Off to Syracuse CSA Fair



We haven't been getting as many pictures up here on the web as we had hoped... because we've been ironing out the kinks in our website (switching platforms and basically learning how to use the internet ;)

But... tomorrow (Saturday March 11th) we will be at NOFA-NY's Syracuse CSA Fair!  We can't wait to meet some of our new farming neighbors, as well as talk CSA with any and all!  Please join us (or catch future fairs) if you can... more info at NOFA's site HERE.

Also... we are recruiting CSA site hosts!  If you are interested in learning more, please check out our site host page and contact us.  In particular, we are looking for hosts in the Syracuse area (Syracuse, DeWitt, Fayetteville, Manlius), as well as in/around Oneida, Chittenango, and Canastota.

Back from NOFA and Crop Planning!




Just got back from NOFA conference, and I am definitely a bit farmed out!  Most of the time farming I am by myself or with one or two other people, so it is pretty amazing (but also a wee bit exhausting) to be in such a great crowd of farmers and supporters of farming!

I am going to attempt to (use my admittedly limited computer tech skills and) link to my presentation power point, in case anyone wants to check out the notes from my crop planning workshop.  If the link is dead when you hit it, please CONTACT ME and I will share a Google Doc file to the link with you.

NOFA NY 2012 Workshop Powerpoint: How to Get the Vegetables You Want, When You Want Them Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Handout of Resources from the Workshop: (these include tons of places you can find sample spreadsheets or help estimating the conditions/yields/seed needs for your operation) How to Get the Vegetables You Want, When You Want Them

Off to NOFA-NY winter conference!




Matt and I are packing up and getting ready to head out to the 2012 Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY winter conference.  We love this conference (if it's possible to love a conference) for the awesome people we have met there, the tons of things we have learned, and the overall enjoyment of being in a place with a lot of other farmers.

The first year we moved to NY (in 2008), it really amazed us to be at an organic farming conference with so many people participating.  (and so many vendors!)  Even after years of going to different workshops and trade shows, that was really the first time we were at an event that focused on sustainability, yet had real large tractors and equipment for sale.  (I suspect that Matt just really wanted to move to NY from NH so we could work fields large enough that he could justify getting a big tractor.)

This year is a little scary (but mostly exciting) for us since it's the first time we will be out representing Hartwood Farm in public, for real.  Email us (on our contact us page) if you are there and want to meet us and talk about the farm!  Also, come check out my workshop--How to Get the Vegetables You Want, When You Want Them (Sat at 2:30) which is all about crop planning and setting up spreadsheets (exciting, I know...).