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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

It is back to winter on the farm. We have been waiting for the soil to dry which is difficult when it is frozen underneath. Usually we have started planting by now. This is not a usual year it seems. stew

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Quinn Caya wow

April 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Sonia Efron The ground underneath did not thaw before this return of the the snow?

April 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Sharilyn Marlene :(

April 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Nay Lasco
April 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

do you guys have your organic certification?

Native Offerings Farm We are certified naturally grown which is an organic certification for farmers who direct sell.

April 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

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Nay Lasco So no chemicals in the pesticides, or minimum?

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

Ryan is the demolition man. The crushed hoop house is coming down. We hope soon it will rise again. stew

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Bianca Hayward
April 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

How many weeks are included in your fruit share?

Native Offerings Farm The fruit share is 20 weeks starting with strawberries

April 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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Bianca Hayward I sent in our payment last week. I hope you received it :-)

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

The Snowdrops are up on the farm. stew

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMarch 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

On Friday I had the opportunity to visit Lighthouse Gardens in Lima for an organic greenhouse growing workshop. Pictured is a roll up tunnel inside the greenhouse for germinating seeds. There is always something new to learn. stew

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Daniel Covert Is this in New York

March 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Native Offerings Farm Lima is south of Rochester on NY Route 20. Were you thinking I was in Peru? stew

March 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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Biscotti for Everybotti Todd Lighthouse is excellent! Looking forward to Lighthouse produce from Brighton Farmers' Market

March 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

Nay Lasco do you guys have your organic certification?

April 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

IMG_1224Native Offerings Farm isn’t only a business; it is a place. When we moved here in 2002, this farm was a dairy farm that had been in the Clark family for five generations. The farm is situated in a long valley in Cattaraugus County that was once full of dairy farms, now there are only a few and we are the only large scale producer of vegetables here. We are 9 miles to the northwest of the town of Ellicottville and the majority of our farm lies in the town of Otto. We have 180 acres of slightly rolling land. Some of it is good pasture and hay land but the reason we bought it was because it has about 15 acres of soil that is sandy loam; great for vegetable production. It also has a year round flowing, class 1 trout fishing stream running through it from which we are allowed to irrigate. The barns and house were in relatively good shape and we could move in and farm right away. That was important because our CSA was up and running at that point.

We started Buffalo Organics CSA in East Aurora on the Roelofs’ Arden Farm after vegetable farming with a friend in Trumansburg. That was in 1997, the year we were married. The house on this farm was built in the 1800’s and we used the cool, stone basement for storing vegetables our first year here. The farm wasn’t on the market in 2002 and actually could have been used as a site for a school but was voted down by the area residents. It wasn’t long after we bought the place that neighbors came up to us and explained that they were so happy that the land remained in farming. That was a good sign! We knew we had made the right choice in moving here! We originally thought we’d settle in Erie county but when we were searching all of Erie county for tillable, fertile farm land we came up against hurdles that most aspiring farmers will run into. The most pressing was that good farmland is also good for development. Which meant that we were priced out of buying that land.

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Moving to this land presented some concerns, one of which is that we are in zone 5, even some areas here are zone 4. We have a two-week variance in temperature as compared to Buffalo and Eden, which is zone 6. Meaning, we can get a frost two weeks earlier than Buffalo in the fall and two weeks later in the spring.

So why farm here? Our first visit to the farm was telling. Stewart took his shovel to the cornfield behind the house and dug. It was then that a light went on for him; he had carefully and diligently found a place that could make the business of farming work. It had good tillable ground, fresh water and barns. I fell in love with the house, barns and surrounding hills. We thought it might be hard to truck our products so far into the city, which was our main market outlet. But the CSA keeps us intimately connected with our customers and many of them adjusted to the move to this beautiful place with us. Now, we focus on improving the land that we farm on and keeping or customers happy. We’ve planted over 4000 trees, fixed water drainage, and limed the soils and continually work with a soil lab to remineralize the ground that we work. We are slowly restoring the gamble roofed dairy barn that if neglected anymore would become like so many other barns, a casualty of modern life. We have become part of the rural fabric of this little piece of countryside and are happy to live and farm here.

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