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Let the Growing Season Begin!

March 2016 E-Newsletter for Earthwise Farm & Forest

"In spring a living, spirit-filled organism awakens, and in the plants we can see something that is pushed out of the countenance of our earth in some realm where it wants to begin to feel and think. Just as everything in the human being tends toward a self-conscious ego, so it is also in the realm of plants." 
(Rudolph Steiner,'The Spirit in the Realm of Plants').

The beginning of another growing season is always an exciting time for us. It is a time when everything around us is awakening; seedlings are sprouting, turkey and layer chicks are hatching, piglets and meat bird chicks will soon be arriving, our cows return to grazing lush pastures, and we enjoy the longer days and the satisfaction of using our bodies to their fullest as we function as co-creators and stewards of the Whole Farm Organism we call Earthwise Farm & Forest. Having that strong connection to the source of our sustenance, we develop an open dialogue with nature; evolving with our land and our livestock - energy and experiences intertwined. 


How fortunate we are to have a lifestyle such as this and fortunate to live in such a progressive state (Vermont) where there is a growing local food system, legislation that is becoming more 'small farm friendly', and an amazing organization like Rural Vermont willing to rally for 'Real Food. Real Farms. Real Change'. Our hope is that through the growth of a vibrant local food system, all eaters will gain a stronger connection to that which sustains them; developing a more active dialogue with, and heightened awareness of, the natural system around them.


What we sell & how to get it

As we enter the 2016 growing season, we welcome you to participate and share in our abundance. We market our products through our Website, On the Farm, the Randolph Farmers Market (new this year), and our organic rhubarb, and vibrant flower bouquets can also be found at Chef's Market in Randolph, VT. 

We welcome Pre-orders for: chicken, heritage turkey, pastured pork, flowers (for events, weekly flower CSA pick-up, or bulk purchasing), garlic and our Holiday Wreaths, pasture raised Eggs, plant starts, herbs, perennials and surplus veggies. Another new item that you will find at our farm store and at the Randolph Farmers Market this year is Lisa's 'Joyful Pottery'. Come pick from a selection of mugs, bowls, plates or butter dishes or ask for something to be custom made.  


Educational Workshops

We love to share what we know, and open our farm for workshops throughout the calendar year. Below is a listing of events that are scheduled so far. Keep checking in with us as we add events and dates in response to customer interest/demand.

Upcoming Events happening on the Farm

1) Introduction to Dowsing and Its Use in Agriculture  Saturday, April 2nd, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This workshop will cover how dowsing works, and will introduce you to some commonly used dowsing tools. We will then show you how you can use dowsing in your farming and gardening endeavors: from garden layout and design, determining soil nutrient levels, calculating soil amendments needed, and much more – including working with garden devas and nature spirits. You will come away with not only a sense of the vast potential of dowsing for agriculture, but for all aspects of your life.  Go HERE for more info.

2) Cheese, Butter, Yogurt Making Class  Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn how to make delicious soft cheeses, yogurt and butter in your own kitchen! Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs, or other flavors to your final product. With simple instruction and good quality raw milk, it is an easy and exciting activity providing nutritious, quality food for your family. Go HERE for more info.

3) Advanced Dowsing Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Professional dowser, Steve Herbert In this Advanced level workshop, which will include: * a quick review of basic dowsing, dowsing tools, experiencing a dowsing reaction & discovering one’s personal codes. * Live Water: Discussion and demonstration about procedures in location of water well sites; * Seven levels of the development of a dowser, including theories about how dowsing works and methods to improve accuracy;* Earth energy dowsing, agricultural dowsing and other topics as time permits. Some Prior experience in dowsing required. Go HERE for more info.

4) The Family Cow Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Interested in having a milk cow? Wondering how to get started? Interested in managing your livestock organically? Join us and learn some important points for your new adventure. Go HERE for more info.

5) Management Intensive Grazing For the Small Farm Sunday, May 15th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a small, diversified farm, using a range of livestock including poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will learn how to set up a grazing system to complement their animal numbers (or anticipated animal numbers). Go HERE for more info.

Other Events to Watch Out For

1) Small Farm Action Days 
Wednesday, March 30th and Tuesday, April 26th 
Taking place at the State House in Montpelier, VT, and organized by Rural Vermont, 
Let’s put a face on the “small farmer” and highlight the crucial role they are playing in the future of Vermont agriculture! Join Rural Vermont and introduce your farm to legislators and policy makers.  Share your story of the practices and values that guide your farming work. This is also be a great way to network with other farmers and learn more about how you can play a role in shaping public policy. The March 30th focus will be On-Farm Slaughter:Preserving a Vermont Tradition. For more information, go to Rural Vermont's SFAD webpage or call 802-223-7222FREE and open to all, farmer stipends available.

All the best to you!

Carl Russell and Lisa McCrory

Earthwise Farm and Forest, Bethel, VT 05032

802-234-5524, earthwise@myfairpoint.net


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