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Champaign, OH:  Precious Time with Katie


I can honestly say I really haven’t spent much time in a greenhouse. However that changed Friday during the thaw of the ice event when I spent a few afternoon hours with Katie Hoover. I could not believe how nice and summery it was in there. I realize obviously it would be warmer but I had no idea how it would make me feel to be in there. It was a very happy place, full of bright potential and… color. The contrast was the ice just outside the plastic walls which kept folks hunkered down inside their homes and our children home from school for a few extra hours of most-likely brain-stunting video usage. Blah!

We played in the dirt and talked about life amongst the blooms and it felt like a different time of the year. It was sort of puzzling to me as the plants which produced like in late spring did not know it was only February. I felt like they were being tricked somehow.

While Katie worked up flats and slowly shook the tiniest of seeds into their new soil home, I cut shoots from their mother plant to begin life anew on their own. It seemed so harsh but Katie promised me they would be fine. Pruning always seems to be hard for me to do even though I know it is how new life begins. I can’t stand to do it to my fruit trees, and give that job to the husband, but feel like this is the year I have to get tough and “just do it”. I’ll keep you all posted on that later.

Let’s just say I wish for everyone to find a greenhouse, especially on the bleakest winter day, and peek in for an out-of-body experience. You see nature’s beauty when you’ve forgotten how pretty things can be. You smell the work of nature in the air and on your blackened hands. You feel the warmth of the sun, whether real or slightly man-made. Take a few minutes to experience a greenhouse this late winter day.

If you need a suggestion, I can highly recommend Franklin Park Conservatory to help aid the winter blahs. Especially now as they have their orchids and a fantastic exhibit featuring art made of waste materials found in public waterways, beaches and streams. It’s amazing how beautiful the female artist makes it look even as she is highlighting the destructive force of littering and plastic on our world. It’s a beautiful use of plastic, if I might put those two words in one sentence.

Have a wonderful day and keep watching for signs of spring, either man-made or real!

The Cumming Harvest:  Weblog Entry


Market News

Our FEATURED FARMER OF THE MONTH is
Farmer Greg Hutchins of Heritage Farm in Bowdon, Ga.
www.heritage-farm.net

How long have you been farming? When and why did you create Heritage Farm?
I grew up in a farming and gardening family so I started my first garden as soon as I moved away from home at 18. We (Lainya and I) have gardened our entire marriage and we added the livestock little by little over the years. We founded Heritage Farm when we moved to Carroll County in 2006 and originally just planned it as a family farm and a new heritage for our children. We wanted to be set apart from all the worldly influence that is killing our country. We officially opened as a farm business in 2009 when I lost my job in the construction meltdown.

Why did you decide to grow food sustainably?
This may be a little sensitive but honestly we started seeing a huge amount of “early” development in a lot of the children in our society (home school groups, church etc..) particularly the girls. Lainya was very instrumental in doing the research on all the hormones and other junk and we gradually just started moving away from all of it. I was very much a traditional type gardener using commercial 10-10-10 and as much sevin dust as we could buy but once we realized how really really bad all that stuff was for you we felt we owed it to ourselves and our children to try something different. We did and it works!

What kind of animals do you have on the farm?
As of this morning we have cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, lambs, goats, rabbits, horse, donkey, dogs and a cat. We will be adding some turkeys as soon as the poults are ready in April.

What type of animal do you enjoy raising the most?
The pigs have been the most fun so far. We like them all but pigs, once you get to know them, are a blast. Its like having 4 and 5 hundred pound lap dogs!

Tell us about the land/property you have?
We are on approximately 35 acres of pasture and hardwood mixed. We use a rotational paddock and woodlot system to manage our grass, fertilize and restore the woodlots. We have about 1 – 2 acres dedicated to homestead and garden with the rest for the animals.

What do you find to be the most challenging job/task on the farm?
Aside from the financial challenges that every small farmer faces the other one is just keeping the schedule balanced so we can tend to all the tasks at hand. Time managment is very important on the farm and somedays there just isnt enough time to get it all managed!!

