Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – Making Choices on Breeds and Seeds

At our farm, we tend towards open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of seed, for reasons practical, sentimental and political. We are suckers for the poetry of seed catalogues and the promise of hopeful January orders. Our seed shelves spell out the history of our journey to this place- corn and shell beans from Oregon, garlic and dry beans from Vashon, pumpkins and sunflowers from Washington, tomatoes from a friend in Spain, greens from California.... Read More

Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Choosing the Right Breed

We wanted to be able to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” when we walk around our fields. Think about the standard farm animals that are on those singing kids’ toys where the arrow spins around and selects an animal and then you hear the sound they make. But we wanted to be able to support healthy animals and pay our bills, so we tabled our desire for a menagerie – at least for now. We considered our 13-acre field that has been row-cropped for... Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – A Perspective on Seeds

Our farming livelihood rests on the success of seeds. But how strange to hold something so small in the palm of my hand and realize I’m investing a lion’s share of days, dollars, and ideas in a speck of organic matter that appears so lifeless. And yet, time and time again, the seemingly powerless soon pushes through soil, and the seemingly lifeless yields fruit in its season. If we wish to finish well, we must begin well. If we desire... Read More

NYFC June Newsletter: USDA Seeks Input, Fight for Affordable Farmland, New Staff, Events

It’s officially summer and you’re probably in over your heads. But if you can come up for air, we want to collect your USDA successes/frustrations, introduce our new staffers and this season’s Bootstrap Bloggers, and update you on our fight for affordable farmland. USDA is Asking for Your Advice The USDA is making a real effort to serve new farmers and just rolled out a new website this week to introduce them to the agency.... Read More

Bootstrap @ Forager Farm – Why I Became a Farmer

When I was young I wanted to be many things: an architect, magazine editor, zoologist, but a farmer was not one of them. The closest idea of a farmer I had was my grandpa. I knew he had cattle, and a barn, and a lot of farming equipment, but eactly what he did I was unsure. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Why I’m a Farmer

I am a farmer because of the way it makes me feel at the end of the day.  The physical exhaustion that my muscles carry into sleep, the weary contentment of finished labor lulling my brain to stillness.  Some days I farm solely for the satisfaction that weeding can bring.  I farm because I’ve never been very good at sitting still and because I’ve always been a morning person.  I farm because I love feeding people, I delight in seeing the joy... Read More

Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Why I’m a Farmer

One sure way to make a younger Nate laugh: just tell him that one day he would intentionally and willingly choose to be a farmer. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – Why I’m a Farmer

Recently, I had a conversation with a woman whose fifty-one years of experience farming inspired her to warn me away from pursuing it. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – Welcome to our 2014 Season!

Lemonade Springs Farm is run by myself, Seth, and my partner, Kathleen. We are in our second full season. The farm is located in Watsonville, California, about a mile inland in the heart of the central coast’s commercial strawberry growing country. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Hello from Fredonia, Wisconsin!

Wild Ridge Farm is the convergence of three highly-skilled and passionate individuals: Anna Metscher, Alissa Moore and Joseph Dittman. Anna and Alissa have a combined farming experience of eleven years and between the two of them have worked on or managed seven different highly diversified farms. Joseph has spent time gardening and volunteering on sustainable farms, and his skills as a carpenter, designer, and builder round out the crew. They approach... Read More

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