Here’s a handful of glimpses into just a few of our favorite crops:
We’ve got a bunch of bunching onions!
Squash plants are stretching out their leaves!
Peas grow up the fences on either side of our potatoes!
Bulbs and bulbs of fennel!
How crazy awesome does this garlic look?
Corn and beans!
Cilantro, basil, and tomatoes — the best of companion plants!
Colleen loves trellising those heirloom tomatoes!
More and more potatoes… stay tuned!
And of course, all the radishes you can enjoy! French breakfast and Easter egg varieties!
How gorgeous are these radishes? We assure you, as pretty as they look, they taste even better! Come see us and bring home some yummy produce Saturday mornings at the South Appalachia Farmers’ Market, in the parking lot of Home Retaurant, 3909 Steve Tate Road!
Next order of business: meet the newest member of our team: WWOOFer Colleen Mestayer!
Colleen is a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a very strong background working with nonprofits, and she is excited to be spending the next month at Wolfscratch, learning from and with our crew of skilled and learning farmers. Welcome!
Today, we’re taking a look at one of our permacultural systems: our fruit tree guild! This is a guild of herbs that we planted specifically to nurture our apple and Asian pear trees.
We started with sheet mulch at the bottom, which is made of cardboard, dead leaves (for carbon), and wood chips, topped with decomposing logs. These serve to hold down the sheet mulch (to keep it in place), as well as to provide a habitat for beneficial organisms, who help nourish the soil!
The guild is comprised of comfrey, yarrow, bronze fennel, St. John’s wort, and chocolate mint. Comfrey and yarrow are our dynamic accumulators, which means they are responsible for many of the trees’ favorite nutrients and minerals from deep below the surface of the soil. Bronze fennel, St. John’s wort, and chocolate mint are excellent pollinators, and have therefore earned their spot in the guild!
Just a reminder, our CSA starts on Friday! If you’ve already signed up, come on by between 3 and 6!
A couple of days ago, I picked up a copy of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. Only 24 pages in, I’m already hooked! Louv delivers insight into the development of a society inflicted with what he calls “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, and the books seems to be heading in the direction of first identifying the problem, and then suggesting how we can eliminate it.
Early on, he brings up an excellent point: thanks to our exponentially advancing technology, we are instantly connected to others all over the world, yet fewer and fewer folks are getting to know their next-door neighbors and fellow townspeople. Grade-school children know the Himalayas span across Asia, and the mighty Nile runs through Egypt, but too few have ever set foot on the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia or dipped a toe into the Chattahoochee River that practically runs right through Atlanta. We have been given the ability to “see” the world at the click of a mouse, yet in expanding our perspective across the continents, we overlook the grandeur of a creek in our backyard.
Louv highlights the irony of attaining such a global perspective — we have become connected with the whole world in a brand new way, which is exciting and important, and in doing so, we have diverted our focus away from our local environments and caring for our home. This is evident when we are at the grocery store, and most (if not all) of the food we bring home has come from another country! Our ability to eat, for example, avocados all year in Georgia is undeniably awesome. In general, growing avocados in Georgia is almost unheard of, considering our climate patterns and particular soil components. However, with proper resources (like volunteers and sufficient funding), we can install systems that would allow us Southeasterners to grow a diverse collection of fruits and veggies we currently identify as “exotic”.
This is one reason why supporting local farms is important. Do we want to rely on Mexico for avocados, Chile for grapes, China for sugar, etc., forever? Or, do we, as a community, seek to develop ways to thrive within our own environment, and continue to approach self-sufficiency with every dollar we spend? When we buy local produce, volunteer our time and energy, even simply spread the word about local production efforts, we are actively allocating resources toward the implementation of self-sufficiency within our community.
We at Wolfscratch are interested in building an educated, empowered, and impassioned community. To learn more about our vision and find out how you can become involved, or even just to send us your thoughts and potentially open a dialogue with our passionate team, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the rest of your week! We sure will!
Stop by our farm to get your warm weather plants for your gardens. Nobody grows tomatoes like we do! We will have plenty of heirloom tomato varieties along with peppers, eggplants, melons, herbs, and more!
The plant sale will be held on April 11th and 18th from 10am to 2pm, and will be first come, first serve! We hope to see you there.
2015 CSA Options
Full Year runs from May 15th to October 2nd (with a one-week break)
Session I: May 15th to July 17th
Session II: July 31st to October 2nd
Deadline to Sign-up for Wolfscratch Bucks is February 15th
We are changing our CSA format for the 2015 growing season! Based on feedback from our 2013-2014 CSA members, we are moving over to a new system where our CSA members will buy “Wolfscratch Bucks” in $50 increments that will allow you to shop at an exclusive weekly on-farm CSA market at Wolfscratch Farm for your produce. As a CSA member, you can redeem your “Bucks” for as much or as little as you like for what you want, when you want it! This gives you greater flexibility to pick your favorites and only get what you want and need instead of the traditional CSA model where you get a prepacked share of veggies. Because of this new model, we will only be hosting a pick-up at our farm in Japser, Ga. We will not have multiple pick-up locations.
Buying Wolfscratch Bucks in advance helps us cover the anticipated costs of the yearly farm operation. In turn, Wolfscratch Farm will provide a variety of sustainably grown produce throughout the growing season, and you receive a discount on your Bucks.
After you purchase your Wolfscratch Bucks, we will keep track of how much you purchase, and we will send you an email reminder of your balance throughout the year.
You may use as much of your Wolfscratch Bucks as you wish each week, but if you plan on buying a large quantity of vegetables at one time we would appreciate 48 hours’ notice so we can have it ready for you without depleting our stand for the other CSA members.
If you run out of funds, you can always buy more as long as you sign up by February 15th!
You may not redeem unused portions of your Bucks for actual cash – all Wolfscratch Bucks are nonrefundable. If you have a situation where you cannot use all of your Bucks, feel free to give them to someone who can. If you do not use your Wolfscratch Bucks by the end of the year, they will expire!
Times and Dates of Weekly CSA On-Farm Market to come.
Please go to the sign up now! page on our website follow the directions to complete your CSA membership and sign-up for your Wolfscratch Bucks.
Contact us at any time with questions or comments at email@example.com