HHIF Islands Farms CSA is a multi-farm CSA offering products almost exclusively from the Lake Champlain Islands
* Save the Date
Saturday, August 3rd, 11:30-1:30
South Hero Land Trust Annual Meeting
With Eric Noel as the Keynote Speaker, talking about the plans for the Sawyer Bay Farm and the importance of new innovations to protect the land and water.
Potluck picnic, wagon ride and tour.
No RSVP necessary. Just come, share a great meal, and see the farm.
We hope you can make it! Come out and tour the farm, meet some neighbors and EAT!
Green CSA Bags
Please remember to return your green CSA bags each week. Just leave them at your pick-up site. Thank you!
News from Health Hero Island Farm
The cooler temperatures are such a relief this week. It's been so enjoyable to go out to the gardens and the fields and work. I've enjoyed meeting neighbors as they walk and ride by, stopping for a short chat. We're happy to have folks stop, introduce themselves and ask questions. It gives us a chance to share what we're doing on the farm with our community. We hope to form lasting friendships out of the casual talks.
Today is my 38th birthday. I just love birthdays, and in my very early morning enjoyment of quiet time with a book and large cup of coffee, I completely forgot about your newsletter! So I apologize for delivering it to you late today...but here it is!
We have begun planting our fall crops and they are loving the cool weather. It was definitely the right decision until the heat wave passed. We've gotten just the right amount of rain, and the soil is really nice to work with again...not hard and crumbly anymore!
We are pleased to be harvesting a good deal from the garden and greenhouse for our own use and now for the CSA too! Beet greens and carrots are from Health Hero this week! We'll be providing much more this fall.
The pests are well under control as are the weeds. Pest patrol and weeding are still every day tasks, but the gardens are looking fantastic! We hope that most of you will be able to come out to the farm on August 3rd to see everything first-hand.
We got our sunflowers planted a little late but will still have many blooms along the front of the barn later this summer and fall as well as in the garden near the road. Next year, it'll be easier to get the flowers planted the way I like them with a greenhouse set up and ready for seed starting in March.
Eric and Jesse resumed building permanent high tensile fence early this week. They've pounded all of the large posts along the West Shore stretch of the north field. They starting putting in the T-posts and stringing wire too. Jesse is gone on his family vacation for the week, so Eric is continuing along without him.
Cattle weight gain was lower than hoped due to record wet months and poor quality forage from the soil being mined of nutrients over the last decade plus. The results of the weigh-in combined with our soil test results are solid motivators to evaluate the tests closely and come up with a nutrient management plan for the farm. The sooner we can ammend the soils, start subsoiling and begin spraying organic minerals over the pastures, the sooner we will see increased production on the ground and with the cattle. We plan to have a meeting with our mentor and friend, Abe, in the coming weeks to formulate several possible plans (did you hear that, Abe? Eric will call to schedule ;-))
Here are the promised photos of Jesse's big cattle move thanks to Emily Alger!