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Posted 9/16/2011 12:30am by Josh Elmore.



Pine Tree Tops

In the blue night
frost haze, the sky glows
with the moon
pine tree tops
bend snow-blue, fade
into sky, frost, starlight.
The creak of boots.
Rabbit tracks, deer tracks,
what do we know. 


                ~ Gary Snyder


Hello friends,

It's been such a wonderful coming of Autumn these past couple of weeks.  The picture above was taken early on the morning of the first freeze while the mists danced and played among the trees.  The meadow was just perfectly peaceful that morning. Our windows stay closed now on these chilly days, but Mother Nature keeps rollin' on. Green turns to gold then just simply falls away and the earth begins her big in-breath.  You can feel it up here in the mountains, that deep sigh amongst the pines, but only if you stop and get real quiet.  Quiet enough to feel the changing of the season as it slips through with the mist. 

News from the Farm:  Well, to finish the story, after careful observations and much converstation we've finally succeeded in deterring the ever elusive egg thief.  it was a simple matter of patching some holes in the walls of the hens' nesting box room.  the magpies aren't hanging around much anymore and we collect more eggs each day.  Of course, the hens should start slowing down now that some cold weather has arrived.  

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (September 17, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Chard
Onions (Red and Yellow)
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red Mustard Greens
Mild Greens Mix (Mizuna, Kamatsuna, Kale, Tat Soi)
Asian Greens
Turnips
Spinach
Beets
New Potatoes
Fresh Herbs - Thyme and Basil

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special:

Raw Crepes with Fresh Peaches and Lemon Cashew Cream
Raw Crepes with Fresh Apples and Vanilla Cashew Cream
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

Fresh Organic Lemon Ginger Drink
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice


We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 8/31/2011 9:42am by Josh Elmore.
 

Hello Friends,

Happy almost Fall!  We'll be closed this week in protest of Boulder County's proposed use of GMO's on Open Space.  We hope to see you again next week, weather permitting.  

Much peace to you all - the elmores

Please visit http://www.no-gmo-boulder.com/big-boulder-shutdown/ for more information on this important event: 



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Posted 8/26/2011 10:28am by Josh Elmore.



BY FRAZIER CREEK FALLS

Standing up on lifted, folded rock
looking out and down--

The creek falls to a far valley.
hills beyond that
facing, half-forested, dry
--clear sky
strong wind in the 
stiff glittering needle clusters
of the pine--their brown
round trunk bodies
straight, still;
rustling trembling limbs and twigs

listen.



This living flowing land
is all there is, forever

We are it
it sings through us--

We could live on this Earth
without clothes or tools!


                ~ Gary Snyder


Hello Friends,

The hornets have moved into our house!  Our windows remain open most of the time, no screens to catch the wandering bugs.  So, the pesky little yellow and black creatures come in to sip on coconut nectar and honey left on the counter after breakfast.  When they buzz my head in the kitchen it reminds me that the summer's end is fast approaching.  I think they must know winter is coming, trying to stock up on food for the long, cold spell under ground.  The aspen leaves have started to turn, the meadow colors are turning from vibrant green to a soft golden hue, and chilly nights come more frequently.  Yes, summer is nearing it's end and our minds begin to turn towards the coming Fall and Winter.  I guess if we were without our big grocery stores with their Mangos and Avocados in mid-winter, then we might be like the hornets.  Storing as much of this beautiful summer bounty into jars for our own long, cold winter spent inside.  I wonder how we would fare left out in the woods with only our bare human skin and cleverness to keep us warm?

We caught wind that Steve and Gretchen, our good friends from over the hills and across the way, might perform some improvised puppet shows sometime around mid morning in the hay barn. 

News from the Farm:  Our investigations into the elusive egg thief have finally paid off!  Col snuck into the nesting box room this week and was greeted with a flurry of wing beats and squawking from above. The thief was caught!  The beautiful, yet clever magpie was in the hen house making mischief.  So, the children put a chair in front of the entrance to deter flying creatures (while allowing our hens a path into the room).  So, we'll see if that takes care of this summer long problem of missing eggs.  

In other news, the children found some little bats hanging from the rafters in our hay barn this week.  Maybe they'll still be "hanging around" on Saturday, so feel free to ask one of our children where the bats are.

