This Week on the Farm

Greetings Family, Friends, and Neighbors! Me and my good intentions, sigh. I did not update here as planned and I will forgo the long drawn out excuses. If you know me, you know that I’m usually pulled in 15 different directions daily, lol.

Anyway, here are a few updates by way of photos:

First, I wanted to back up to Spring 2020. I just realized that I forgot to post a picture of the new addition to the stand. We built this structure to protect the plants that we sell from the wind.

Next, here’s an updated photo of the greenhouse project. It’s coming along, slower than we would like, but it’s coming along.

Last, I wanted to share a beautiful photo that my 14 year old daughter took.

Fall night sunset

We have other things in the works that I will have to share at a later date. Until till then we hope that everyone is doing well, striving and thriving! Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Hello family, friends and neighbors!  I know it’s been quite some time since this site was updated.  We had big plans for this season, that is until the virus came along and basically changed everyone’s way of life.

The main market that we had planned to attend, the Trotwood Community Market, canceled for the season.  We felt honored to be invited back to the 2nd Street Market, however, unfortunately we were not able to accept the invitation due to several issues that we could not overcome.  Other markets that we considered were also closed for the season.

What now?  Well, we have a limit amount of produce and herbs (potted and fresh cut) available.  You may call us to find out availability and place an order.  You can also drop by.  Our farm sign is not up and there is no produce on the stand, but we can pull things fresh from the fields if you want to wait for your order.

We are still accepting EBT/SNAP, Produce Perks and PRx coupons.  Produce Perks (for customers who use their EBT/SNAP card) matches up to 20.00 at this time.  We are not handing out Produce Perks coins due to the virus, but we will accept them.  You will get 1/2 off of your order in lieu of receiving Produce Perks coins this year.  We are also accepting WIC Farmers Market coupons and may be accepting Senior Farmers Market coupons.  Cash, credit, and debit also accepted.  Sorry, we do not accept checks.

I plan to update this site again sometime this weekend with more information related to what we are physically doing on the farm and some fun photos.  Until then, Shalom!

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The Week on the Farm

Hello Family, Friends, and Neighbors!  We hope all is well with everyone.

We are still in the midst of launching the online farm stand.  We are having a few technical glitches, but once that is all ironed out we should be able to go live with that.

The physical farm stand is now open and ready to serve you.   We have several garden plant starts, potted herbs, and a few potted flowers.  We also have fresh spearmint, oregano, sage, winter savory, and french tarragon.  More to come soon!

Our farm will not be participating in the Farm to Families Food Box program.

My apologies for such a short post,  we have been very busy and I am also having a lot of  computer related technical difficulties (which is also why there are no photos in this post).  Hopefully the next update will be better!

Shalom!

 

 

This Week on the Farm

Greetings Family, Friends and Neighbors!  Well, as you all know it’s been a rather interesting and unprecedented season.  Hopefully we are at the beginning of the end of it.

Whether or not we are at the beginning of the end, the situation will change how farmers markets operate for this season (and perhaps beyond).  At this point our plan is to operate our stand Sunday through Friday, 10am – 7pm starting no later than June 1st.  We are also conversing with Ms. Ciara Lewis, Trotwoods’ Parks and Recreation Program Specialist about providing produce for their Community Market.

Additionally, we are considering helping a certain number of people who live in the cities of Brookville or Trotwood set up a “Victory Garden 2.0” at their residence between the dates of May 15th and May 31st.  The program would provide FREE tilling and installation of your plants/seeds (or you would be able to buy plants/seeds from us).  If you live in the city of Brookville or Trotwood and are interested in garden help please email us at the8stus@yahoo.com with RE: Victory Garden 2.0 in the subject box to get information and updates about that potential program.

On to farm updates.  We have been busy with a lot of perennial plantings.  From herbs to shrubs and trees, we are putting them in the ground.

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Medicinal and Culinary herbs

 

Over 30 pear and apple trees have been grafted and planted!

New varieties of pears and apples grafted onto rookstock.

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The building that used to be red is now gray since the siding job has been completed.

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The parking lot has been extended.

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Base posts for the greenhouse have been set.

