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Posted 7/30/2012 10:13am by Joshua Reinitz.

Here's a link to this week's newsletter:

CSA week 7

 

I'll have time to post some recieps later today.  thank you all!

 

-josh

Posted 7/23/2012 8:34am by Joshua Reinitz.

Here's the newsletter for this week.  If anyone has good beet recipes to share, please forward them on and we'll put them on the website.

Week 6

thank you

 

-josh!

Posted 7/15/2012 7:50pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Here's the newsletter for this week:

 

2012 week 5

 

We hope you enjoy the cucumbers, broccoli, and potatoes!

 

Also, please remeber that payment for the CSA is due by August 1st.  If you're not sure what you owe, please go to http://www.easthendersonfarm.com/members/statusemail and enter your e-mail.  you'll receive a status e-mail with your current balance.  Or, you can e-mail or call me and I'll check for you. 

 

Thank you,

Josh

Posted 7/8/2012 8:29pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Here's the newsletter for this week.  We've survived the heat, and until the next heat wave we'll be working hard in the fields to weed everything and plant our fall crops.  Thank you for supporting our farm!

 

2012 CSA Newsletter week 4

-Josh

Posted 7/1/2012 9:42pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Here's this week's newsletter!

 

CSA Newsletter week 3

 

Some of you have contacted me about being out of town and making other arrangements, and thanks!  anyone else who needs to skip a week or pick up another day, please let me know.

Also, we have chickens for sale, so let us know if you want one and we can include it with your share this week.  prices are on the chickens so you can mail or write a check when you see us. 

 

Thanks again,

Josh

Posted 6/24/2012 9:31pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Hi Folks -

 

here's the newsletter for this week.  We had a successful first week, and our employees were amazing in their picking and teamwork.  Thank you to the drop site hosts, we really appreciate your help!

 

2012 CSA Newsletter week 2

-Josh

Posted 5/10/2012 10:50am by Joshua Reinitz.

We are humbled to have been profiled in Seedstock, a great sustainable agriculture blog.  Follow the link here to read it!

http://seedstock.com/2012/05/07/returning-to-roots-young-couple-invigorates-family-farm-with-focus-on-sustainability/

 

Noelle Swan did a great job of telling our story.  We are happy to share our story with others because we want to show other young aspiring farmers that it can be done!  What I have felt since childhood is that I had a missed opportunity to become a farmer due to the unfortunate circumstances of the farming economy of the 1980'.  I completely understand why my folks decided to stop farming, and honestly I don't know if I would have wanted to farm without that experience of seeing our farmland sold.

It was only after graduating from college and trying to make a life in the city that I understood how connected I was to the land, to the farm, and to my hometown of Henderson.  After both struggling to find ourselves in dead-end career paths, Sally and I decided to take a huge risk and start farming on the remaining 40 acres of the farm I knew as a small child.  That was 5 years ago now, and it has been challenging to say the least.  I took it for granted that I understood the farming lifestyle because I had seen it as a child, but I was completely unprepared for the reality of farming, especially with two small children.  I have immense gratitue for the friends, family, farmers, and mentors who have helped us work through start-up challenges of our business.  We can't thank you enough!

So, here we are in 2012, and I have never felt more whole and complete as a person.  I realize that I am still young and life has a lot in store for me yet, but I feel like I can trust the soil and woods to show me the best path.  I struggle every day with something, but don't we all?  Life isn't fair and throws us a lot of curveballs but it is how we react, and the resources we use to deal with challenges that help us become healthy and stable people.

Raising two boys is quite challenging at times, but I have endless love for them and I now live for sharing with them my passions for nature and growing food, listening to music, going fishing on a lazy evening, hearing the train rumble through the valley, and sitting down with my beautiful family for a home-cooked meal in the evening.  Nature heals all, and what I had previously felt was a big hole in my life has now been filled with farm, family, fun, and love. 

 

Posted 4/12/2012 5:10pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Hi folks - we are now sold out of CSA shares for 2012.  if you are signed up for a membership, we thank you and we are so happy that there is such a demand for CSA farms this year.  It means people want to be more connected with the land and know where their food comes from.  There is an alternative to the grocery store!

We do have a waiting list, so if you didn't get in this year, please contact us and you will be notified if we have a last-minute opening for 2012 and you'll be notified first when we begin sign up for 2013 memberships. 

Thank you!

Posted 4/12/2012 3:20pm by Joshua Reinitz.


If any of you have visited the farm, you're well aware of the fact that we salvage and re-use many things.  Barn lumber, buildings, machinery, tools, tractors and so on.  We do this out of a desire to reduce our envionmental impact by not buying things, and also becasue there are so many good things out there that can be re-purposed. 

Many people feel a sense of pride when they buy new stuff (new car, wardrobe for a new year, etc) because it is a sign of money and status, but I feel an immense sense of pride when I buy used.  Of course we appreciate the occasional new item (like our new tiller, or a new article of clothing once in a while) but we are often shocked by how disposable-minded our society is these days.  The value of buying new and looking good for your peers trumps environmental and financial responsibility nearly every time.  And, we are told to keep buying new everything to keep our economy going - even if it is based on consumables and disposables. 

Now off the soapbox, and on to the rest of the blog - I wanted to share the story of our "new" piece of machinery. 

This is an International Harvester Vibrashank field cultivator.  It is used for working the field prior to planting.  This had been sitting in the woods at one of our neighbor's farms for many years.  I asked if I could salvage some equipment from the woods, and this was one of the pieces.  It needed some work, like new tires, and some modifications to make it narrower for our fields.  The tires cost $50 (used tires, of course), and the rest was up to me, some wrenches, and WD40. 

I feel so much pride in using this machinery because the farmer (Don) who used it was a neighbor and good family friend (he passed away about 8 years ago) and he had told me he wanted to see his machinery used again.  Sure, it's a little rusty, but with some fixing up is operates like it was new.  Field cultivator technology hasn't advanced much since this machine was made, so I'm not missing out on the latest and greatest.  And I have no desire to be out in the fields with brand new shiny machinery just because I want to look good for the other farmers driving their trucks by our farm (you might be suprised to hear that is why some farmers have told me they only have new stuff - status).  This implement has a story, it has history, and now I've made it my own and feel honored to be using Don's old field cultivator. 

 

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