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (August 27, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Chard
Onions (Red and Yellow)
Flat Leaf Arugula
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red Mustard Greens
Mild Greens Mix (Mizuna, Kamatsuna, Kale, Tat Soi)
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce
Turnips
Spinach
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Baby beets
New Potatoes (Yukon Gold, Russian Banana Fingerlings, All Blues, Colorado Rose)
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Fresh Herbs - Thyme and Basil

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special, Viva Mexico!:

Tacos with Walnut Meat, Avo Salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo and Cashew Cheese
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 
Lemon Cashew Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirl
Peach Cobbler with Cashew Cream
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice


We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 8/18/2011 10:40am by Josh Elmore.



For the Children
The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light ~ Gary Snyder
Buenas dias mis amigos,

The morning is chilly and my children are still sleeping, grandma snuggled close.  The only sound I hear is the click clicking of my keyboard as I ponder what to write.  Flys lazily buzz by, struggling to maintain flight in this altitude but nonetheless swinging by to distract me from my thoughts.  I've been wondering what to write about this week since we've had no bear visits or late night horse rodeos.  Wondering what little bit of farm life to share with you all. Life around me right now is quiet and peaceful, perfect in this moment.  The sun is up, little feet are softly moving about above me and another day begins.  Beautiful. 

What makes us till this soil?  Why put in so much effort to grow these veggies with their constant need for attention, weeding and such?  Well, it has to do with peace, with quiet and with how to go forth in this crazy world we live in.  They say that world peace begins with inner peace.  Each of us has to find our own way towards a peace within ourselves so that we can then start radiating that outwards to the people around us. So, I guess this endeavor we call farming is one small way in which we practice cultivating that inner sense of well being.  Just watching nature in all her glory, sitting with these wonderful, life giving plants brings us a touch of the beautiful wonder of nature.   It truly is a miracle to watch seeds transform into plants that then give forth a bounty of food.  And, with a smile in our hearts, we see the power of Mother Nature as she helps to bring together this wonderful community of mountain dwellers.  Coming together simply to share food and swap stories with each other during this short and sweet little growing season. 

News from the Farm:  Potatoes are in!  The children and I went down to the farm yesterday and decided to try digging a couple of potato plants.  It was such a delight to see the excitement on their faces as all those colorful jewels dropped to the ground.  The potato harvest has begun and we plan on having a good variety of 'em for you to pick from this saturday.  

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (August 20, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  Who knows, you might be treated to some beautiful violin music in the barn...

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Chard
Arugula (Flat leaf and Wild)
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce
Turnips
Spinach
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Baby beets
New Potatoes
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
Fresh Herbs - Thyme, Basil, and Marjoram

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special:

Sunflower Seed Pate Wraps with Garlic Aioli Sauce
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 
Lemon Cashew Cheesecake with Cacao Nibs
Peach Cobbler with Cashew Cream
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice


We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 8/18/2011 10:36am by Josh Elmore.



For the Children
The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light ~ Gary Snyder
Buenas dias mis amigos,

The morning is chilly and my children are still sleeping, grandma snuggled close.  The only sound I hear is the click clicking of my keyboard as I ponder what to write.  Flys lazily buzz by, struggling to maintain flight in this altitude but nonetheless swinging by to distract me from my thoughts.  I've been wondering what to write about this week since we've had no bear visits or late night horse rodeos.  Wondering what little bit of farm life to share with you all. Life around me right now is quiet and peaceful, perfect in this moment.  The sun is up, little feet are softly moving about above me and another day begins.  Beautiful. 

What makes us till this soil?  Why put in so much effort to grow these veggies with their constant need for attention, weeding and such?  Well, it has to do with peace, with quiet and with how to go forth in this crazy world we live in.  They say that world peace begins with inner peace.  Each of us has to find our own way towards a peace within ourselves so that we can then start radiating that outwards to the people around us. So, I guess this endeavor we call farming is one small way in which we practice cultivating that inner sense of well being.  Just watching nature in all her glory, sitting with these wonderful, life giving plants brings us a touch of the beautiful wonder of nature.   It truly is a miracle to watch seeds transform into plants that then give forth a bounty of food.  And, with a smile in our hearts, we see the power of Mother Nature as she helps to bring together this wonderful community of mountain dwellers.  Coming together simply to share food and swap stories with each other during this short and sweet little growing season. 

