Monthly Archives: January 2015

FarmShares Week of January 26, 2015

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Italian Parsley & Red Russian Kale — Full Belly Farm • Broccoli — Good Humus Produce • Purple Top Turnips — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

Murcott Tangerines, Rainbow Carrots & Red Beets — Capay Organic • Bintje New Potatoes & King Richard Leeks — Full Belly Farm • Navel Oranges — Orangewood Farm • Red Chard — Riverdog Farm •

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Murcott Tangerines & Rainbow Carrots — Capay Organic • King Richard Leeks — Full Belly Farm • Broccoli [...]

News from the Farm | January 26, 2015

It feels as though there is so much to write about at this moment in time: the blooming almond trees, the 75° weather, winter/spring cooking, and our new farm babies.  We got news yesterday that our neighbors at Pasture 42 welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world.  Delphine Louise joins Arlo Alois Muller (4 months) and Teodoro Rodriguez Ochoa (3 months) in the one and under crowd here in Guinda, CA.  Since our newest little farm boys have not gotten an official Beet welcome, here they are with their ringleader, Rowan.  We are elated to introduce them to you. 

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These beautiful babes are not the only thing growing around here.  Our farm kitchen (shown below), which will be host to farm dinners, classes, value added products, events and many other uses is nearing completion.  The paint is on the walls, the stoves have arrived and the landscaping is underway.  The building of this new addition to the farm has taken just under two years, and the planning goes back even further than that.  Needless to say, we are all chomping at the bit to get in there and cook!  We hope that this new space can be a gathering place for our community, both local and extended (including you!)  It also represents the farm’s desire to grow not just in acres of vegetables and babies (although those are good too), but also in new and exciting directions.  In uncertain economic and meteorological times, our strength is in our diversity of activities and talents.  For Amon and me, this building is a dream come true!  We hope to see you at a tour, dinner, or if you happen to be passing through, do stop by and say hello.  We can’t wait to show you around!

–Amon and Jenna Muller

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New CSA Site in Glenview, Oakland

 

Full Belly will soon be delivering produce boxes every Friday to a site in the Glenview neighborhood in Oakland (near Lake Merritt). The program is a partnership between Full Belly Farm and Sea Forager, a company that offers fresh, sustainably sourced seafood, so you will be able to sign up for a weekly or biweekly seafood package as well.  For information about Sea Forager Seafood, visit www.seaforager.com.  The site is listed on our web site (http://fullbellyfarm.com/join-our-csa/neighborhood-delivery-sites/east-bay-csa-sign-up/) as a potential new site to gauge the interest first. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the on-line application form and we will contact you when we have a start date.

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New Site in Glen View, Oakland

Full Belly will soon be delivering produce boxes every Wednesday to a site in the Glenn View neighborhood in Oakland. The program is a partnership between Full Belly Farm and Sea Forager, a company that offers fresh, sustainably sourced seafood, so you will be able to sign up for a weekly or biweekly seafood package as well.  For information about Sea Forager Seafood, visit www.seaforager.com.  If you are interested in the Glen View CSA site, email or call our office to get on the list – the site is listed on our web site (http://fullbellyfarm.com/join-our-csa/neighborhood-delivery-sites/east-bay-csa-sign-up/) as a potential new site to gauge the interest first. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the on-line application form and we will contact you when we have a start date.

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FarmShares Week of January 19, 2015

Bushel

Ruby Red Grapefruit* — Manas Ranch • Rapini, Red Mustard Greens & Thyme — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Gold Beets & Murcott Tangerines — Capay Organic • Red Spring Onions — Full Belly Farm • Broccoli — Good Humus Produce • Collards & Scarlet Queen Turnips — Riverdog Farm •

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Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Gold Beets & Murcott Tangerines — Capay Organic • Broccoli — Good Humus Produce • [...]

News from the Farm | January 19, 2015

There are few seasons on the farm that we meet with such jittery anticipation as lambing season.  For the next few weeks there will be a flurry of “getting ready” tasks as we approach the February date when the first lambs are born. Fences must be set up for the hugely pregnant moms, greenhouses constructed for housing the tiny new lambs and their mothers, supplies purchased for any lambing emergencies. There are 85 ewes this year that will be giving birth in a one month time period to over 120 babies which can get really chaotic if you are not prepared! We have been raising this many sheep and lambs for over 20 years but still feel taken by surprise each year as they begin.

One of the hardest things is “psyching” ourselves up for the sleepless nights ahead. Despite the fact that 90% of the lambs will be born without any fanfare there are potential issues that can arise and we must be there any time, day or night, to help out. We do lamb checks every two to three hours during the night and as frequently throughout the day. Rainy nights and the full moon will definitely bring on a barrage of lambs – a well documented fact known by shepherds throughout the ages – so we have extra recruits on those nights.  

The most common births are twins (which works out nicely as an ewe has two teats) however, many moms give birth to triplets. This can create an interesting scenario of one lamb needing extra help in fending off the others to get milk.  Often we end up raising these “bummer” lambs as they will not thrive if left on their own. This requires warming up milk four to five times per day (and night) in the first week and carefully feeding them from a rubber nipple attached to a the bottle.  Last year we ended up with 14 sets of triplets, feeding 10 bummer lambs for several months!  We have seen quadruplets several times in the last few years. In one case, the mother fed them throughout their entire young lives. Luckily for us these nights and tasks are shared by several of us so no one gets too exhausted.

Despite the crazy nature of the lambing month we feel fortunate to be a part of this cycle of life. Birth is one of the last great miracles that we get to witness daily during the coming month. No two births are the same and somehow it never loses its fascination with surprises in colors and numbers.  

We have a special date set for an open farm day on Sunday, March 22 for any of you who would like to see the lambs first hand. We will tour the farm and have many lambs to hold and feed.  We are dovetailing this date with another event being held at our local Guinda Grange Hall –the Sheep to Shawl event.  This free admission all day program will feature shearing, spinning, weaving, knitting all taught from local talent and is especially kid friendly.  Please see the facebook page Sheep to Shawl for more information.

–Dru Rivers

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Grazing on Grasslands 101

Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, is offering a one-day event in which Alan Savory and Nicolette Hahn-Niman will share their message of hope for the environment.  Savory, Hahn-Niman will speak about how cattle grazing plays a key role in revitalizing the world’s damaged grasslands. There is a charge for the event: students are $35; general admission is $75 and VIP is $130. Tickets and additional information are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1117550

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