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Spring Cleaning – Stripping the Coop!

Just a quick update for those new chicken moms! It’s important to do a deep clean of the coop at least twice a year. So in order to keep track my suggestion is to clean in the spring and fall…. Continue Reading →

2016 Harvest Summary

Picking up where we left off from our 2015 Summary. We are closing in on the end of another successful year. On September 18th we had our second farm to table tasting that was another great success. Since then I’ve… Continue Reading →

Garden Failures

Got back from vacation and had our biggest harvest ever! We pulled 24 lbs out of the garden today, more than half as tomatoes. But of course I’m focusing on the failures we’ve had in the past few weeks. As beginners… Continue Reading →

Installing a Drip Irrigation System

It has been really hot and dry lately in New England and water is becoming ever more important. The plants need more of it, and there is less to go around. Here is East Longmeadow they’ve just instituted a voluntary… Continue Reading →

Small Scale Farming

Incremental change is hard to see. Almost 2 years in and we are just starting to see the vision take shape of what we want to accomplish. There is still a ways to go, but to see how far we’ve… Continue Reading →

Harvest has Begun!

We’ve had some pretty great harvests so far. First being the head of lettuce we grew! Yes, THE head of lettuce. This beautiful head of lettuce was featured in our recent blog post talking about the importance of soil (Called… Continue Reading →

Chickens 3 Month Update

Our little ladies are just about 3 months old. I guess I shouldn’t say little anymore. They are fluffing up slowly just in time for…summer. Poor gals, all those extra feathers coming in for the hottest season. The first time… Continue Reading →

Ode to Spring

My goodness do I love Spring. That’s the gardener in me of course, the chef in me is cursing the season of very little output. We do however, have small salad greens, Sweet Cicely, Sorrel and herbs like Thyme, Oregano,… Continue Reading →

Bye Stumpy!

Last week we said goodbye to our dear odd-one-out Stumpy. Don’t worry he didn’t die!! It became pretty clear that Stumpy was in fact a rooster. Our chicken expert/farm liaison/aged manure supplier/blueberry provider Becky believes that most likely we ended… Continue Reading →

Spring Planting 2016

It is amazing how much can be accomplished in a year. The last check in was our 2015 Harvest Summary, and a lot has been done since the winter ended.  There has been some major spring planting that we want to highlight, to… Continue Reading →

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