by Pete on January 13th, 2016

Welcome to Codman Community Farms- our new home!  We moved in about two weeks ago and are very much still settling in.  Lots of boxes to unpack plus many odds and ends are still at the old farm needing to be brought over.  Our hope and plan is to share all that is happening with us as we settle in and plant new roots in this wonderful farm at the heart of Lincoln.  We will start with just a brief intro about the new Farm Store located in the historic 1880's barn which you will see once you pull into the farm.  

Below you can see the small farm office on the left which attaches to the main barn that contains the Farm Store.  Just inside the beautiful big barn doors, on the right, is a quaint little store with many freezers and fridges full of our tasty farm raised products.  You can pull right up and park in front of the store.  It's the easiest access to the store ever!  No more climbing down steep little icy stairs or down a steep driveway to get to our tasty products.  The store is open all the time so come on down whenever you have the chance.  We will be installing motion sensor lights soon so it won't be quite so dark in the evenings.  

The store is packed!  Tons of great smoked items (bacon, double smoked slab bacon, kielbasa hot dogs, even bologna!  

Many new freezers with one dedicated just to smoked products! 

The new lineup!  We hope one day to have a wall of glass freezers...

by Pete on December 26th, 2015

We are happy to announce we will be moving our farm to Codman Community Farm (CCF) in Lincoln as of January 1, 2016. Our "official" letter to our customers is below.  A statement from CCF will be released this week.  More info to come!

Happy Holidays!

We wish all of you a happy holiday season and thank you all for your support this year on our long and winding journey as we searched for a new farm and home.  2015 has been the "year of opportunity" and we've explored many options far and wide with creative ideas, open minds, and dozens of emotional roller coasters just to keep life interesting!  

We bet you have been wondering where we will end up - so at long last, we are very pleased to finally announce that we are joining forces with Codman Community Farms 
in Lincoln, MA.  We couldn't be more excited to stay in the 'hood (exactly 3.5 miles from our current location) and to be warmly welcomed by the Codman Community Farms nonprofit board and the greater Lincoln community!  We owe a debt of gratitude to so many individuals who have supported us this year and in particular to those who have been actively recruiting us to Lincoln and to Codman Community Farm - we feel extremely supported and welcomed (we will be writing our full 2015 "blog of gratitude" soon).  We are also exceptionally grateful to all of you who kept encouraging us, keeping our spirits up, and sharing the faith that something wonderful would work out.  You all kept sending us your thoughts, best wishes, ideas, and strategies to keep us in the area - and it worked!  We are really looking forward to this next chapter in our farm careers and to keep providing you with the highest quality, pasture-raised and organic meats, eggs, veggies, and fruits so close to Boston.  With much gratitude to all! We will be making our transition next week with our official "move date" of December 29th and 30th and Pete's official start as the new Farm Manager of Codman will begin January 1.  Look for all of our mini-store goodies (plenty of pork, chicken, fresh eggs, rabbit, beef, and more) at the Codman Farm Store (58 Codman Road, Lincoln, MA) starting on January 1st (feel free to continue to shop at the mini-store in Sudburythrough the end of the year for all of your holiday goodies!).  

We are very excited at all that awaits us in Lincoln and for the opportunity to join forces
Photo credit:  Angela Klempnerwith Codman Community Farms to steward over 100 acres of public and private farmland throughout Lincoln.  We are also excited to finally be farming with access to real farm infrastructure - barns for storage, barns for brooding chicks, barns for breeding animals, and endless fields and pasture - it will be amazing!  The farm house is right on the property next to the barn, so we'll be living close to all the action.  We are eager to learn about managing a high-quality herd of heritage-breed grass-fed Red Devon cattle and the timeless process of making hay - we have a lot to learn and we look forward to introducing the residents of Lincoln to our "mobile fleet" of critters to spread all that natural fertility and improve the productivity of the fields.  Our innovative management intensive grazing systems will complement the educational mission of Codman, so we hope you will follow our progress through the fields, join us on community volunteer days, attend fun social events at the Codman barn, and more as we grow the farm operations and help expand the educational mission of the farm.  We look forward to an exciting and adventurous new year and we hope you will join us by continuing to enjoy all our delicious and super tasty products! Thank you so much again for continuing to support us and we look forward to seeing you all soon either at the farm here or at Codman in the New Year.  Join us this winter on Saturdays from 10-2 at the Wayland Winter Farmers Market at Russell's Garden Center starting on January 9th.  
Until then, enjoy your health, all the holiday cheer, and time with family, friends, and loved
Photo credit:  Angela Klempner ones, and of course, delicious, locally grown food!  Bring on the New Year!

