Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dinners at the Farm, 2019


We are thrilled to welcome another year of hosting Dinners at the Farm with Jonathan Rapp and his incredible team at River Tavern, from July 24-27, 2019.  For more information and tickets, go to <http://www.dinnersatthefarm.com>.  Looking forward to seeing you here!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spring to the Farm


CSA Members who visit the farm this time of year are amazed by the acceleration of activities.  Every day brings combinations of new growth, new projects, even new births.  These pictures from past years get us all excited to tackle the splendor and challenges of life on the farm.

And studies, such as the recent one that concluded "Bad diets are killing more people globally than tobacco" (quoted in The Guardian <https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/03/bad-diets-killing-more-people-globally-than-tobacco-study-finds>) make the work that much more meaningful.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

March, in like a Lion

Looks like the March Lion is chasing these again this year...


The original farmers cottage

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Barberry Hill Farm CSA 2019 Enrollment Open

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.