Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Update from the Farm: Snow.

For our CSA/Farm Share members, the update is simple.  Snow.

The fields that have and will be teeming with all kinds of vegetables and flowers now rest safely under an insulating white winter quilt.

Sugar maples awaiting warm days and cold nights

And while some animals work around the snow...

...others fully embrace it.

Inside the chicken coop

After a long day of shoveling

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Seeds and Seed Money

This is the time of year...
...for farmers (and the rest of us) to think about seeds.

"Winter in the garden is the season of speculation, a time when the snow on the ground is an empty canvas that invites the idle planting and replanting of countless hypothetical gardens between now and spring thaw.  A season of speculation in the Wall Street sense too, for now is when large wagers of gardening time and space are made on the basis of mere scraps of information." - Michael Pollan, Second Nature
"The future of the human race will depend on combining the cleverness of science with the wisdom of nature." - Charles Linbergh 
"Seventeen thousand different varieties of wheat have been produced, many of them the result of centuries of cultivation in a specific ecosystem with the best seeds saved each year and planted the next   The variation in plant varieties is related to the variation in cultures from one bioregion to another." Bill Duesing, Living on the Earth
The darkest month of the winter is over.  A window of sun starts us thinking about warmer days.  And in many farmhouses right now, people are planning the acquisition of seeds.

We live in a world that now has the unparalleled capacity to produce vast amounts of mediocre products.  Food production has already been that way for the last thirty years or so.

But small farms provide alternative.  Many would rather pay more for real food than pay more for doctors (or restaurants).

Those who write their checks for their summer CSA/Farm Share this time of year understand that they literally are providing seed money.  And when farmers have a bit more resources earlier, they can buy a better selection for the season to come.

Heirloom and Local Seeds Need Less and Give More

Painfully separating the seeds from a flower which is almost impossible to buy in the quantity required for a farm.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Barberry Hill Farm Share, CSA, 2015, Now Accepting Enrollment

We don't need a reminder in the calendar to tell us when to start the processes for the 2015 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 2015 season! Download the form by clicking here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Time, Measured With Leaves

 Sometimes time is measured with stop watches, or clocks.  Sometimes by the position of the sun.  And sometimes around the farm, time is just measured with leaves.








Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Clio Newton's Connecticut Exhibit over Thanksgiving Weekend

Clio has returned from The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Italy and is preparing for her residency at the AKKU Atelier in Zurich, Switzerland.

It is getting harder to see a collection of Clio Newton's work in person, without heading to New York City, or more likely flying to Europe.  And as much fun as it is to share online images, there is nothing like being able to really examine the physical charcoal drawings and oil paintings.

But there is good news.  She is having a rare nearby exhibit (she hasn't completely forgotten us local people!)  at Hadlyme Hall this holiday weekend.  This Shoreline Times article (link) has the specifics.

Many pieces of her recent work will be on display.

And if you miss this event, you can always spend some frequent flyer miles and catch up with her show in 2015 at the Kunskiste Gallery.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Wedding at Barberry Hill Farm

Gorgeous day for Megan and Ryan - crisp and cool - perfect October wedding!  Thank you to Josh ChalmersMackenna Waterhouse and A Thyme To Cook for making this such a special day - congratulations to all!