Author Archives: Harvest of Joy Farm LLC

About Harvest of Joy Farm LLC

At Harvest of Joy Farm LLC we seek to develop, practice, and share farming systems that mirror the resilience, diversity, and self-sufficiency of a healthy biotic community.

Organic Intensive, Jan. 6: Diverse Grains for Farms and Homesteads

In his role on the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance board, John has been working to coordinate a day-long workshop on growing grains in Michigan. Serious gardeners and homesteaders, as well as farmers interested in developing markets for small … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Season

Six days of work are spent To make a Sunday quiet That Sabbath may return.  –Wendell Berry, from A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997   But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 13, 2016

More than a few days late, but here’s our newsletter from September 8: Dear CSA members, Here it is, your final weekly share of the season! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to grow food for you again this season. … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 12, 2016

Our newsletter from September 1: Dear CSA members, The first of September already! This is the time of year when I look back on the season and wish I had a time machine to transport me back to Spring so … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 11, 2016

Our newsletter from August 25: Dear CSA members, Ah, some cooler weather at last! That certainly has made this harvest morning more pleasant, despite the humidity. As I was cutting parsley for you this morning, I had to pick around … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 10, 2016

Our newsletter from August 18: Dear CSA members, The old adage “when it rains it pours” seemed just a bit too literal this past week. Of course we are grateful for the rain, but I was sloshing through puddles between … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 9, 2016

Our newsletter from August 11: Dear CSA members, Summer just keeps on coming, doesn’t it? We’ve got our fingers crossed that the forecasted Friday rain materializes, since everything is dry, dry, dry again. Irrigation is a poor substitute for a … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 8, 2016

Our newsletter from August 4: Dear CSA members, After three years of beekeeping, we finally have a honey harvest! Just a bit, because we want to make sure that the bees have enough to get them through the winter—that’s why … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 7, 2016

Our newsletter from July 28: Dear CSA members, We had a wonderful vacation full of rivers, waterfalls, pine trees, and some magnificent oaks. One of the hardest sacrifices for me in farming has been giving up so many summer camping … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 6, 2016

Our newsletter from July 14: Dear CSA members, Even though the storms that passed through the area yesterday managed NOT to bring us any rain, it sure is nice to have the humidity a little lower this morning! Overall, things … Continue reading

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