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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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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJanuary 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

There is always wildlife activity at the compost pile. The snow leaves a memory. stew

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Sonia Efron bear?

January 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

Native Offerings Farm bird?

January 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

Fran James Bird, definitely.

January 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

NancySue Lootens Reid Big bird.

January 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

Sonia Efron dead bird?

January 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

Native Offerings Farm I suspect that a mouse was involved.

January 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Sonia Efron Oh! Bird of prey catching dinner.

January 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJanuary 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

The cost difference between organic and conventional seed can be extreme as seen in the picture. We use organic seed almost entirely. Sometimes key varieties are not available organically. When this happens we purchase untreated seeds. We never use GMO derived seeds.

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NancySue Lootens Reid Thank you.

January 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

Sean J Kennedy Cost of doing business.

January 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Sonia Efron wow!

January 28, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJanuary 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Native Offerings Farm updated their cover photo.

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Jolie Hibit Beautiful!

January 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJanuary 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Shares are available for renewal today. Seeds for the 2015/16 season are ordered and on their way. Look for the renewal form and instructions in your email. We did not raise prices this year.

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Fran James Spring is on the way!

January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Magda Dubois Only renewals?

January 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Native Offerings Farm We have shares available for new shareholders. Please contact deb@nativeofferings.com and request a registration form. Thank you for your interest.

January 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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Magda Dubois Thank you!

January 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

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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