News from the Farm:  Potatoes are in!  The children and I went down to the farm yesterday and decided to try digging a couple of potato plants.  It was such a delight to see the excitement on their faces as all those colorful jewels dropped to the ground.  The potato harvest has begun and we plan on having a good variety of 'em for you to pick from this saturday.  

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (August 20, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  Who knows, you might be treated to some beautiful violin music in the barn...

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Chard
Arugula (Flat leaf and Wild)
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce
Turnips
Spinach
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Baby beets
New Potatoes
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
Fresh Herbs - Thyme, Basil, and Marjoram

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special:

Sunflower Seed Pate Wraps with Garlic Aioli Sauce
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 
Lemon Cashew Cheesecake with Cacao Nibs
Peach Cobbler with Cashew Cream
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice


We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 8/11/2011 3:08pm by Josh Elmore.



Civilization
Those are the people who do complicated things. they'll grab us by the thousands and put us to work. World's going to hell, with all these villages and trails. Wild duck flocks aren't what they used to be. Aurochs grow rare. Fetch me my feathers and amber * A small cricket on the typescript page of "Kyoto born in spring song" grooms himself in time with The Well-Tempered Clavier. I quit typing and watch him through a glass. How well articulated! How neat! Nobody understands the ANIMAL KINGDOM. * When creeks are full The poems flow When creeks are down We heap stones. ~ Gary Snyder
Good day to you all,

Our llamas are amazing animals, so aloof yet sweet, delicate yet fierce, and ever ready to warn of dangers approaching the farm.  We've had 4 or 5 bear visits this year and each time we were warned of their approach by one or both of the llamas.  Their warning call is like some sort of crazy high pitched cross between a horse whinny and an old witch cackling.  so, whenever we hear that distinctive sound we know there must be a bear about.  

Last night, col, allison and I were woken up by an erie late night whinny out in the meadow.  col and i ran downstairs, grabbed the big flashlight and listened quietly at the open window to see if we could hear the call again.  it came, and we realized that it was in fact a horse whinny, our little pony Alo was upset about something.  so, i pulled on my shorts, grabbed a jacket and went down to the meadow to see what was happening.  of course, in my mind i couldn't help but remember the last late night call from one of our animals and the big (very big!) black bear that was lumbering by right in the exact place i was now walking!  the horse and donkey were upset alright, but not by some vicious man eating wild creature of the night, but simply because of their missing companion Valantino (our chief donkey).  I searched the meadow with my light and never saw the missing one, and finally decided to get back to sleep, lest one of those night creatures were to come looking for me!  All was back to normal this morning when Col went to feed the animals.  Valantino was standing at the gate to the horse pen with a mischievious grin, happy to have spent the night wild and free roaming the open meadow.

The News from the Farm this week is all about weeds, specifically the wild amaranth. We've been busy pulling and cleaning those beds, but the amaranth is one pesky critter!  If anyone is interested in pulling some weeds this saturday during the farm stand, we'll gladly trade veggies for weed work!

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (August 13, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Radishes
Chard

Arugula (Flat leaf and Wild)
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce
Baby Turnips
Spinach
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Baby beets

Fresh Herbs - Thyme, Basil, and Marjoram

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special, Pizza!

Raw Pizza with Cashew Cheese, Olive Tapenade, Walnut Pesto ...
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Goji Love Fudge

We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 8/4/2011 10:05am by Josh Elmore.


Three Deer One Coyote Running In The Snow
First three deer bounding and then coyote streaks right after tail flat out I stand dumb a while two seconds blankly black-and-white of trees and snow Coyote's back! good coat, fluffy tail, sees me: quickly gone. Later: I walk through where they ran to study how that news all got put down. ~Gary Snyder

Good morning friends,

Late last night while working, my children, dogs and animals asleep, the coyotes came.  They howled and barked and cried out to the night while Pancho and Olive woke and quivered.  The dogs kept looking at me, saying with their eyes, "Let me out there papa and we'll run them off...".  I just listened and wondered what in the world had those beautiful creatures of the night so worked up.  Well, the children went down this morning to let the animals out and there was not a single sign of coyote.  Like ghosts in the night, the wild things danced and covorted and left nothing but the memory of their song.  Good thing they don't eat gardens!

