Farming and Healing Program For Female Veterans at the Farm This Season

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This season we are launching an 8 week, on site, hands on pilot program for female veterans to help them heal from their military experiences, find their sense of purwomen-in-farmingpose, create fellowship with other area veterans, learn valuable job skills, and ideally inspire entrepreneurship.

It’s got 3 components that have already been used successfully with veterans: horticulture therapy (via organic farming and hydroponic greenhouse growing), a mindfulness based meditation practice, and a life coaching experience with horses based on the work of Monty Roberts and his “Join Up” program.

Here is some of what our veterans will learn:

Grow organic vegetables, fruit and flowers;

Operate a year-round hydroponic greenhouse and grow a variety of lettuces, greens and herbs;

Run a successful farm stand;

Operate a pick-your-own organic fruit business;

Be a vendor at a local farmer’s market;

Put on special events at the farm and bake pizza in a flat-bread pizza oven;

Keep honeybees;

Produce maple syrup from tap to table;

Build functional structures, such as chicken houses & garden sheds via a local design build school;

Develop new self-empowerment skills through a life coaching experience with horses;

Eat a nutritionally balanced, sustainably raised, toxin free diet that promotes health;

Eliminate toxic chemicals from their homes and lifestyles;

Care for laying hens, 2 horses, 2 alpacas, grass fed beef cattle and pasture raised pigs;

Plus field trips to other area farms, agricultural fairs and workshops, and service opportunities in the local area, such as at the local Foodbank.

Community Gardens

In addition to the on site farming program, we will also offer community organic garden plots for local area female veterans and their families, at no cost to them. The soil will be prepared with necessary organic amendments, seeds and seedlings will be given to them to plant, weed and harvest. The veterans will cooperatively decide what they want to do with their produce. Some may want to sell it wholesale to area restaurants and stores with a special “veteran grown” label, and/or at our farm stand and the Waitsfield farmer’s markets. Others may want to create value added products with the produce, such as pesto, salsa, etc. And, some may want to donate their excess to local area food pantries. Mainly, the community gardens will be an opportunity for area veterans to create fellowship and experience the benefits of working the earth together. Community gardening veterans will have an opportunity to experience the mindfulness meditation program that will be going on at the farm.

To find out how you can help, please contact us.

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Annual Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market at the Round Barn this Sunday, 10-2pm

roundbarn (250x167)It’s THAT time of year again.

The annual Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market at the Round Barn. This Sunday, 11/24 from 10-2pm.

For those who don’t know, it’s a fabulous community event with over 30 vendors selling organic & natural, locally grown foods, and handmade gifts for the holidays. Veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wild harvested fish, maple syrup, local rum & whiskey, jams, salsas, pickles, pestos, pies & cakes, honey, salted caramels, handmade chocolates, and much  more. Herbal healing products, natural stone jewelry, herbal and aroma-therapeutic body care, Ukrainian Easter egg & blown glass ornaments, sheepskins, wool, dried flower arrangements for your holiday table. Live music by James Kinne (formerly of the Phineas Gage Project), yummy prepared foods to eat while you shop, a children’s activity, in a warm, festive, beautiful space.

Dave will have: frozen organic blueberries, corn and green beans; fresh lettuce, carrots, salad turnips, basil, spinach, brussel sprouts; a variety of squash, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes; maple syrup and more.

I’ll (Amy) have homemade organic “fire cider” in 8 ounce jars to keep you healthy and strong all year round (especially in the winter), sage smudging bundles (the sage was grown in our “Guardian angel garden” -the maze garden near the road), hand made healing stone jewelry, aroma-therapeutic bath salts and body/room sprays, and a few table top terrariums.

Will we see you there?

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Farm Fresh, Organic Flatbread Pizza and Hand Pressed Cider

Today, Sunday October 13, from 1-3pm–Farm Fresh, Organic, Flat bread pizza and fresh pressed cider party at Hartshorn Farm.

Come eat and watch how flat bread pizzas are made and apple cider is pressed. (There is a fee for pizza and cider). While supplies last…CAM00409

Lots of winter squash, veggies, pumpkins, mums and corn stalks are still available.

Questions? Call Dave at 802-279-8054.

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Fresh pressed organic apple cider at the farm stand this weekend!

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Fresh pressed organic apple cider all weekend (while supplies last). By the glass or in a take home container. Sunday from 1-3 enjoy farm fresh flatbread pizza and cider. See you there!

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Pumpkins, squash, corn stalks, fresh flowers, corn and more at the farm stand this weekend

Saturday, October 5th. Amy will be at the farm stand from 9am on, and Dave will be at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. Come get your pumpkins, squash, fresh cut flowers (yes, still have some), corn stalks, tomatoes, corn and more at the farm stand.IMG_1462

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Beat The Frost, Pick Your Own Flower Sale–50 cents per stem.

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I won’t be harvesting flowers for the market today as I’m at a permaculture design course, so if you want some beautiful flowers before the frost claims them, come to the farm (bring scissors, if you have some). There are many beautiful zinnias, some snapdragons, and some lovely sunflowers (browns, dark reds, and yellows-Fall color).

If no one is there when you go to pay for them, please just scribble a note with how many you cut and put it in the money basket with your money. Thanks!

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50% off Pick Your Own Blueberries Sale-Starts Today!

End of the Blueberry season Pick Your Own 50% off sale! Tons of tasty berries still on the bushes. Get ‘em before they have gone by. Freeze ‘em, make jam, pies, muffins, smoothies, you name it. Pick a quart for only $5, and a pint for $2.50. Starts today! Now!bluepie

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