Pete, Jen, and Abraham

PS - and check out our new pork products - fresh from the German Smokehouse in Connecticut.  Our delicious heritage breed, pasture-raised pork have been transformed into delicious knockwurst, ring bologna, smoked kelly dogs (kielbasa hot dogs), double-smoked nitrite-free bacon, and more!  

Visit the mini-store and stock up for winter! Tasty, tasty pork, eggs, chicken, rabbit, and more!

by Pete on December 21st, 2015

The ministore and farm will be moving soon!  BUT, please continue to shop in the store until the end of the year.  It will remain open and stocked full of tastiness until Dec 31!  

The sun is setting on our time here and while we had hoped to have moved the farm by now...well, it's just taking longer then expected to put the fine details on the next agreement.  A full announcement will be posted here in a day or so!

by Pete on October 12th, 2015

Jen has been selected as a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow!  Jen is the ONLY Agriculture Fellow chosen from the entire USA for 2016!  So SO proud of Jen!  She/we will be travelling to Africa in 2016 for a 4-5 week journey of learning and discovery....

Read all about it here...

by Pete on August 11th, 2015

We are still here!  I guess that's the biggest update to mention.  Many folks (including ourselves!) are wondering when and where we plan on moving the farm to at the end of this season.  Unbelievably we are still unsure.  After following many many many leads, did I say many?  Yes MANY!  We have still come up short.  We are grateful to all those who have cast their nets wide on our behalf.  Unfortunately, the pickings of available and affordable farmland and homestead sites are slim to none in this area (Concord, Sudbury, Wayland, Acton, Littleton, Carlisle, Lincoln, etc...).  At some point we will detail the long list of leads we have followed up on, but for now, we just wanted to let folks know the search continues. 

We hope to have news soon on one particular lead we are following up on.  But we don't want to spoil our luck but suffice to say if we can figure this one lead out, we will be able to remain in the immediate area.  If it does not, anyone need some farm equipment?  

In other news...

..the season continues

In the fall of 2014 we began a small experiment to build fertility in a small field adjacent to one of our greenhouses.  The experiment began with the dumping of large amounts of leaves on the field.  We were looking to provide both comfortable bedding for the pigs as the temps got colder heading into winter, and to provide a source of carbon to absorb the nutrients from their manure.  A local landscaper brought in many truckloads of clean leaves and began dumping them on the field.  We spread the leaves around and the pigs dug in and spread the leaves to their liking creating nice comfy bedding.  One of the unknowns were if a small group of pigs (12) could sufficiently manipulate the leaves so the field could be used the following season for cropping.  The pigs were harvested in late January (they also lived in the back of the greenhouse) and after the snow finally melted we allowed our hens access to this same field so they could continue the process of adding manure for fertility while also scratching and breaking down those same leaves.  

Below you will see the progression of the field.  First the leaves, then a cover crop of peas and oats after we moved the hens off the field.  Then more pigs to eat the peas and oats, and now a new cover crop of rye and peas were just sowed...

Suffice to say, while we have not yet cropped the field for a cash crop (veggies!), the leaves are entirely broken down and the soil is deep brown in color.  Soils tests will be taken soon!  This is how you BUILD SOIL!  

The other critters are doing great this season...

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