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Posted 3/9/2012 6:22pm by Tony Wood.

Step two in field preparation is discing the previously plowed field. As the plowing happened three weeks ago, the grass had mostly died and with a dry spell we decided it was time to disc. Discing cuts up the mats of grass turned over by plowing and breaks up the large clumps of dirt. With a couple of passes the ground is now ready for step three - field amendments (compost, lime and natural sources of phosphorus, potassium and other minerals).

 

Tony discing with Big Bertha

 

Meanwhile in the greenhouse Susan and Amelia were planting the first seeds. So far we have planted all of our leeks, kale, celery and celeriac and a first round of broccoli and cabbage (the onions starts are coming in April along with the seed potatoes). She also started lots of tomatoes (heirloom, cherry and sauce), peppers and eggplant. These tomatoes, peppers and eggplant plants will be for sale in May, along with many other plants and some herbs. The plant sale will be happening on the last two weekends in May - we will keep you updated about what else will be available!


Susan planting peppers under the watchful eye of Amelia.

 

Posted 3/6/2012 10:51am by Tony Wood.

We have now had the chicks for 3 weeks and boy how they have grown! They are feathering out nicely and we are starting to see some cool color patterns. Last night was cold (17F) but they all seemed fine this morning - hooray for heat lamps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/1/2012 8:44am by Tony Wood.

Yesterday Susan and I went to Beltane Farm in CT to buy two goats. The goats we bought are Oberhasli yearling does and are twin sisters (Oberhasli is a Swiss milking goat breed). They still have a little growing to do and our plan is to breed them this Fall and have milk next Spring. Susan is looking forward to making goat cheese.

They are extremely cute and friendly and already they follow us around like pets.

On the left we have Patsy P Oat and on the right Clementine

 

Posted 2/21/2012 6:21pm by Tony Wood.

We got the call from the post office early this morning - "We have your chicks" The chicks arrived in good condition (cheeping merrily all the way home), with all 125 in two small boxes. We got a selection of good egg layers that produce different color eggs (white, brown and shades of blue and green). Chicks need it hot (95F the first week and then 5 degrees less each successive week) and we have set up a number of heat lamps in their brooder to keep them warm and happy until spring. They will start laying in late June - just in time for CSA!

Box-o-chicks

 

 

Feeding time - did not take them long!

Posted 2/19/2012 10:30am by Tony Wood.

We now have USDA Grade Dark Amber and USDA Grade B maple syrup for sale at our farmstore - 607 Elm Street, South Dartmouth. This syrup is from Holiday Brook Farm, Dalton, MA. We bottled all syrup into glass canning jars. We chose this type of container because to bottle maple syrup you must heat it to 180 degrees (otherwise it is too thick and gums-up the bottler) and most plastic maple containers are not BPA free.

Prices:

Quarts: $20

Pints: $10

Enjoy! 

Posted 2/19/2012 9:09am by Tony Wood.

The newest members of the farm arrived yesterday. Three Californian rabbit females. Born at the beginning of December 2011, they will be of breeding age this June. We bought them from the Reilly's in Raynham. A great little operation breeding Califonians and Giant Flemish. The Giant Flemish were very impressive (if you are interested in Giant Flemish let us know and we will put you in contact with them).

 

Posted 2/16/2012 8:47pm by Tony Wood.

Normally, it would not be possible to plow a new field in February in MA. However, with the unseasonably warm winter we have had we decided to speed up our field prep by plowing the one acre of land we are leasing from Merrylegs Farm on Elm Street. The tractor (a big old Russian beast of a tractor that we affectionately call 'Big Bertha') and 3 bottom plow was borrowed from Aries Farm on Smith Neck Road. Both tractor and plow performed admirably, surviving some rather large boulders and more than a little mud.

Begining the job                                       Bill inspects progress

 

Tony plowing                                           View from the tractor

 

Susan plowing

 

                                                                  Amelia unconcerned by Big Bertha

 

                                                                  One acre plowed (2/16/2012)

Posted 2/9/2012 8:51am by Tony Wood.

Before moving back to Dartmouth, Susan and myself worked on a great farm (Holiday Brook Farm) in western MA. This farm has a diverse range of operations, one being maple syrup. The farm has a sugar bush of over 1000 trees and last year was a great maple season. We were both involved with the evaporating process (whereby the sap is concentrated into US grade maple syrup), and with the bottling of the finished product. End result was over 700 gallons of maple syrup!

On our recent trip to the Berkshires we went back to Holiday Brook Farm and bottled a further 50 gallons of this syrup. We have both US Grade Dark Amber and US Grade B. Both will be available in the farm store soon.

The evaporator doing it's thing

The evaporator doing what it does best.

 

Hot hot sap becoming tasty tasty syrup

Hot sap becoming tasty syrup.

 

Susan feeding the fire  

Susan feeding the fire.

 

 

Posted 2/8/2012 11:33am by Tony Wood.

Yesterday, Susan and I went to the Berkshires. Our mission, to buy a cultivating tractor. A cultivating tractor is basically used to weed crops (but can be fitted with various attachments for other jobs), and enables a farmer to better keep on top of the weeds in his fields, give his aching back a break and get on with the hundred other jobs that need doing!

It is getting harder and harder to find these tractors, and there are only a few small companies making new models. Mostly, if you want a cultivating tractor you have to buy an old model. The first Farmall Cub was built in 1948, and continued to be made into the 1970's. The one we looked at and bought was a 1960 model, and i must say it was love at first sight for both Susan and myself!

Below is a picture of the new member of our farm family.

 

Posted 2/1/2012 8:43pm by Susan Murray.

Although it is winter and you would think it is time for farmers to sleep in, it is actually a really busy time for us. It is also a really fun time of year... time to order seeds! There is nothing like getting all of the seed catalogs in the mail and day dreaming about hot sunny days and summer vegetables. We are going to be growing over 20 different varieties of melons and over 30 varieties of tomatoes this year and that really is only scratching the surface of all the different flavors, colors and textures that exist. Today I was drooling over the centerfold pictures in Amy Goldman's "Melons for the Passionate Grower"!! yum, I can't wait. We will be growing a diverse selection of vegetables this summer. Email us (apponagansettfarm@gmail.com) with your favorite vegetables/varieties and we will try and include them on our list.

Farm update & online sign-upFebruary 18th, 2016

We are super excited to finally be entering the 21st century! You can now sign-up and pay for a CSA share online! You can still mail in your sign-up form and payment, but now you have the option

We are headed to Plymouth!!April 3rd, 2015

We are super excited to be working with Laura and Casey from the Shockyard Fitness & Social Club to bring CSA shares to downtown Plymouth! We will be delivering boxed shares from June to

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