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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMarch 31, 2015 at 11:49 am

Native Offerings Farm added a new photo.

When our radient floor heating boiler broke for the last time we decided to dig a big trench to the greenhouse to supply natural gas. Now we will not have to worry about running out of propane.

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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

Native Offerings Farm
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!

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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