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February News from the Farm

We have made it to mid-winter in New England. I must say that I enjoy it when winter is doing what it is supposed to do – being cold and snowy. It doesn’t hurt to know that it won’t be around that much longer, of course. Jack and I went for a walk down the road yesterday and were amazed that it was still somewhat light out at 6 pm. Right now we are mostly cutting and storing a lot of firewood, ordering seeds and making plans for where to plant, filling out certification applications, and ordering our various animals for the year.

May News on the Farm

 
First the marketing promotion – join our summer CSA
We are now at 50% full for our CSA. If we fill up, we will meet budget with no stress and trauma, and we will be able to devote 95% of our vegetable production to the CSA for the months of June – October. If you have been hesitating about joining, or just not gotten around to it, now is the time to commit.

April News on the Farm

Tuesday I turn 61 and that challenging state of entering a new decade is past me. Now I have nothing to do but turn up the gas and go full throttle into this wonderful decade when just doing what one feels is right is easier to accomplish - as childrearing, income generation, and the like, are not so pressing (if you have a husband on social security!). And it is raining – almost April showers! I keep wandering outside, not able any more to contently focus on my mountains of desk work. Spring is finally in the air, and I can’t wait.
 
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March News from the Farm

Planning to join the CSA this year, but just haven’t gotten around to it? I am confident that our food will be even better tasting this year than last. We have the farm staff from heaven on board this year, are cutting back by ¼ of our space – putting it in full-time cover crops – and are super organized for mulching, inter -sowing, and following very careful rotations of appropriately widely spaced crops. Please make your financial commitment today so we can keep the income flowing as we gear up.  CSA runs from June 2 – October 31.  More

January News from the Farm

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:
 
Changes
 
CSA
We have reorganized our CSA somewhat for 2014.

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February News on the Farm

We have made it to mid-winter in New England. I must say that I enjoy it when winter is doing what it is supposed to do – being cold and snowy. It doesn’t hurt to know that it won’t be around that much longer, of course. Jack and I went for a walk down the road yesterday and were amazed that it was still somewhat light out at 6 pm. Right now we are mostly cutting and storing a lot of firewood, ordering seeds and making plans for where to plant, filling out certification applications, and ordering our various animals for the year. Jack and I did the same workshop at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference and the NOFA-NH conference on understanding the hazards of GMO feed in livestock and then what one can do to raise/find and buy high quality organic feed for livestock. On March 1 we will travel to CT NOFA to give a talk on root cellars – another favorite topic of ours.

January News

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.

October News

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.

September News

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.

May News

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. I have to agree with Mary Remington, one of our new employees, who yesterday noted, “I am usually a pretty happy person, but these days I am happier than I can imagine.” Ed Go, another new employee says, “I am having more fun than any human being should be allowed.” One wonders what all of the components are that go into this ebullience regarding slogging through the rain, the heat, the sometimes mosquitoes, slipping in cow manure when one takes a misstep, staying one step ahead of the local rats, the hours of bending over, and working of a hoe with one’s head turned to the side, the machinery repairs, the hand-weeding . . . Well, I am not sure, but I think it has to do with the healthy air, the healthy soil, the happy animals (except for the rats), the camaraderie all day long, and the great food that we consume in large quantities here. Come on over and join us.

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