A special NYFC Thank You to the 2012 Bootstrap Bloggers

Karla and Elizabeth of Bossy Acres   Maryellen and Matt of Hartwood Farm   Allyson of Full Heart Farm   Becky of City Grown Seattle   Stowe of Rippling Creek Organic Farm   Liberty and Leslie of The Salad Garden With the close of the 2012 Bootstrap Blog season, we at the Young Farmers’ Coalition would like to extend a warm thank you to our six Bootstrap farms this season.  You’ve followed them all season –... Read More

Bootstrap @ Bossy Acres: Looking back and ahead

Our last day on our rented land Putting our fields and gardens to bed for the winter kept us busy as we approached November. As we pulled down tomato trellises and mowed over weedy bean fields, we reflected back over our first season, and the challenges, highlights, and lessons that came with each passing day. It wasn’t an easy year, but it made us stronger and it opened us up for better opportunities in the seasons ahead. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Bossy Acres – October Valentine

Karla harvesting for our last CSA share of the season On the last harvest and drop day for our community supported agriculture (CSA) program, the day felt like a quintessential Minnesota pre-winter blend of cold wind, to-the-bone chill and dark skies. But packing up those boxes and then seeing our CSA members for the end-of-season pickup, both of us felt surprisingly sunny. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Bossy Acres: Preserving Heirlooms

My Uncle Roger, salmon fishing like a pro When I was growing up, my Uncle Roger seemed like an alien. To a kid from the suburbs who’d memorized the prime time TV schedule, his upbringing—on a farm as one of 13 kids—was so foreign to me that I felt more in common with Laura Ingalls than my own uncle. Adding to the gulf between us was his manner, which I perceived as gruff and unfriendly, so much so that my brother and I nicknamed him “Uncle... Read More

Bootstraps @ Bossy Acres: Help Wanted

During another day of sultry 90-degree weather, Karla and I looked across the field and shared a single thought: man, we wish we had some helpers. as soon as we figure out how to animate these guys, we’ll be all set We do get volunteers occasionally, and on some good weeks, we might have two or three on one day. But these moments have been few and far between, and now with the heat and summer vacations in full swing, August is looking a bit... Read More