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Using biodynamic and permaculture practices, Juniper Jungle Farm strives for beyond organic standards to grow the freshest heirloom produce and meat in Central Oregon. Our products are available at local farmers markets or through our 18 week CSA.

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Farmer Chris’ Notes 10/27/14

Well, fall is here and only up until last week would you have known it. This mild autumn time has really made for a productive October as the plants have been responding with vigor. It has pushed back a lot of the potato harvest because we need them to cure for a few weeks after a top killing frost, but the potatoes are plenty and I hope you and your families can enjoy JJF spuds all winter long! The cows and pigs are getting fat and are enjoying the fall field cleanup as any edible scraps are all theirs! We have also been busy collecting seed and over winter will process and package them for your backyard food forest and garden needs in 2015. A big thanks to my crew and committed volunteers for a milestone year.

 

Farmer Chris’ notes 4/14/14

4/14/14, a good day! I’m a proud farmer; this year is the earliest I have had a crop ready and harvesting out of the field under row cover and not a greenhouse. A big step in my mind for the thought of local food security. Arugula will be for sale this Saturday at earth day; spinach available here shortly.

Your farmer, Chris

 

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Farmer Chris’ Notes 3/17

Well there has been some exciting new explorations into furthering our practice of biodynamic farming. We have been sourcing and procuring the ingredients to start making our own biodynamic preparations. We were able to source the preparations for this year from a larger biodynamic farm in California. The application day starts at sunrise, the preparation is added to water and spun for 1 hour, and from there we tractor sprayed and hand broadcasted it over 15 acres. This has been a new evolution for me besides using the annual biodynamic planting calendar, its a big leap of faith like all farming. For me, this is the next big step in our own local/farm based fertility to help create the balanced food security system of selling and eating local, but also the farms fertility being local as well.

Garlic and fall direct sown onions are sprouting up, spring planted spinach and arugula are under row cover and doing well. Seeding in the greenhouse has been ramping up, and soon will be the second home for the next few months, with the third home, the tractors, with the new 5 acres will be busier than ever.

Permaculture tips of the month will start my next farmers notes. Enjoy the roller coaster spring of sunny, windy, rainy, and snowy  Central Oregon, we sure will be.

Your farmer, Chris Casad

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A note from Farmer Chris

It has been a nice fall and winter here around the farm. We survived our early cold snap and had our winter preparations in order, thankfully. I have been staying busy in the wood-shop, processing beeswax and honey, cleaning and packaging seed, researching our intended growth and needs, and a little relaxing, too.

So far for 2014, I have been able to get some seed planted and under some row cover. Seed starting has begun and for the first time, this year we will be applying biodynamic preparations for land fertility, and taking another step into going beyond organic. The farm has a lot of new things in the works which will all help in improving the CSA, farmers markets, and the farms community involvement. First off and the most important to me, I am bringing on help in the form of personal, committed volunteers and friends. To start, Benjamin will be coming on full time to help farm the land. In addition, I have Jessica as the market manager and volunteer coordinator; Allison will be managing our CSA Blog, website, and branding; Kelly will manage flower sales and coordinate our farm to table dinners. I have secured an additional 5 acres of irrigated fallow land to expand the row cropping operation.

Now we need you, our customers, to help this farmer and farm blossom into a sustainable pillar of our community and economy!

I look forward to farming for you…..  Chris Casad, Farmer of Bend’s healthiest heirloom vegetables

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Wild Heart Nature School Fall Programs

Fall Friday Homeschool Program
Wildheart Nature Classes are outings that provide adventure and rich learning opportunities for children ages 5-10. We venture to nature areas within and surrounding Bend, Oregon, allowing participants to experience and study the land they call home. Participants document their experiences in a journal that contains photographs, drawings, and personal creative reflections. We facilitate a variety of activities such as nature arts and crafts, attuning to the wild, tracking, primitive skills, survival skills, nature songs, and much more!

Homeschool Group: 1 – 4 pm every Friday from September 6th – November 22nd, 2013

September & October: Dillon Falls
November: Juniper Jungle Farm

Full Term: $255
Full Term with Early Bird Discount: $215 if registered by August
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Drop-In: $23 per class

Mommy & Me Nature Exploration

Mommy & Me classes incorporate art, storytelling, animal demonstrations, games, movement, music, and literature into an enjoyable class for both children and adults! Join us at Juniper Jungle Farm as we explore, play, and spend time with friends. At the farm there are chickens, turkeys, a pond, a tipi, greenhouses, compost piles, a stream, and many other exciting places to visit. We hope you are as excited as we are to make nature come alive in this interactive and fun class series!

