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Welcome Spring (we hope)!

March, 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As we contemplate what it means to stay healthy, and care for ourselves and others, Carl and I are always drawn to deeper conversations about what it means to truly nurture one another - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This includes knowing what we are putting into our bodies for sustenance, where that food came from, and how the land and water resources have been cared for. 

We Envision a Future:

  • Where Vermont farmers thrive while nourishing their communities with nutrient-dense food grown from healthy animals and living soils.
  • Where profits stay local and support small businesses;
  • Where farmers are incentivized to adopt regenerative practices that sequester carbon and fight climate change. 
  • Where every Vermonter can determine what food is best for their family to eat.
  • Where the success of Vermont's agricultural economy is not measured solely in gallons, pounds or dollars extracted from the land, but also by the health and vitality of its stakeholders: farmers, consumers, businesses, communities, crops, animals, and soils.

We also look at the social implications around this same subject: Was the farmer paid enough for their product so that they can continue to feed their customers and care for their own needs? Is the store selling local and organic foods getting enough business so that they can thrive? Are our locally grown foods feeding our schools, hospitals, and other institutions? What are the other needs within a local community that contribute to a healthy and vibrant future for Vermont?

These conversations are happening RIGHT NOW across the state. Organized by Rural Vermont, these Groundswell Community Conversations are being held in 6 locations in Vermont during the months of March and April. The next (and final) ones will be in Shaftsbury on April 4th, Burlington on April 19th, and Craftsbury on April 26th. Please come and join the conversation!! Visit Rural Vermont's website to learn more.

So... now...(getting off of the soap box)... about us. Below is a list of products that we will have for sale this year along with On-Farm Workshops that we have planned (so far) for 2017. Please spread the word and we look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you at our farm this year.

Certified Organic Products for sale:

Organic Maple Syrup! - We have expanded our sugaring operation and got our maple operation certified this year.  Our syrup is available in 12 oz, Pint, Quart, Half Gallon and Gallon containers.

     

Organic Chicken - Reserve your meat birds for the coming season! Our first batch of birds will be ready by mid to late July.

Organic Turkey - Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey for this fall. Last year we ran out early; discounted price for early orders.

Organic Raw Milk - Once our cows are on pasture in May we will have more to sell.

Organic Garlic - We are growing a LOT of garlic this year! Enjoy by the braid, by the pound or individually.

Organic Flowers - Have a special event coming up this year (July - October)? Let's talk!

Organic Plant Starts & Perennials - We sell surplus starts and perennials in May/June, but if you want us to start some extra plants for you, please let us know soon!

Other Products For Sale

Pasture-Raised, Non-GMO Eggs (birds are fed food scraps & organic grain). Ask about our Turkey Eggs too!!

Lisa's Joyful Pottery - Has its own page now!! Click HERE and start shopping; will also do custom orders.

Holiday Wreaths

Upcoming Workshops at Earthwise Farm & Forest

1) Cheese, Butter & Yogurt Making Class: Sunday, April 9th from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, AND a second class is being offered on Saturday, May 20th from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

  • Learn a few different ways to make yogurt - successfully and consistently.
  • Get introduced to a couple different soft cheeses that are easy & fun to make.
  • Learn the tricks for making butter, and using butter molds.
  • Have fun learning with others in an intimate setting; get ready to laugh and taste some delicious creations.

The class will include a handout. Cheese & Yogurt Cultures, Citric Acid, and Butter Muslin Cloth will be for sale, so you can go home and start creating delicious treats for friends and family. Cost: $40 per person, $75 for two people. For more information, go HERE.

2) Spiritual Gardening: Dowsing & Agriculture: Sunday, April 23rd from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (BYO Lunch)

This hands-on workshop will incorporate the joys of farming/gardening/animal husbandry with some tools and ideas to assist in connecting with the unseen energetic intelligences (Nature Spirits, Garden Devas, Elementals, Fairies, Gnomes), creating an environment of spiritual exploration and co-creation. With the use of some common dowsing tools, participants will come away with an understanding of the limitless potential of dowsing and a spiritual approaches to farming, gardening, and working with animals. Cost: $45 per person, $80 for two people. For more info go HERE.

3) The Family Cow Workshop: Sunday, May 7th from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (BYO Lunch)

Interested in having a milk cow to feed your family and friends & wondering how to get started? Curious about the current VT regulations for selling raw milk? This class will cover the ins and outs of owning a family cow - from health & nutrition, to breeding, milking (hand milking or machine),finding your milking supplies, setting up a grazing system (fence training your calves), calf care, udder health, milk quality, raw milk sales, organic certification (if interested) and more. Cost: $70 per person, $130 for two people. For more info, go HERE.

4) Management Intensive Grazing for the Small, Diversified Farm: Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (BYO Lunch)

This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a small, diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants should come away with all the information that they need to set up a realistic grazing system for their farm. Cost: $70 per person, $130 for two people. For more info, go HERE.

With Love,

Carl Russell and Lisa McCrory

Earthwise Farm & Forest

Earthwise@myfairpoint.net

www.earthwisefarmandforest.com

802-234-5524

 


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