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Native Offerings Farm
May 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

It is raining now and the sound of the rain is very relaxing. Almost every day we have been irrigating. Natural rain is beyond compare. Water all you want but it will not be the same. Despite the dryness the crops do look great. If you have not already done so now is the time to renew your share for the season. We start distribution next week.

Native Offerings Farm
May 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

The new Williamsville site is at St. John Lutheran Church at 6540 Main Street. Thanks to Wendy and Dave Barth who connected us with the Church and thanks to the Church for hosting the Native Offerings Farm Amherst distribution. This site has lots of parking, more space and for the winter a heated distribution site! We are excited to have an improved location.

Nicole Radder Rassman Yay!!! Thank you Wendy & Dave!!! If I am correct on the location, it's on the corner of Main and Hampton Hill, which leads directly to Sheridan Drive. Therefore, you'll be able to access the church lot from Sheridan/Hampton Hill as well as Main St.

May 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMay 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

Thousands of onions are now growing in the soil. Deb and the crew got them in just before the rain.

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Native Offerings Farm The transplanter is a big improvement over hand planting but you still have to hand set the plants. It does save you from crawling on your hands and knees!

May 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

Sharon Hammond Maybe abou,t 16,000 onion plants!!!!!

May 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Nora Eberl
May 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

When does the summer CSA generally start?

Native Offerings Farm NIne out of ten years we begin during the first week of June. Sometimes we start a week early and sometimes we start a week late.

May 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMay 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm

The cattle heading out to the pasture for the first time this year. They seem very excited to be eating fresh grass and clover.

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Alicia Reeves Cow butts!

May 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMay 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

The rye is being mowed. We plant rye in the fall as a cover crop. This serves to prevent erosion, to capture nitrogen in the soil and to improve the structure of the soil. In the spring it is plowed under as a green manure. Today is plow day as the conditions are perfect.

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ritchiesStew & Deb Ritchie

At Native Offerings Farm, we farm with our three children and are deeply committed to ecological farming. We work very hard to produce vital food for you and your family. When you buy a share you are buying more than vegetables; you are supporting our family and strengthening our local community. By supporting us you not only get incredibly fresh and great tasting vegetables full of nutrients and vitality, but a food source you can trust.

Some of you have been with us since we started in 1997 — we were the first CSA in Erie County — others have been with us a year or more. You may be learning about us for the first time. We are Stewart (although most people call me Stew) and Deb Ritchie. We are a cooperative operating under the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, reconnecting the community with its food source, the local farmer. Providing an alternative to agribusiness, consumers (shareholders, etc.) know exactly where and how their food is grown.

We do not exist solely to sell vegetables. One of the greatest rewards of operating your own business is creativity. You can apply your ideas and your values to your business. Beyond the community that arises out of a CSA, we try to encourage and support other ecologically friendly businesses. From other ecological and low-spray farms we purchase fruit, seeds, hay, honey, grain, potting mix, and feeder calves. The advantage of this is that shareholders have access to other high quality local products and other local farms are supported. We can not produce everything we sell. We do not have the time, the knowledge, or the financial resources to do so. By cooperating with others we can specialize and focus on what we love to do, which is what we have a passion for and we do best. The end result of cooperation is a stronger farming community. We need each other. It is difficult to farm without the farm support system. This includes having parts, feed, equipment, and other agriculture suppliers close by. It includes being able to share, custom hire, and borrow equipment. There is also the priceless value of good advice and friendship.

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