What do you enjoy the most? Why?
For me it is the 24/7 relationship with my wife and kids. Since we school at home and farm together it gives us a unique relationship that I find very enjoyable. We most assuredly have challenges but I can not think of a more rewarding way to spend my days. Plus we are not so hinered and influenced by the world that we lose sight on the important things like our faith, family values and God’s creation.

Do you have any help on your farm? Who helps you?
I usually hire some apprentice type labor during spring and peak summer but it is mostly me, Lainya and the kids (Jacob, Grace, Jordan and Mary)

Do you have a favorite recipe? What is it?
My gosh that’s a hard one….Lainya has developed so many farm fresh dishes and I can burn a piece of pork pretty much as good as the next guy but I guess my favorite would be whatever is next on the menu! What we really do enjoy is just eating whatever is fresh, local and in season as much as possible. When you eat like that its all good!

Do you have any short term or long term goals for your farm?
Short term is to get more infrastructure done so we can better manage our time. We also want to add a small goat or cow dairy to our operations. Long term I would like to add a few more acres, get debt free and position ourselves to let the next generation take over.

What is your favorite food to grow?
Tomatoes, Corn (non GMO of course) and anything pork are very high on all our lists.

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
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To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Champaign, OH:  Everyone jump for joy!


If you needed something to be excited about this rainy Wednesday, I’ve got it! The market closed last night with one of our biggest weeks yet! We added new vendors who I’ll brag about later today and awesome new customers too! We couldn’t be happier that the market continues to grow and support our wonderful communities! Even better, the customers gain more options to eat healthier while the growers continue to be financially rewarded for their hard work! Thanks to everyone for working together on such a great common goal!

Swainsboro, GA:  Market closes tonight


just a reminder the market will be closing tonight. There is still time to order

Stone County, AR:  Market's Closed


Hi, Everyone!

The Market’s now closed.

See you next week!

Russellville Community Market:  Market Reminder


Only a few more hours of ordering time for the market! Be sure to get your orders in by 10:00 p.m. tonight!

Don’t forget we have new pick up times available from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Market on Thursday at All Saints Episcopal Church!

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook
Be sure to click on the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page to get automatic updates. Thanks!

Russellville Community Market

Champaign, OH:  Tick, tock!


Just a quick FYI that the market closes tonight at 8 pm! Please get your orders in soon! We will miss seeing you Thursday if you don’t! That would make all of our volunteers very sad and you don’t want to be responsible for that, would you? Is my sad attempt at humor working? Probably not, but we do enjoy seeing every one of you!

Tahlequah Farmers Market:  Market opens


The online market is open ! Pick up day will be on March 9th between 12 and 1 pm at Norris Park. Other arrangements can be made if you are unable to be there. Just contact the market.

Melody Lane Co-op:  February 26, 2013 - Co-op Meeting this Thursday





Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday to place your order.

Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.



CO-OP NEWS




This is a quick reminder to get your orders in by 7:00pm this evening. This week we just have the usual Carlton Farm products and a few little extra things from previous group orders. I am looking forward to the co-op meeting at my home this Thursday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. We will discuss ideas for the future of the co-op including new products to offer and possible volunteer opportunities. I hope you can make it :)

Sandra

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



Below is a list of upcoming co-op events. Go ahead and mark your calendars, more details will be availabe soon.

February 28, 6:00pm – Co-op Meeting
March 7, 3:00-7:00pm – Rendering Lard/Tallow Demonstration
March 14, 7:00pm – Yogurt Workshop
March 21, 1:00pm – Making Soap & Lotion with tallow
April 4, 7:00pm – Sauerkraut & Fermented Vegetables Workshop


And don’t forget about the local Weston A. Price Conference on March 16th!
Register soon because it WILL sell out – http://buildingnt2013.eventbrite.com

CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

Champaign, OH:  One more...for our neighbors to the south...


I also should pass along the Master Gardeners of Clark County are planning their 5th Annual Garden Fling on April 6, at Kenton Ridge High School, 4444 Middle Urbana Rd. Doors and vendors open at 8:30 am with programs beginning at 9. It is a full day of gardening programming with topics like invasive plants, tree planting, backyard greenhouses, seed to plant, container planting and back-by-demand, ask the experts! For more info, visit Clark.osu.edu or call 937-521-3860. Sounds like a great time!