If you are familiar with our website, you’ll notice it looks very different. Almost two weeks ago, our website was hacked and our server shut it down. Thanks to my dear husband Mike, we are finally back on-line but we lost the design of our original site. We are taking this invasion from the cyber barbarians as a sign from the Cosmos that it’s time to redesign our site and add some cool new educational features. We will be adding a vegetable nutrition guide, recipes, a calender for our expanded educational programing and more.
New Harmony Farm LLC, Greater Newburyport’s local certified organic and bionutrient-dense grower, is hosting a free introductory lecture by Dan Kittredge, executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association on the principles of biological farming and growing nutrient dense food. By balancing soil minerals and nurturing vital soil biology, plants are able to grow into more productive, nutrient-dense and pest-resistant crops. The lecture will be held on September 10, at 7pm at our barn at 186 High Road, Newbury.
For those interested in applying these highly successful practices, New Harmony Farm, LLC will be hosting two 1-day workshops on High BioNutrient Dense Crop Production taught by Dan Kittredge and New Harmony’s Erin Stack, with the first part of the workshop on Saturday September 27, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM and the second half of the workshop in early spring of 2015. Continue reading
With Labor Day Weekend upon us, we bid adieu to Summer and begin to turn toward the brisk days of autumn and the final hurrah of our growing season. Late fall harvest at New Harmony will include a lovely variety of cool weather crops: vibrant lettuce, kale, spinach, and many other greens, frost kissed Brussel Sprouts, many varieties of potatoes, and delicious root vegetables pulled fresh from the ground with wonderful sugar contents that come as the root crops build up their nutrients for winter. We are beginning to cure our bumper crop of garlic and onions and in a few weeks we will begin to harvest and cure our wide variety of heirloom winter squashes. Wether you are planning to extend you CSA harvest season with us or you want to try our CSA to see if it is a good fit for you, now is the time to join.
Full Share (family size) – $245.00 ($275 with home delivery)
Half Share (feeds 1-2 people) – $135.00 ($165 with home delivery)
Chef Chris Tighe from the absolutely fabulous Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar in Ipswich, MA visits our farm every Friday. He walks the fields with Erin to select our produce at their peak for his menu. Chris has become a dear farm friend and graciously allowed Erin to take a brief video on why he is such a fan of our food and our nutrient dense, biological farming practices. Click on the following link to hear Chris’s joyful riff Chef Chris Tighe On New Harmony.
We are very excited as our farm stand at 186 High Rd. Newbury is really coming together and our harvest is bountiful. Presently our harvest tables brim with the likes of a wide variety of these crops; heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, melons, cukes, peppers, summer squash, kale, onions, sunflowers, and much more. We also bring Thursday (most weeks through early September) freshly picked certified organic corn from the Pioneer Valley. I imagine the only certified organic corn in the county!
Our farmstand is self-serve. We take cash and checks with amounts rounded down to the nearest quarter. Please deposit money in our gray, steel deposit box mounted on the wall by the glass door.
Our hours are:
Monday-Friday Noon – 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
Although there was a bit of a slow start to this year’s growing season due to a very cold and snowy winter and colder than normal temperatures that continue to persist, we are happy with our spring crops ( our scallions, salad greens, lettuce, chard and kale are especially gorgeous right now) thanks to our biological growing practices and the skills and enthusiasm of our wonderful farm team. Distribution started on Thursday June 12th but we are still taking memberships. If you join in June you will get an lovely recycled cloth tote as our gift to bring you share home. Contact Erin for pro-rated price shares.
Our distribution hours are:
77 Bridge St. West Newbury Thursdays 3:00pm-6:30pm
186 High Rd. Newbury Fridays 3:00pm-6:00pm
186 High Rd. Newbury Saturdays 10:00am-noon
There will be extra produce available for purchase and later in the summer, we will have some lovely flowers.So if you have been waiting on signing up – now’s the time! We are looking forward to a great summer with several really fun farm events for shareholders at our awesome barn at our Newbury farm. Go to our membership page to sign up for our summer CSA!
