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Posted 5/30/2014 11:49am by Heidi Thunberg.

 

Hello, Members.

I can't believe it's Friday already and I was supposed to write this email several days ago. Oh, where does the time go?

I just wanted to let you know that we will be hosting two orientations this weekend, May 31st at 10 am and June 1st at 3 pm. We will host another set of orientations next weekend, June 7th at 3 pm and June 8th at 10 am.

All members, new and veteran, should attend one session. Pick whichever day suits you best and just meet us behind the Farmstand under the tent. We'll talk there for a bit and then walk around the farm (so bring your walking shoes).

There is no need to RSVP, but if you can't make any of the orientations, please email back and we'll make sure you get the information you need.

 

Sincerely,

 

Heidi Thunberg

Farm Manager

www.gmfarm.com

978-468-2277

656 Asbury Street

S. Hamilton, MA 01982

Posted 5/3/2014 7:02am by Heidi Thunberg.
Farmer's Report 

Plant Sale Begins
The weather may finally be changing and the time to plant is here. We have put in our carrots and peas into the ground and transplanted kale, cabbage, spinach, lettuce and beets into the field. If it gets just a touch warmer all of these plants will take off and grow for our early summer veggies. We aren't quite sure what to make of this very cold spring, but we all are hoping for the best and that we'll be getting some cooperation from the weather soon. 

That means it's time for you to get started in your garden, too. Heidi and the crew have been busy seeding for the fields and for the plant sale that is going on right now in our Farmstand greenhouse. We have a nice variety of mixed 6-packs, our very cute "insta-garden" peat pots and 4" pots of bigger plants. Look to the right for a full lost of what's available now. It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Stop on by and get your garden going!

Finally, the first batch of piglets has arrived! Oh my goodness, they are ridiculously cute. We have a few varieties this year: our usual Tamworths, some Berkshires, and one beautiful Gloucester Old Spot. They are just to the left of the main gate to OTS (the big field on your left on the way to Plains Meadow). Make sure you go to check them out.
 

 

Posted 5/3/2014 6:59am by Heidi Thunberg.
Farmer's Report 

Easter Snow
It really was a beautiful couple of weeks and we all felt the renewal of hope that spring brings. And then, it had to snow. We had a good laugh this morning just to keep ourselves from crying. It looks like the furnaces and the cold weather are with us for a bit longer.

Despite the cold snap, we have had a very productive week. The snap, snow and shelling peas were all planted, the blueberries are being pruned (that's Megan hard at work above) and we planted the first batch of greenhouse tomatoes. It was also the first full week of having our apprentices on the farm and it has been great getting to know them while accomplishing a lot more on the farm. 

Our Summer Youth programs are filling up fast. You can click here to find out more about them. We are piloting a couple programs this year for Scouts who can come to the farm to complete their badges and journeys. In addition, homeschooled children can jump in on the fun and learn about the different aspects of a working farm throughout the season. Click here to find out more.

Finally, it's almost Easter! We have plenty of our own hams in the freezer and we have assorted cuts of lamb. Holly will be baking bread for the rest of the week, too! Come on in and get your vittles for the big feast.
 
Posted 3/6/2014 10:10am by Heidi Thunberg.

Hello, Members.

We are excited to announce that we will be doing an Egg Share this spring. The ladies have been very cooperative and we have enough eggs to offer them as a CSA share. Yay! If you love our eggs, this is a great way to save some money by buying them up front.

This share will be just for the spring and will begin March 14th and end the last weekend in May. You can choose Friday, Saturdays and Sundays for March, but if you would like to change your day starting in April, when we open full-time, we can do that for you.

  

Sign up here for the Egg Share

 

While you are at it, don't forget to sign up for your regular summer CSA share if you haven't already!

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Posted 9/8/2013 8:17pm by Heidi Thunberg.

Dear Members,

Sometimes, fortune smiles on our little forays away from vegetable production into the world of small fruit growing, as it did with our heavy-weight champion of a blueberry crop. And sometimes, another thing entirely is smiling on us, like the hungry, rapidly multiplying members of a new species of fruit fly which we just confirmed in our raspberries. It seems like about time we had the talk. You know, the one about Spotted Wing Drosophila. 

 A potentially very difficult fruit pest has recently arrived in New England after making its way through the country's major fruit producing regions. This is the UMass Extension page on the subject. The long and short of it is that several characteristics of this bug make it extremely hard to control: 1) Unlike all our endemic fruit fly species, the SWD are able to lay eggs in SOUND FRUIT, not just rotting or overripe fruit,  2) They can complete their entire life cycle and start a new generation in ABOUT 8 DAYS, and 3) An individual female can lay up to 300 EGGS. 
   
This means if you are spraying insecticides, you have to spray every week, absolute bare minimum. For an organic farm mainly focused on vegetables and livestock, where we are limited to a few (very expensive) biologically derived insecticides, this is not a great option. We even just attended a workshop with folks from UMass to discuss strategies for controlling, and dealing with this new pest. While we develop farm specific and regional strategies, the UMass fruit specialist suggested people pick the plants thoroughly, refrigerate fruit immediately, use fruit as soon as possible,...be brave....and don't look too hard! 
 
For now that is the best we can tell you. The fruit is ripening beatifully, but along with it is likely another generation of SWD. Raspberries will be open for those who wish to pick, and keeping them picked is a huge help in controlling this pest. We just graze out there, and haven't bothered bringing any fruit home...they taste great, and we haven't worried about the extra protein. In the mean time, we will evaluate exactly how much equipment, and labor we can devote to the control of this pest in the future.  We thank you for your understanding, and continued support, and apologize to everyone who may have come home to find little visitors in their raspberry quarts.
 
(NOTE: There is the possibility that the flies could migrate into the cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes, so we will encourage people to pick them hard and to make use of the WHOLE field! The plants are loaded so don't be afraid to go out to the other end of the field!)


Sincerely,

Green Meadows Farm Crew

www.gmfarm.com

978-468-2277

656 Asbury Street

S. Hamilton, MA 01982

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Posted 8/28/2013 1:36pm by Heidi Thunberg.

Please join us for a fun-filled day at the farm on September 7th, 2013 from 11 am until 3 pm. We'll have a bunch of activities for everyone! We will have the usual favorites: an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting and crafts. We will also add an art contest and farm-fresh food from our kitchen. Come one, come all. It's free and open to the public. 

Posted 6/4/2013 10:30am by Heidi Thunberg.

Posted 5/14/2013 9:26am by Heidi Thunberg.

Join Barbara Emerson from Boston's Edible Magazine at Green Meadows Farm on Saturday May 18th, 11am to 12pm.

Barbara's class will include a take home handout full of great information as well as the opportunity for Q & A. Barbara offers great tips to not only beautify your outdoor space and living areas, but also discusses the growing to eat concept.

Please call the Farmstand to register for this free class, as space is limited. Hope to see you there!


Posted 5/7/2013 1:34pm by Holly King.

Join us at the Farm this Saturday May 11th between 11am and 2pm for our greatly anticipated annual "Meet The Lambs" Event. This year Mrs. Green will be leading small tour groups of children and parents, to see the lambs up close inside the fence. Tour groups will be on a 20 mintues rotation.

While you are on the Farm children are also invited to participate in the FREE craft time, visit our laying hens and run around outside.


Refreshments, snacks and lunch items are available for purchase in our Farmstand. Ample parking and restrooms are available.

Posted 3/8/2013 3:52pm by Heidi Thunberg.

Meet the Chick Day is still scheduled for tomorrow, March 9th from 10am - 1 pm, despite the heavy snowfall. I hope that you can all still make it!