May 12 Open Greenhouse Plant Sale, Afternoon Tea, and Farm Tours in Montague
Open House and Afternoon Tea
for Mothers, and Others :)
Open Greenhouse Plant Sale of herbs, flowers, and vegetables to enjoy all season long. Get any plants you'd like to garden with, make a planter if you'd like. Great fun, with a bit of afternoon tea to enjoy alongside.
Wagon and Walking Tours of the farm.
Afternoon Tea - a little tasty fortification for the day!
Our Spring Fling event is open to everybody. The only part you need tickets for is Afternoon Tea - all else is free and open to the public.
We're holding it in the afternoon on the day before Mothers' Day, at our greenhouse and farmland in Montague, at 184 Meadow Road. To get tickets for tea and find out more, please visit the Spring Fling page, http://redfirefarm.c...ayplantingfling.html.
Mothers' Day Open House and Afternoon Tea
Saturday, May 12th, 1-5pm
at the Montague greenhouse
184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA
More reasons to come out:
Another reason to come will be that it's our Kick-Off and Tree Planting for the Whole Farm Affordability Campaign! The folks from Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will be here to meet, and explain how we're working to preserve the Montague farmland and infrastructure as an affordable farm in perpetuity.
We're also taking Volunteers for the morning to help cleanup the old Blue Meadow Nursery display gardens - RSVP if you want to help us garden, details on the Spring Fling page.
Organic Produce in Jan, Feb and March from Red Fire Farm
In case you are missing the Old Depot Gardens farm stand, we have a way for you to get our vegetables this winter. We'll be having a CSA farm share pickup at our new Montague farm location on Meadow Road. Here are the details below. Please give us a call at the farm if you have any questions, 413-467-7645.
Or email us at email@example.com.
The Third Season of our
Locavore Deep Winter CSA
Eating locally can be a challenge in the wintry months. This year we’ll be storing away delicious root crops, cabbages, garlic and more, and sowing our greenhouses full with winter hardy greens to make it a little easier! Every two weeks in January, February and March we’ll bring things out to share with you! We’re partnering with the makers of some local products to incorporate them into the share as well, from Real Pickles sauerkraut to apples from local orchards. This year we’ll also have some frozen produce from the growing season!
Storage crops will make up roughly 1/3 of the value, greens another 1/3, and local products the last 1/3.
Vegetable shares are $250 for 6 distributions, every two weeks. Shares will be available on the Fridays of January 13th, 27th, February 10th, 24th, March 9th and 23rd.
Organic Egg Shares are also available for pickup at the same time.
Location for pickup: In Montague at the farm’s new packing barn cooler, shares ready after 1 pm on Fridays (172 Meadow Rd, Montague, MA).
I think its the Jhang or Jang farm. The main farm house is off of 63. I did the plumb and heating back around 2003 or so for the house that the workers live in. Paul Tolan built it, he has since past away. He was a stand up guy in my book
We have lots of news to share as we begin the 2010 season with renewed vigor thanks to two wonderful housemates. Mira Nussbaum and Joshua Freund have enmeshed their lives beautifully into the farm with a fun creativity and respect for life. We know them through circles at the Peace Pagoda and VT Wilderness School. You may know them through Sirius Community, Lady Killigrew or Leverett Crafts and Arts. In true Brook’s Bend spirit, they travel in a lot of circles. May you meet them soon if you haven’t already.
Mid-week Pickup resumes on June 2nd. Let us know if you want to receive emails about this way of buying produce from the farm. For those of you who don’t know about it yet, Mid-week Pickup is our version of a CSA where you pick up weekly, but you only buy what you want, and you pay as you go. You will receive weekly emails from May 31st to October 25th . We’ll tell you what vegetables are for sale and, if you want some, you’ll place an order by email reply. We harvest Wednesday mornings and your order will be ready to pick up on Wednesday after 2pm. You pay when you pick it up. We’re looking for about 20 people who think they’ll order from us most weeks, and a few more who think they'll order sometimes. Let us know if you want to be on this list.
We are planning to grow a good range of standard veggies including peas, lettuce, greens, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. Al's shitake and oyster mushrooms will also be on the list, along with our eggs and lamb. We are looking for other producers in the neighborhood to see if we can add goat cheese, bread and fruit for a full selection of local produce.