As part of New Harmony Farm, LLC’s environmental and educational mission, we are inviting the public to our butterfly garden workshop and installation at 10 AM Saturday, May 3rd. We will be transforming our front yard septic leach field at 186 High Rd. Newbury into a wonderful Modernist Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden that will be a certifed Monarch Waystation.
At noon there will be a community pot-luck. Two of our CSA shareholders have graciously offered free back to back lectures. At 1 PM, biologist Nancy Pau will talk about the incredible lifecycle and migration of the monarch butterfly and the cause of recent population declines. She will also discuss the importance of backyard wildlife gardens, both for the conservation of wildlife and for their enjoyment. Angela Palmer will follow Ms. Pau’s lecture with “Not Your Grandma’s Pollinator Garden”. Angela says gardens filled with native plants that attract beneficial pollinators don’t have to be a wild looking hodgepodge of plants. These gardens can fit into your current gardening style, no matter that that style is. Angela will introduce us to some of the most ornamental, native pollinator perennials and shows us how to incorporate these plants into existing gardens or into a brand new garden to promote maximum sustainability in your own back yard. She will discuss traditional perennial borders, formal gardens and minimalist style plantings that will work well at home and not only add color, texture and 4 seasons of interest, but also feed the pollinators who desperately need our help to stay alive. Continue reading
Learn to work with Nature to grow healthy, nutrient dense plants with our workshop “Organic and Biological Growing through the Seasons: Spring – Setting Up Your Garden for Success”. Farmer Erin will instruct the basics of organic and biological gardening through lecture, discussion and a tour of our certified organic farm as we begin our growing season.
Preparing your garden plan
Garden bed preparation
Spring Soil fertility
Transplanting and seedling nutrition
Plant spacing and growing requirements for different herbs, flowers, and vegetables
Irrigation options for the small garden
row covers and mulching
Good record keeping
Saturday, April 26, (Rain Date Sunday, April 27)
10 AM -Noon at New Harmony Farm, LLC 186 High Rd. Newbury MA
Cost: Pre-registered (24 hours before the workshop) Sliding fee $20-$25 (sliding scale)* and $28 drop in. New Harmony Farm shareholders have a 25% discount at pre-registered $15-$20 and $22 drop in
This course is popular to be able to secure a spot pre-registration is recommended. To preregister contact Erin
Long overdue, the raucous sound of those harbingers of New England spring:the frisky little Peeper Frogs filled the air last week. Their welcome chorus lets me know that the unseasonably cold weather is truly on the wane allowing our soils to dry and get our spring planting underway. Along with the Peepers our beloved JD Hutchison-Maxwell has returned from his winter home in Puerto Rico where he works at the permaculture educational center Las Plenitud. JD continues to hone his permaculture skills and his knowledge will be put to good use as our Permaculture Manager for our two farms. He will be working on building our infrastructure and water systems and developing our perennial and fruit plantings while working with me and the rest of our wonderful farm team to grow the most delicious and healthy veggies we can.
One of the many joys of the “off-season for vegetable farmers is perusing the stacks of seed catalogs and making our purchases for the upcoming growing season. Quality seeds are critical to growing quality crops and so all our seed is certified organic except for the few flower, unusual herbs and heirloom vegetables that are not available in organic certified. Even the cover crop seed we use to nourish the soil is all certified organic. Every year I swear I’ll reduce my number of varieties and every year,I do cull some varieties that did not do well for us. But alas, the artist in me cannot resist new tantalizing delicious and colorful varieties when I am “curating” my year’s selection of beautiful vegetables. Sooo, I’ve finished up cataloging and listing the over 450 varieties of herbs, flowers, vegetables, and melons that we will be offering this year for our organic certification records and now I am working on our planting schedule for the growing season. Some of the new varieties that CSA members can look forward too are Macomber and Eastham turnips, Red Ruffled Kale, Silver Slicer Cucumbers, Bear Paw Popcorn, Boston Marrow Squash, Chartenais Melons, Saltwort, Shirofumi Soybean (endame), Parisian Carrots (they are round), Continue reading