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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

It is back to winter on the farm. We have been waiting for the soil to dry which is difficult when it is frozen underneath. Usually we have started planting by now. This is not a usual year it seems. stew

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Quinn Caya wow

April 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Sonia Efron The ground underneath did not thaw before this return of the the snow?

April 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Sharilyn Marlene :(

April 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Nay Lasco
April 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

do you guys have your organic certification?

Native Offerings Farm We are certified naturally grown which is an organic certification for farmers who direct sell.

April 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

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Nay Lasco So no chemicals in the pesticides, or minimum?

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

Ryan is the demolition man. The crushed hoop house is coming down. We hope soon it will rise again. stew

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Bianca Hayward
April 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

How many weeks are included in your fruit share?

Native Offerings Farm The fruit share is 20 weeks starting with strawberries

April 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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Bianca Hayward I sent in our payment last week. I hope you received it :-)

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconApril 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

The Snowdrops are up on the farm. stew

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconMarch 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

On Friday I had the opportunity to visit Lighthouse Gardens in Lima for an organic greenhouse growing workshop. Pictured is a roll up tunnel inside the greenhouse for germinating seeds. There is always something new to learn. stew

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Daniel Covert Is this in New York

March 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Native Offerings Farm Lima is south of Rochester on NY Route 20. Were you thinking I was in Peru? stew

March 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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Biscotti for Everybotti Todd Lighthouse is excellent! Looking forward to Lighthouse produce from Brighton Farmers' Market

March 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

Nay Lasco do you guys have your organic certification?

April 15, 2014 at 4:50 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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