certainty about farming in southern Illinois, it is that everything is uncertain. Consecutive years are rarely alike. Rainfall amounts and temperatures fluctuate, sometimes wildly, but isn't this what makes life interesting? It is why growing an increasing diversity of varieties is so vital on small produce farms. We just never know which fruits we will see in our minds, when looking back with wonder on the 2012 season.

Last year, we distributed 15 full shares worth of produce for 30 weeks, from April to November. We plan to expand our available memberships this year, including a few work shares, which will enable us to accomplish larger tasks that require many hands on a more regular basis.

There have been some changes regarding our season length (from 30 to 38 weeks) and the payment options to allow for more flexibility. We hope to send weekly newsletters via email that will include info on what you should expect for the week and other happenings at the farm.

We installed a 2,2oo sq. ft. high tunnel, giving us five times the growing space we had last year for season extension. We have fine tuned seed orders based on last year so that we were able to order larger quantities of the varieties that did well for us, and eliminate some that were disappointing. We have also increased the variety and amount of perennial crops available. Finally, we have increased to 175 laying hens, and will again raise chickens and turkeys for meat for interested members. These will again be 100% free range this year, as we have purchased portable electric net fencing that will be used in conjunction with mobile housing structures. While the meat is not part of the weekly CSA deliveries, we will be taking partial deposits so that you can reserve them in advance, and help us with part of the expenses.

Our first years offering a CSA have reinforced that there is no better approach than one that puts the producer and the buyer in direct contact. That is the idea at the root of the movement. Community Supported Agriculture “shareholders” purchase part of the season’s produce before it is even grown. This shifts some of the farm’s annual income to the winter and early spring, when the farm incurs most of its costs. The start-up money allows for investments, from seed and tool purchases to equipment repairs and upgrades. These components, and others, are as critical to the survival of the farm as the soil itself. By providing some income during this important time of the year, you help to balance the expenses and workload, which ultimately increases the productivity and sustainability of the farm.

What follows here is the detailed outline of our CSA. My hope is that we have addressed the main issues. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

Frontwards Farm 2012 CSA

The weekly cost of a Full Share for the 2012 season is $25.00. The season will run for 38 weeks, totaling $950.00. If you prefer a Half Share ($15.00), the seasonal cost is $570.00. A $100 deposit is required upon signing up, and the first payment is due by February 1. (Ed. note--6/2/12 If you are interested in the newly available Webster Groves Thursday CSA shares, please email at instead of using the sign-up form. THANK YOU!)(See the sign-up sheet for payment options.) In return for this early commitment to the farm, you will receive half to full bushel of 6-12 different veggies, fruits, & herbs per week, plus one dozen eggs. We encourage you to find someone to split a share with if you feel it will be more than you want.

We have had inquiries for shares to be donated to local charities, and we will offer a 10% discount to individuals or groups who wish to do this. Payment may be made according to the regular scheduled options, and the discount will be deducted from each payment. You may choose from Bethel A.M.E. Feed My Sheep, Good Samaritan Ministries, or The Women's Center, all in Carbondale, or the Union County Food Pantry in Anna, and we will make arrangements to deliver directly to the facility each week. We will also donate produce equivalent to 10% of our weekly sales.

Everything is grown in raised beds, using bio-intensive methods, without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, with the long term sustainability of our land in mind. Questions and comments regarding specific produce and practices are encouraged, as are farm visits.

What is expected of members?
Be Vocal--Feedback is always encouraged, as it is vital to the development of the farm. We want to know if you want more or less of a certain item, or a different variety or type of produce all together. We can’t improve if you don’t tell us how.

Be Flexible--Growing food is unpredictable. Every year brings variations in pest and climate pressures. A bad year for tomatoes may mean a bumper crop of peppers. Our search for the best method for growing the best varieties is met with success and failure.

Be Reliable- Timely payment is critical. Pick up your box as scheduled or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick up your share if you will be unable to. Shares can be donated to a local food pantry if you will be out of town for an extended period.

There are some things to think about when considering participation in CSA.
Among those:
--How do you like surprises? Each week the contents of your box will vary based on
the season. This not only allows us to enjoy the true bounty of our region, but keeps the menu interesting.
--Do you like to cook? There are many items that are best eaten raw, but we would not suggest eating others this way. Preparing meals presents a great opportunity for family time, and is the final step in bringing the food to your plate.
--Are you a creative cook? Some items may be new to your kitchen. This could lead to variations in favorite recipes or new ones all together. With the internet, a world of ideas and experiences is at your disposal, and if you are like us, experimenting a little will bring out the artist in you.
--Do you support local, sustainable agriculture? Your membership in our farm makes this a reality, and will hopefully be as rewarding for you as it is for us.

If you would like to become a member of Frontwards Farm C.S.A. for the 2012 season, please follow the link to our Sign-Up Sheet.

Any items of concern can be addressed in the comment section at the bottom of the sign-up form, or via email.

Thank you.