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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconOctober 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

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There has still not been a frost on the farm. We have been busy harvesting and will finish with the beets today. We will harvest the celeriac next. It looks like we will have a bountiful fall harvest. If you have not already done so, please think about extending your share until Christmas. Winter sh…

Native Offerings Farm I do not know who this person is and why she is on our Facebook feed.

October 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Fran James who are these smiling people that are associated with your post? ;)

October 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Chris Van Veghten
September 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Nice little mention of Native Offerings farm stands on Buffalo News magazine today!

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It was 38 degrees on the farm yesterday morning. It felt like fall and I was tempted to put on my wool hat. We are busy harvesting the winter squash. This is the week to bring them to the safety of the barn. Next week they will be in the share. We have been blessed…

Deb Harms Sedinger I'll say it too, the grapes are great!

September 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Rebecca Lynn We love the grapes.

September 26, 2015 at 6:36 am

Cindy Tree Will we get more grapes next week ?

September 28, 2015 at 1:28 am

Sharon Hammond Beautiful Veggies!!

September 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Rebecca Simons Schaeffer Love the grapes!

September 26, 2015 at 12:01 am

Jenna Marie Lam The grapes are wonderful. Thanks!

September 24, 2015 at 1:46 am

Lori Weslowski One more vote for the grapes! They were sooo good. Would love to get more. :)

September 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

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The share for the week of September 15th to the 18th is as follows: The vegetable share includes scallions or leeks, japanese turnips or radishes, carrots or beets, chard for today and bok choi for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There will also be a choice of many greens, lettuce and peppers. The s…

Jennifer McSchaef Happy Happy Birthday!

September 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

Nora Eberl Happy Birthday! I like that. 100% left to live!

September 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Meegan Michalek Becker Happy burthday!!

September 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm


Pamela Keen Zablonski Happy Birthday!

September 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Sharon Hammond Happy 50th!!!!

September 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Melissa Hancock Nickson Happy birthday!!!

September 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Suzanne Najdzionek Happy Birthday to Stew!

September 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Mary Eisenbeis Happy birthday Stew!

September 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconSeptember 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

We will not be in Ellicottville this Saturday for the market. Our farm stand, on the farm. Will be open today 3pm to 7pm. We will also be in Buffalo on Saturday at the Elmwood Bidwell Market. We will bring our rain gear.

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I was racing to get the oats planted as a cover crop. The fields were cultivated and then the oats were broadcast onto the surface. Next, the oats were lightly disked-in followed by a pass with the cultimulcher which packs the earth for good seed germination and also for a flat surface. Just as I wa…

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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