November 17, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
We finally got our first big frost up our way this past weekend. Winter is encroaching and the older folks around here are saying that its going to be a bad winter. Apparently the old timers say that the heavy acorn crop is indicative of a bad winter. Although I hope it is a mild one, we will soon find out as this is our first winter here in North Cackolackie. We still have a lot to do to be ready for the dead of winter, but we are taking it one day at a time.
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November 9, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
The weather is finally cooling down a bit in the evenings and the days are about perfect for putting in some sweat equity into the farm. I love this time of the year because you see the change of seasons taking place right in front of your eyes. I think it is amazing how trees have a self-contained closed loop maintenance mechanism built into their genetic makeup. What I mean is that trees actually drop their leaves onto the ground to build the organic matter in the soil which in turn helps invigorate the soil life and maintains the nutrient demands of the tree all in the process, in a nut shell of course. When I was a youngster, I remember raking leaves in the fall and then riding bikes through leaf piles in the road angering the older folks who took pride in keeping their leaf piles tidy. I always hated raking leaves and then when I learned later that trees dropped their leaves to help build the soil beneath them, it really confirmed my despised feelings over raking leaves. Now that I know this, I always encourage people to stop raking leaves and instead build the fertility of their soils. Dare to leave the leaf!
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November 1, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Whenever you hear someone talking about a small family farm, what comes to mind? What do you imagine Nature’s Roots Farm is like when you first hear and think about it? What do you think a small farm should look like? Do you imagine rolling hills, white picket fences, a red barn with white trim, grain silos standing tall next to the barn, and open pastures filled with cattle and no trees in sight? This little description is what you usually find on dairy, eggs, and poultry product packages at any neighborhood grocer, but is that what farms really look like? Maybe conventional farms who are more concerned about aesthetics than producing wholesome healthy food. I can surely tell you that you will not find that here at Nature’s Roots Farm. We have had quite a bit of visitors since we have opened shop here in the past six months. I can tell you from my experience with visitors here at the farm that some people are shocked right when they pull into our driveway. Actually most visitors end up calling us saying they can't find our place and the address they pulled into was abandoned. I usually laugh and get ready to see the shocked looked on people’s faces as they step outside the car and realize that Nature’s Roots Farm is nothing like they expected. And no, we do not have white picket fences and probably never will. And no, we do not have a red barn with grain silos and we never will. And no we do not have open pastures filled with cattle and we probably never will. But what we are working on establishing here is having a food oasis with all parts of the farm working interdependently to create harmony within our ecosystem. The cool thing is that we do not need aesthetics to have a harmonious balance within our farm and to produce nutrient dense food. It is about the “Function” of all moving parts, not the “Form” or the look of the land.
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