March, 2011

One Parent’s Awakening to the Problem of America’s Food Supply

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This video is frightening, amazing and enlightening all at the same time. Robyn O’Brien, a professional food industry analyst and mother of 4, investigates America’s food system after her youngest daughter has an allergic reaction to a breakfast of Leggos, yogurt and eggs. What she discovers is a world of startling facts about America’s food system. A dramatically rising number of food allergies in American children, paralleling the introduction of genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone and genetically-modified corn and soybean products. GM products banned in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and all 27 European nations because they “haven’t yet been proven safe,” which the United States allows because “they haven’t been proven dangerous.” Agricultural subsidies for commericial farming contributing directly to the high cost of organic foods. American citizens suffering from the highest cancer rates in the world, yet spending more on health care than any other developed nation.

Her awakening is a lesson for the nation. Truly, this is must watch TV.

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A Declaration of Local Food Independence.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The residents of a small town in rural Maine did something remarkable yesterday: they issued a declaration of local food independence:

Here’s the press release from Food for Maine’s Future:

MAINE TOWN PASSES LANDMARK LOCAL FOOD ORDINANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2011

MAINE TOWN PASSES LANDMARK LOCAL FOOD ORDINANCE
Sedgwick becomes first town in Maine to adopt protections

SEDGWICK, MAINE – On Saturday, March 5, residents of a small coastal town in Maine voted unanimously to adopt the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance, setting a precedent for other towns looking to preserve small-scale farming and food processing. Sedgwick, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Western Hancock County, became the first town in Maine, and perhaps the nation, to exempt direct farm sales from state and federal licensing and inspection. The ordinance also exempts foods made in the home kitchen, similar to the Michigan Cottage Food Law passed last year, but without caps on gross sales or restrictions on types of exempt foods.

Local farmer Bob St.Peter noted the importance of this ordinance for beginning farmers and cottage producers. “This ordinance creates favorable conditions for beginning farmers and cottage-scale food processors to try out new products, and to make the most of each season’s bounty,” said St.Peter. “My family is already working on some ideas we can do from home to help pay the bills and get our farm going.”

Mia Strong, Sedgwick resident and local farm patron, was overwhelmed by the support of her town. “Tears of joy welled in my eyes as my town voted to adopt this ordinance,” said Strong. “I am so proud of my community. They made a stand for local food and our fundamental rights as citizens to choose that food.”

St.Peter, who serves on the board of the National Family Farm Coalition based in Washington, DC, sees this as a model ordinance for economic development in rural areas. “It’s tough making a go of it in rural America,” said St.Peter. “Rural working people have always had to do a little of this and a little of that to make ends meet. But up until the last couple generations, we didn’t need a special license or new facility each time we wanted to sell something to our neighbors. Small farmers and producers have been getting squeezed out in the name of food safety, yet it’s the industrial food that is causing food borne illness, not us.”

“And every food dollar that leaves our community is one more dollar we don’t have to pay for our rural schools or to provide decent care for our elders,” adds St.Peter. “We need the money more than corporate agribusiness.”

Three other towns in Western Hancock County will be voting on the ordinance at or ahead of their town meetings in the coming weeks. Penobscot, Brooksville, and Blue Hill all have the ordinance on their warrants.

Click here to view a copy of the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance of 2011.

Contact:

Bob St.Peter
Saving Seeds Farm
Sedgwick, Maine
207-244-0908
bobstpeter@gmail.com

Mia Strong
Local Stock Food Cooperative
Sedgwick, Maine
207-359-8572
meezermia@gmail.com

Here are images of the ordinance:

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2011 CSA Programs in Central New York & the Finger Lakes, Part 4.

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This is the fourth in a series of articles Farmshed CNY is publishing on 2011 CSA programs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes. With this latest article, I have worked twice through the list of 100+ CSAs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes in the Farmshed directory (i.e., the iPhone app), and updated information for 64 CSA programs.

There are still 40 or so farms in the region that have not yet published information for their 2011 CSAs. In the next few weeks, I hope to communicate directly with these farms and obtain updated information on their 2011 CSA programs. At some point, however, probably in mid-to-late March, I need to move on to updating our Farmers Markets calendar for 2011, and begin adding farms and farming-related businesses in the Champlain Valley, Hudson Valley and Catskills to the Farmshed directory.

Once I have finished updating information on 2011 CSAs, Farmshed CNY will publish a complete listing of CSAs in the Central NY and the Finger Lakes, organized by county. Look for this final listing to be published sometime in mid-to-late March.

I hope you will review the 64 CSA programs listed in these four articles, and consider joining a CSA program in 2011. Everyone – you, your family, the farmer, and the community – benefit from supporting local farmers and keeping money in the local economy.  And please, if you have additional questions, contact the farmer! Most CSAs require a significant upfront commitment, and it’s good sense to find the right CSA for you and your family before signing up for the season. Any responsible farmer should be glad to hear from you and answer questions about his or her CSA program.

