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Dear friends: On the passing of Roy Brubaker

Posted 6/18/2017 6:55pm by Debra Brubaker .

Dear friends of Village Acres Farm,

We are deeply saddened to relay that Roy Brubaker, beloved organic agriculture pioneer and the man who dreamed up and lived out what we call Village Acres Farm today, was killed in a tractor accident on Friday. We know that so many of you love him like family and found him to be an inspirational mentor and a dedicated community member. In his honor, we will be offering CSA this week, but please be patient with us over the coming weeks as we are overwhelmed with the grief of his absence from our farm. It will take some time to make the adjustments we'll need to make in order to manage without his unwavering commitment to a full day's work, every day, even in what he called "retirement", which simply meant a 12 hour day instead of 14.

Particularly for our core members, those who have been with our farm since the early days of our CSA, some 20 years now, we know this news is heartbreaking. We are with you. For those who did not have the opportunity to get to know Roy, just know this world is a better place for his having been in it. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out. Jackie will be handling CSA this week but we know you'll want to connect soon and we will try to be back to coming to CSA ourselves as soon as possible. We will be celebrating Roy's life on Saturday June 24th at a location to be determined in Mifflintown and then will open the farm to those who wish to come and visit and take a self-guided tour of the special places on the farm that particularly celebrate his life's work. Feel free to join us.

Warmly,

Debra, Hannah, Hope, Chandler, Owen and family

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