This year we’ve had a few requests to make our annual “A Year at Curbstone Valley Farm” calendar available a little earlier than usual, to allow plenty of time for shipping before the holidays. So here it is! We now have the proofs in hand, and are very happy with how this year’s calendar has turned out.
The calendar is something we put together for ourselves. It’s fun each year to look back on pictures from the farm the previous year, rather than stare at a generic wall calendar. We use a print-on-demand service, so our calendars are simply printed as they are ordered, making it easy for us to offer copies to anyone that would like one.
We had a few technical difficulties assembling this year’s calendar, as the farm’s main computer recently had a major meltdown. Our priority was salvaging data, but the entire operating system, and all the software we use had to be reinstalled before we could finalize the proofs. I had hoped to have the calendar available over a week ago, but needless to say we got a little sidetracked.
This type of unpredictable digital behavior is exactly why I continue, even in the 21st Century, to rely on pencil and paper for keeping our schedule on track. Don’t get me wrong, I use computers every day, and they once were my livelihood, I just don’t trust them. Computers, tablets, and smart phones can, and often do, fail. Hard drives crash, digital synapses implode, and bits are subsequently scattered across the digital ether with little to no warning. In other words, I often find them to be wholly unreliable. It’s one thing for the computer to be offline for 3 or 4 days, but that’s not an option for the farm!
Thus far though, pencil and paper has yet to fail me…unless of course I forget to write something down in the first place…ahem!
For the calendar this year, we’ve chosen to stay with the same layout as we have the last two years. It’s a large-format twelve month calendar, printed on gloss-white paper, and spiral bound, with a hole for hanging, at the top. Each month is a full page measuring 13.5 x 19 inches tall.
The consensus was to stick with the multi-image format that we used last year, so again for 2013 there are three of our favorite photographs from the blog to highlight each month.
There’s plenty of room to write important dates, and events, and the major US holidays are noted throughout the year.
The print-on-demand company needs approximately one week to fill orders (US domestic), and does ship internationally, but may need a little more lead time to complete international orders, so order early! If you’d prefer the calendar be formatted with international dates of interest for where you are (Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, France), contact us directly and we’ll try to make that available for you.
Of course, this year the most noteworthy event on the farm was the arrival of our first dairy goats, Lotus and Minnie. As we mentioned previously the girls made the cover, and are also featured in March, as kids, and again in September, all grown up!
It’s not all about the goats though, as there are also photographs of the gardens, honey bees, native bees, poultry, and native plants. For a full online preview, click through the forward and back buttons at the bottom of the box below. You can also preview in full screen mode:
Our 2012 Calendar was very well used this year, and helped us keep the barn building and tomato grafting on track. Hopefully this edition will keep us organized next year too, as we have no end of projects left to complete!
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Each calendar is $28 (US), plus shipping.
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