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Posted 3/20/2012 7:52pm by Michael Scheidel.

 

VEGGIE SALE

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, March 24th (ordering instructions can be found below).  We will be offering Emily's fresh baked breads, a variety of raw cheeses, and our own pastured/free range brown eggs.  Check out our BLOG to read about what's been going on at the farm!  Thank you and see you Saturday!

 

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, March 24th between 1 and 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/15/2012 7:31pm by Michael Scheidel.

hey folks!

Aside from my daily seeding in our nursery, today I direct seeded out in the field.  I got all peas (2500 row feet), scallions, lettuce mix and spicy mix.  We'll get bunching onions, beets, carrots, and some others in by next week.  Wow, I think the season is under way!

Peace.

Posted 3/13/2012 8:41pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks! 

Paint

I hate painting.  I despise the prep work, the painting itself, and the clean up.  I do, however, enjoy the looks of a freshly painted room.  So that and Emily's loving motivation ("Mike, get it done or you don't eat this week!") is encouraging me to git 'er done.  A former student of mine from Kutztown U. has dedicated his Spring Break to helping us here at the farm.  Little did he know he wouldn't be doing any farm work per se.  Manny Torres, Ari, Em and I are scraping wallpaper, spackling, and painting two rooms and a hallway and having carpet installed in the two rooms.  This old farm house needs a lot of work and we're getting at it one baby step at a time. 

Goats & Chickens

We are the proud new owners of three pygmy goats.  Grace wanted the responsibility of owning some animals like her big sister so we did our homework and decided on pygmies.  Any animal on our farm must add to it and we hope to be making our frist batches of goat milk soap this summer some time.  We also added 30 red sex-link laying hens to our existing flock.  They have finally acclimated to their surroundings and the existing flock so we should have lots more eggs to sell in the coming weeks.  You should have heard the barn when we added the goats and chickens to the sheep and existing chicken flock.  Like a very strange symphony!

Peas


While trying to find any excuse NOT to scrape wallpaper, I tilled some ground and planted our first peas.  They are early snap peas and could be ready to harvest by early May.  I'll direct seed some dwarf snow peas and shell peas in the coming days as well.  Our intention is to have lots of these sweet spring treats as early as possible to get a second planting in these beds.

Onions

We are also planting some onion sets for early bunching onions in our experimental perennial beds.  These are 250' long beds that were in tomatoes last seson.  Instead of disturbing the soil by plowing the whole field, our plan is to coninually plant only in these beds.  We mow in between them and weed only the beds themselves and save fertilizer by only fertilizing where we plant.  We are constantly trying to improve soil by adding organic matter and cutting down on tillage.  

Stay tuned for more farm news!  Peace.

ms

lpf

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

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*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