Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter, Happy February!

Lineage Farm News

February 2017

Dear Members,



"January beats the drum.  What is past, and what's to come?"



The end of January brought in a resonant, peaceful note – A week ago, we were graced with a new Farm Baby, our first calf!  Last Thursday morning, as we sat at the breakfast table, and the sunlight softly suffused the valley and our hillside, we saw a small silhouette out in the winter cow pasture.



Since that day, I've been blessed to enter the morning's chill with milk bucket in hand, to herd mama and baby into the cow shed for morning milking.  The low-stress animal handling training I received at Spring Meadows Farm in Pennsylvania, where I worked with oxen, has come in incredibly handy – I seem to have retained far more than I realized!  I can lead the calf on a halter after just a week of training, and Michelle (mama cow) moves easily and readily to her spot in the barn (we call it a barn for simplicity's sake, it's really a lovely semi-timber-framed three walled shed). 



As the sun peaks over the mountains and into the barn, Michelle and I talk softly to one another, and the soft hiss stream of milk flows from her udder.  It's so incredibly warm against her flank as the sun shines in on us.  And for some reason, kneeling at her side, the awkwardness of movement while 8 months pregnant falls away, and I feel strong, capable, and utterly balanced in a way that few positions allow these days!  She hums the softest of comforts to her calf, who is tied just beside her in the barn, while I milk.  We don't get so much milk, at least compared to farms that need to sell and so separate mama and baby overnight or completely; but we certainly get enough for us to drink, make yogurt, and enjoy the occasional farmer's cheese, which is just what we were hoping for!  I'm also hoping to get more once they're on pasture, so we can make our own butter!



Sam and I have been learning seasonal songs (thus the January quote above), and enjoying the company of other 2 and 3 year olds both in and out of doors.  He also gets a kick out of bringing out his very own tool box and helping Jon fix and build things around the farm.



Sign up sheets are finally updated on our CSA site form page (I just realized the other day the 2016 forms were still up for downloading!), and of course you may join online anytime as well.  Thank you to all of you who have already joined, truly supporting our winter work of planning and supplying our 2017 season!



We are still looking for full time farm help this season, to begin work April 1st.  If you happen to know anyone with a season or two of farm work under their belts, looking for a job, please send them our way! 



On a personal/political note – As the nation's turmoil threatens to increase, I find solace, strength and comfort in our community, our friends, our farm, and our actions.  A verse from a 19th Century poet, (transcribed to music, and sung by a choir I've been part of off and on for the past several years) has come to mind over and again the last few months – "Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light.  I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."  May our stars shine brightly, however dark is the night.  May we support, encourage, protect and love our neighbors as we wish to be supported, encouraged, protected and loved ourselves.  And may we remember that the stars continue to shine, even on the cloudiest of nights.



Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and Sam



 
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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA

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Fwd: Lineage Farm News – 10 more days for Discount on Summer Shares!

Lineage Farm News – 10 more days for Discount on Summer Shares!

Dear Members,

We are settling back in to the winter farm life after quite the holiday season. Jon, Sam and I took a train ride down to Virginia, where Sam got to spend time on the front porch swing talking with his 95 year old Great Grandmother. Sam loved the train, and I suspect it will provide good conversations with him for quite some time to come.

It was so good to see family and to take our minds off the daily minutiae of mounting to-do lists. Perspective and distance gives a chance to recoup and take a look at the bigger picture, and I gotta say – I like what I see! I am getting very excited about the coming season on "the Flats;" I think it's just what our vegetables and our crew need this year.

Applicants are coming in for the 2017 farm crew. We may have a returning crew member, Stas, who joined us part time right at the end and really helped us pull through the fall harvests. And we are ever so hopeful about the rest of this season's potential hire-ees as well.

Planning is in full swing; I am focusing on the financial and budgeting aspects, which tell us so much about our business and yet can feel like a bit of a drag when I'd rather be out with Sam and Jon feeding the animals or finishing up that cow shed! We had such a fun time New Years Day, shoveling the "poopy hay" into the tractor bucket and wagon to build this year's first compost pile. Sam is really growing into the farm chores these days – he can walk up and down the big hill helping feed out hay no problem, wields that shovel like a pro, and looks so grown up in his new snow pants I can't get over it.

