Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

The creation of Earth Day in 1970 is somewhat akin to a corporation producing a new site of ethics guidelines.  It is less the formalization of a spontaneous celebration and more the result of a culture acknowledging the reaching of some dystopian-predicting threshold.   Whether we have avoided those days of future past or not, time will tell.

Regardless, Earth Day is a convenient time to get one's hands dirty.  (It doesn't take long to realize how different dirt is in different places, from the wonderful black, slightly moist soil to the sandy, inert fill used around construction projects.)

Our greenhouse tomatoes benefit from our farm grown soil as well.

There are plenty of people who believe that crops grown in better soil are just better. That is why we are so careful with our soil.

Our Maremma takes her job of guarding plants very seriously. 

No chemicals are ever added to this soil.

 Instead, people drop off their unwanted leaves here every fall.  During the winter, the leaves break down.

Furrows are made in the leaves, exposing the rich soil below.  Plants are put in the newly exposed soil, and when they grow large enough, the farmers pull the leaves back around the crops to keep in moisture and keep out weeds.

The process reduces the amount of additional water the crops take as well, to nearly none. Crops are watered only when initially planted and in cases of extreme drought. .

This completely organic process must make for healthier animals as well.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

5 signs that Spring is here. . .

After 11 snow storms this winter, most felt Spring was never coming.  Here are 5 signs that Spring is near at Barberry Hill Farm:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CSA Flowers

We can all look forward to the flowers of the coming seasons - here are a few pictures of our flowers from past years that our CSA/farm share members have received.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sugaring season

New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment. But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Barberry Hill Farm Share, CSA, 2017, Now Accepting Enrollment

We don't need a reminder in the calendar to tell us when to start the processes for the 2017 CSA.  This time of year we start daydreaming of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the seed catalogs just start arriving. So:
  • We are now accepting enrollment in the Farm Share program for the 2017 season! Download the form by clicking here.

Welcome the New Year with a commitment to healthy eating.