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Carversville Farm Round Up:
June

CFF Weekly round up is now cff monthly round up

Wondering where the round up has been the last few weeks?  With everything really popping at the farm, we had to take a little break, but we are back and ready for summer!

 

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.

 

veggie crEW IS KICKING INTO HIGH GEAR.

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and June is upon us! The beginning of June signals a transition from spring to early summer, and a shift from planting to weeding and harvesting. The longer days have warmed the soil, and the rain has fed all of the roots that support the lush growth of the season. Our vegetable crew has been hard at work, planting like mad and setting the stage for many harvests to come. When it comes to vegetable production, June signals the start of our busiest time. Early summer harvests of radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, and greens lead to mid summer harvests of tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, and then on to late summer and fall, where the bounty continues to come in with winter squash, melons, sweet corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes and more. June, July and August can be a whirlwind for us here at the farm, reaping the rewards of the work we’ve done in April and May to establish many of our favorite crops.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate what we’ve got in the ground to this point: Roughly 30,000 onions, 13,000 potato plants, over 10,000 beets, 4500 collard and kale plants, 4000 celery roots, 4000 bulbs of garlic (and garlic scapes!), 950 pepper and eggplant, 800 tomato plants, hundreds of broccoli plants, zucchini, parsley, cilantro, bok choy, radishes, turnips, lettuce mix, spinach, sweet corn, and sweet potatoes to be planted next week! And let’s not forget the shiitake mushrooms that we cultivate in our forest — pounds and pounds of organic mushrooms have been pouring out of the oak logs that we have meticulously stacked and staged for the spring season when they all start to fruit.  June marks the beginning of the end of shiitake mushroom season, which will go dormant over the summer months only to come back in full force once again in the fall.

Our work has just begun, and we’re looking forward to all of the bounty that will be given away each week from now until the end of fall.

THE CFF FARM STAND IS BACK STARTING Saturday june 9!

The CFF farm stand will be set up outside of Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to sell our nutrient-dense Organic produce, swag, and more! Come see us, say hi and feel good knowing that all proceeds from these sales are put directly back into feeding the needy in our own backyard. Feed Your Neighbor, Feed Your Soul!

When: Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Outside Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery

what do we do with the animals in all this rain?

When it rains, it pours.  Even if you aren’t a farmer, you know we’ve had a lot of rain this spring.  And just this past Sunday, we received a pouring…. many inches in a just a couple of hours.  That much rain can be problematic. We saw flash flooding in the area and it created some challenges around the farm.  But the way we farm means our fields are ready for rain.  In fact, we rely on it.

These days, most farms try to isolate themselves from the natural world.  They raise animals indoors, pipe in water, truck in feed, dump manure and keep the rain (and sunshine) out.  But that’s not how we do things. Our animals live out on pasture, under open sky, and while we give them mobile shelters from sun and rain, our fields are eager for both.  That’s because we work hard to take care of our diverse grasses, which in turn take care of our diverse animals.

We dedicate an inordinate amount of time to moving our flocks and herds to fresh pasture every single day. That’s good for the animals, who grow well on their choice of plants.  And it’s good for the grasses, legumes and forbs too, which get a little extra fertilizer from our animals, and have plenty of time to regrow between grazings.  This promotes vibrant root networks, and healthy soils below.

When a downpour comes, all those grasses shield the soil, breaking the raindrops’ impact. All those roots drink up water quickly, and minimize runoff and erosion, too. The grasses soak up the rain – and sunshine – and in a few weeks, we’ll have even greener pastures. Which becomes lush food for our grassfed livestock.

 

CFF Donations

Eggs390 dozen
Heritage Turkeys26 pounds
Chuck Beef91 pounds
Beef Tenderloin9 pounds
Short Ribs17 pounds
Beef Brisket15 pounds
Beef Bones7 pounds
Beef Strips16 pounds
Bottom Round/Eye Round Beef6 pounds
Ground Beef50 pounds
Beef Fat, Suet10 pounds
Sirloin Bone-In 8 pounds
Carrots61 pounds
Cilantro35 pounds
Mushrooms6 pounds
Radishes97 pounds
Salad Mix54 pounds
Spinach48 pounds
Spring Garlic71 pounds
GRAND TOTAL648 pounds

 

WELCOME KHALIL! Khalil is our veggie intern

1. How long have you been in farming?

I just started farming last year at my school, Delaware Valley University.

2. What made you want to go into farming?

I got into farming because I live in Philly, where there are a lot of corner stores, rather than supermarkets or produce stores.  I decided to farm so I can learn more about produces and bring healthy food to my city.

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

On my first day, I built tables in the greenhouse with two of my co-workers.  It was a hands on experience I don’t use everyday.  Yet, everything at CFF is a new experience to me, from the types of organic food we produce to the sheep getting sheared.  I learn and experience something new everyday.

4. What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is Fall because I play football and I like to watch it too!  Also I love when my mom makes sweet potatoes and that is in season in the Fall!

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

There is no typical day at CFF, there are always new tasks to do everyday!  CFF keeps things new and interesting!

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

I like to come back to my apartment and watch TV, specifically ESPN to catch up on the sports I missed.  I also like to read a lot.  I like to read books that teach me new ideas and new ways to enjoy life.  The book I am currently reading is called The Wretched Of The Earth by Frantz Fanon, check it out!

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

I cannot wait to make meatballs!  Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my favorite dishes so it’ll be exciting to be able to make my own meatballs from fresh farm meat.

8. What’s a quote you live by?

“If you walk through life and don’t help anybody, you haven’t had much of a life” – Fred Hampton.  I live by this quote because everyone needs a helping hand once in a while and nobody should be denied that basic decency.

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

Be prepared to work hard and have a lot of patience!

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

The Polaris for sure!  After a long day of working in the field, it’s nice to have a quick ride and relax.

 

cff t-shirts are AVAILABLE!

Warm weather is finally here and so are CFF T-shirts! Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts 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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