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Silver Forge Farm CSA will be starting our second year in 2015. Each share will include pasture raised eggs, organic vegetables and fruit as well as farm sourced items such as wool products from our Shetland sheep. We are done with the 2014 season but we will be taking names for a 2015 waiting list. Email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
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31 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Happy Halloween to you and yours! To any shareholders stopping by to pick up eggs tomorrow, the chickens would like you to know they LOVE old jack o lanterns and pumpkin guts :)
25 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Well we finally bought a "real" tractor after pushing a series of ride on mowers to the limits of their engines the past few years. It is a John Deere 1025 and has so far been a great help preparing for the winter. We kept her very busy today toting blueberry bushes are going in the ground and pepper plants and fig trees coming out. Looking forward to a long and reliable future together.
21 Oct 2014 | facebook:
We had our first frost last night. Its always a visual conclusion to the season seeing so many of the plants we grew die off in one night to make way for winter. Usually this is a time when I'm exhausted with picking greens and packing up the truck on friday nights. Every year so far I've been ready to spend the days reading/napping by the old Vermont castings wood stove. This year is different though. For the first year in a long time I'm frustrated that the season is over and that planting more, tilling more, and growing more isn't going to happen until spring.
I think this change is because of the new challenges and opportunities that the CSA offered us. Its allowed me to spend more time farming than ever before and see the complex, unpredictable and sublime system that nourishes us. As an eternal pessimist I spend too much time thinking what we could do better but thats what keeps me growing and creating new ways to make this work. But I also need to focus on our successes, we've grown more vegetables both in amount and diversity this year than ever before, produced more eggs by far and with less chickens due to finally figuring out how this whole Joel Salatin pastured poultry thing works, and started the only CSA in Monmouth County, New Jersey which is one of the most expensive places to own land in the country that isn't being used as a McMansion or strip mall. Thanks so much to our members and every friend who stopped by to help me move a bail of hay, turn off the hose or buy a dozen eggs. I've got so many ideas and plans for next year and promise it will be bigger, delicious and more radical than ever.
20 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Interested in starting your own backyard flock? We've got laying hens for sale!
17 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Week 20 CSA pick up tomorrow at the regular time 8 to 8. We're having an end of the year party from 1 to 5ish, pick up your share and meet the other CSA members and talk about plans for next season.
17 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Modern Farmer isn't always up my alley, what with articles like "Balancing Farming and Professional Surfing!" but I did find this article pretty interesting - I never had heard, for example, where "buy the farm" came from....
14 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Getting ready for the winter. If any CSA members want firewood with their shares this week let us know.
13 Oct 2014 | facebook:
CSA Pickups today 11 am- 7pm. Mustard greens and other late season delights.
07 Oct 2014 | facebook:
CSA PICKUP CHANGE: This week we will be at a wedding on Saturday so we will be doing pickups from 9-5 on SUNDAY and 11 to 7 on MONDAY. Just let us know if that is a problem.
04 Oct 2014 | facebook:
Happy rainy Saturday everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that the farm will look a bit different today, so be careful not to miss your turn.
The power lines that run over our farm made this flat, fertile land affordable for agriculture, but that means we share rights to it with the power company. When we moved in, there were many trees that, while mature, healthy, and beautiful, had been planted in the past against the power company's approval. Every two years, we have taken up long and stressful negotiations over our maples, hollies, and Bradford pears. They have finally gotten too big, and this week they were taken down. We are still getting used to our new "look", but are trying to focus on the positives.
We will be using our landscaping reimbursement on dramatically expanding our fruit plantings, adding more pear and cherry trees, as well as mulberries and chestnuts. While the trees will not be bearing for a few years, we will also be planting and harvesting figs, raspberries, blackberries, bluberries, currants, and strawberries next season, even if in small amounts. With an eye towards the future, good morning from (our much changed) farm.
27 Sep 2014 | facebook:
Looking forward to seeing all our shareholders tomorrow - enough Americaunas laying that everyone will get some cool green eggs in their shares, as well greens and a choice of carrots or radishes. In the choice cooler this week are some awesome fingerling potatoes, the last of the tomatoes, mini bell peppers, squash blossoms, string beans, and okra.
Today the girls and I went on a little adventure to visit and put a deposit down on this guy, a 5 month old Shetland ram named Bazz. He has a gorgeous chocolate fleece under that sun bleaching, and will be joining our flock this November. If Mother Nature cooperates, we should have some bouncing baby lambs this spring, and enough fleece to send off to the wool mill to be made into socks by the following fall. We didn't realize that incorporating fiber products into our CSA would be quite such a multi year endeavor, but we are excited to be taking the next step and move into breeding our Shetlands this year. Thank you, as always, for coming along on the adventure with us.
13 Sep 2014 | facebook:
Just ordered our seed garlic! Trying Seed Saver's German Extra Hardy this season. These will be harvested in early summer 2015!
08 Sep 2014 | facebook:
We didn't have power on and off all weekend here on the farm, so Sunday afternoon found us fleeing to the sheep show. As always, the NJ Sheep and Fiber Festival was great - so many gorgeous animals. We were able to catch up with the shepherd who got us started in Shetlands and find a local Shetland ram to lease this fall to breed our girls. Of course the angora goats, being goats, were much more into posing for the camera. :) The festival is held every year in early September at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, and is full of every breed of sheep you could imagine, with several barns full of gorgeous yarns, raw fleeces, and combed, carded, and dyed wool for sale. Alpacas, Angora goats, and Angora rabbits round out the crew, and you can learn to spin and shear as well.
01 Sep 2014 | facebook:
Meet the newest blended family on the farm...after spending all of August sharing a nest, they hatched out nine babies yesterday and escorted them out into the world today. About half are Cayugas and at least three belong to our Blue Swedish mama - can't wait to see what they look like as they grow up!