Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Rainy Days & the Orange Cat

 


Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Last week was extremely rainy and filled with indoor work.  It gave us time to really pay attention to our greenhouse plants.  In greenhouse 2 we transplanted tomatoes so they could be our early and late tomato crop. Soon we will be planting our hot corps in the fields!  
 
We are past Mothers Day, which also means we are in the Frost Free Zone. It is the average time that we look at to plant our warm crops outside.   Gardner's and Farmers are starting to plant their summer crops in the field for early yields.  The Frost Free Zone does not always hold true because a light frost could occur at night this time of year.        
 
 
Our Rainy Day Findings...
A coffee table donated by Millersville students (but actually we found it in a pile of furniture the students were throwing away) that we are ready to transform into a kids table!  
 
 
Law Reh began the transformation by sanding off the student graffiti. Sanding also gave it a fresh smooth surface.  Next we will apply chalkboard paint to the surface and paint the legs a vibrant color. Maybe even add a vegetable design...Stay tuned to see how the table turns out! 
 
 
 
Our Four Legged Visitor
Our game camera caught this cat snooping around the treeline of the farm.  We think this orange cat is living in the Owl Boxes 20ft. up in the trees along the farm perimeter.  The cat also sneaked into the barn one day we had the doors propped open.   
 
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Stay Dry,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Season is Starting!




Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Planting, Planting, Planting!!!  Your Farmers have been transplanting cold crops, such as Kale and Broccoli, we have been direct seeding even more crops, while planting warmer crops in the greenhouse.  Busy!  Everything is starting to appear slowly with a lot of help from this beautiful weather.  There has also been landscaping going on around the farm. Trainees have been pruning and mulching since they have started back at the farm.
 
 
Farmer Brad is seeding in the greenhouse.
 
 
I hope all of you are feeling the rush of excitement for the 2016 Season to start in a couple of months!  If you haven't signed up it is not too late to do so now.  Just follow the link below the 2016 Farm Shares title.    
 
 
Strawberry blooms are telling us we will be seeing fruit soon!
 
 
If you are roaming around Lancaster City and Millersville area still keep an eye out for our flyers!  We have been hanging them around the local area to attract new shareholders and to educate the public about our mission.  Let us know if you would want to pick up flyers and distribute them yourself.
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Happy Planting,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Friday, March 18, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Shares, Flyers, & Trainees



Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Many events have been happening on the farm these past couple of weeks. Elizabeth has been seeding in the greenhouse since the beginning of the month.  Some of the plants have even started to make an appearance!  We are hoping that the weather will stay nice so we can start breaking the soil for transplants and direct seeding.  The 2016 Season has started! This is a great time to sign up for your share or tell others to join our CSA. Just follow the link below the 2016 Farm Shares title.  
 
Do you see the little Kale leaves?
 
 
If you are roaming around Lancaster City and Millersville area keep an eye out for our flyers!  We have been hanging them around the local area to attract new shareholders and to educate the public about our mission.  Let us know if you would want to pick up flyers and distribute them yourself.
 
There was a trainee field day at the farm two weeks ago.  Majority of the trainees have not worked on the farm.  Their experience was filled with planting their own seeds in the greenhouse, a tour of the farm, watching a movie about farming, and picture opportunities by the gator and tractor even happened!
 
Everyone by the tractor!
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Happy Spring,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Spread the Word

 
Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Now is the time to get the word out about our Farm!  It would be great to let more people know in the local area what this Farm is doing and how it is helping the community.  Please share this Blog post to friends and family that might be interested in what we do here at the Farm.
 
 
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 an Organic 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, and having a better connection with the environment they live in.      
 
Our website Link:
 
Our Facebook Link:
 
Our Blogger Link:
    
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  
 
  
 
 
 
 Thanks for your support,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Vegetable Shares



Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Quick reminder that the Early Bird Discount ends on January 31!  Sign up now before the Early Bird Special is done.
 


2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  
 


Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

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

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one consists, in part, of these:  sweet, tart, juicy, crunchy, crisp, aromatic, sugary-tart, rich, velvety, smile, slurp.

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 



 
What a Winter Wonderland here at the Farm! 
 



Don't forget to play in the snow,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Fruit Share Information



Hello from the Farm, 
 

Forgot to include North Star Orchard Fruit Share information in the newsletter last week!


Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

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

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one consists, in part, of these:  sweet, tart, juicy, crunchy, crisp, aromatic, sugary-tart, rich, velvety, smile, slurp.

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
Delicious!

 

2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  
 
 
 

Thinking of warm Summer days,  
 
 
Your Farmers



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Notes from the Farm: 2016 Farm Shares, Soil Samples, & Planning




Hello from the Farm, 

Winter has finally came this week!  It is exciting to have this touch of Winter come with some snow.  This touch of Winter also came with low temperatures damaging the final crops in the fields.  Meaning the crops that were left for Gleaning are now on their downward spiral by breaking down in the fields.  

Even though it is sad to say goodbye to the last crops of 2015 you can now look forward to the 2016 Season!  Yes, the Early Bird Special is still available!  Hurry because it will be ending on January 31.  

2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  



What happened this week on the Farm?

Soil samples happened on the farm this week.  We beat the freezing temperatures and were able to take samples from every field on the farm. These samples will help us understand what nutrients are needed in the soil for next year.

  
Here are a few bags ready to be sent off to the Penn State Soil Testing Labs. 

There is still a lot of planning happening for this coming season.  I've been choosing many varieties and looking at new products that might be an interesting add to the shares. It is exciting to see the 2016 Season coming together throughout these Winter months.  Hope everyone else is excited as I am!

    
Stay Warm,

Your Farmers