The News from the Farm this week revolves around new crops and more rain. Yep, we've had more rain and the garden is absolutely loving it.  The last time we had to irrigate was back in June, and all this water has given the plants a vibrant growth spurt.  This week we plan to have some peas, baby turnips, a few peppers, and all the usual greens.  And, of course we'll be giving away free bundles of wild amaranth!

Please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (August 6, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Radishes
Chard

Arugula (Flat leaf and Wild)
Red Russian Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce
Baby Turnips
Sugar Snap Peas


Thyme
Basil

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special:

Sunflower Seed Pate Wraps with Garlic Aioli Sauce
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 
Cacao Swirl Cheesecake
Lime Mousse Tart

We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 7/26/2011 10:46pm by Josh Elmore.


For All
 
Ah to be alive
on a mid-September morn
fording a stream
barefoot, pants rolled up,
holding boots, pack on,
sunshine, ice in the shallows,
northern rockies.
 
Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
cold nose dripping
singing inside
creek music, heart music,
smell of sun on gravel.
 
I pledge allegiance
 
I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.
~gary snyder
 

Good day friends and neighbors,

Another beautiful day here, watching a dark and ominous cloud roll over Forsythe Rock.  Will it bring life giving rain, nourishing all these beautiful food bearing crops?  Or, will it bring with it Mother Nature's harsh and damaging pellets of ice?  Either way, life and all that it brings is such a wonderous unfolding to behold.  We carve out our little plot of land, cultivating these fragile plants in an effort to share the bounty with our friends, our neighbors.  Sharing the fruits of our labor and love for pristine, life enhancing veggies.  Why do we do it, why toss the dice and gamble with nature's unpredictable force?  Well, we love what these high mountain vegetables do for our body and we love to see our community smiling and chatting it up with each other.  All in celebration of this little patch of soil and the goodness growing up towards the sun.  Bring it on Mother Nature, bring on your beautiful, awesome electrically charged life force.  Let our veggies grow! 


The News from the Farm this week once again revolves around the ever elusive egg thief.  The children have been stepping up their egg collecting frequency.  Col hung out in the barn the other day, reading a book, trying to see who the thief was.  After a good while watching, the prevailing theory is that the big birds are sneaking in and flying away with our lovely eggs.  However, we haven't yet seen a bird flying out of the barn with an egg stuck on its beak!  So, until we have proof, we'll continue to keep a watchful eye on the trees around the chicken coop.  Perhaps there is some other little creature bold enough to snatch eggs away from our hand pecking, broody hen Juniper.

We're trying to upload pictures each week after the farm stand, so please check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (July 30, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Radishes
Chard

Arugula
Red Russian Kale
Baby Red Russian and Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 
Asian Greens (Pak Choi and Tai Sai)
Romaine Lettuce

Thyme
Basil

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

This Week's Raw Organic Brunch Special:

Soft Tacos with Fresh Salsa
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 

Cashew Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Lime Mousse Tart

We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 7/21/2011 4:19pm by Josh Elmore.


Hello Friends,

Thank you to all our friends for coming out on Saturday, it was a great opening to our season.  The veggies are growing fast with all this rain, and so are those weeds!  Thanks Gretchen and Quill for coming over this week to help weed the bean patch.  Usually the soil here in Colorado can be a bit sluggish, but with this much moisture the plants are thriving.  We were expecting to have a bountiful harvest this week, but alas, the monster thunderstorm that rolled across our area on Tuesday brought lots of hail.  We survived without too much damage, but lots of the more tender greens were battered and torn.  We expect everything will grow out of the damage in the next couple of weeks and we still have plenty of veggies that survived the torrential storm. 

Other than the big thunderstorm this week there is not much News from the Farm other than our daily battle with the mystery egg thief.  The kids are working hard to discover where some of our eggs are going each day; we suspect it might be jays, ravens or magpies.  So, we'll keep you posted on what we find and how we deal with it.  
  
Check out our farm gallery at http://www.peacefulmeadowfarm.org/gallery to see some New Pictures from around the farm. 

