Posted on January 9, 2014
Worcester Magazine | January 9, 2014 | Taylor Nunez
Julie Rawson, executive director of NOFA/Mass and farmer at Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, holds a Golden Comet chicken. Steven King/Worcester Magazine
Though it seems organic food and products have only recently started streaming into the public’s conscience, principals for the movement were laid out decades ago.
Posted on January 6, 2014
My pen has been dry for a few months, but life has continued at a scurrying pace on the farm regardless. All the crops are in and the animals harvested for 2013. We are in the planning process now, gearing up for 2014 – ordering seeds, making budgets, dreaming of weed-free beds of perfect vegetables and bounteous fruits, fat and sassy pigs, resource producing chickens and handsome turkeys. You can now go to the website and place orders for 2014 offerings at www.mhof.net.
Here are some changes and non-changes for 2014:
We have reorganized our CSA somewhat for
Posted on January 5, 2014
We have reorganized our CSA somewhat for 2014.
- We will be discontinuing the spring and fall shares, the juicing share and the flower share.
- We will have a large share and a medium share that will run for 22 weeks instead of the previous 20 weeks. The season will run from June 2 – October 31.
- The shares will include fruit in season as available. Last year fruit offerings included apples, peaches, and pears.
- We will have pick-up locations in Worcester at Living Earth on Mondays; Holden at St. Francis Church on Wednesdays, and a shareholders barn in the center of Holden on Fridays.
Posted on October 8, 2013
The big news around here is the birth of our 5th grandchild – baby no name Kittredge born to Dan and Roshni on October 4. I am sure they will have a name for him soon. Roshni was ecstatic to do this vaginal birth after her two previous Cesareans. Both Dan and Roshni were quite happy with their care at Greenfield hospital. This baby starts life on the same birthday as his Grandma Rangini and second cousin Peter; how nice to have so many relatives directly looking out for you.
Posted on September 11, 2013
For those of you who are not CSA members, it has been a long time since I have checked in. Perhaps I just get busier every year, or perhaps at 60, I just can’t work as hard and fast! As I have heard was the case for a lot of farmers and gardeners this year, the season from an annual vegetable standpoint was miserably tough for the months of June and July. Somewhere around the last third of August, things started to pick up for us here, with a return to what I have lately remembered to be sexy looking crops of high quality.
Posted on May 28, 2013
Dear Friends of Many Hands,
We farmers are busier than one-armed paper hangers this time of year. And so, I suppose, are many of you. I hope this rapidly ending spring finds you well and in good spirits.
Posted on April 10, 2013
I write this as I wait outside granddaughter Anya’s acrobatics class. It takes me back 25 or so years when I seemed to be accomplishing all sorts of work while waiting outside classes for one of four of our own children. Cycles of human life, measured often in handfuls of decades are just as precious as the annual cycles of the earth’s life. Jack and I both feel quite blessed to be able to participate in the birth and growth of the next human generation in our family.
It has been a very slow and consistent approach into spring this year.
Posted on February 26, 2013
I felt the spring in the air on Valentine’s Day. Did you? Winter’s back is about to be broken, and it is fighting for its life, but soon we will be out there planting and starting the wonderful growing season. Clare and I were looking out the window at our huge compost pile (Misty Brook manure and bedding with leaves from the Barre Common and an array of micronutrients mixed in). We noticed that the snow was off of it, although the rest of the field was still under a deep blanket. It is working!
Speaking of fertility – one of my favorite farm subjects - we attended the second annual Soil
Posted on January 10, 2013
Welcome to the new year. We are proud to announce the launching of our new website. This is the culmination of a lot of study and design work by Becca Buell from our farm staff. And Paul Kittredge, son number two, who has been our webmaster from the start – in exchange for “taking care of me for the first 18 years” – is passing on the baton. Thank you dear Paul, for your innumerable unpaid hours over the years! Your contributions are irreplaceable.
Offerings in 2013