Friday, August 15, 2014

Gearing Up For Back To School On The Farm

Our Master Gardener friends stopped by this week to get our farm ready for school.

We even had some kids join in, help out and meet our new chickens.

A Big Thank You to all who support our farm! We are looking forward to another year of growing goodness!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Two New Friends In The Coop

Our Master Gardener relationships have brought us more than garden help, they have brought great friendships and chicken love our way. Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Diggs (our forever faithful Master Gardener friends) drove me out to the country for the day. 

While we were there, we had to stop at some local produce spots. Hutton Farms and the Weatherford Farmers Market were first on the list. All the produce was local, organic and wonderful. Peaches were on the top of our list along with figs, melons and fresh peanuts.

Our next stop was the Feed Store in Weatherford. These folks know their business. They have the best plants and seeds as well as a big line of animal supplies. We bought some new seedlings for our farm Fall harvests.

One of my favorite stops was Yesterdays Sandwich Shop. If you are in Weatherford, make sure this is on your must stop list. It was delicious!

After lunch we stopped at the farm to visit an old friend. Wilma, the one eyed wonder, has moved out to the farm to join a bigger flock since our girls rejected her. She is thriving and happy and has many chicken friends in her new barn.

Mrs. Brewer's daughter, Allie, has welcomed Wilma into her flock and she raised our 2 new hens since they were hatched. Our farm family has extended to Weatherford and we are so thankful for the farm love that Allie packed up in our pet taxi to bring back to our school farm for the start of a new year!

Our flock has expanded and we can't wait to see the kids back at school. It is going to be another farmtastic year at Moss Haven Farm!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Learning To Create Change

My recent trip to the Oregon Coast turned out to be a lesson on the endless possibilities and the importance of the reduce - reuse - recycle -  movement. CARTM is located between Manzanita and Nehalem on the Oregon North Coast.  They are a  non-profit that is committed to promoting sustainable living and artistic expression through the creative re-use of materials. They collect their community's discards and sort them into reusable, recyclable and trash. They even turn trash into treasures by creating art out of the materials that they take in. If you are ever in that neck of the woods, be sure to stop in!

I know that I try to do my part to create a better environment by recycling and composting, but I learned at CARTM that there is so much more that we can do as a community. Look for opportunities to come our way this coming school year!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Farm Work Is Fun With Friends!

The Farm takes a lot more work than this farmer is able to handle, so that is why we are always thankful for our farm friends. Last week, we asked our families to come out and lend a hand on a cool July morning and that is just what they did!

We trimmed our wildflowers and "dead headed" them. That means that we cut off the spent flowers to save the seeds for next planting season.

We finally finished our painting job on the sheds. Looks nice from the alley now.

Mrs. Pillers pulled the biggest carrot that we had ever seen from the garden. The carrot was not good to eat, but it produced flowers that had a million carrot seeds on them. So, we harvested those seeds to plant in cooler temperatures.

We had a huge load to haul away to make room for Fall planting! There is never a dull moment on the farm, and always a list a mile long.

Thanks everyone for giving us a bit of your time! We couldn't do it without you! E I E I O...,