Who:
Children ages 24 months to 4 years accompanied by an adult

When:
10 am – 11:30 am
September 11th, September 25th, October 9th, & October 23rd

Where:
Juniper Jungle Farm: From downtown Bend take Hwy 20 heading east. Turn LEFT on Erickson. Go 2 miles and through one stop sign. Take RIGHT to stay on Erickson (instead of heading straight on Dickey). Turn into the 3rd driveway on the RIGHT. The driveway will veer in two directions; one gravel road and one paved road. Stay left on the gravel road. We do not recommend using mapquest or any similar system to find the farm. Use the directions above and give us a call if you get turned around.

How:
Register at: http://wildheartnatureschool.com/registration/
All Four Classes: $33
Drop-In: $10 per class

Class Themes:

September 11th: Insects!

September 25th: Seeds!

October 9th: Turkeys, Chickens, Ducks, and Rabbits!

October 23rd: Nature Arts & Crafts!

CSA Week 8 New Newsletter

The 2013 CSA Has Started!

FARM NEWS: Well, June has brought summer and the heat with it. I imagine like always we are not totally out of frost danger. Over the last week and continuing into this next week, my volunteer worker bees and I have been and will be transplanting all the summer crops like zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, and winter squash. The corn and beans have been sown, so wish us luck for a good harvest. Corn has always been one of my biggest challenges for a successful crop. Getting it started and growing is easy enough, it is a heavy feeder but also a longer crop. Its height makes row cover impossible on the tail end of the season, so it is one of the few crops that I am truly at the mercy of the season. The “new” row cropping tractor has been well worth the investment, I can only guess at how many workers I have added in just that one machine. If I could only add a dozen arms and hands to get it to help pick sweet peas I would be one happy farmer. The first week of Farmers Market and CSA was a huge success and for everyone who was part of last years CSA, these first bags were a big step up!

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CSA Harvest List Week 1: Some of the radishes  and arrugula were a little past due, this heat was not anticpated and really speeds up quick crops like radishes and arrugula.

Small Shares- Head of lettuce, 1/2# of spinach, 1 bag of kale, 1 bunch of mustard greens, 1 bunch of radishes, and 1 bag of arrugula.

Regular Shares- Head of Lettuce, 1 # of spinach, 1 large bunch of (chard, mustard greens, kale, and radishes), bok choy, and 1 large bag of arrugula.

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Next week at Market, I will have more veggie starts and seed packets for sale if anyone is interested. Volunteers are more than welcome, please call Farmer Chris at 541 815 6483 to schedule an orientation with one of our consistent crews.

I suggest everyone over the course of the summer to make it out to the farm at least once. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a working permaculture and biodynamic farm. You have the ability to see first hand where your CSA veggies are growing and thriving under our farming methods.

Sincerely, Your Farmer,

Chris Casad

Don’t Forget to Place Your Order for JJF Veggies!

Hello all, I hope these sunny days have been treating you as well as our crops. I have selected tomorrow 5/21 as our first Open Tuesday at the farm. The time is from 3 to 7 PM here at the farm, directions are at this link http://juniperjunglefarm.com/about/where/ and our sign will be up on the road. Please place your order by tomorrow morning at 9 AM via email or phone at 5418156483, leave a message with your order if I am unable to answer. 
 
Normally you can also just show up during 3 to 7 PM and we can harvest together, but tomorrow night is forecasted as of now at 26 degrees, meaning the row covers will be over the plants and harvesting won’t be available. 
The main reason I like customers to place an order is that all veggies especially greens last longer when harvested in the AM during cool temperatures and minimal direct sunshine. With this method of harvesting, some CSA customers were able to get certain varieties of greens to last 2 weeks in their fridge!
 
List of Veggies for Harvest, weights available, and price(CSA customers get 10% off)
- Lettuce Heads, $5 per pound, heads average about a pound
- Spinach, $4 half pound or $7 for one pound
- Radishes, $2.50 per bunch, 1 bunch is about 3/4 of pound
- Mustard Greens,  $2.50 per bunch, 1 bunch is about 3/4 of pound
- Arugula, Price- TBD
- Kale, $2.50 per bunch, 1 bunch is about 3/4 of pound
 
2012 CSA members who have signed up for 2013 CSA Program can also use their $20 worth of Juniper Jungle Dollars if you so choose or can save them for later in the season here at the farm or at the farmers market.
 