We visited some friends yesterday, who are starting a large garden for their new homestead. They grilled us on all things vegetable garden planning – how many carrot seeds per row foot for fresh carrots? And storage carrots? If we eat X cucumbers a day, how many plants should we plant and when? How many potato plants would give us 500 lbs of potatoes for fresh eating and storage? And varieties! It was a lot of fun sharing our knowledge (and they shared a really tasty cheese and fruit snack), and I am always so impressed with Jon's encyclopedic recall. I still look up yields/foot or acre, but he has all that and more right in his mental pocket. It also amped up my excitement for the spring and summer vegetables to come. Jon has been focusing on the crop planning and variety selections. He already put in our Fedco order, a great little seed company up in Maine that has a fun and quirky seed catalog. Other companies we enjoy, aside from the big reliables of High Mowing, Seedway, and Johnny's Seeds, are Hudson Valley Seed Library, Uprising Seeds, Fruition Seeds, Turtle Tree Seeds, Wild Garden Seeds, and Adaptive Seeds. The smaller companies tend to have the super tasty, more rare varieties. I love reading through Uprising Seed's tomato selection. We are going for a number of cherry tomatoes, a couple promising paste tomatoes, and some different (and some repeat) slicer tomatoes, and bringing up the total number of tomato plants, due to your feedback. The survey is still up, if you haven't had a chance to fill it out yet we'd appreciate it.

Getting you super tasty sweet potatoes, and ramping up the late fall selection is also on our list – while I do enjoy a good rutabaga centered meal, I can certainly understand the desire for more options than purple top turnips, heirloom turnips, and turnip look-alikes! We have big plans for parsnips this year, and as always I look forward to the Celeriac. And the ever promising high tunnel full of late fall/winter spinach may yet come into fruition…

We will try some Kabocha squash again, though for some reason that variety seems like a cucumber beetle magnet. Last year, we had a section of it in our winter squash field, surrounded by 3/4 of an acre of butternuts, Long Island cheese pumpkins, delicatas and acorn squash, and the cucumber beetles zeroed in so heavily on the Kabochas that the poor plants had no chance. Meanwhile the other varieties were barely touched! Maybe in a separate section from other squash, or with different fertility and weed management, or better irrigation…and so we try again!

Reminder to sign up by January 15 for the last of the discounts for 2017 summer shares. The online code is discountdj, or just send in the paper form and payment (subtracting the appropriate amount) to po box 44, Copake NY 12516.

Through frosty mornings and snowy sunsets,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sam

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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm CSA – 12 hours left for the November-December discount !

Lineage Farm CSA – 12 hours left for the November-December discount !

Dear Members,
Many thanks to everyone for your support this season, and to those who have already joined us for next season – Thank you! Tonight, the second round of discounted shares comes to a close. To join online, use coupon code DiscountND. Tomorrow and until January 15, use DiscountDJ for a slightly reduced share price. Paper forms can also be downloaded and mailed with a check from our website.
We have stayed busy this month – the cow/sheep shed is nearly done, the chickens have a nice winter coop, and we have been catching up on various computer and office chores. We have enjoyed some glorious wintry days and look forward to many more while we cook up big plans for next season.
We hope you will join us for the next round!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sam
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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News and Discount

Lineage Farm News and Discount

Dear Members,
We have had a beautiful snowy week, settling in to life between growing seasons. Focus is turning to the future, as we start planning out next year's crops and field layout, the budget and new hires. Next season we are sub-leasing 10 flat acres of vegetable soil across the road, in the "Copake Flats," and are very excited that a deer fence already surrounds the property, and that there is a high volume well with a pump already installed just adjacent to our field. We are leasing this land to adapt to conditions found over on our side (low fertility and lack of adequate irrigation) and hopefully to avoid such things as massive cutworm attacks.
The $20 discount continues for folks who purchase your 2017 CSA share between now and December 15. To attain said discount online please use coupon code discountND.
We are sending out a survey later today. Please take the time to fill it out – rating the long list of veggies may take a few or 10 minutes, and will be extremely useful in determining our crop plan for next season.
Newsletters may become even less frequent this winter, as we are expecting our second baby in late February. Please follow our adventures on Instagram @lineagefarm or on Facebook- there is a Lineage Farm CSA page but my phone posts our photos on my page, which I think is listed as Jennifer Carson. I may change it someday but can't say it's top on my list!
So, enjoy your holiday weekend and we hope to see you again next Season!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and busy Sam
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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News – Wrapping up the Season

Lineage Farm News – Wrapping up the Season

Dear Members,
As we near the last deliveries, I hope that you have found satisfaction in your CSA shares, on your plates and in your bellies. Jon is concocting a survey to get your feedback on this season so that we may better plan next year's. Please keep an eye out for it!
I have updated our website – you may now join online for next season's veggies. We have decided to seriously limit the add ons offered in 2017, so as not to go too crazy during our second child's infancy! Join here: www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop/
Sign up by November 15 for a chunky discount! Graduated discounts continue until January 15 2017. Poughkeepsie members must wait until your core group has convened in early November.
We did indeed get the first snow of the season yesterday. We were doing the same thing 5 years ago, on October 27 2011, digging CSA carrots in an unreasonably early snow. Thankful the carrots were there, but not quite ready to enjoy the beauty of the cold wet weather…

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a winter share, or even bulk order boxes this year. Between the drought and having to build up soil fertility from highly degraded soils, the production yields on our storage crops were nearly half what we had planned for. Despite lack of farm help retention, Jon was able to get quite a bit planted, so you will continue to receive carrots, greens (I'm excited for the Bok Choi and parsley), squash and such from our garden, we just don't have the storage crops we have grown used to. Fingers crossed, and planning/planting more for next year! Did I mention how awesome the garlic planting party was? Lots of garlic for next year!

