News from the Farm, Monday August 10th

Between Tropical Storm Isaias and a good few absences among the crew, it was quite a week at the farm!

The farm’s power went out on Tuesday night and came back on Thursday around lunchtime – a thirty-nine hour period that, Julie says, “felt like three weeks”. Dave sprang into action to revive the generator bought in the wake of the 2008 ice storm (and not used since) to power the freezers and the walk-in cooler, which was immensely helpful. The biggest challenge was losing water, which meant that the crew was unable to wash produce, catch a cooling drink from the hose in the field, or do much in the way of transplanting. It was also necessary to haul many, many buckets of water from the pond to keep the five hundred birds and six pigs in drinking water. A big Many Hands thank you goes out to working shareholder Morgan, who brought in thirty gallons of spring water for some veggie washing and personal refreshment on Wednesday, to Clare who brought in more bottled water on Thursday, and to new WWOOFer Andres, a key player in the pond water-hauling effort. After the storm, Julie reflected that the experience “reminded me of how easy life is for us generally, as opposed to folks, especially farmers, in the old days – and how hard they had to work to get water, and all that was involved in cooling and transporting fresh produce. It was a good reminder about the conveniences we have in life”. The return of the power was met with much rejoicing.

Out in the fields, the storm broke a few peach trees and wreaked havoc on a number of crops – the basil went downhill towards the end of the week, as did the cukes and squash, and the green beans are also suffering from multiple concerns. Unfortunately, the farm wasn’t sufficiently staffed to do nutritional sprays this week, which would have been quite helpful to their recovery.

In staff news, we had two folks down with poison ivy this week, one out sick mid-week, and one called home to a family funeral later in the week. Jerod, who has been volunteering Tuesday – Thursday each week, has decided to move on, and Isaac has downgraded from WWOOFer status to that of a weekly working shareholder – and so we’re updating our WWOOF profile and putting out the call for fresh help. Departures are balanced by arrivals – Julie was happy to welcome students and staff from the Stetson School back to the farm recently. While the comings and goings – heightened this year by the coronavirus – continue to be challenging, Julie says “I am glad that we have developed these layers of resiliency over time with many types of help – WWOOFers, staff, volunteers, the Stetson School” – to hold the work of the farm.

Summer Shares Are Sold Out!

“The breaking news on the farm this week: our summer vegetable share is now sold out! Among this year’s CSA shareholders, we count many returning recent members, members from many years ago, friends of friends, and new members – and we’re excited to share the bounty of the season with all. A big thank you to all who spread the word among friends, school networks, coworkers and beyond to help us fill our CSA program”! Read this week’s news from the farm here.

2017 MHOF CSA Shares Now Available

No time like now to sign up to become a member of the Many Hands Organic Farm CSA. This is our 26thseason and we know how to do it! Each year you get more for your money as our overall weights are climbing for produce delivered while prices stay the same. And you can’t beat the taste and nutrition of our super nutrient dense produce. You will receive vegetables, fruit and herbs with eggs as an add-on.
Here are a handful of testimonials from our CSA shareholders this year –

“Absolutely beautiful!  Getting this CSA share has been one of our best decisions along with getting the fresh eggs.  Thanks for all that you do. Rich”

“I should say weekly applause.  This season to date has been spectacular!  I know it’s a holiday w/e, but I am so full of food appreciation and happiness that I’m bursting!  In fact, some mushrooms and green pepper in the saute pan now.  Eggs going in later.  Tomatoes at the very end.   . . .. What’s an email without a comment about the lovely fresh eggs?  The girls are doing a great job as always. Hope you have a Labor Day w/e that’s just what you want it to be.  Know that we CSA subscribers appreciate all the labor and love that goes into the MHOF offerings.  Nancy”

“It has been a smooth transition, but I consider life on your farm to be far more real than sitting at this desk! You and your crew are some of the hardest working, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I miss you all! Unpacking my bag on Wednesday was like Christmas morning. It made me a little sad that I didn’t get to help pick or pack any of the food, but I got over it when I found the cabbage! It was so pretty! I’m turning it into sauerkraut. Cory”

“Thank you for the weekly bounty! I’m so glad you reached out and brought us back into your fold. I have really enjoyed learning new ways to use these gifts. I was surprised how much I enjoyed sautéed Lamb’s Quarters (with garlic scape) and the berries were amazing!!  Every day kale and chard are enjoyed in our morning smoothies. And now I have my husband eating so many more veggies. Last weekend he finally admitted he liked squash. But I think it’s because it was your squash, so sweet and perfect, that I steamed with parsley for a change. Amazing summer side! Keep up what I know is hard and frustrating work. But you’re doing great!  Thank you. Caroline”

Meat, Eggs, and So Much More!

January 18, 2017

Dear Many Hands Farm Friends and Customers,

I would like to apprise you of all the fine products we have available in our freezers and on our shelves.

Chickens – 6-7 lbs. – $6.50/lb.


  • Ground pork – $9.50/lb. package
  • Roasts of all types (3-4 lbs. average)- $9.50/lb.
  • Regular Style Ribs (about 3-4 lbs.)- $9.50/lb.

Lard – A superior source of vitamin D – $20/qt.


  • Ground – $10/lb.
  • Stew – $10/lb.
  • Strip steak – $
  • Rib eye steak – $13/lb.
  • Shank soup bones – $6/lb.
  • Short ribs – $10/lb.


  • $7/dozen – become a regular customer and we are happy to sell eggs to you weekly, biweekly or monthly. Our eggs are super fresh and keep well – you could come as seldom as once per month for them. Talk to us about putting together an egg coop.

Stocks – Try some of our ultra-nutritious stocks from beef, pork, chicken and turkey. After cooking down the heads, tails, bones, carcasses, etc. we carefully pick through the meat, marrow, cartilage, skin, and some fat and process it all in a Vitamix with the liquid to make a thick stock that will heal your digestive system and strengthen your skeletal system. These stocks come frozen in quart containers and go for $7.50/qt.

Soap – peppermint and lavender made from lard and tallow – hypoallergenic and long lasting – $6/5 oz.

Salve – made with comfrey, lavender oil, beeswax and olive oil – good for burns, cuts and massaging aching tissues – $8/2 oz.

You can get your lard, ground pork and ground beef shipped to you. Lard shipping pricing is up on the site and the meat shipping prices will follow soon.

This year our pigs and chickens started eating fermented grains (Nature’s Best Organic Feeds –  – as their core feeds. The nine pigs downed 55 gallons of whey per week and lived half in the woods, half on the edge of the field, moving weekly to new forage. The chickens and turkeys moved once per day in their mobile pens and the turkeys dined on comfrey every day for the first 2 months. The layers are now completely free range and supplement their fermented diet with stock and lard processing waste this month. They scour the fields when there is no snow. The cows were 100% grass fed on our luxuriant pastures.

We don’t have a store per se, but are available to sell to you if you call ahead to set a time.