By Brian Kennedy, Head Groundskeeper
Over the last few weeks a plan was put in place and new crew members enlisted to help aid in hedge row maintenance. Jeff and Frank, the resident bucks, are helping to thin out overgrowth and clear areas to be maintained on a more regular schedule.
The vegetable department at Carversville Farm is ever expanding and with new veggie fields comes the additional need for mowing! Mowing in the new vegetable areas helps allow for easier access and defining edges for a clean refined look.
The maintenance of the 2.6 miles of fence line is a ongoing process but a lot of progress has been made to allow more efficient maintenance of the area both inside and outside.
With the end of summer insight, it’s not like there is time to rest; next up, the start of leaf season!
By Ian Brunell, Livestock Apprentice
Since the goats found their new home, the past few weeks have led us to re-organizing our daily routines and tasks a little bit. For me specifically, the majority of my time has been dedicated to constructing two “Mobile Range Coops,” commonly known to the crew as Turkey Tunnels! The first was a pretty solo construction project, and there was a bit of a learning curve, though once it was underway it was pretty smooth sailing. For the construction of the second, I had help from Dan and lessons learned from the first one. The second tunnel went up pretty quickly. With their completion, I’ve been able to jump back with the rest of the livestock crew. Now I’m working on: fine-tuning animal movements, fencing setups, diving more specifically into pasture health and what forages and feeds are available to each animal, and how to look at a pasture with eyes for animals’ nutritional needs. We’ve been fortunate for the opportunity to pick Craig Haney’s (our livestock manager) brain, to hone in on relevant questions and information. He’s a wealth of knowledge, and I’m incredibly grateful to be working with him and have him as mentor.
By Tess Kaveney, Vegetable Apprentice
Hi! I’m Tess and I’ve been a vegetable apprentice at CFF for 5 months now. We have so much going on in the vegetable fields, where do I start? This is definitely the busiest time of year for us. Our peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and so many other vegetables are in full swing. Most mornings we split up the team to either harvest, weed, or bag up clean vegetables from a previous harvest. What has been taking up most of our time lately is harvesting the tomatoes. It’s not uncommon in one day to collect a couple hundred pounds of tomatoes. Then when it comes time to donate them (maybe a feed day after the harvest) we check all of the tomatoes then box them up. We still have a long way to go and lot more vegetables to harvest, but I am really looking forward to giving all the food out to the community.
Carversville Farm now has a freezer of organic grass fed beef and pasture raised pork for sale at Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery Store. Come stop by the store, grab some bacon or a steak and of course don’t forget our eggs! All of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to helping feed people in your own backyard.
Warmer weather allows for more time to be out in our beautiful fields. Come join us every Wednesday and Saturday!
When: Every Wednesday and Saturday morning in season
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: 6127 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville, PA 18934
Please wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Be prepared to get a little dirty! We provide tools, gloves, and beverages. Please Note: Minors 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The CFF farm stand is set up outside of Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday until Thanksgiving to sell our nutrient-dense Organic produce, swag, and more! Come see us, say hi and feel good knowing that your purchase will both Feed Your Neighbor AND Feed Your Soul!
When: Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Outside Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery
|Beef Bones||6 pounds|
|Cherry Tomatoes||51 pounds|
|Goat Meat||89 pounds|
|Green Beans||140 pounds|
|Hot Peppers||10 pounds|
|Lamb Meat||53 pounds|
|Red Tomatoes||1,558 pounds|
|Shishito Peppers||29 pounds|
|Stewing Hens||145 pounds|
|Swiss Chard||4 pounds|
|Grand Total||4,297 pounds|
In this heat, CFF T-shirts are a must! Sizes range from Small to X-Large. T-shirts are $17.50 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.
By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.