50. Porter Farms
4914 Edgerton Rd, Elba, NY 14058

Organic Fruits and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Mike Porter
Website: http://www.porterfarms.org
Tel: 585-757-6823
Email: csa@porterfarms.org

Porter Farms runs a large, certified organic CSA program that serves 1000 members in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Their 2011 CSA Program  begins in late June and runs 22 weeks. They offer a single Full Share with two pricing options: A Pick up Option that costs $330.00 for the season for members who pick up their shares at the farm or at sites in the Buffalo area; and a Delivery Option that costs $360.00 for shares that are delivered to sites in the Rochester area. They also offer an Early Bird discount of $20.00 for members who sign up before April 15.

Visit their website to enroll in their CSA or for additional information.

51. Genesee Valley Organic CSA
25 Nelson St., Rochester, NY 14620

Organic Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Dave Fergusson
Website: http://www.gvocsa.org
Tel: 585-442-5658
Email: fergy51@yahoo.com

Genesee Valley Organic CSA (GVOCSA) is one of the oldest CSAs in the United States. The products included in its 26-week seasonal CSA Program come from Peacework Farm, with additional special-order products such as baked goods, fruit, wine and maple syrup available during the Summer season, and locally raised meats available at the main distribution locations.

GVOCSA’s main 26-week seasonal CSA Program begins in mid-May and runs through mid-November. GVOCSA offers a Full Share with a sliding scale to accommodate people of different incomes costing from $440.00 to $680.00. They also offer a Shared Share that splits a Full Share among two or more households, and a Partial Share that costs $325.00.  All share members pay an additional annual membership fee of $15.00. Full and Shared shares include 6-10 items per week, and Partial shares include 4-6 items per week.

GVOCSA requires all members to work as part of their share. Full and Shared Share members work a total of 17 hours during the 26-week season, 3 farm shifts of 4 hours each and 2 distribution shifts of 2 ½ hours each. Partial Share members work a total of 10 ½ hours during the 26-week season, 2 farm shifts of 4 hours each, and 1 distribution shift of 2 ½ hours.

GVOCSA’s distribution site is the warehouse/parking lot area of Abundance Cooperative Market in Rochester. Share distribution times are Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM and Sundays 5:30-7:00 PM.

GVOCSA also offers a Winter CSA program with vegetables from Blue Heron Farm in Lodi, NY. For additional information about GVOCSA’s CSA programs, please visit their website.

52. Peacework Farm
2231 Welcher Rd., Newark, NY 14513

Organic Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Greg Palmer & Ammie Chickering
Website: http://www.gvocsa.org/web/local.html
Tel: 315-398-4007
Email: peacewkfrm@yahoo.com

Peacework Farm operates a CSA separate from GVOCSA for residents of Wayne and Ontario Counties who live within a half-hour’s drive from the farm. Local CSA members pick up their weekly shares at the farm. The CSA runs for the same 26-week season as the GVOCSA main season.

The general terms of Peacework Farm’s 2011 CSA Program are the same as the GVOCSA Program. Their 2011 26-week seasonal CSA Program begins in mid-May and runs through mid-November. They offer a Full Share with a sliding scale to accommodate people of different incomes costing from $440.00 to $680.00. They also offer a Shared Share that splits a Full Share among two or more households, and a Partial Share that costs $325.00. There is a membership fee of $5 per share or per household sharing a share. Full and Shared shares include 6-10 items per week, and Partial shares include 4-6 per week.

Peacework Farm requires all CSA members to work as part of their share. Full and Shared Share members work three 4-hour shifts at the farm; Partial shares work two 4-hour shifts.

Pick ups are at the Farm on Thursdays and Sundays. Peacework Farm does not offer a Winter CSA. For additional information on pick ups or on joining Peacework Farm’s CSA, please visit their website.

53. Heamour Farm
3723 Center Rd, Madison, NY 13402

Free-Range Eggs
Shannon and David Nichols
Website: http://www.heamourfarms.com
Tel: 315-893-7616
Email: heamour@frontiernet.net

Heamour Farms is offering a 27-week Farm Fresh Egg CSA in 2011, which runs from May 7th to November 5th. The CSA provides one dozen eggs per week, which can be picked up Saturdays at the Cazenovia Summer Farmers Market. Shares cost $94.50.

54. Sweetland Farm
9732 State Route 96, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Vegetables and Fruits
Paul Martin and Evangeline Sarat
Website: http://www.sweetlandfarm.org
Tel: 607-387-3702
Email: evangelinesarat@gmail.com

Sweet Land Farm offers Summer, Winter and Egg CSAs. Their Summer CSA Program runs 26 weeks, from June to November, and costs $510.00 per share. Summer CSA shares include pre-selected and member-selected produce, for a total of 10-20 different items per week, as well as U-Pick/PYO options.

