Sweet, Sweet Corn: CSA Week 11

July 10-13, 2017 Sweet corn season started for us right around the first of July this year. The plan is to have another patch ripen every ten days or two weeks for the next couple of months. Each patch is a little different for various reasons, but will be beautiful in its own right. First, […]

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Meet a Few of Our Helpers: Week 10

July 3-July 6, 2017 We have made reference over the years in our newsletters about how we depend on certain insects to combat the insects that prey on our plants. Let’s take a closer look at some of the insectivores we raise at Elmwood Stock Farm, along with the herbivores, omnivores, fruits, and veggies. We […]

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Farm Fencing: CSA Week 9

June 26-29, 2017 It’s a bit counterintuitive, but it’s easier for us to contain a 1500 pound bull, than a five pound chicken, thanks to the advent of electric fencing technology. Before this type of fence was developed, it took a steel, woven wire fortress to keep a bull away from the cows, or sheep […]

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Organic Herbi-cides: CSA Week 8

June 19-22, 2017 We have a weed management strategy at Elmwood Stock Farm that encompasses numerous forms of weed killers, ‘herbi-cides’ if you will. None of our plans involve mixing toxic synthetic chemicals with water and spraying it around the farm. However, they do regard understanding biological principles and using ‘herbi-vores’ and cutting tools to […]

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Observations of the Industrial Food Machine: CSA Week 7

June 12-15, 2017 It’s been a couple of months since I drove to Wisconsin to secure new organically raised laying hens for the farm, but the images of the vast, open crop fields and grain elevators that I saw in the Midwestern plains stay with me. This large-scale, industrial agriculture is considered the norm to […]

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Integrity from the Ground Up: CSA Week 6

June 5-8, 2017 We had our annual organic certification inspection last week, spending the day with staff from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program. So, we think it’s an appropriate time to share some details with you on organic certification, how it works, and the […]

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Organic = Non-GMO: CSA Week 5

May 29-June 1, 2017 The technology behind genetically modified organisms (GMO) is fascinating. How the scientists place a particular gene of one species into the double-helix chromosome string of a totally different classification of life at precisely the right place to effect the expected change is nothing short of amazing. Miraculous biological beings are being […]

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Taking the Long View: CSA Week 4

May 22-25, 2017 As farmers, our job is to covert solar energy into human nutrition. Cellular-level photosynthesis is where the action is. Plants harvest and store this solar energy in many forms: Some store their energy in the soil, others store it in tasty fruit, or roots or seeds. Our system of managing the plants […]

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Mac’s Organic Evolution: CSA Week 3

May 15-18, 2017 When a bewildered-looking 3-year old looks up at you and asks, “Daddy, why did you spray poison on our food?” it makes you think. When you are trudging along a pond dam with a tank of toxic herbicide sloshing around on your back, spraying invasive thistle weeds, and fish “accidentally” die off, […]

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Eat Your Greens: CSA Week 2

May 8-11, 2017 We only get 22 weeks to offer news and info through your CSA newsletter this season, and here we are dedicating a whole newsletter article to greens. This should tell you how important we think greens are, and also it should tell you that you need to get ready to eat some […]

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