Remember to join today to get the best membership discount! www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop/

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Big Sam
Stas

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Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News (and about the eggs)

Lineage Farm News (and about the eggs)

Dear Members,
Fall is truly and finally here! The maple tree at the foot of the hill is heavy with golden orange leaves, the mountain range across the valley is blooming with color, and the pepper plants just barely missed a good frost Monday night. Our handful of dahlias are toast, and I am very glad to have all of our winter squash out of the field and safely stored.
Bad news for all you egg fans – we were just notified that last Thursday's eggs are the last that Dogwood Farm can provide this season, as her hens' production dropped precipitously and unexpectedly. I have made calls to other egg farmers in the area, and no one has any to spare. Everything has its season, even eggs. I can figure out refunds, or egg share members could also choose to donate the remainder to next season's Good Food for Hudson program.
It was a joy harvesting this latest batch of carrots this morning, our first weed free patch of the year. Many thanks to everyone who made that possible! And many thanks too to Brooklyn member Kara, who joined us through two harvest days a few weeks back, and dove through those weeds to resurface with bunches of beets and carrots.
So I hope you enjoy the butternuts, carrots, beets, onions, sweet peppers, arugula and more that we are bringing you this week, and for the next few weeks coming!
Also, we are looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend! Saturday night may be a bit chilly with a low of 39, but if you like cool weather camping come on up. Sunday night sounds better, only down to 50, if you have the flexibility. And the potluck lunch starts Sunday at 12:30, followed by garlic planting!
Our address is 1630 County Route 7a, Copake NY 12515. Google maps wants to take you around the corner to Empire Road at the last minute but don't let it! There is a big grassy front yard, a garage and two greenhouses, and a sign that reads "Copake Agricultural Center" and that is the driveway to enter.
See you soon!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Big Sam
Stas

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News – Announcements!


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Dear Members,

It would appear to be high time for a few special announcements!

First, though, I want to again invite you all to our farm in Copake on the weekend of October 15-16th.  There will be a potluck at the grill Saturday night for anyone who wishes to camp, and a potluck lunch at 12:30pm on Sunday before garlic planting begins at 2pm.  My parents, and Sam, will be here to greet any Saturday arrivals, and the whole family will join you for dinner, lunch, and garlic!  Jon and whoever is available will be welcome to do some work on raising a hoop house Sunday morning at 10am.  RSVP to Jen and Jon at LineageFarm@riseup.net

Secondly, I thought you might like a little peak into our garden.  Transitions can be hard, as Sam repeatedly teaches me, but I always love the transition into a fall garden.  The weed pressure slacks off, the sun sits back a little allowing morning harvest to be a bit less pressed and greens less likely to wilt if we don't run them directly to the shady cold water wash station, and the deliciousness of greens spring back into our lives.  I am excited to try the new (to us) winter squash that we have grown this year – Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, though it might be a bit large for some of you!  Jon tells me that when he visited Italy many years ago, he would see similar winter squashes at the farmers markets, and people would simply buy a slice off the whole pumpkin, however much they planned to eat that day!  So one pumpkin or squash could end up feeding many families!  We also have grown some hulless seed pumpkins, so if you'd like to scoop out a few handfuls of delicious green pumpkin seeds (the flesh of the pumpkin's not so tasty, unfortunately.  To get the seeds ready, soak them in a salt brine overnight then roast or dehydrate in the oven the next morning, 200 or 300 degrees), just let us know to send one your way.  They do make decent short term lanterns, if you enjoy that sort of thing.  The small red Radishes and the white salad turnips have also returned with the fresh crispness, and the sweet peppers are finally bearing more plentifully.

We also have some exciting out-of-the-field news to share – another baby will be joining our family this winter!  Some of you in Poughkeepsie or Hudson or Copake may have wondered recently, and yes indeed I am pregnant with our second baby.  We are very happy, and so far everything has gone quite smoothly.  Sam talks on and on about the baby in my belly, which sometimes he will proclaim is now in my leg, or in his belly, or is crying, or is happy.  Or even once apparently the baby was outside playing with the chickens!

My other news is that I have started a teacher training course on Saturdays.  I have just had one class so far, and it was lovely.  While on the one hand I continue to immerse myself in the farm, and love learning more and more about faithful stewardship of this land, I am also thrilled to be opening this new door in my life, and look forward to someday in the next few years starting a small farm school or teaching at a local Waldorf school initiative.  Sam, and future baby, have had quite an impact on me, and I want to continue our co-learning throughout their childhoods.

Please RSVP for the Farm Visit weekend, letting us know which day/s you will be here!

Towards the sunset of this season, and the rise of the next,

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and baby Sam

and Stass!

 

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