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.
Good 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!
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.
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.
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!
Greetings, everyone! It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, so we’re happy to announce our plans for our 2014 CSA! After much discussion here on the farm regarding how we might best address our members’ needs, we’ve settled on an exciting, new model for our local CSA for on farm pick-up as well as continuing our regular pre-packed shares for those picking-up at other locations. Our new on-farm pick-up model is the CSA Open Market, and the main idea of this new format is to give our members more freedom of choice when it comes to the contents of each week’s share.
The essence of the CSA Open Market format will be just what the name implies. Instead of packing each members’ baskets with the same selection of fresh produce across the board and providing a window of time for pick-up, we will be setting up an on-farm market open only to CSA members from which you can freely choose what goes into your share using a weekly credit that will be determined by the plan you choose (see our CSA Information page). For example, if you want to spend most of your credits on tomatoes and only a small amount on squash and other veggies, you can! You’ll be free to choose whatever combination you’d like. There will also be extras such as eggs and potentially even local dairy to add on if you wish to do so. You will still save up to 25% vs. our regular market prices by being a member of the CSA and we will still allocate plenty of work-friendly time for you to swing by the farm to pick up the fresh selection of your choosing. Do keep in mind that we can pack a basket to your specifications if you will be unable to stop by during market hours.
For those members pick-up at other locations, including Decatur or the Natural Market Place in Jasper, we will continue to provide pre-packed shares with high quality, freshly harvested produce. Due to the logistics of transporting our produce to other locations, we feel that an open market model will not work out in your favor at remote pick-up sites.
The deadline to sign-up for our Spring season is February 15th, 2014. We want you to know that the up-front funds we receive for CSA membership will be put straight into farm operations, seeds, supplies, and recovery from an extremely difficult 2013. Most importantly, your support will help us usher in a successful and productive growing season to provide you with the freshest, most nutritious organic produce available in the area. Many thanks to you all for your unwavering support and constructive feedback that pushed us to make these exciting new changes! Join soon on our sign up now page!
To our wonderful Decatur community: Due to the unwaning and overwhelming support expressed by our metropolitan members, we have decided to continue CSA service to the area. Because we have developed a relationship and a routine that has worked well for everyone involved, the process will remain the same for our Decatur members. The only potential change to be made is the in-town pick-up location, though we are still in talks regarding this detail. We will notify you of any and all developments as soon as they come. We so appreciate your backing and thank you for allowing us to remain a part of your community!
The Wolfscratch Family
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.
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!
The Wolfscratch Family
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.
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. 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.
Greetings, 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.
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!