In early winter we began working on the foundation for our new aquaponic greenhouse. So far we have dug and poured the footer and lay one course of cement block, but the wonderful snow has halted our outside progress. For the winter we are working on system design. This greenhouse will be 30×60 ft with radiant floor tubing running in a massive heat sink of sand and gravel. The heat will be supplied mainly by a reflective satellite dish that tracks the sun, directs the rays into a single point, and heats water/glycol that is pumped through that point. For extended cloudy periods we will also burn recycled vegetable oil and wood, and during maple syrup season we will be running our evaporator inside!
Aquaponic systems work by growing plants and fish in connected water tanks- the fish produce amazing fertilizer (waste) for the plants, and the plants keep the water clean for the fish. Since the greenhouse is heated, we will be able to grow vegetables and fish year-round. Once up and running, we plan to be an educational site for anyone to learn about the many aspects of the system, mainly solar technology, organic food production methods, construction, biology and chemistry. We will sell vegetables, herbs, and fish year-round. Please contact us if you are interested in helping with this exciting project! You can read our fundraising letter here for more information about how to get involved.
Returned from the Windham Butcher Shop with a lot of great, vacuum-sealed cuts. This pork is all USDA certified, with the exception of the bacon, because it is smoked. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing any, and you can check the pricing on our Pork Products page.
We have 3 pigs going to the butcher next week! If you are interested in reserving a half or whole pig, or ordering any specific cuts, please contact us. Check out the pork products link under “Our Farm Stand” for details. We also still have poultry and maple syrup for sale. Happy New Year and turning of the season towards more daylight!
So far it has been a great season for maple syrup, and it looks like there is more good syruping weather on the way! We do batch processing on a wood-fired boiler, and we bottle syrup mainly in glass containers. (so that the syrup stays fresh longer and doesn’t end up with plastic residue in it) We sold all we made last season, so what we have now is fresh from our sugarbush! $60 will get you a gallon, and $32 for 1/2 gallon, and we can do smaller quantities too.
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Click here to read about the compost recall in Vermont due to toxic residues from chemical farming.
Maine and federal agricultural laws have been nailing small family farms and driving them out of business on the pretense of providing and enforcing “food-safety.” Yet, Big-Ag grocery stores continue to poison our land and our communities with hazardous chemical methods in our soil, our waterways, and our bodies. Here is yet another meat recall, among thousands of recalls, that have established your local grocery stores as a citizen-hazard-zone. Please click here, and this as well. (Wow, this reminds me of last year)
Local and organic foods might seem expensive today, but the costs of Big-Ag grocery stores are coming to our doorstep in a variety of ways. Chemical pollution, loss of wildlife including our major pollinators, honey bees, and increasing food costs are just the beginning. Mono-cropping, the chemical method that provides most of our grocery store foods, is ruining our land, and is unable to provide affordable food for our nation. Buying local food is not a trend, it’s a statement and a patriotic vote in favor of saving our homeland. You have already been paying thousands of tax-dollars to subsidize a failing, corporate food system. It’s time to switch your vote, and buy locally grown food. Hear about the national food-forecast here: rising food prices