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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMay 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

The organic seed potatoes have arrived. When the soil dries we will plant 2,500 pounds of spuds by hand

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Melinda Hill Thant's why I love native Offerings.

May 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Siberian Kale has been cut and will be at the final Winter Market at Buffalo State. This bed will be planted to cherry tomatoes for the summer shares

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

The greens are up!

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Sharon Hammond Lovely little buggers!!!!

April 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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Facebook IconApril 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

There was excitement in the trees. The birds were flying around making a lot of noise. It seems they did not share our pleasure in the visit from the Bald Eagle.

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Dry. We need rain. We used the transplanter today to water the field planted transplants. I know the rain will come. I do feel like the child looking at the clock waiting for what seems like the longest time. It will rain, but not on my schedule.

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Native Offerings Farm It rained 1/20th of an inch last night!

April 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

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Facebook IconApril 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

When you purchase organic vegetables indirectly you are purchasing organic seeds. The benefit is that the plants that produce the seeds are grown organically and adapted to ecological growing methods and environments.
Organic seed often costs significantly more than standard seed as you can see from the price of 5,000 kohlrabi seeds.
This is one of many reasons why it costs farmers more money to grow organically.
We are happy to pay the price. Our purchases create the world we want to live in. High Mowing is an all organic seed company and we support them.

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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’s these fields that we certified for organic production. The farm 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 moved right away.  Our CSA started in 1997 and was up and running by the time we moved in.

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 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 certified our vegetable fields organic (through NOFA-NY), 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 restored 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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