Happy first day of Spring! We are busy broadforking, seeding, potting up, watering. Building (still), rearranging, and really settling into the reality of spring.
There’s a lot of “future” around here right now. Future cucumbers:
Future plums: (This is our family plum tree. Last year yielded zero ripe plums. We’re crossing our fingers for this year.)
But there is some immediate gratification: Current salad. And chard!
And a touch of current beauty (as well as a glimpse at beauty past):
If we lived in a warmer clime, this flower would lead to an apricot (Ume). But these poor dears insist on blooming so early that they always get killed off by cold. We planted this tree knowing this, but also knowing the value of having these gorgeous pink flowers around in February and March. They stand their own, not needing justification by later fruit.
Forest Days at Broadfork Farm
A spring session for Homeschooled students, ages 5-7 and 8-12
On four consecutive Tuesdays (April 22 – May 13) from 9:30am – 1:00pm, we will host a weekly nature based session for homeschooled students, featuring a fusion of forest and farm learning, led by our talented colleague Heather Jeffrey. Cost is $120 per child. Registration available here.
This Week’s Harvest, for ordering by our Market Share CSA Members:
Chard, Salad Mix…plus Pepper Jelly, and our Naturally Leavened, Hearth Baked Bread.
2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Store to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm or Good Health Herbs from 9am – 12:30pm (in Brandermill) or in the Byrd Park area of Richmond on Sunday morning (details in online store.)
Everyone else: Please sign up for our 2014 Market Share CSA and start placing orders now. Our Farm Stand will open up again as soon as there is enough produce to fill it, and we will return to our booth at the farmers’ markets at some point in April.
Our amazing Farm Share CSA provides you with a weekly share of vegetables on Wednesdays, May through September (summer season) in exchange for an investment in our farm in the preceding winter or spring. Sign up is going on now! Pick up locations forming around Chesterfield and potentially Richmond. Learn more here.
Sample week’s share from September 2013.
– Janet, Dan, and the whole Broadfork Crew
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VABF Richmond Farm Tours
Richmond Area Sustainable Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014
Shake the Hand that Feeds You!
Saturday, September 20, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, September 21, 1 PM to 5 PM
We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.