The Egg Shares CSA runs 26 weeks during the summer and costs $104.00 ($4.00 per week). It provides 1 dozen eggs per week.

Members in the Ithaca/Trumansburg area pick up their shares are the farm on Tuesdays or Fridays. The Piggery also offers their charcuterie for sale at Friday distributions.

55. Full Plate Collective
P.O. Box 6898, Ithaca, N.Y. 14851

Vegetables
Katie Church
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/fullplatefarms
Tel: 607-342-7632
Email: info@fullplatefarms.org

The Full Plate Farm Collective is a multi-farm CSA in the Ithaca area that includes Remembrance Farm, Stick & Stone Farm, and Three Swallows Farm. The Full Plate Collective offers Summer and Winter CSAs, with numerous delivery and pick up options. Their 2011 Summer CSA program runs for 23 weeks and costs $509.91. A delivered weekly share is tailed for a 2-adult household and consists of a ½ bushel box containing 8-10 different vegetables per week. Members who pick up their shares at one of the farms can pack 1 grocery bag of produce per week, choosing from limited and unlimited items.

The Full Plate Collective offers two U-Pick gardens with unlimited picking amounts and access for all members, in addition their weekly shares. There are additional fuel charges for Ithaca-area and home deliveries. For additional information on delivery and pick up times and options please visit their website.

56. Lucky Moon Farm
4976 Lincklaen Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Claude & Sue Braun
Website: http://luckymoonfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 315-655-2283
Email: luckymoonfm@gmail.com

Lucky Moon Farm is offering 50 shares in their 2011 CSA Program, which runs from June through September. A Full Share costs $525.00 delivered, and $445.00 if picked up. A Half Share costs $390.00 if delivered and $315.00 picked up. Pick ups are at the farm, or on Tuesdays in Manlius.

57. Muddy Fingers Farm
3859 Dugue Rd, Hector, NY 14841

Vegetables
Matthew Glenn
Website: http://www.muddyfingersfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 607-546-4535

Muddy Fingers Farm is offering 90 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA Program runs from June through October. A Basic Share costs $400.00 and feeds 1-2 people; a Larger Share costs $520.00. Basic Share members select 5-8 vegetables each week, and Larger Share members select 7-10 vegetables each week. Muddy Fingers Farm is also looking for Working Share members who will trade their labor for the cost of a share.

Pick ups and selections of seasonal product take place at the Corning, Elmira or Watkins Glen Farmers Markets, or at the farm by special arrangement.

58. Free Bird Farm
497 McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge NY 13428

Vegetables
Ken Fruehstorfer and Maryellen Driscoll
Website: http://www.freebirdfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 518-673-8822
Email: freebirdfarm@frontiernet.net

Free Bird Farm is offering 250 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA Program runs from June through October. A Full Share for local members costs $435 ($500.00 for members in the metropolitan NY/NJ area). A CSA share provides for 2 adults with children. Eggs, pasture-raised chicken, and fruit shares are also available, depending on the distribution location.

Local members pick up on Tuesday afternoons in Cooperstown, Palatine Hill and Piseco. Egg and chicken shares are also available.

59. Fiacre Gardens Microfarm
364 Merchants Road, Rochester, NY 14609

Organic Fruits and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Chris Phillips
Website: http://saintjoeshouse.org/html/Fiacre-Gardens.html
Tel: 585-288-1073
Email: fiacregardens@yahoo.com

Fiacre Gardens Microfarm offers a fresh fruit and vegetable Summer CSA. They are offering 25 CSA shares in 2011, for a suggested donation of $360.00 per share. Fiacre Garden Microfarm also offers a Winter CSA, which provides “eco-grown” vegetables from October to May, with bi-weekly pick ups.

For additional CSA share and pick up information, please contact Chris Phillips.

60. Fiddler’s Greens
3106 Taft Rd, Bloomfield, NY 14469

Vegetables
Kit Fallon
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/fiddlers-greens-M28367
Tel: 315-521-9630

Fiddler’s Green’s is offering 30 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA program runs 20 weeks, from June through October. A Full Share costs $500.00, and a Half Share costs $400.00. There are 6 hours of work required on the farm. Pick ups are at the farm on Saturdays or Thursdays in Geneva.

61. Stony Creek Farm
1738 Freer Hollow Road, Walton, NY 13856

Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Dan and Kate Marsiglio
Website: http://www.stonycreekfarm.org
Tel: 607-865-7966
Email: info@stonycreekfarm.org

Stony Creek Farm is offering a 20-week CSA program in 2011. A Standard Share costs $425.00, with a discounted rate of $400.00 for early payment by April 15th. There is also a Working Share of $350.00. Each CSA share will include 5-7 seasonal vegetables and herbs.

