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Native Offerings Farm
March 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Native Offerings Farm updated their status.

Spring is finally here. Shares are now officially on sale for new shareholders. We have a great crew this season.

Katrina O'Sullivan My check went in the mail today, this is the first time buying a share. Can't wait!

March 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

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Facebook IconMarch 18, 2015 at 9:34 am

Native Offerings Farm added a new photo.

We removed the plastic off this greenhouse last fall. I was surprised that the sage survived the winter. Onced covered we will plant cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and basil.

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMarch 16, 2015 at 11:08 am

Native Offerings Farm added a new photo.

The greenhouse soil needed a drink after the long dry winter. Using snow hydrates the soil slowly without runoff.

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Random Hills Farm Just in case you didn't shovel enough of the stuff this winter!

March 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Native Offerings Farm
March 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Native Offerings Farm updated their status.

This week will be the last week of winter distributions. It does seem like winter is finally going away. It is beautiful on the farm today.

Heather A Wilson
February 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Heather A Wilson wrote on Native Offerings Farm's timeline.

Are you going to be at Horsefeathers tomorrow? Do you by any chance sell some of your fermented veggies or is that only for the share? I have to go on antibiotics and would love some!

Native Offerings Farm
February 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Native Offerings Farm updated their status.

It was so cold at the farm today that the thermometer bottomed out at -25F. I am glad that we do not have distributions scheduled for this week. It is a good time for a vacation. We will return for the last winter distribution in March.

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.

wine grape trails

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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