Geography Class Visits CNF

Member James writes about his own blog:

Thanks for hosting my students yesterday and talking with them about the work and thought involved in the farm.  As you can tell, this was a very engaged group, some of them with more than the usual amount of experience with these issues.

 James wrote up the visit at http://bsc-geography.blogspot.com/2012/07/back-to-fields.html

Be sure to click the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhayesboh/sets/72157630783276616/ to view more photos on Flickr.

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CONGRATS to the Soule Homestead

CONGRATS  to the Soule Homestead for being able to carry on in providing wonderful experiences to the community!

The Soule Homestead Education Center, which has leased the Soule/Guidoboni Farm at 46 Soule St. in Middleboro for the last 20 years, was granted another 10-year lease by a unanimous vote of the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

A Look Back at 2011…

Now that we’re into the short days and cold temperatures of the winter season, here’s a look back at the successes of the sheep, chickens, and rabbits.  The pictures below are a display of all the ribbons won by the farm animals during the summer 2011 show season.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

What people are saying…….

Lovely things you’re doing.  We’re loving your yummy eggs tho we don’t eat enuf to buy a dozen per week.  The kale etc. have graced our pot-au-feu and made us wildly healthy. Carol

Thanks for all the hard work you and Ron do to create a special place and a special connection between us and the earth. Carolyn

I always learn something from your writing and always enjoy your musings and links. Barb

And I just chopped and popped another huge bunch of  your succulent sweet leaves into a pot with black beans and am enjoying your fresh, tasty eggs daily. Cookie

I would definitely be interested in the egg share!  I’ve bought alot of local eggs over the past few years, but I’ve never found any that have yolks as beautiful as the ones from your chickens!  I’m going to be doing alot of baking this holiday season, so the egg share will be perfect.  I will bring you a check. Kate

And in case I don’t get around to saying so because of my preoccupation:  Happy Thanks giving!  CNF is one of the things we most appreciate in our life in Plympton! Carolyn

Michele and I will be returning for 2010!  I received my High Mowing Catalog yesterday.

I can’t wait to discuss next year’s crops!! Chef Carol

A quote from a member

Connie passed along this lovely message from one of our members about what the farm has done for her and her family.    I thought I’d share it will all of you as a meditation on what is to come.

-Taylor

I have enjoyed being a member of one of our local CSA farms for a few years now. I love the way it has made me feel more connected to the beautiful landscape of Plymouth County. It has heightened my awareness of the rhythms of the seasons, and now I REALLY look forward to spring time! It has made me more conscious about what I eat, and how my food is grown.  I pick up my farm fresh produce in a simple wooden box, and I can no longer ignore just how much supermarket food is packaged and presented, hidden behind plastic wrappings or Styrofoam or cardboard containers, and how much trash that generates. Most of all, I enjoy talking to the farmers and growers of my food, and other farm shareholders. We are excited by what happens each day at the farm, and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing the pleasures of the smell of the earth and barnyard, a sunny summer day, or the concerns about the impact on the plants because of a rainy week.  We also enjoy swapping recipes, using our seasonal ingredients from the farm.

Being part of a local CSA farm has cured me of my romantic notions about becoming a farmer myself – the work is extremely difficult and demanding, and I greatly admire people who chose this way of life. However, I believe I get the next best thing: companionship of people who deeply value the tremendous gifts of nature; enjoyment of open fields and fresh air; the indescribably delicious fragile spring vegetables; the unusual lettuces, wild greens and herbs; eggs with sunny yellow-orange yolks; a fully vine ripened tomato, and the wonderful nourishment of body and soul that all this provides.