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Heather A Wilson
February 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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 11:10 am

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.

Native Offerings Farm
February 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

The apple delivery to Orchard Park is delayed until after 5pm.

Native Offerings Farm
February 3, 2015 at 9:24 am

We will be having our only February distributions this week.

Lauren Bee Sorry to be redundant, so there arent any share pickups this week? Are we done for the season? I wasn't there last pick up so I didnt get to find out or talk to anyone.

February 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Native Offerings Farm There is not a share this week which worked out well because we would have ended up delivering frozen vegetables.

February 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

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Native Offerings Farm We will have our last winter share during the second week of March.

February 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

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Lauren Bee Thank you:)

February 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Kristina Church
January 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for the fantastic kim chi this season! We had kim chi noodle soup with egg tonight, and it nourished my very soul! We crave it when the weather gets cold. Wonderful stuff!

Native Offerings Farm
January 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

This is a true story. A customer approaches the "farmer" at the farmers market and asks if he sprays. The "farmer" responds no which is true since the spraying is not his job. Herbicides, fungicides and pesticides are sprayed on the farm by someone else. We can not advertise that we are organic unless we are certified and there is a reason for this. It is to preserve the integrity of the word ORGANIC.
This is one of the reasons we are in the process of certifying the farm organic. Another is that our previous certifying agent, Certified Naturally Grown, is unknown to almost everyone. What does naturally grown mean anyway? Everything is natural these days it seems. The word has been corrupted. stew

Amy Melton Prentiss Thanks for the education, Stew.

January 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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NancySue Lootens Reid Yes. So true!

January 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Biscotti for Everybotti You produce fantastic delicious produce!

January 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

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Rachel Cherry Myers Yay!!!! Let me know if you guys have any questions!!!!

February 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

Native Offerings Farm That would be great. Thanks!

February 1, 2015 at 9:15 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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