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New Announcements & Updates in the Works!

Keep an eye out for updates on classes & workshops, grow lists for the 2014 season, Spring plant sales, and other exciting announcements.

We have a new CSA Pick-up Location!

February 9, 2014

seedGood news for all you Jasper-ites that are looking for a convenient place to pick-up fresh produce every week! Wolfscratch Farm is now partnering with the Natural Market Place on Main Street for our 2014 CSA.

You can sign up for our CSA, and pick up a weekly share of fresh, local fruits and vegetables either at Wolfscratch farm for our “open market CSA” model or at the Natural Market Place for a pre-packed CSA share. Pick-up will be on Thursdays from 2-5PM.

For more information on our CSA and pricing, click here or call us at 770.617.8403.

The deadline to sign up is February 15th, so don’t delay!

Understanding Where Your Food Comes From

January 26, 2014

One of our biggest motivations for doing what we do at Wolfscratch Farm is summarized nicely in this 5 minute video circulating on Facebook: http://www.upworthy.com/3-lies-about-food-youre-used-to-hearing-and-might-even-believe?c=tkp1

Take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about where most of the countries current food supply comes from, and what it is doing to our environment (not to mention what it is doing to us as a country). Buying local from small, sustainable farms is one step in changing how we treat our land, animals, and environment. Learning how to grow your own food without the use of chemicals is even better!

Supporting our local farmers (and store owners and other small businesses) is an important way to use your money to support causes that are important to you and your family and in keeping big business from controlling our lives through easy persuasion of government spending and ideology to suit the needs of big business and not the needs of the people.

Learn How to Graft and Prune your Fruit Trees!

January 22, 2014

Join the Wolfscratch Farm Staff and Michael Blackwell, Master Gardener and heirloom apple orchardist, this Saturday for a class on introductory orcharding. Topics covered for the class will include grafting, pruning techniques, coppicing and pollarding, and small orchard planning using permaculture techniques. The class will be taught in our own young permaculture orchard where you can see first-hand how a future food forest can be started with just a few steps.

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If this sort of thing interests you and you haven’t yet signed up, please do so on our Classes & Workshops page before Saturday. Class will be held from 11 AM to 4 PM. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

We’re Ready for the Rocket

November 27, 2013

Today we built a preliminary core for our rocket mass heater, and with some coaxing of bricks and brambles we were able to get a good sideways burn going. We were also able to finalize a plan and whip up a drawing for what we have in mind. We’re so excited to see it all coming together, especially with the bitterly cold weather we’ve had the last couple of days.

Our drawing for the Greenhouse RMH!

Our drawing for the Greenhouse RMH!

Tomorrow before Thanksgiving dinner we’ll be leveling out the foundation and completing some other last minute prep for the workshop this weekend. If you’re interested and haven’t signed up, we still have a few spots available! The weather is slated to warm up a good bit, and it’s going to be a blast. If you have signed up, we thank you and look forward to seeing your lovely faces this weekend. Don’t forget to bring something along for the potluck lunch! (*whisper* Your favorite Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are perfectly acceptable!)  :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Warmly,
The Wolfscratch Family

We ♥ Hügelkultur!

November 26, 2013

This weekend in our Permaculture 101 class, we took advantage of the lovely working weather and built ourselves a hügelkultur bed by the greenhouse. If you’re not familiar, hügelkultur is a method for construction of specialized raised beds that greatly reduce the need for irrigation while simultaneously building your soil and encouraging burgeoning microbial life that is essential to optimal plant health.

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The most important component of the system is the burial of rotting logs at the base, which act as a sponge for long-term water retention and eventually break down into rich humus, feeding your plants for years. photo (1)We’re in the process of installing a hügelkultur  garden on the south side of our greenhouse whose plantings will double as a source of shade for the hot summer months (stacking functions, an essential permaculture concept!).  If this sort of stuff interests you, keep an eye out for classes and workshops that we’ll be offering throughout the growing season next year! One of our most important goals for the farm is that it becomes a center of teaching and learning as much as it is a source of truly good food for the community.

Cob Construction & Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

November 17, 2013

ImageGreetings, all! For quite some time now, we’ve had plans to construct our very own rocket mass heater in the greenhouse to help keep our starts warm when we begin propagation in January. This is an easily constructed, super-efficient, high-heat variation of a wood burning stove that is quickly gaining popularity in the world of permaculture and sustainable living. To learn more, please visit this wonderfully comprehensive article: http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp. Image

It seems we’ll finally get underway with construction at the end of this month, and we would love for you to join us for the experience and to learn how to construct both cob and a simple rocket mass heater! On Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st, we’ll be making cob (an earthen building material consisting of clay, sand, and straw) to encase the inner-workings of our rocket mass heater and to create a thermal mass bench for radiating heat into our greenhouse for extended periods. We’ll be making multiple batches of cob on both days, so feel free to join us only one day or all weekend! Either way, you’ll have the chance to stomp around in some mud and get your hands dirty as we build our heater. We encourage a $25 donation for one day or $40 donation for both, but can work with anyone unable to pay.  You are welcome to camp on the farm if you plan to stay all weekend. Also, don’t forget to pack a lunch! Please give us a little info below if you’d like to attend. We’ll get back to you with a confirmation ASAP! Thanks and hope to see you there!

UPDATE: We’re planning for a potluck lunch on both days, so please bring your favorite side dish if you’re attending. Those that will be coming both days need only bring one dish. Thanks!

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