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Native Offerings Farm
April 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

The organic certification paper work is complete. It will go out with todays mail to NOFA-NY.

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Big Bossy is our lead cow.

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Sharon Hammond Oh, that big old lovely cow!!!

April 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

There are vegetables under the row covers under the snow. Hopefully the voles will not find the treasure.

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

We beat the rain with the beets

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Deb graduated from LEAD NY this weekend. Congratulations Deb!

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Amy Melton Prentiss Congratulations!

April 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm

NancySue Lootens Reid Wonderful. Congratulations!

April 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Kami Callahan WOOHOO!!!!

April 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Pamela Keen Zablonski Congratulations!!

April 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Todd Chinchen Awesome Lady

April 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Dawn Cox Congrats and nice work, Deb 🎉

April 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Dick DuBois Congratulations Deb!!

April 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Sharon Hammond Lovely picture and congratulations!

April 20, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Sherry Lehning WOOO HOOOOO !! CONGRATS D E B !!

April 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Seeds are in the ground. The first planting is complete. Soon little arugulas, cilantros and many other tasty vegetables will emerge from the cold soil.
We also put some transplants in. Spinach and Rainbow Chard seedlings are in the ground waiting for rain.

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Native Offerings Farm We just put out hardy plants. We will also cover them with row cover once the wind slows down. I would not put onions out.

April 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

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Samantha Crocker Is that ok? The temps are supposed to go down so far I was afraid to do ours!

April 20, 2015 at 4:00 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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