Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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.)

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.

Next time you come by, you may meet our two newest WWOOFers, including Cyrille from Geneva, Switzerland (on left), and Finn from New York City (on right).

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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

5 signs that Spring is near. . .

After 14 snow storms this winter, most felt Spring was never coming.  Here are 5 signs that Spring is near at Barberry Hill Farm:

1.  We're getting stuck in the mud with every step. . .hence much shoveling.

2.  The chickens have finally started laying again and we're collecting eggs by the bucket fulls.

3.  The sap buckets are overflowing with sap from the maple trees and keep us running from bucket to bucket.

4.   The heirloom tomato seedlings that have been growing in the house have reached the point they  need to move to the greenhouses.

5.  Eggs are hatching and chicks are peeping.

March - comes in like lion - goes out like a lamb (or so they say).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kingsley's "Keeping Your Eyes to the Sky: An All-Organic Bounty on the Boston Post Road"

Kingsley Presented to a Standing Room Only Crowd
Kingsley presented his talk, "Keeping Your Eyes to the Sky: An All-Organic Bounty on the Boston Post Road" at The Frederick Lee Lectures: Local Roots: An Exploration of the Past, Present & Future of Shoreline Agriculture on February 9, 2014.

For those who missed it, here is Part One  and Part Two on video.

Part One

Part Two

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Frederick Lee Lectures: Local Roots: An Exploration of the Past, Present & Future of Shoreline Agriculture February 9, 2014

Local farms, past and present: Madison's Barberry Hill Farm subject of lecture

Kelly and Kingsley Goddard in their field of snap dragons, which they sell as cut flowers, along with produce from their farm stand on Route 1 in Madison. 

MADISON – You’ve probably whizzed past their colorful Route 1 farm stand dozens of times in the spring, summer and fall.

Now, you can learn about Barberry Hill Farm, a farm that has changed little since the early 20th century when it was built in 1909, at a talk at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Memorial Town Hall, 8 Meetinghouse Lane.

Presented by the Madison Historical Society, the featured speaker is Kingsley Goddard of Barberry Hill Farm; his talk is titled Keeping Your Eyes to the Sky: An All-Organic Bounty on the Boston Post Road. Lecture, $5 per adult, free for members. Goddard will also talk about the farm’s CSA where members can sign up for a share in the farm’s harvest.

The second in the series of Frederick Lee lectures, the subject of this year’s series is Local Roots: An Exploration of the Past, Present and Future of Shoreline Agriculture.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn how the farm has evolved into the suburban anomaly in present day Shoreline Madison. Barberry Hill Farm is a throwback to the time when Madison was predominantly farms, fishing and shipbuilding,” said Goddard. Indeed, the farm is a vestige of the past as many of the same tools handed down by past generations are used today to work the land, according to the farm’s blog, www.barberryhillfarm.com. Another holdover is the honor system that is used when no one is attending the stand — folks can weigh their produce and make change themselves.

At the talk, attendees will gain insight into the future plans of Barberry Hill as a working farm and the efforts to preserve the farm for future generations, he said.

Editor's note: Check out their featured blog here. For more information about the CSA contact csa@barberryhillfarm.com; for more information about the farm visit Barberryhillfarm.com or find them on Facebook/BarberryHillFarm. For more info on the Frederick Lee Lecture Series visit www.madisoncthistorical.org.

News article reprinted with permission from The Shoreline Times
photo by Erin Boyle

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Barberry Hill Farm Featured in WellWed Magazine Issue 9

We were honored to be featured in the bridal magazine WellWed.  It is Issue 9 and we are on pages 146-147.  It's on the newsstands now, but here's the link:  http://issuu.com/vtvows/docs/cape_issue_9_flipbook

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Traditions

For the past fifty years we have harvested greens for wreaths and garland as well as our family Christmas tree from the fields of the farm.  Years ago, when Kingsley's father ran the farm, he planted Christmas trees by the thousands with Kingsley's help.  Since then we have cut and pruned trees many times over.

Although we are no longer in the business of selling Christmas trees, we still harvest trees for family and friends.  We especially love it when we can sled to pick out the best tree.

Many of the same tools have been used for generations.

Wishing you the best of this family holiday and a fruitful New Year.