REMINDER, Please order by 9 AM tomorrow Tuesday 5/21 via email or phone at 541 815 6483, pick up time is from 3 to 7 PM here at the farm, cooler and farmer will be waiting in the parking area. Hope to see you then!
 
Last, Rockin Daves Bagels has signed up for our CSA program and has also has already purchased some bulk mustard greens, so please thank and support a local business who is choosing to source their their veggies and meats locally, as much as they can!  Their info is at http://www.rockindaves.com 
 
Thanks, and please forward this email on to anyone you think might have interest,
Your Farmer,
– 
Chris Casad
Farmer of Bend’s Healthiest Heirloom Vegetables
Juniper Jungle Farm
(541) 815-6483

Farm Update May 2013

Juniper Jungle Farm May Update

First off, a big thank you to everyone who has signed up for the 2013 CSA! The farm and I need your help with one last push to fill out our CSA 2013 program. Any method of getting the word out is great, please take a few minutes to help out!

Farm News: Well with the warm weather we saw there for a while, we now have veggies ready for sale. Here on the farm, Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 7 PM will be the pick up time. Please call or email your order by Monday evening as I harvest in the AM for maximum storage quality and the food will be available for pick up between 3 to 7PM here at the farm. The veggies are also available through Locavore which is now on 2nd street in Bend.

Available in 1/2 and 1 Pound amounts*

Veggies available are lettuce*, spinach*, mustard*, bunch of radishes, and bunch of kale. Arrugula will be ready soon possibly by next Tuesday.

 

Pictures of veggies for 2013 are here:

CSA- The farm is now accepting online signup and payments via our website athttp://juniperjunglefarm.com/csa-bend-oregon/share-sizes-and-pricing/. I am really in need of some community help with spreading the word about the farm and CSA program, with the goal of filling out the CSA this year. I am offering some incentive, returning CSA members will get $20 of JJ Dollars for signing up again. Also for every referral with a new sign up from a 2012 CSA member, that member will get $10 JJ Dollars. I hope this will encourage the farm’s community(you) to help the farm grow. In whatever means available to you, like email, Facebook, work place, please let your friends know!

Juniper Jungle Dollars- This program provides a different option to support the farm before the season starts and to collect your bounty during the season. JJ Dollars can be purchased now through the end of the season.  JJ Dollars can be used here at the farm on open Tuesdays for veggies and meats and at our farmers’ market booth for veggies as laws prohibit off-farm meat sales. Two options are available, 100 JJ dollars for $90 or 225 JJ Dollars for $200. Also if purchased before June 1st then you will receive an extra $5! JJ Dollars are available at this linkhttp://juniperjunglefarm.com/juniper-jungle-dollars/.

100% Grass Feed Beef Herd Share – 2 cows have been purchased this spring from Vaquero Valley Beef Company in Prineville, OR. Harvest will be in October or November once they are done bulking up. They will be pasture raised and will be finished by letting them in the vegetable field after the veggie season is done. Quarters and halves will be offered. If you wish to split a quarter please do it privately. Price will range from $4 to $6 a pound including kill fee, butcher fee, cutting, and wrapping. Quarters generally average around 125 pounds and halves around 250 pounds. Everyone will get to choose their portion of ground beef, many cuts of steaks, and rumps and roast. It will cost $200 to reserve a quarter or $300 to reserve a half. As there will only be two cows offered this should fill up quick. Money spent to reserve your beef will go towards total price. More information and sign up sheet at http://juniperjunglefarm.com/meat/

Our website is www.juniperjunglefarm.com.

JJF Facebook page is a public page that non Facebook members can interact with as well and has additional pictures from previous years and is available at www.facebook.com/pages/Juniper-JungleFarm/187912947926069.

Volunteers are more than welcome to come start working here at the farm, if you would like to volunteer please call Chris at 541 815 6483.

 

Thanks for your time and support,

Your Farmer,

Chris Casad

April Update

Juniper Jungle Farm Spring Update

First off, a big thank you to everyone who has signed up for the 2013 CSA! So far I have already matched last years numbers and still have over 6 weeks left till the start of the season. Please keep spreading the word and help fill out the 2013′ CSA.