Some seeds have been planted and some seedlings are ready to be planted.

Those are all the major/minor updates that I will be sharing for now.  Hopefully I will be able to update again in a few weeks.  Until then, stay as healthy as possible and if you haven’t already, we urge you to seek the Most High and if you are already His, continue to seek His ways.  Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings Family, friends, and neighbors!  This post is not actually about our farm at all.  It is about an important (in our opinion) Kickstarter for a film that highlights (urban) Rid-All Farm in Cleveland, Ohio. 

We do not know the producer of the film or farm owners/staff personally at all.  We were made aware of this project by “divine appointment” just because we were looking for other black owned farms in Ohio today.  Please consider visiting the Kickstarter page and supporting this effort by donation and urging others to donate (use word of mouth, email, and social media posts).  They only have 17 more days left to get funding. 

People spend a lot of $$$$$ each year supporting big budget Hollywood films (by attending movies) renting Redboxes, joining streaming services such as Netflix, and buying cable.  That will do nothing for them or their community.  We are in a sad state when we spend BIG BUCKS on all of that buy will hesitate to give 10.00 to support a positive documentary about black people trying to make a difference in their community.  We have to change this mindset, wouldn’t you agree?  Just 10.00 will enable the supporter of this Kickstarter to download a digital copy of the documentary once completed.  I will mention again, we have no affiliation at all with this farm (they probably have never even heard of our little farm).  We just want to support this positive effort to encourage communities around the globe.

Here’s the link to the Kickstarter:

This Week on the Farm

Shalom family, friends, and neighbors!  What mild weather we are having.  It’s not very cold, but we have had our share of rain.  Right now we are working on getting the rest of a separate out building resided.

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We have started on the greenhouse build as well, but all the rain isn’t making it easy on us.

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We are hoping to finish the structural work on it by the end of this month.  Hopefully, we’ll have some updates on this project for you soon!  Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Shalom family, friends, and neighbors!  A new year often brings new goals and again we will attempt to have one of our goals to be updating this website consistently!  Many of you know that we had a tough 2019 season.  It started off with weather that many old time farmers said that could very well be the worst that they had seen.  It was rain, rain, and more rain.  We had just about recovered from the terrible weather and another hardship struck July 11th.  Fire!  Long story short, our barn and chicken coop burned to the ground.  We lost a lot, including our 3 Nigerian Dwarf Goats.  To add insult to injury, our surviving animals, Hershey, a small jersey heifer cow, and Blue, a male miniature  horse, had to be put in the only other fenced area that was available at the time. Incidentally, this was also where we had a good deal of crops planted.  As you can imagine, they enjoyed the crops.  We also suffered crop damage in other areas because when the chicken coop burned down, there was no area to put the chickens in that they could not escape from.  They had a field day.  We had to drop all of our markets except the 2nd Street Market.  With David working a full schedule, we struggled to balance all of the responsibilities that we now had due to the fire.  I don’t want to make this post longer than it needs to be, so I will just say that we are thankful that The Most High saw us through everything and we are about 75% of the way done with rebuilding.  I present to you, our new barn:

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In our next post, we will let you know what we are currently doing, so be sure to visit often for updates.  Shalom!

 

This Week on the Farm

Greetings Family, Friends, and Neighbors!  My apologies for the lack of updates.  We were busy with various farm related projects, including getting FOOD in the ground.  We also suffered (lightly) a little set back when the storm hit (tornadoes, for those who don’t know).  The farm didn’t suffer any physical damage, however we lost power and water from Monday night until Thursday night that week, so we lost some plants.  We are still without telephone and internet services, which is why I am not able to post any update pictures today.

We plan to be at the Pearl Market this Friday from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm.

We expect to have:

  • Mango Pineapple Jam
  • Potted Indoor/Outdoor Herbs
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Kohlrabi
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spring Onions
  • Pak Choi

We hope to see you there!  Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings family, friends, and neighbors! Busy, busy, busy describes the activity on the farm this spring! From starting seeds to building structures. Moving fences and processing compost. Planting, planting, and more planting. Spring is officially here!


Next weekend we plan to take a small break to attend the O.E.T.A. conference.

That’s all for now! Shalom!