Category Archives: Farming Practices

Guest Blogger Lilly Baumann: “Understanding our Food’s Story: Tomatoes”

Lilly Baumann is one of fourteen First Year students from Kalamazoo College to visit our farm last Fall as a part of a service-learning project sponsored by the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement. After helping us select … Continue reading

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Guest Bloggers: “Cultivating Community” Cultivates Seeds

Each spring, as the ground softens under warming sunlight, I feel a corresponding stirring within myself; a steadying, a preparing. The winter season of dreaming and planning draws to an end and we ready ourselves for action. How will our … 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 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 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 5, 2016

Our newsletter from July 7: Dear CSA members, Summer came back with a vengeance this week, didn’t it? Too bad this hot weather hasn’t brought a nice thundershower along with it! We’ve been doing a lot of “hose wrangling” this … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 1, 2016

Our CSA newsletter from June 9: Dear CSA members, Sorry about the blue paper—I ran out of white and haven’t had time to get to the store! I promise something a little easier on your eyes for Week 2. Yay, … Continue reading

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CSA Newsletter: Week 18, 2013

Dear CSA members, What wonderful weather we’ve had this past week! In between weeding, watering, and harvesting this year’s fall crops, we’ve taken advantage of the sunshine and warmth to work on our preparations for next year. We’ve tilled in … Continue reading

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