Farm News: I was able to purchase a tractor last week, a Farmall 140 that is ready to work. I am very excited about this upgrade for the farm, our crops will benefit greatly. My next goal over the next month is to put up a couple cold frames/greenhouses for some serious hothouse crops this year. I am pushing to up the yield ante on the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers this year. I have been busy seeding in the greenhouse and have already started transplanting and seeding some greens and root crops into the field.
Eggs: Well the hens have really started to lay, and we have chicken eggs for sale. I am going to set up a fridge this week in the parking lot that will have eggs for sale and will be self service. The price is $5.00 a dozen for CSA members, and $6.00 for non CSA members. Compared to some local grocers offering “better” than standard quality eggs are around $6.00 a dozen. I know everyone who tries our eggs can instantly tell the difference of quality and taste. I know our eggs are healthier as we can guarantee our chickens are authentically free ranged and have a rich diet of plants and bugs. The best part of all is you can meet your egg hens first hand once the farm is open for the season or if you stop by for some eggs.  Also if you do come out to get some eggs, please bring us your food scraps for the chickens, they will love you for it. In general do not worry about things the chickens will not want to eat, if they don’t like it when they try it they wont eat it, but our worms will.  Last, a helpful tip to get your eggs to last longer is to put the pointy end down.
Turkeys: I am going to try and take reservations for the Thanksgiving Turkeys this year as I am not planning to do as many as I had hoped. We are going one step at a time for new equipment purchases and the poultry processing equipment is last on the list and most likely wont happen this year. May 7th will be the last day to reserve your Turkey as I am picking them up that day. I will get a few extra then the reserved amount but please let me know if you have intentions to purchase one this year. Last year, from all the customers who purchased one, everyone said hands down they were the best Turkeys consumed to date. I put a lot of intention and work into raising the Turkeys as naturally and healthily as possible and I am glad to hear its paying off. To reserve your Turkey please contact me, and a $30 deposit will be required.
Bees:  Keep an eye out for swarms over the next 3 months. Swarms are clusters of bees looking for a new home. Generally you will see them hanging off a branch or clumped on a wall or fence. I will keep everyone up to date on Honey availability.
A couple weeks ago, we have had a huge blessing for the farm. I spent a day cleaning up a semi truck crash that was carrying honeybee’s. It was a very early morning and long day, lots of work, and lots of stings. Well worth it, a once in a life time experience! Best of all, came home bee rich! The news report and pictures are linked below. I am in the flannel shirt with the tool belt in the news report.
Farmer Chris
 
 
KTVZ Video News Report:
 
Photos here:
 
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CSA- The farm is now accepting online signup and payments via our website athttp://juniperjunglefarm.com/csa-bend-oregon/share-sizes-and-pricing/. I am really in need of some community help with spreading the word about the farm and CSA program, with the goal of filling out the CSA this year. I am offering some incentive, returning CSA members will get $20 of JJ Dollars for signing up again. Also for every referral with a new sign up from a 2012 CSA member, that member will get $10 JJ Dollars. I hope this will encourage the farm’s community(you) to help the farm grow. In whatever means available to you, like email, Facebook, work place, please let your friends know!Juniper Jungle Dollars- This program provides a different option to support the farm before the season starts and to collect your bounty during the season. JJ Dollars can be purchased now through the end of the season.  JJ Dollars can be used here at the farm on open Tuesdays for veggies and meats and at our farmers’ market booth for veggies as laws prohibit off-farm meat sales. Two options are available, 100 JJ dollars for $90 or 225 JJ Dollars for $200. Also if purchased before June 1st then you will receive an extra $5! JJ Dollars are available at this linkhttp://juniperjunglefarm.com/juniper-jungle-dollars/.

100% Grass Feed Beef Herd Share – 2 cows have been purchased this spring from Vaquero Valley Beef Company in Prineville, OR. Harvest will be in October or November once they are done bulking up. They will be pasture raised and will be finished by letting them in the vegetable field after the veggie season is done. Quarters and halves will be offered. If you wish to split a quarter please do it privately. Price will range from $4 to $6 a pound including kill fee, butcher fee, cutting, and wrapping. Quarters generally average around 125 pounds and halves around 250 pounds. Everyone will get to choose their portion of ground beef, many cuts of steaks, and rumps and roast. It will cost $200 to reserve a quarter or $300 to reserve a half. As there will only be two cows offered this should fill up quick. Money spent to reserve your beef will go towards total price. More information and sign up sheet at http://juniperjunglefarm.com/meat/

Our website is www.juniperjunglefarm.com.

JJF Facebook page is a public page that non Facebook members can interact with as well and has additional pictures from previous years and is available at www.facebook.com/pages/Juniper-JungleFarm/187912947926069.

Volunteers are more than welcome to come start working here at the farm, if you would like to volunteer please call Chris at 541 815 6483.

 

Thanks for your time and support,

Your Farmer,
Chris Casad

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