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Carversville Farm Round Up: August 8

CARVERSVILLE FARM DONATES GOATS!

Carversville Farm Foundation recently made a special donation: 3,000 pounds of goat. Of course, we raise animals all year long, so we can donate the best pastured meat and eggs to the people who need them the most. But this donation was a bit different: we donated live goats to help launch a new farm.

Abby O’Keeffe of Wrightstown has long dreamed of farming and last month she and her husband moved to a little farm on 37 acres of rolling pasture, which they put into conservation. With plans for a raw-milk goat dairy, Abby had a few Nigerian Dwarf goats and was in the market for more, when she heard through the Bucks County 4H Goat Club that we were looking for a new home for our dairy goats. A few meetings later, we decided Abby should get her goat – quite a few of them, actually.

We are proud to have presented Abby with 16 nanny goats and 18 growing kids. The goats have quickly settled into their new home at Narrow Way Farm.  Abby is delighted that they are La Manchas, as she says their milk is especially delicious. We couldn’t agree more.

We loved raising these goats on fresh pasture, in a “flerd” with our other livestock, moving them to fresh grass daily, which is best for both the animals and the land. We’re proud to have made some delicious cheese with their fresh milk, and to have donated some of the kid meat to Philadelphia soup kitchens. And now we’re proud to be seeding a likeminded farm, right here in Bucks County. So congratulations Abby.  An old Gaellic tale suggests it’s good luck to meet a goat at the beginning of a journey.  While Abby’s determination and faith will serve her well, let’s hope the 34 goats she’s meeting at the beginning of this journey bring her an abundance of luck as well.

And now we at Carversville Farm Foundation return to our regularly scheduled donations of meat and eggs!

 

Carversville farm now selling beef and pork at max hansen’s carversville grocery store

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.

 

CFF Volunteering

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.

GARLIC, GARLIC, AND MORE GARLIC!

Our garlic crop has been harvested and is in the process of being dry cured for storage!  This year’s harvest is looking big and beautiful, in fact we expect to double our production from last year! When the garlic is cured, it will be shelf stable and ready to be sorted.  We sort our garlic into three grades: some we will donate immediately, some we will save for seed to plant in the fall for next year’s garlic crop and some we will hold onto for donation over the course of the fall and winter.  Fresh organic garlic is one of our favorite products to be able to donate.  Not only is great for seasoning dishes, but has many known health benefits.

 

CFF FARM STAND!

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

 

 

Looking forward to a dryer august

Tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots! OH JULY! This past month has been a rollercoaster for the veggie crew. All the rain we endured has caused soggy fields, and set some crops back, but we’re not letting that stop us! We have harvested hundreds of pounds of carrots, thousands of pounds of potatoes, curing garlic, and our tomatoes are popping with color. Our greens, onions, corn, and herbs are pushing through.  We were able to plant our fall brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc.), which are loving the cooler nights.  Let’s look forward to a bountiful and dryer August!

 

CFF Donations

Eggs885 dozen
Basil1 pound
Beef Bones7 pounds
Beets1,458 pounds
Broccoli143 pounds
Carrots465 pounds
Cherry Tomatoes179 pounds
Collard Greens13 pounds
Garlic20 pounds
Garlic Scapes12 pounds
Goat Meat5 pounds
Hakurei Turnips281 pounds
Heirloom Tomatoes 425 pounds
Hinona Kabu Turnips138 pounds
Hot Peppers13 pounds
Jalapeno Peppers1 pound
Kale105 pounds
Leeks36 pounds
Lettuce15 pounds
Napa Cabbage122 pounds
Onions879 pounds
Parsley52 pounds
Peppers2 pounds
Potatoes2,271 pounds
Radishes126 pounds
Red Tomatoes1,804 pounds
Salad Mix59 pounds
Shishito Peppers30 pounds
Stewing Hens150 pounds
Sugar Snap Peas24 pounds
Swiss Chard201 pounds
Zucchini273 pounds
Grand Total9,310 pounds

 

Meet SAM!  Sam helps keeping our farm looking beautiful!

1. How long have you been in farming?

7 years!

2. What made you want to go into farming?

While living in Virginia, I did a lot of volunteer work with the VDGIF and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. We were finding out how much large-scale conventional agriculture was creating massive pollution   problems in the state’s freshwater systems and ultimately the Chesapeake bay watershed. At the time I made a friend who was working on a 6 acre, organic vegetable farm. Seeing that farm was my “ah-ha” moment. I wanted to work outside with my hands, help protect the environment, but also produce a healthy, sustainable product for me community. Farming because the obvious next step for me. I then had my first internship as a farmer and that is where my early interests turned into passion and a career.

3. What is something you have experienced here that you never expected?

Everyone at CFF gets along and works well together. I never expect farms with big crews to always get along, but it seems that here at CFF the whole staff really enjoys working together.

4. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season because you still have late summer crops producing but also start to see things like greens, hakurei turnips, fall radishes and cold crops coming back. My favorite fall vegetable is the misato rose radish.

5. What is your typical day for you at CFF?

Team meeting, load up equipment and most likely hop on a fenceline for the morning, maintaining the road fronts, gates, hedge rows, etc. Days at CFF definitely have structure but there are always fun projects that get thrown into the mix a few times a week.

6. How do you unwind after a long day at the farm?

A bike ride down the the wing dam in Lambertville to cool off in the river and relax.

7. What is something you can’t wait to make using ingredients from our farm?

I just started a big batch of kimchi when the last red nappa’s were pulled out, its almost ready!

8. What’s a quote you live by?

“Be a do-tank, not a think-tank” – Will Allen

9. What advice would you give to someone thinking about going into farming?

Jump right into a full time season farm crew position if you can. If you have land, start small, and don’t be afraid to fail, it is inevitable.  You will lose crops, break equipment, push your body to its limits, and just flat out fail. Keep a journal, learn from your mistakes and ask for help from other farmers.

10. If you had to pick, whats your favorite piece of equipment we have?

Stirrup hoe. The stirrup hoe changed my life as a farmer. Spacing your rows and individual plants to match the different sizes of stirrup hoes makes weeding almost easy.

 

cff t-shirts are AVAILABLE!

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 stephanie@carversvillefarm.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.

 

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