Happy New Year from cold crusty Kingbird Farm! We are blanketed by a moderate layer of icy snow and the temperatures are dropping into the single digits (F) every night. The animals are snug in their winter housing and the greenhouses are shut up tight. The grey woods are bleak. Time to sort the seed orders, write up the germination plans, and clean forgotten corners of the house. We will begin the winter indoor Ithaca Farmers Market in February after a much needed holiday to our beloved Ireland. See you then!
We are so pleased to welcome a new member of our team and family. He is an eight year old Norwegian Fjord gelding and will be working with our current team after some training (he has been a riding horse). His name was Dag, but our current horses Daeg and Dagna find this confusing so we will call him Floki. Stop by and give him a scratch
*NEW* FARMER OF THE MONTH
In appreciation of outstanding NOFA-NY member farmers who are certified organic or Farmer’s Pledge and have gone above and beyond to help our educational cause, we are excited to share our new“Farmer of the Month” initiative. These farmers (unrelated to our Farmer of the Year) will be promoted through eNews & social media.
We recognize Kingbird Farm (Karma and Michael Glos) in Richford, NY as our first Farmer of the Month! Enjoy their answers to our five questions:
Q: How long have you been farming?
A: We have been farming since 1996. We bought this farm and have been here ever since.
Q: What first brought you to farming?
A: We both had been raised in avid gardening families and it became obvious during college that it was our true vocation.
3. Why do you farm?
We farm because it’s what drives us. We feel a sincere desire to provide good food for our community.
4. What advice would you give someone considering a career in farming?
Do it! Read, ask questions, visit farmers you admire and jump in with your eyes wide open!
5. In your opinion, what is the most important thing consumers should know about organic farming?
Consumers should know that small scale organic farmers are still doing it right. We still embrace the whole organic paradigm and do it for the sake of the land, not for the bottom line.
Our delicious pork chops are on sale this week!
25% off! Only $6.75/lb!
Come to market or the farm and pick up a bunch. They are 3/4″, 1/pack.
The new self-serve freezer should be up and running this weekend!
Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
- Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, an estimated 40 area growers, and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops. Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and information are offered. Kids can join the Ithaca Children’s Garden for a fun hands-on activity. Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants.