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Posted 2/29/2012 5:52pm by Michael Scheidel.

Come out to St. Paul's UCC Summer Hill (off of Summer Hill Road a few miles east of Rte 183 near Summit Station) on Friday, March 2 for a Potluck Dinner and a Free screening of Food, INc.!  We will have a kids movie also.

 

Potluck dinner from 5:30 until 6:45 PM

 

Movie shows at 6:45 PM

 

We will have some discussion time.  A few local farmers including Herring's Green Grass Farm and perhaps Michael and Emily Scheidel of Little Peace Farm along with Leah Zerbe and Greg Hoak of Potter's Farm.

 

Please RSVP by replying to this email.  Please invite your friends and share our link (Find at Herring’s Green Grass Farm) on Facebook!  Call Wayne Herring with any questions at 570-573-9255.  We hope to see you there.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR A FRIDAY MARCH 30 SCREENING OF "AMERICAN MEAT"!  Thanks!

Posted 2/28/2012 8:09pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  Just wanted to let you know about the showing of an impactful film about the state of our food!  See below for details!

 

Come out to St. Paul's UCC Summer Hill (off of Summer Hill Road a few miles east of Rte 183 near Summit Station) on Friday, March 2 for a Potluck Dinner and a Free screening of Food, INc.!  We will have a kids movie also.

 

Potluck dinner from 5:30 until 6:45 PM

 

Movie shows at 6:45 PM

 

We will have some discussion time.  A few local farmers including Herring's Green Grass Farm and perhaps Michael and Emily Scheidel of Little Peace Farm along with Leah Zerbe and Greg Hoak of Potter's Farm.

 

Please RSVP by replying to this email.  Please invite your friends and share our link (Find at Herring’s Green Grass Farm) on Facebook!  Call Wayne Herring with any questions at 570-573-9255.  We hope to see you there.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR A FRIDAY MARCH 30 SCREENING OF "AMERICAN MEAT"!  Thanks!

Posted 2/21/2012 7:35pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  We are now on FB!  Please Like or Friend us and refer your friends to our website.  If you refer a friend who joins the mailing list on our website, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate for anything we grow (veggies, flowers, eggs, chickens...) redeemable any time of the season.  Just make sure your friend lets us know you referred them when they join the mailing list.  We will share the winner of the drawing some time in April.  Thanks again for supporting your local farm and food-shed.  Peace.

LPF

Posted 2/21/2012 6:41pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  We are having another veggie sale for this weekend.  The "store" for online ordering opens tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.  Pick up is between 1 and 3 here at the farm on Saturday, February 25th. (ordering instructions can be found below)

Please remember, IF YOU DO NOT GET A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER, YOU DID NOT MAKE AN ORDER.  Please bring your confirmation e-mail with you when you come to pick up on Saturday.  

Thanks and stay tuned!

 ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:

*on our website, click on "Pre/Post Season Ordering" under the CSA tab.

*for user name enter your e-mail address (the one you use to get messages from our website) and the password "abundance".  This is a universal password that you can change in the future.

*once you login, you will see all of the produce we have available including price and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART

*Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up! 

*Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT. 

*You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your orderIf you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!  Winter produce is limited so order early!

*then all you have to do is show up on Saturday, Feb. 25th between 1 and 3 p.m.

Posted 2/17/2012 2:14pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks. 

We've had requests from some of you to invite you to help work at the farm.  This is something we are going to incorporate more this summer and the seasons to come; farm work days.  So, in our sometimes last minute fashion, consider this e-mail/blog an invitation for anyone who wants to help at the farm to come tomorrow between the hours of 1 and 4 to weed in the high tunnel.  The chick weed has gotten away from us and we still have a couple more beds to weed. 

The temperature on sunny days lately has climbed to 80 degrees or so in the high tunnel!  So wear layers, be ready to bend over, crawl and otherwise get dirty among the greens.  Please let us know by e-mail if you would like to help out.  Thanks in advance!  Peace.

Michael and Emily Scheidel

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/7/2012 7:12pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.

We are having another veggie sale for Saturday, Feb. 11th.  The store opens Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 8:00 a.m. and closes Friday at 8:00 a.m.  PICK UP IS BETWEEN 1 AND 3 ON SATURDAY.  IF YOU PLACE AN ORDER PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP.  Also, if you do not get a confirmation e-mail, YOU DIDN'T PLACE AN ORDERPlease print and bring your confirmation with you!  Below are instructions on how to order online.  Thank you!

Little Peace Farm

dona nobis pacem

 

*on our website, click on "Pre/Post Season Ordering" under the CSA tab.

*for user name enter your e-mail address (the one you use to get messages from our website) and the password "abundance".  This is a universal password that you can change in the future.

*once you login, you will see all of the produce we have available including price and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART

*Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up! 

*Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT. 

*You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your orderIf you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!  Winter produce is limited so order early!

*then all you have to do is show up on Saturday!

Posted 2/5/2012 7:12pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks! 

PASA

Don't let the title of this entry scare you; I am not fighting off federal agents trying to take the farm or anything.  Emily, two of our children, and I attended the 21st annual PASA conference this weekend in State College.  PASA is the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and is really the regions largest and I'd say strongest pro-sustainable farm organization.  Every year of farming brings challenges including ones that make a farmer feel quite alone.  Seeing over 2000 other people interested in providing, promoting, and protecting safe food is always an amazing encouragement and certainly does RELOAD our tanks for another season.  

PRESENTATION AND CONFERENCE

Fellow farmer Eric from Barefoot Gardens and I presented results of trialing a fairly new biodegradable mulch on our farms in 2011.  The mulch is a thin film that looks a lot like plastic but is made from corn starch!  It breaks down after several months and leaves no toxic residues in the soil.  Excellent for warming soil and weed control, this resource is used by a lot of fellow sustainable farmers.

I attended workshops on growing hightunnel tomatoes, seed saving, organic hightunnel production, and diagnosing nutrition problems in vegetables.  Emily, while struggling with a sick infant (Norah with a snotty virus of some kind...) half-attended workshops including cut flowers, edible weeds and "Radical Homemakers". 

The Keynote speaker was Brian Halweil, senior fellow at the World Watch Institute and food revolutionary.  Very articulate and not a dooms-day type speaker.  The Plenary Speaker was Shannon Hayes, author of "The Radical Homemaker". 

The conference is not only for farmers so if you have an interest in attending next year, let us know and we'd be glad to introduce you to the PASA family!

VEGGIE SALE THIS WEEKEND

We are again going to offer our hightunnel grown veggies for Saturday, February 11th pick up.  WE ARE GOING TO OPEN THE STORE AND CLOSE IT A DAY EARLIER THIS WEEK.  The store will open on Wednesday morning and close on Friday morning.  This will give us time to really pick what is ordered!  More details to follow.

THANK YOU

..mom, Katie and Chris, Adam and Bec, Ari, Addy, Juli, Sage and Fernanda!  Without you we wouldn't have been able to attend the conference this weekend and RELOAD!

Peace!

Michael and Emily

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/25/2012 8:20pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  We are having another veggie sale for this weekend.  The "store" for online ordering opens tomorrow morning at 8 and closes on Friday evening at 8.  Pick up is between 1 and 3 here at the farm on Saturday, January 28th. (ordering instructions can be found below)

THERE HAS BEEN AN ISSUE WITH A COUPLE OF PEOPLE ORDERING ONLINE; IF YOU DO NOT GET A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER, YOU DID NOT MAKE AN ORDER.  Please bring your confirmation e-mail with you when you come to pick up on Saturday.  We have had a couple of people show up to pick up who I never got an order from and we hate to turn people away!  I'm trying to figure out if it is a glitch on our side or not. 

Thanks and stay tuned!

