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Hi, Mendo folks! Now, you can sign up for a Chicken CSA share with credit or debit card on PayPal. Just visit http://mendoorganics.csasignup.com , and in a few minutes, you can easily pay and send us your sign-up info. Note: this is for Ukiah and Willits pick-up only. If you’d like to pay with check or cash, please download the forms at the bottom of the page here.
Hello, Ukiah Valley! It is wet and wintry, but we are busy on spreadsheets, on the phone, consulting calendars, and on our calculators planning out the main growing season – spring! (We’re also in the middle of lambing season and the Winter Veg CSA…) But, the spring fairies will be out and blooming sooner than we know it 😉
As a community-based farm, we market most of our food products through CSA – Community-Supported Agriculture. We are doing the Chicken CSA again, with some small changes from past seasons. Check out the Chicken CSA page for more detailed info.
This year, we are raising chickens from June through October. We are ending the season a little earlier in case there is a big, early rain, as happened in 2010. So, a chicken share is 5 chickens ($90.00) throughout the season. Also, we are raising and processing a batch of chickens every other week, as opposed to every 4 weeks. This should provide for a more consistent size in the chicken you get each pick-up. All the details on how the chicken CSA works can be found here. Plan on signing up for a chicken share by March 15, 2011!
Also, this year, we hope to upgrade our poultry processing station. Some things we hope to invest in include: killing cones, chiller, carrying crates, and the convenient “cryovac” bags. (You can explore small-scale poultry processing here.) We hope to improve on our poultry enterprise, ultimately making it more cost-effective and resulting in better chicken for you!
We have not posted news in a while, but it is no wonder – we are so very busy! And this week is no exception. As all the vineyards in Mendo are bustling with harvest, we have been assisting with the grape harvest at Golden Vineyards. It’s always exciting to collaborate with the Goldens, and although we’re doing a lot, we enjoy taking part in the grape harvest madness that has taken over the region. In some ways, the success of our farm depends on the success of the agriculture around us.
In terms of our own harvest, we have been doing a lot of it. Since September, we have been supplying the five NCO Head Start centers in Ukiah with weekly CSA produce shares. Some of the summer’s bounty have been melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, sweet peppers, chard, and more. Periodically, we have supplemented the Live Power CSA produce shares with our vegetables as well.
Since mid-August, we have been supplying produce to the bar and restaurant, Bar Agricole. This week, we are sending some lamb their way. It required us driving down to Occidental and back on a Sunday night to drop off the lamb for processing, but that is what we have to do as there is no place for us to do that in Mendo…
Speaking of lamb, our sheep still reside at 3WG in Potter Valley. They have been very happy there thus far, and we’re still putting in time and labor to rehabilitate a couple of the fields there. Growing hay and pasture is still somewhat new for us, so we are going to try growing a specific mix in one field and see how it compares with the other fields. There is still some tractor work to be done so that the irrigation water flows across the fields correctly. Many of the ewes are bagging up (their udders are becoming full of milk) meaning we will have more lambs soon. If you are interested in buying our lamb for your freezer, let us know. We may have some available right now.
Also, we are in the home stretch of the meat chicken CSA. This Saturday, October 23, we will have the 5th batch of chicken shares available for pick-up at the Ukiah Farmers Market. We also plan to have extras for market sale as well.
Earlier this week, we also got together with Doug from the Mendocino Grain Project to get some of our grain cleaned. Some grain we will be reseeding and some wheat will go toward the grain CSA.
This week, we have also been harvesting and curing the winter squash for the Winter CSA. So far, we’ve harvested a couple varieties of acorn, lots of spaghetti, and delicata. The butternut, kabocha, and other plantings are still maturing.
You may not have heard, but we finally got a 4-wheel tractor in August. Fall planting has been happening much faster with the large disk and shovels for bed-shaping!
With it being autumn now, we are following the weather forecast closely; we must plan for the first substantial rain. While we are doing all this harvesting, fall is when we plant our hay/pasture and grain. This year, we will be growing barley at the south Ukiah property.
Perhaps when the days are super short and we’re inside more, we will have more blog posts for you 🙂
We’re doing it again! We’re pushing forward 1 week the processing of our broiler chickens. Basically, the hatchery sent this batch of day-old chicks to us later than expected, so our feathery friends need more time foraging, eating, and running around before experiencing their full lives of tastiness.
So Ukiah Shareholders & Live Power San Francisco Shareholders – your chickens will be ready on Saturday, September 11.
We should have some extras for sale at the Ukiah Saturday Farmers Market, September 11. Thank you!
Just in case anyone missed the message – we are waiting until next week to process the third batch of broiler chickens. That means the CSA pick-up at the Ukiah Saturday Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, August 14. NOT this Saturday, the 7th. Basically, we want the birds to be a little bit bigger before we harvest them.
We will have a few extra whole, fresh chickens for sale at the farmers market on August 14. Thanks!