Monday, March 20, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Spread the Word!




Hello from the Farm,   


It is finally Spring!  Even though we just had a foot of snow last week it is finally melting, the birds are singing, and the trainees are back at the Farm! Our Farm helpers are back at it again greenhouse seeding, watering, and prepping blueberries for the season.  It is definitely Spring!

Spring is the time to spread the word about your Farm!  Help us spread the word and mission of this Farm by sharing this blog post with friends and family in the local area.  It is a great way to let the community know what we are doing here on the Farm!  Easily sharing this blog post on your Facebook page will help spread our mission.  Thank you! 



Information about Goodwill at Homefields Farm: 
When you buy a share at our Farm you directly support the people with disabilities that we train and employ. They develop horticultural skills on the farm and enjoy the outcome of their own labor.  Learning these skills might help them find competitive work within their local community.

We are a chemical free CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Millersville, PA. Growing various types of vegetables and fruits that you will pick up on a weekly basis starting in June and ending in November.  While you pick up your vegetables there is a Pick-Your-Own Field for shareholders to harvest at their choosing. Our Farm wants our shareholders to come pickup their vegetables at the farm because they will have a full understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, and who is growing their food.  The Farm is for shareholders to help the community understand where their produce comes from, having a better connection with the environment they live in, and for delicious fresh food.
Signup for your share for the 2017 Season TODAY!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7): Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.

Open House (4/8): 11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm - 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Open to the Public - We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders, kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm.  Come join us!  This is a great time to bring friends to the Farm and ask questions about what we do here.




Spring is here!,


Your Farmers
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: A Glimpse into the 2017 Season

 


Hello from the Farm,   


Thanks to everyone that came out in the cold to support your Farmers on First Friday.  We were able to talk to many people about the Farm while talking to new shareholders and current ones!  We will be at First Friday once again on April 7 in front of Mio Studio.  (As long as it doesn't rain...keep your fingers crossed!)  

 
                               

Our stand in front of Mio Studio on First Friday!                         



2017 Season Signup!
Didn't signup for 2017 yet?  Well don't worry there is still room for you!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
   


A Glimpse into the 2017 Season...
Farmer Elizabeth is back at the farm this week!  She has been working hard in the greenhouse by seeding some of our cold hardy crops.



Farmer Elizabeth watering early plants in our greenhouse.

Our early planting of Broccoli and Cabbage from February is looking amazing!  We moved these plants over to our second greenhouse, that is not heated, so the plants can get use to the outdoor temperatures.  



Broccoli and Cabbage plants getting use to the colder temperatures in greenhouse 2.

We picked up our seed potatoes yesterday from a local company.  It will be in about a month when we will be cutting them and then planting them in the fields with the trainees!

Your Farmers have been hanging fliers and distributing pamphlets throughout Lancaster City the past couple of weeks.  Keep a look out for our fliers while traveling through Lancaster's cafes and art galleries! 




Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )   




Spring is 1 Week & 4 Days away!,


Your Farmers
 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Farmers at First Friday in Lancaster City!

 
Hello from the Farm,   



First Friday in Lancaster City - March 3
Your Farmers will be in front of Mio Studio celebrating the coming of spring by handing out plants that can be taken home and fliers to promote your CSA.  Stop by to see your Farmers and discuss the 2017 Season! 

Mio Studio is located at 154 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Your Farmers will be there from 5:30 till however long we can stand the cold!

Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and medal. More info can be found at www.miostudio.com



2017 Season Signup!
Didn't signup for 2017 yet?  Well don't worry there is still room for you!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
   
 

See you at First Friday,

Your Farmers
 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: #CSADay

 

Hello from the Farm,   
  

National CSA Sign-Up Day!  #CSADay

Today is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a local CSA in their community!    

Join in on the fun by signing up for your share today and receive $10 off your share for the 2017 Season!

Sign-up here: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types

This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  

Support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture within your community!

Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page






First Friday in Lancaster City - March 3

Your Farmers will be in front of Mio Studio celebrating the coming of spring by handing out plants that can be taken home and fliers to promote your CSA.  Stop by to see your Farmers and discuss the 2017 Season! 

Mio Studio is located at 154 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and medal. More info can be found at www.miostudio.com   

Weather Permitting  
 


Happy #CSADay,

Your Farmers
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: LOVE


Hello from the Farm,   
  

Wanted to remind our shareholders that we LOVE your support here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm!  We can't wait to see you in June for the 2017 Season.  With Valentines Day happening tomorrow we wanted to let you know that your Farmers are thinking about you and how to make 2017 filled with lovely yummy vegetables.

Show your love for your CSA by posting comments and pictures from the great experiences you've had at the farm on the Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page!  Follow the link below to get there.
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwillatHomefieldsFarm/


2017 Season Signup 
Signup for the 2017 Season by following the link below!   
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



A Glimpse into the 2017 Season....
Your Farmers have been busy planting early crops in the greenhouse.  Last week we started planting broccoli, cabbage, greenhouse tomatoes, and some PYO Field herbs and flowers.  This year we are starting all those crops a month early to see if they will be ready by the beginning of June.  We are also planting those same crops a month later with heat resistant varieties to have them harvested later in June.  Lets cross our fingers and hope this experiment works out!  



Farmer Taryn, Farmer Elizabeth, and Farmer Amy seeding in the greenhouse while there was snow outside!



Winter came to the Farm last week while we were warm and toasty in the greenhouse!


National CSA Sign-Up Day!
Celebrate with us on February 24 which is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a CSA.  This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  Learn more about your CSA throughout the celebration and sign-up to support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture. 

Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page






Fruit Share Information
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.
CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.
This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.
Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )

[Just to clarify the fruit share does not come from Goodwill at Homfields Farm.  The fruit share comes from North Star Orchard.  Goodwill at Homefields farm is a pick-up location for the fruit which can be picked up at the same time as your vegetable share.]






Spread the veggie love,

Your Farmers

Friday, January 27, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: 2nd Chance Discount, Glimpse of 2017, CSA Day, & Fruit Share




Hello from the Farm,   
  

2nd Chance Early Bird Discount   -    Ends Tuesday!  -  for 2017 shares will end on January 31st!  If you sign up before January 31st $15 will be deducted from your total share amount.  Hurry before this discount is gone!  


A Glimpse into the 2017 Season....
Planning for the 2017 Season has been exciting!  We are choosing organic products and trying to stick with heirloom varieties that have been around for a long time!  It is interesting to see vegetables come in many different colors and hold genetics that have been around for hundreds of years.  An example is the Carbon tomato which is a blackish color heirloom.  Another is an edible pumpkin called Musque de Provence which is also an heirloom variety.  Both of these varieties can be found on Johnny's Seeds website that display pictures and descriptions.


National CSA Sign-Up Day!
Celebrate with us on February 24 which is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a CSA.  This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  Learn more about your CSA throughout the celebration and sign-up to support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture.



Fruit Share Information
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.


This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )

[Just to clarify the fruit share does not come from Goodwill at Homfields Farm.  The fruit share comes from North Star Orchard.  Goodwill at Homefields farm is a pick-up location for the fruit which can be picked up at the same time as your vegetable share.]





  
Stay warm,

Your Farmers

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Early Bird Discount - ENDS SUNDAY!


Hello from the Farm,

   
The Holiday Season is over and now it's time for new year resolutions! The number one new year resolution is staying fit and healthy in the up coming year.  We can help you out with fulfilling this dream by supplying you local and organic vegetables once a week from June through November.  Signup now to receive the Early Bird Discount!

  

Early Bird Discount   -    Ends Sunday!  -  for 2017 shares will end on January 8th!  If you sign up before or on January 8th $25 will be deducted from your total share amount.  Hurry before this discount is gone!  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




Happy New Year,

Your Farmers