Buying fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm stand not only demonstrates healthy eating habits to children, it can teach them the value of supporting local agriculture. If we’re lucky, the trip to the farm can result in a few cherished memories. There is no denying that tomatoes or lettuce picked the same day taste better than the produce purchased from the grocery store. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of harvesting food from a backyard garden rather than a refrigerator, you will agree that the “chore” itself could be as fun as the food was tasty. I remember picking vegetables with my grandfather; he taught me how to choose the ripest and sweetest tomatoes and how to determine when peppers were ready to be picked. Even sweeter than those tomatoes are the memories of the experience that I still carry with me today.
By today’s standards, however, we are not always as diligent about taking time to smell the roses…or as the case may be, the basil. In our rush to complete all of our errands, making a special trip to a local farm, exclusively for the purpose of buying cucumbers and tomatoes, can seem like an added chore and one that could easily be eliminated, if we just purchased our produce at the local grocery store, along with all of the other items on our list. But sometimes, these everyday chores are the same ones that create an experience and in the process, a lasting memory, for children and parents, alike. If we eliminate these so-called chores, we may be denying ourselves and our children the pleasure of true, quality time spent together.
When you buy your fruits and vegetables from Colchester Neighborhood Farm, consider blocking out an extra 15 minutes or 30 minutes for the “chore” because it could easily turn into a fun and wonderful experience. Colchester Neighborhood Farm is a social enterprise in every sense of the word. Employing adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are more than happy to wait on their customers at the farm stand, they are also eager to show off their farm, which includes chickens, a friendly donkey named Dapple, and some goats and their babies…yes the kids love the kids! A visit to Colchester Neighborhood Farm is more than just buying fresh fruits and vegetables, it is an opportunity for our children to learn about agriculture, to see how their food is grown and where it comes from. And going home with a few good memories along with some fresh tomatoes, organically grown cucumbers, and a bouquet of fresh flowers isn’t bad either.
How goats are boldly going where no one has gone before…
Elaine Philbrick and Jim Cormier made the news with their local business, The Goatscaping Company, which keeps their herd of goats at Colchester Neighborhood Farm. The story behind the business, some great photos, and even a video!
On Saturday May 4th, we celebrated spring by reconnecting with the land and community through planting, sharing a meal, and expressing gratitude for earth’s renewal. There was a wonderful turnout of friends and volunteers to see the progress and changes that have occurred over the last year at Colchester Neighborhood Farm.
Activities included planting, potluck lunch, visiting with our young cashmere goat kids and the other animals, creating clay art projects, growing a sunflower project, getting away from it all by taking a quiet walk through our labyrinth, Kerrie tending to her new hive of honey bees, and a perennial plant share.
Volunteers Elaine and Jim have created their own company… using their alpines that live at Colchester.
Their tagline for “The Goatscaping Company” is:
Goatscaping is just what it sounds like!
Why wreck equipment, risk injuries or blast your brush with chemicals when nimble adorable goats can do all the work for you?
We strive to provide the simplest turn-key goat clearing you’ll find! Our goat-wranglers will make sure your clearing project goes ahead quickly and efficiently. Goatscaping means a green and fun solution to managing invasives, tough inclines, poison ivy, woody brush and overgrown areas.
Let us convince you that goatscaping is effective and customizable to any job or space. Our goats are lively and personable. We understand the aesthetic needs of your business, club or community. Goatscaping is green and draws interest!
Keep movin’!!!… Might you know someone who would be interested in volunteering?
We are looking for help with animal feeding several days per week… it is about a 20 minute commitment – unless, of course, you wish to stay longer to play. It’s a simple feeding of giving grain and hay, along with water, to six goats and one sheep.
We are especially in need during February vacation… Monday and Friday afternoon/evening.
Other times that would be helpful are Monday mornings… anytime from day break to 10:00 AM (sunrise is often spectacular at the farm – what a gift!) and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon/evenings – anytime after 4:00 PM.
We frequently have the great fortune to observe stunning moon rises and sunsets during afternoon feeding time.
This was sent to us from Beth who raises goats and whose goats most of our goats are related to.
I hope this gets enough votes to be Dorito’s Super Bowl ad. It’s so funny. I go vote every day and get a laugh out of it to start my day with a smile.
The explanation below is from Elaine who owns 4 of the goats who reside at Colchester Neighborhood Farm!
Hahahahaha!! She looks like my Zoe, and who is my crazy eater! The funniest part to me that most people don’t know is – goats really do love Doritos (corn chips)! And while that was a dubbed human voice, some goats really do yell just about like that! So I think it’s twice as hilarious as it’s just about true!!!
On Sunday, October 21st, Colchester Neighborhood Farm held its Annual Harvest Gathering Open House. There was a wonderful turnout of CSA Members and Supporters.
The Open House included a Potluck Lunch of favorite dishes for sharing. There was also Tours, Yoga in the Field, a Cooking Demo, Donor and Supporter Recognition, a Beekeeping Presentation, & more… Hayrides and Music were ongoing throughout the day!!
It’s always exciting to bring someone new to the farm so they can experience first hand what it takes to care for the animals and get a better idea of the crops and the fields where they grow. Somehow though it’s even more refreshing to bring along someone that knows some of the stories, is familiar with a few of the animals by name, and can appreciate the hard work that goes into what makes a farm run successfully.
Last weekend CNF had a visitor from the Granite State. Megan, currently living in New Hampshire, was visiting the home of volunteer Bruce and her dad, Bob. Bruce and Bob were eager to take Megan to the farm as it was her first visit to CNF. Megan was also thrilled to have the opportunity to experiment with her new Canon SLR camera. Here’s a slideshow sampling of the over 200 photos she took during the Saturday PM feeding. Since it was a brisk day and cold time of year for a visit, Megan expressed that she can’t wait to come back in the spring and summer to see the crop fields planted and the lambs grown! Enjoy!
Cole and Chester are two brother La Mancha goats who come to us from the Rossi Farm (www.rossifarm.com) on Prudence Island off the coast of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. They were born on April 4th which now makes them about 12 weeks old. Their primary purpose (other than being way t-o-o-o cute) will be for pasture management. The goats will do a great job of clearing out all kinds of brush, briars, and poison ivy along the fences and in the fields… they will eat anything! They will precede the sheep into the pasture to eat the weeds so the sheep can have plenty of the grasses and legumes on which to grow. Cole and Chester can be walked similarly to a walking a dog on a leash and are happy to walk along side a human, nibbling at the growth along the way. We hope they will keep the growth down along the outside of fences and around trees where sheep and Dapple do not graze, while you enjoy taking them for a walk on their leash. Be careful of your clothing… they love to nibble at flowing shirts and skirts and you may have to engage in a tugging match to free yourself.
One thing though, both Cole and Chester have a fondness for being brushed… so be prepared and willing! Children will love them, and you’ll find them both very friendly and ready to greet you… come see for yourself!!