Pick ups are Thursdays at the farm or Sundays at the Franklin Farmers Market. There is also a possible Oneonta delivery. For additional information, please contact Kate Marsiglio.

62. UUCC-Canandaigua CSA/Fellenz Farm
3024 Cooley Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Organic Fruit and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Andy Fellenz
Website: http://www.fellenzfamilyfarm.com/UUCCCSA.html
Tel: 585-260-2477
Email: fellenz@fltg.net

The UUCC-Canandaigua CSA is run by Fellenz Farm. Shares include certified organic fruit and vegetables. Members enjoy flexibility in determining the contents of their weekly shares, choosing several items to supplement what is already included in their share.

The UUCC-Canandaigua CSA runs 24 weeks from May 23 to October 31. A Small Share costs $480.00, and a Large Share costs $600.00. Small Shares typically have 6-8 items, and Large Shares 8-12 items. Fellenz Farms partners with other farms to offer at extra cost: poultry, beef and pork at least once a month, honey at least twice each season, eggs on a regular basis, and cheese once or twice a season. CSA members are also offered discounted U-Pick opportunities and discounts on fruits and vegetables for canning.

There is also a Work Option, where members receive a $50.00 rebate after working 12 hours on the farm. Share pick up is Monday evening from 5:15-7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3024 Cooley Rd. in Canandaigua. Pick up at the farm can also be arranged.

63. Transfiguration CSA/Fellenz Farm
50 W Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534

Organic Fruit and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Andy Fellenz
Website: http://www.fellenzfamilyfarm.com/TransfigurationCSA.html
Tel: 585-260-2477
Email: fellenz@fltg.net

The Transfiguration CSA is run by Fellenz Farm. Shares include certified organic fruit and vegetables. Members enjoy flexibility in determining the contents of their weekly shares, choosing several items to supplement what is already included in their share.

The Transfiguration CSA runs 26 weeks from June 3 to November 18. A Small Share feeds 2-3 people and costs $520.00; a Large Share feeds a family cooking most nights and costs $650.00. Small Shares typically have 6-8 items, and Large Shares 8-12 items. A Micro Share with 4 items per week costs $350.00. Members will receive a double distribution including storage vegetables on November 18. There is also a Work Option, where members receive a $50.00 rebate after working 12 hours on the farm.

Fellenz Farms partners with other farms to offer at extra cost: poultry, beef and pork at least once a month, honey at least twice each season, eggs on a regular basis, and cheese once or twice a season. CSA members are also offered discounted U-Pick opportunities and discounts on fruits and vegetables for canning.

Share distribution is Friday from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Transfiguration Church at 50 W. Bloomfield Road in Pittsford. Some work at the distribution is required. Pick up at the farm can also be arranged.

64. Free Soil Farm
17 Avon Rd, Geneseo, NY 14454

Vegetables
Corrin Strong and Amy Carpenter
Website: http://www.freesoilfarm.org
Tel: 585-233-5338
Email: csa@freesoilfarm.org

Free Soil Farm is offering 20 CSA shares in 2011. Unlike a traditional CSA, which requires members to purchase and commit to a full season of produce in advance, the Free Soil Farm CSA consists of a one-month contract. Members purchase $50.00 worth of “Little Green Bucks,” which entitles them to select and purchase $75.00 worth of produce at the farm’s Little Green Market, which is located off Avon Road just north of the Livingston County Courthouse and is open 7 days a week. CSA members can renew their one-month contracts throughout the growing season.

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Hydrofracking & Agriculture: The Promise and the Reality. A Farm Forum, March 15, Penn Yan, NY

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Here’s another important announcement about farming and hydrofracking in upstate New York.

Click on the image to enlarge. The PDF of the announcement is available here: flxfarmforum

We seem to be reaching a critical mass of anti-fracking awareness and activism in upstate New York, which is a good thing. My concern is whether this awareness and activism can be focused into a united front capable of generating and sustaining a mass response and resistance to hydrofracking in the region. The gas companies and their lobbyists in Albany and Washington have pooled their financial and human resources, which are considerable, and will make a concerted effort to get hydrofracking authorized with little or no regulation or oversight. Unless all the concerned citizens and local organizations in NYS form a collective, unified opposition to hydrofracking, I’m not sure our voices will provide a sufficient counterweight to the money and influence of the corporate lobbyists.

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Fracking Up Our Foodshed: Agriculture and Hydrofracking are NOT Compatible

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Our friends at Otsego 2000 just released this brochure on the environmental risk that hydrofracking, or “high volume slick water fracturing” poses for agriculture in New York State. Frightening, to say the least.

Click on the image to enlarge it. The PDF of the brochure is available here: Otsego2000Hydrofracking

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