Make it Your Farm

It was clear before we took the plunge that the farm is far too big for just the two of us.  Indeed, that is the point.  There is room for you, too.

We’re open to a wide range of agrarian dreams, and invite you to participate. Options include everything from moving in and share-cropping to dropping by once a year when your favorite berry is in season.

Our immediate plans are to take good care of our goats, who we hope will freshen in the spring and give us kids and milk. Larry will be making cheese again! Larry built a goat barn for them with the help of WWOOFers and friends. It has every advantage: made of used logs, appropriate loft for hay and greens with easy delivery to manger, food troth for alfalfa and grain (rare treats) which they can all eat from at once and which is not in a position to receive contaminants like manure.

We take a long walk in the woods with them usually twice a day so they can browse on blackberry leaves, sword ferns and grass. Or maybe they take us for the walk….

Larry is making plans for two greenhouses. I’m doing a contour map of the hillside to plan the arrangement of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, outdoor summer vegetables, etc. That area will have to be fenced against elk and deer. We’ll rotate cover crops between fruit crops, and have chicken tractors for pest control, eggs, and chicken meat. (Our hens are still in Nahcotta for the moment, pending building of the chicken tractor structures. See Joel Salatin for tractor  info.)

Those are the immediate goals, which do not begin to tap the food potential of the property.

Our goal is not necessarily to become ‘commercial farmers,’ per se, but to share lots of good eating with as many people as possible. That experience can include planting, harvesting, canning, wine and cider making, cheese production, bottle feeding goat babies, plucking chickens, selecting the fattest turkey, picking berries, mushrooms, cutting firewood…whatever you’d like to include. Especially Eating!

The current popular model is the CSA. Community Supported Agriculture is pre-paid participation in a farmer’s harvest, usually a box of vegetables efery week most of the year. Our CSA model seems to be evolving to offer a huge assortment, including (but not limited to) vegetables, fruits, forest products, seedlings, canned goods, eggs, meat, native plants, cheeses, wine, cider, game, herbs, boughs, lumber, firewood, spring water and farm adventures of many sorts.

To take advantage of any of these, we suggest, first of all, a visit. It’s a wonderful place.  If you’d like, we’ll keep you posted on what we’re planting, what’s ripe, how many kids we’re bottle feeding, when we’re canning applesauce or making pickles, when we’re anticipating an especially nice jam session or bonfire, etc., so you can plan a visit and participate for a few hours, or days, or whatever. We’ll try to keep a calendar which will allow you to plan your participation. Good meals are always included.

If it makes things work better, we can specify a price list eventually, and you can use your ‘CSA’ investment for any combination of goods and services which appeal to you.  You can do an annual pick-up, pool rides for seasonal veggies or fruit, and help us reinvent what it means to eat locally.

Please put us in touch with others who might be interested in participating on whatever level. 

There are also investment opportunities. We are in a good position to take advantage of wind, solar, and micro-hydro. We are very interested in establishing a commercial kitchen to facilitate value-added production for farmers in our valley, and to support special events at the farm. See our mission statement page for more on these ideas.

We welcome your encouraging words.

Sandy

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