 

*on our website, click on "Pre/Post Season Ordering" under the CSA tab.

*for user name enter your e-mail address (the one you use to get messages from our website) and the password "abundance".  This is a universal password that you can change in the future.

*once you login, you will see all of the produce we have available including price and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART

*Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up! 

*Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT. 

*You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your orderIf you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!  Winter produce is limited so order early!

*then all you have to do is show up on Saturday,Jan. 28th between 1 and 3 p.m.

Posted 1/20/2012 12:43pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks, This is Ari. We had quite an exciting week...thought I would share with you all in case you see me hobbling around the farm for a little while :P While riding a draft horse this past Monday, a tractor trailor spooked the horse. I was riding bareback, and while she was bucking, I was thrown off and landed directly onto my tailbone and lower back. Half the family went with me to the Pottsville ER. After X-rays that showed no broken bones, and after giving me a Motrin dose, they sent me home. Upon getting home; after being in severe pain for several hours, a huge lump starting forming on my lower back and tailbone area. A few minutes after being home, I passed out in the kitchen. Dad luckily caught me on the way down, and put me on the floor. The lump on my back was growing, and the kids were freaked out when I came to. Dad called 911 because it started looking really bad. The ambulance got there 20 minutes later, and I was taken to St. Joe's Hospital in Reading. After several hours of being on morphine, and all sorts of IV's and wires and annoying nurses and doctors...they diagnosed the lump as a hemotoma. Basically, it's a large mass of internal bleeding and soft tissue damage. I was discharged the next morning. Now, I'm resting at home, and in a LOT less pain. I'm on crutches and pain medications, until the swelling of my back goes down. The multi-colored bruising, and soreness inside will take a while to completely heal. With my family, now that I'm conscious, not crying, and a little more mobile, I've been the recipient of lots of 'cute little kid' questions and remarks..... "Ari, why does your face look so white?" "Ari, you have RAINBOW on your back!!!" "Mom, look! SHE IS MOVING!!!!" Heeheehee ;P Can't wait for the growing season to begin, hopefully see you all in the spring. -Ari The Scheidels Little Peace Farm
Posted 1/15/2012 2:24pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  Yup, you read it right!  I don't know about you but we've got sunny and 76! No, we're not surfing on a sunny beach in the Central America, we're "vacationing" in our greenhouses.  I'd like to clarify some of the diffferences in our greenhouses.  Greenhouse is a generic term for a structure covered in plastic or glass that relies on sunlight or other means to heat the inside.  Here are our different greenhouses:

*Our smallest is mostly for overflow when our nursery is filled with flats in the spring. 

*Our next largest is our nursery which is the only greenhouse equipped with propane hear and hard-wired electricity.  This is where we grow all of our transplants and micro-greens (when we need the most controlled environment). 

*Then we have our 60' long hoophouse where we extend the season in the spring and fall.  We gave the ground a break this fall and planted nothing in it.  We are currently housing our laying hens to keep them warm enough during these frigid days and to fertilize our soil. 

*Finally we have our newest 100' X 30' high tunnel.  This is the largest structure we have and it is full of greens, cilantro, turnips and radish, scallions, etc.  The high tunnel and hoophouse are heated by passive solar which means NO FUEL INPUTS.  Just the good ole sun.

I have plans for one more high tunnel and then I will have a great system for crop rotations within the different passive solar greenhouses.  I thoroughly enjoy growing during the winter.  It's the washing of the produce that is extremely difficult! 

I was harvesting carrots on Friday in 20 degree weather, 30 MPH winds, and random snow squalls that really made me question, "What the heck and I doing out here!".  The carrots are the only vegetable we have outside in open field and they are covered with straw and row cover to protect them from freezing.  Harvesting and weeding in the high tunnel is downright pleasant.  

So for all of those who purchased our veggies this week, aside from the carrots and the last of the mini savoy cabbages, everything else was grown in our own little tropical paradise. 

Stay tuned!

ms

lpf