We have Wool for sale! The beautiful Shetland sheep we love so well produced over 200lbs of wool in the last three years. We sent it all to Still River Mill in Connecticut in November and it’s back now for sale to knitters, spinners, felters and crafters. Yarns, roving and batting in 6 natural colors are available at the farm. Check out our samples at the first Mid-week pickup June 2nd or call to come by sooner. Shetland sheep have a diversity of wool types, so we have something for everyone from soft and fine to robust and strong - baby blankets to rugs! Thank you sheep.
Lambing starts in May. We are increasing the flock size as part of a plan to improve the soils on the farm. This year we expect as many as 40 lambs! Stop by to see them “pronking” about the field. Wow is this cheering.
Shearing Day is June 19 from 9am - 5pm. This is a great day for for children and families to watch, and we need volunteers to help clean the fleece, move sheep, prepare lunch, and generally help out on one of the busiest days of our year. Our shearer is Kevin Ford, one of the premier hand shearers in North America. We love this guy. He can shear a sheep in less than 10 minutes and the beautiful fleece comes off in one piece! Please call or email if you want to help!
Summer camp will run again this year with Neill Bovaird as mentor and guide. Check out his website for more information: http://www.wolftreema. com/summer-camp/. Classes for homeschool children are run through the school year through Neill’s Roots program and also through Full Moon Girls http://vermontwildernessschool. org/school/?q=node/13, both of these are exceptional programs of nature connection and skills building for children and families. Summer camp still has a few spaces so let Neill know if you're interested.
Al's connection with the girls of a S. Hadley lock-up facility is brining a group of 10 girls back this spring for afternoons of outdoor exploration. We look forward to being with these young women who inspire us with their appreciation of the freedom to be on the farm, and courage to share our stories in all their complexity and dignity.
Chris Marano continues to grow his medicinal herbs on the farm for his practice, Clearpath Herbals http://www.clearpathherbals. com/, and Jen Audley and Jay Lord continue their trials of greens on the upper garden.
Our vision of the farm at Brook's Bend is to be a place for many people to work and learn together. We are excited to share the 2010 season with you and look forward to seeing you on the farm sometime this year. Thank you for being part of the farm community!
With Much Love,
Al Miller and Suzanne Webber
Mira Nussbaum and Joshua Freund
Brook's Bend Farm
119 Old Sunderland Road
Montague, MA 01351
Other activities may include:
Horse Care , Feeding, First Aid, Showmanship, Hiking, Judging, Trail Riding, Pool Time, Stall Maintanice,Making Treats, Crafts, Tack Care, Horse Shows, Horse Show Field Trip, Clipping,
Games on Horse Back, Conformation, Clinics, and much more!!!
Campers will be actively involved in the daily routine of running a horse farm; learning by doing and getting dirty and tired. Find out what’s really involved in owning a horse.
Minimum of 4 participants ; First come, first serve. A $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your slot. Full payment and final registration deadline is one week prior to camp.
Full Day Drop off as early as 7:30am, pick up as late as 5:45 pm
Instructors are first aid and cpr certified
Bring your own lunch. Dress for the weather. Appropriate riding shoes required.
Regular lessons are also offered on site with our horses or your own. We have made school and show horses ready to teach anyone at any experience level. Our horses are trained to go hunt seat and western. . The program is geared towards both child and adult riders who strive to ride better. Lessons are offered privately or as a group. We also have a showteam if students are interested.
TOGETHER ON THE LAND
Options for Sustainable, Affordable & Ecological Living in Community
7-8:30pm Friday June 5th, 2009
Second Congregational Church
16 Court Square – Greenfield, MA
MULTI-SITE GUIDED TOUR
9am-4pm Saturday June 6th, 2009
Franklin County, MA
FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER ONLINE AT VCLT.ORG
Can we build sustainable communities that are affordable and ecological? Yes! Throughout the Pioneer Valley (and Franklin County) there are numerous models for how to create communities that balance affordability, ecology and community connections. No one model has all the answers – but they all offer tremendous insights and for some, may be the answer you were looking for today.
This tour & pre-tour discussion focuses on concrete examples of sustainable community living right here in Franklin County. Tour stops will include:
* Cooperatively owned homes
* Homes on community land trust land
* A small cohousing development
* A rural ecovillage
* A working farm utilizing the state APR program
* “In-town” green housing
* New construction & existing neighborhoods
* Intentional community
The goal of this tour is to connect people with organizations and individuals working towards sustainable community living, offer real-world examples of community models, and explain basic information about how they work. We hope you can come!
Co-sponsored by: Cooperative Development Institute, Coop Power, Katywil Ecovillage, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust & Valley Community Land Trust