One of the first questions potential members ask about is the contents of the boxes they will be receiving. Lately we have been posting pictures from some of last year's boxes like the one at left that was one of the shares from July. Each share is loaded with whatever is growing at the time, but not just by accident, our goal is to have diverse offering at all times and this takes a whole lot of planning and succession sowing. During the season we also offer sample boxes two times, so those who are wondering what it is all about can have a little taste as well. (Dates will be announced soon!) A share in the CSA harvest is a terrific way to connect with local agriculture and to keep in touch with the seasons, it is our pleasure to bring it to you!!
It has taken a few days but the new hens have finally made their way outside! At this time of year we increase our flock size to supply our CSA program and also another farm where we sell eggs. We bring in 17 week old hens that have not yet begun to lay but will in about three weeks. It will take them the three weeks to get acclimated to their surroundings and learn where the nests are. The hens will lay very small but very flavorful eggs for about 6 weeks, just in time to grace our patron's boxes. How do we raise our hens? We free range three separate flocks , two are on pasture and one is rotated between our raspberry patch and grass. They currently are fed a custom mix feed , in addition to grass, wheatgrass and buckwheat lettuce in the winter (we grow it for them) but we are hoping to go 100% sprouted grains before the end of the summer, this will be much easier for them to digest and super healthy!! No antibiotics are EVER given to the hens, we instead incorporate apple cider vinegar and garlic as preventatives , this has served us well as we have had zero losses from health issues since we began this maintenance program. I will publish more about our chickens during the season as they play a major part in the sustainable system we are trying to create here on