Nurturing and Sustaining One Another
March 2018 E-Newsletter from Earthwise Farm & Forest
"People are fed by the Food Industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food." - Wendell Berry
Food is medicine. On our farm it plays a primary role in our personal health care plan. Health - emotional, physical, spiritual - is found not just from the consumption of the food, but from the relationship developed between ourselves and the land and livestock that feed us. We nurture and are nurtured in return.
"Eating", says Wendell Berry, "is an agricultural act". He goes on to say "The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical - in short, a victim. When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with he land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of cultural amnesia that is misleading and dangerous." (The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry)
So for those looking for deeper connection to their food, here are some ways to strengthen your relationship to it: 1) Start a garden of your own, 2) Shop at farmers markets and get to know your farmers, 3) Purchase direct from the farm, 4) Volunteer at your favorite farm (s), 5) Support your local food coop (carrying products from many of our amazing local growers).
Though we do not sell at farmers markets, we DO like to sell straight from the farm along with some wholesale markets. This year, Earthwise Farm & Forest is offering a Modified CSA. For every $100 you spend on our farm, you receive $105 worth of product (5% savings!) - and this can be in the form of any of the items that we offer at our farm stand - meat, veggies, plant starts, pottery, flowers, maple syrup, wreaths, etc. Many of the products are listed below. We will even let you apply your pre-paid dollars towards our on-farm classes. To learn more or to set up an account, please contact us!
Farm Products for Sale this Year
1) Organic Chicken - reserve your meat birds for the coming season! Our first batch will be ready by late July.
2) Organic Heritage Turkey - Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey before September 1st and SAVE.
3) Organic Plant Starts and Perennials - plants avaiable will include tomato, broccoli, cabbage, flowers, rhubarb, mint, prairie sunflower, shasta daisy, and comfrey. Contact us in mid April to see what we have available.
4) Organic Cut Flowers - planning an event this summer or fall? In need of bouquets on a regular basis? Contact us to see we can do for each other. Otherwise, find our bouquets at Chef's Market starting in June.
5) Organic Raw Milk - We will have milk for sale starting this May our price per gallon (slight increase) will be $9/gallon.
6) Maple Syrup - (not certified org) - we are having a great season! Order by the half gallon, quart, 12 oz or 4.2 oz container.
7) Eggs - (not certified org) - our birds are starting to produce again, and are available in our farm store.
8) Lisa's Joyful Pottery - a selection can be found at our farm store and Chef's Market, and sample creations can be seen HERE on our webpage. Willing to take orders for personal requests.
Upcoming Workshops at Earthwise Farm & Forest
1) Spiritual Gardening: Dowsing & Agriculture: This Sunday, March 11th from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
With the use of some common dowsing tools, participants will come away with an understanding of the limitless potential of dowsing, and a spiritual approach to farming, gardening, and working with animals.This workshop will cover how dowsing works, and will share key points in 'asking the right question'. Attendees will be introduced to: Garden Layout & Design, Map Dowsing, and working with nature spirits and earth energies. Cost: $45 each or two for $80.For more info, go HERE. This is also being offered Sunday, April 22nd; additional dates may be scheduled based upon interest.
2) Cheese, Butter and Yogurt Making: Sunday, March 25th 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 goo quality raw milk, it is an easy and exciting ativity providing nutritious, quality food for your family. Cost: $40 each or two for $75. Go HERE for more info.
3) Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm: Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The perfect class for those interested in Regenerative Agriculture and Holistic Management grazing principles. Management Intensive Grazing, also known as Rational Grazing, is a form of management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological activity in your soil. This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats, and pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing & water system designs, movable grazing structures, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs for the different livestock groups. Cost: $70 each or $130 for 2 people. For more info, go HERE
4) The Family Cow: Sunday, May 20th from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
This class will help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for your family cow. This may also be an entry point for you to get into selling raw milk from the farm, or raising a beef animal (as a result of the occasional bull calf that you will have). A handout will provide you with the basic need-to-know information, plus a listing of useful books, and businesses that can supply you with the feed, nutritional supplies and other items that you will want to have in your farm first aid kit. Cost: $50 each or $90 for 2 people. For more info, go HERE.
We look forward to seeing you again this year and wish you all the best,
Carl Russell and Lisa McCrory
Earthwise Farm & Forest, Bethel, VT 05032