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 9-1 (July 23, 2011).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!  

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Radishes
Chard

Arugula
Red Russian Kale
Baby Red Russian and Dinosaur Kale
Red and Green Mustard Greens 

Thyme
Basil

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)

This Week's Raw Brunch Special:

Garden Green Wrap with Sun Seed Pate
Fresh Mango Salsa
Mixed Farm Fresh Greens Salad 
 

Cashew Lemon Cheesecake with Cacao Nibs
Lime Mousse Tart

We hope to see you on Saturday!


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Posted 6/22/2009 8:49pm by Josh Elmore.
Small farms today are direct marketers and as such are in the business of relationship marketing with each customer that buys products from the farm. The customer is not at the CSA pickup, farmer's market,  or on-farm market because it is easiest or cheapest food source -- they are there because they respect the farmer, want to support the local economy, and feel that their dollars are spent on a worthwhile endeavor. Every chance you get as a farm to interact with your customers should reinforce the connection to the land and make the customer feel like they are doing a good thing by patronizing your business. This is a very difficult task for a busy farmer. I challenge you to take your relationship marketing into the 21st century and start a blog on your farm website.

I'm sure some of you are unclear on the meaning of the term "blog". It is a rather fluid term that is a shortened version of "weblog." In my mind, it signifies a webpage that displays content of varying lengths in chronological order and invites readers to interact in the form of comments. Often, blog postings are categorized or tagged by topic so that users can navigate through related blog entries by the tags, such as "farming challenges" or "farmer's market." Blogs take many different forms from personal, public diaries to political commentary to blogs that are published by businesses themselves. This is the most popular form of content generation and information retrieval on the Internet today and the very website you are looking at right now, Small Farm Central, is a blog-style site. If you have heard of the term "Web 2.0", blogs are big part of the Web 2.0 movement.

Your farm should blog because it is an easy and time-effective way for you to get your story out to customers. Repeat customers come to you because of the relationship that they have with you and a blog is a perfect way for you to start and augment the real-world interaction that you have with the customer. Granted it does take some time, energy, and thought to produce effective blog posts that communicate the farm experience, but that post will easily be read 100s or 1000s of times over the life of your blog. That works out to be an extremely time-efficient way to build a consistent and faithful customer base. Customers that read your blog will be more understanding of blemishes or crop shortages because you can explain the exact cause of the problems. This becomes a story that they can take home with their produce and they will feel more connected to the farm and the food if they know some of the challenges that went into growing it.

The complaint I hear the most is that farmers don't have time to be writers as well as producers. Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo dedicates one afternoon every two weeks to writing six blog articles. He then releases one each Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There are other techniques of course too: get a trusted intern to write an article each week, find a very enthusiastic and involved customer who will volunteer to write a blog article every once and a while, or just commit to posting a short update once each week. There is no right way to write or schedule your blog, but post on a regular schedule and write with passion because passion is infectious.

At this point, if you are considering a farm blog, start reading a few established farm blogs and get some general advice on how to write blogs. I have discussed some aspects of blogging at Small Farm Central in Farm blogging isn't always literature, but this is and What I learned during an interview with Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo. Blogging will be a topic that I come back to over the next few months because I believe it is the core of any modern farm web marketing strategy.

Some farm blogs to get you started:
  • Eat Well Farm Blog : recently discussing problems with the Med Fly and how they are certifying their packing shed as Med Fly-free.
  • Life of Farm Blog : this blog is sponsored by the Mahindra tractor company. Perhaps the writer got a free tractor for writing the blog?
  • Tiny Farm Blog : wonderful photos and at least a post a day.
  • Rancho Gordo Blog : this popular blog receives 300-500 unique visitors a day (which is impressive for a farm website) and even helped the author secure a book deal.

Read about the process of writing a blog and more:

Spend the next few weeks reading farm blogs and exploring some of the resources listed above. Then when you think you know enough about blogging to start, you will probably want to go back to Hosting Options to get your blog online. Not coincidentally, the Small Farm Central software contains all the features you need to get your blog (and farm website) up and running within a few days. I know that not very many farms are taking blogging seriously as a marketing tool, but I have a strong feeling that every serious farm will have a blog in five years.
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