Fire Tragedy

A Message from Dawn Dybowski, Site Coordinator for Native Offering’s Orchard Park Distribution …

Tragedy hit Native Offerings Farm on the night of Nov. 28 when a fire swept through their main storage barn. That fire destroyed 6 out of 7 tractors, specialized vegetable equipment and implements, storage and washing facilities, hay, tools….too many things to name here.

What you need to know is that they need help.

What can you do?

Provide them with financial assistance to rebuild HERE.

Whatever you can do would be much appreciated. Whether it’s $20 or $10,000, it all adds up.

( Please note: When you donate through the GoFundMe link, after you input the donation to Native Offerings, it specifies that there’s 0% fees for their platform. The default tip is 15% but you can change that. If you click the arrow, to the right of the 15%, you get a drop down window. Choose “other”. Here you can input any amount, including $0. )

Spread the word about GoFundMe to people who might be in the position to assist them.

Contact me directly at dawndybowski2002 [at] hotmail [dot] com for a flyer that you can post to notify others about how they can help.

If you have skills or could donate labor contact Deb [at] nativeofferings [dot] com directly.

Get involved with a food centered benefit for the farm being planned with the help of local chefs. Timeline: early March. Please contact Tglau25 [at] hotmail [dot] com about helping with that and things like: alcohol donations, basket raffle donations, and any items that could be used for a silent auction.

Send them an encouraging word or prayer, anything helps.

As shareholders, there are many of us who sincerely want to help rebuild the farm and assist Stew and Deb to not only resume operations ASAP, but to make positive and beneficial changes that will take them well into the future. Stew and Deb have supported us for two decades, and it’s now time for us to step up and support them in their time of need.

Thank you, sincerely,
Dawn, Sherry, Brad and Rosemarie.

The Season Extension Share

Thanks to all of our Summer Share members for another great season.  Without you we would not be farming.  You are the community in Community Supported Agriculture.

Thanks to all of you who are taking the Season Extension Share.  This share does not change very much so we will not be posting the share weekly.  Basically the share is your choice of greens and squash and roots and apples.  We give you a number or weight to take and you can choose what you want.  Sometimes we have a featured item.

We do have a limited amount of shares available that you can purchase online.


The Share for the week of October 23 to 25

No posting last week because I could not log-in.  I am back.  Lots of rain and we had our first frost and our first snow last week.  Summer crops are moving out.  We are busy harvesting and filling up our coolers and assorted storage areas.  This week and next week will be the last Summer Shares.   We do have Season Extension and Winter Shares available.

I have been thinking about the farmers who have lost their crops this year to natural disasters.  I have a hard time imagining what loosing everything would feel like.  I hope I never find out.  What we can do is support our farmers who feed us and grow cotton for our clothes so they can recover.   I read about agriculture almost every day and what I hear farmers saying is that they do not want charity they want markets for their crops.

The Vegetable Share for the week includes Potatoes, Winter Squash, Eggplant, Greens, Tat Soi as a feature and Herbs (Cilantro, Fennel, Parsley).  The Substitutions are Radish, Japanese Turnips, Hot Peppers and Potatoes.

The Fruit Share includes a choice of Apples and Pears.


The Share for the week of October 9 to 11

Just when we thought we had had way too much rain it rained again.  It rained so hard for so long that the creek flooded.  Good thing we had already harvested the Winter Squash because some of those squashes would have floated away.  The good news is that we have beautiful warm and sunny weather now which is drying out the soil.  We had hoped to have the Potatoes out this week but next week seems more likely.  The crops look great and if you do not already have a Season Extension Share now is the time to sign-up.

The Vegetable Share includes Choi, Winter Squash featuring Butternut, Peppers, Greens, Lettuce or Eggplant, Scallions or Onions and Radish or Japanese Turnips.  The substitutions are cilantro, fennel, hot peppers and potatoes.

The Fruit Share includes Apples and Pears from Singer Farm and Mars seedless grapes from Erdle Farm.


The Share for the Week of October 2 to 4

I am starting to feel like the old guy who keeps telling you the same story over and over again.   Finally on Friday the soil was dry and then it rained again on Sunday and today it rained lots.  Tomorrow there is no rain and then Thursday the rain returns.  We are not worried about getting in the crop but a dry stretch would be helpful.

The Vegetable Share for the week includes Winter Squash, Carrots, Potatoes, Herbs, Zucchini, Lettuce or Eggplant and Greens.  The substitutions are peppers, hot peppers and tomatillos.  We also have white Elba potatoes to replace the ones that might have gone bad on you.  We tried a new washing method which was a failure and caused the potatoes to rot.  We are sorry and it will not happen again.

The Fruit Share includes Apples, Pears and Quince.


The Share for the first week of Fall

It seemed like a switch was hit and all of a sudden Fall was here.  The harvest is full on now.   We have lots of crop but we also have until mid-November to bring it all in.  We are getting some rot due to all the rain but generally the crops look great.  This week we will finish the Winter Squash harvest.   Butternut, Sweet Dumpling and Confection are still waiting for us to bring them inside.

The Vegetable Share for the week includes Elba Potatoes, Spaghetti or Acorn Winter Squash, Spinach or Lettuce, Greens (Arugula, Tat Soi, Vitamin Greens, Komansuna, Dandelion, Collards and Cabbage), Peppers, Japanese Turnips or Radishes and this weeks feature is a choice of Red Russian or Siberian Kale.  The substitutions are Hot Peppers, Cilantro, Fennel or Zucchini.

The Fruit Share for the week includes Bosc Pears, Gala, Mac, Honey Crisp and organic Crimson Crisp Apples.  There are also Red Plums.