We spent a morning with the moose at Baxter State Park.
Eileen Widman is a talented artist I recently met online. She makes greeting cards from wallpaper, ink, feathers and more. I have a set of Eileen's beaituful cards. You can see them by on her webpage.
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We accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program sales at the farm on Fridays from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. through September 30. We are Senior Farm Share farmers again this year. We'll re-open in June of 2006.
If you're involved in or interested in sustainable agriculture and would like to talk with others you'll find a small discussion group here. Click on the Yahoo! graphic to join us.
Looking for more hands-on information for farmers? Farm & Garden is a great resource for farmers, gardeners and people who live in rural areas.
The greenhouse will re-open in May, 2006.
Our handmade soaps are sold through Local Harvest. I've been making handmade soap for 12 years. We offer Mint, Rosemary, Clean 'n Clear, Complexion, Lavender and Plum Spice. Occasionally we offer an odd batch of other scents. You can find our handmade soap at Waite General Store in Waite, Local Harvest and our farmstand on Friday mornings.
Tom, one of our bourbon red turkeys
Old Spot pig . We also have Toggenburg goats, a small flock
hens, rabbits and working farmcollies.
Our fruits and vegetables are naturally grown. We don't use
synthetic chemicals. We compost most anything we can get our
hands on for use in the garden. If you live in our area and have
leaves you'd like to get rid of we'd be happy to come get them.
We are strong believers in community, small business, local economy, sustainable agriculture and fresh, healthy, locally produced food. We educate children and adults through farmers market, speaking engagements, phone calls, and hands on opportunity. We learn from our visitors and meet new friends. You might find a local farmer by visiting Local Harvest.
Sustainable agriculture: farms are run sustainably when the animals, the gardens and other resources are managed as naturally as possible and provide a good income and living for the farmer. Farmers are able to share knowledge and experiences with their customers that a grocery store will never begin to grasp let alone share. Here's an excellent comparison.
Fifteen years ago, at age 25, Steve was offered a job as a forester in Washington county. I had no idea where Woodland is at the time but I knew I hated my office job and our second floor city apartment. I urged, encouraged and sometimes nagged Steve to take the job. I didn't care where we were going as long as we were leaving. We bought a house on a 2/3 acre lot in town. Seven years, two horses and chickens later we outgrew the small lot. The expense of boarding the horses was adding up. It was time to move again. We bought 45 acres of land. Three acres were overgrown field (farmed many years ago) and the rest is forested. Some of the forest had been harshly harvested the winter before we moved in. The only building was the house. There was a lot of work to do to turn this place into a working farm. I traded heels and suits for jeans and boots and have never been happier.
Penny and Matty, our Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. (Matty was known as Tilly to the Peter Wingfield Fan Club.) You can learn more about the pigs on their website and by watching a short video. The video is difficult for slow connections due to the length of time it takes to download. GOS is a critically rare breed. Sadly, Matty died late last winter. We think she must have had a heart attack. She was up one moment and down the next. We couldn't get her back up. After a few days she went peacefully to sleep and didn't wake up. We miss her goofy personality.
Come to the garden and see what we grew this year are. We started planting earlier than ever this year to take advantage of a two week window of beautiful weather in April. It went downhill quickly after that. The growing season was rough but all in all, we did all right. Our vegetables and fruits are grown naturally, without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We grow real food. We fertilize our crops naturally. Manure, spent bedding of straw and pine shavings, leaves, weeds and spent vegetable plants from the gardens are composted and tilled into the soil. Mulching helps keep the weeds under control instead of spraying herbicides. We don't have much of a need for pesticides. The soil is healthy enough to feed healthy plants. A bite out of a leaf here and there doesn't hurt the plants. This year has been almost pest free. Last winter's miserably cold winter killed a lot of pests. We found only two cabbage worms on 300 brassica plants. Aphids were nonexistent. There were few flea beetles. We hope to never repeat the terrible cold but something good did come of it.
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