A big thanks to our community of supporters signing up and getting the early bird discount. It is already shaping out to be a record year on many fronts of the farm. Our word of mouth growth has been outstanding, but we also have a creative CSA Manager, who also happens to make our website and awesome social media ads! Allison Murphy gets it done and has an awesome farm collection building! See below,
Your Farmer, Chris Casad
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
Children ages 24 months to 4 years accompanied by an adult
10 am – 11:30 am
September 11th, September 25th, October 9th, & October 23rd
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.
Register at: http://wildheartnatureschool.com/registration/
All Four Classes: $33
Drop-In: $10 per class
September 11th: Insects!
September 25th: Seeds!
October 9th: Turkeys, Chickens, Ducks, and Rabbits!
October 23rd: Nature Arts & Crafts!
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!
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.
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,