Farm Visit Sunday, 9/17/17

Farmer John says that there will be several opportunities to visit the farm in the coming weeks. The first will be this Sunday, 9/17, a farm visit he is hosting in conjunction with Local Harvest to observe National Gleaning week.

Local Harvest is a group that works with local farms to collect their culled and excess produce for distribution to food banks, pantries and soup kitchens. Gleaners are volunteers who help harvest un-needed produce that would otherwise go to waste in the field.

Egg Share

We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering an egg share. This past spring we built a “chicken tractor”--a mobile chicken coop used for raising birds on pasture. We acquired a flock of laying hens, Rhode Island Red crosses. The birds are now beginning to lay and the flock will soon be in full production.

Farmer John's Opening Letter Explaining Why He Does What He Does

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for being so late with the first update of the season. We have been working hard to get the planting done after a bit of a late start. In late February it seemed we would have an early spring but the winter came back with a vengeance. The big blizzard brought us nearly 2 feet of snow and then several weeks of rainy weather left the fields too wet to plow until early April. Since then the weather has been acceptable; a bit cool through April but with adequate rainfall.

Sign up for the 2017 fruit share

We will once again offer a fruit share for the 2017 season. Most of the fruit we distribute comes from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY. While the farm grows their vegetable crops organically, the fruit is labeled "eco-grown." This means that they adhere as much as possible to organic methods but do spray when necessary with products not approved for organic production. These sprays are primarily early in the season when the fruit is just setting. The farm regularly tests the fruit to insure it is free of pesticide residues.

SNAP Shares Available

Community-supported agriculture programs pay their farmers up front so that they can buy seeds and tools. Although SNAP users can’t use food stamps to pay a lump sum in February for vegetables they’ll receive in June, Christ Church can pay the farmer now and accept repayment in food stamps during the delivery season from June to November. The number of shares is limited, however—the church can cover up to three full shares or six half shares. Please contact Susan Fowler for more information: 917 734-3746.

Should you grow vegetables in soil flooded by Sandy?

We would not recommend planting in the soil that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Have your soil tested. Petroleum products would need some serious treatment or removal. Adding compost to the existing soil will help bind up any heavy metals which may also be of concern. The bacteria from sewage should not be an issue after about 6 months. Raised beds with new soil would be an option. Refer any specific questions to health authorities or your county Extension agent. Useful links…