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Blog: Richert/Phillips Farms   -   Monday December 22, 2014   -   By Michael

This easy weather has allowed us to get our fall field work done early and clean up around the maple syrup equipment months ahead of time--we are pleased.    This year we were able to enjoy the produce expos much better, because we did not have to...


Thoughts for Friday, May 9, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Friday May 09, 2014   -   By Edward

I spent a considerable amount of time last night doing insect and deer spraying. Are they one in the same? With the anticipated hot weather working its way up from the South, so will the whiteflies and flea beetles. Be proactive, that's my motto. I use Lambda...

Damn learning curve

Blog: Miolea Organic Farm   -   Monday May 06, 2013   -   By Brian

Farming for profit, has there ever been a greater oxymoron?  Okay, maybe humane slaughter is bigger.  At least from the small farmer's stand point, when more than seventy-five percent of all small farms in the nation, bring in fewer than...

The "To-Do" List

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Saturday March 02, 2013   -   By Jeff

How many of you have a "To-Do" list? I am really not much of a list person, but in the effort to become more organized, I have created a "To-Do" list for the immediate time. These are some things I will be concentrating in the upcoming days...

Happy Mug

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Wednesday December 19, 2012   -   By Emily

Ah, December. Although this means the farm stand closes for the season, it's still a hectic, busy time for us, just like everyone else. It's seemed especially busy recently, as I've been working away from the farm a bit. Working away is an unfortunate...


What Now?

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Friday December 07, 2012   -   By Emily

It's early December, so for us that means the farm stand season has finally come to a close.  We're so thankful to everyone who stopped by the farm and supported us over the past season...without folks like you who believe in what we do, we wouldn't be...


The Biz

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Monday May 21, 2012   -   By Jeff

It you ever want to hear a million opinions on how to do something, start a farm produce business. It seems now matter where I go or whom I speak with, everyone has an opinion about how to grow vegetables. When I tell someone what I do, it seems like they...

The Greatest Job in the World!

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Monday May 07, 2012   -   By Jeff

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Being a Teamster

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Monday May 07, 2012   -   By Emily

 When you hear the word teamster, what springs to mind?  Unions?  Jimmy Hoffa?  Big 18-wheeler trucks hauling freight down the interstate?  (And yes, I am going somewhere farm-related with this...) Originally, a teamster was one who...

New Digger

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Tuesday May 01, 2012   -   By Jeff

I was able to pick up the new (old) potato digger today. It is a Champion Potato Digger made in Hammond, Indiana. I am guessing it was mafe sometime between 1908 and 1922. It looks pretty much complete except for part of the hitch. I think with a little work...


Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Monday April 30, 2012   -   By Jeff

Working on a farm never is the same from day to day. It never ceases to amaze me how people can think that farming is easy. However, I must admit that until last year, I thought farmers had it made; that they live a life of ease and contentment. Once the crops...

Planting Seeds

Blog: Miolea Organic Farm   -   Tuesday April 24, 2012   -   By Brian

We started planting the spring garden, growing lettuces, kale, and chard and of course, the strawberries.   We have been doing research for the past year to determine if anyone in the state of Maryland opened an organic pick your own strawberry...


Family Fun

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Sunday April 01, 2012   -   By Jeff

Today was another beautiful day. It started out with a little rain and very cool. I seeded several varieties of tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower. About nine this morning we headed to my son's home in Crown Point, Indiana with my dad to meet the rest of my...

Systems make the farm go 'round

Blog: Four Country Gals   -   Sunday April 01, 2012   -   By Shari

Systems are what allow us four gals to work our little farm. Here's why they are so important. Bev is a double cancer survivor and  doesn't always have the most get up and go. Cindy is disabled with stenosis of the  back. I've had open  heart...

Very Busy Yet Enjoyable Day

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Friday March 30, 2012   -   By Jeff

Today was a little different than most days around the farm. I was up early as normal, but only to check on things and then it was off with my sister and family to move all the stuff from my parent's summer home in central Illinois. The property was sold and...

I See the Light

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Friday March 09, 2012   -   By Jeff

Walking outside this evening was so beautiful. It is a wonderful night with clear skies. The stars are incredible and the moon, the moon is amazing! Everything is lit up by the luminous glow of the bright yellow moon. Awesome! After a long day of seeding,...

Who is Smarter

Blog: Miolea Organic Farm   -   Tuesday June 21, 2011   -   By Brian

Fer coadee (Scottish for "protector") is sixteen weeks old.  We have her three days and four nights out of the week and Carol (the breeder/trainer) keeps her four days and three nights.  She is still a pup but shows great promise. ...


Spring Chickens (& Calves & Pumpkins)

Blog: Bloom Where You're Planted Farm   -   Wednesday May 18, 2011   -   By Teresa

This is a great time of year at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm.  Rain has been plentiful, the grass and trees look lush and healthy, and the iris and peonies are starting to bloom.  In the next week or so we'll start planting some of our...

Slow Starts

Blog: Miolea Organic Farm   -   Tuesday April 05, 2011   -   By Brian

We have to tear down the high tunnel and get four hundred strawberry plants in the ground, then fifty plus blue berry bushes and then half-acre of lettuces and another half-acre of potatoes planted.  We had hoped to have half of the lettuces and...


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