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FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

04/16/15 — Farm

In a field of artichokes.  Photo by Scott David Gordon In a field of artichokes. Photo by Scott David Gordon

I have exciting news - we are going to be putting up two new houses at the farm.  These won't be your typical abodes, though, as they're made for bats!  Designed by bat conservationists, each structure provides enough space for 400 bats, so if all goes well, we'll have soon 800 bats residing at JBG.  While I would love to take credit for this idea, it wasn't mine.  It came from Temo, JBG's long-time Irrigation Manager and key employee.  In addition to handling irrigation for the farm, Temo also does a lot with pest management, and he thought that attracting bats would be a great way to control bugs.  I agreed, and so we will be mounting these bat houses on poles close to the river - here's to hoping that these elevated homes are irresistible to our bat friends!

We are going to be trying out another way to control pests, and this one involves a vacuum.  Yes, we will be sucking up bugs!  This way, we can target the bugs that are a nuisance to our plants and keep the ones that are beneficial.   Another way we boost our beneficial insect population is through planting flowers.  This week, we laid out the beds for half an acre of permanent flower beds at the entrance of the farm.  It is going to look beautiful, and we hope to be able to bring about 300 bunches of organically-grown flowers to the farmers markets each week.  I can't wait to see these beds in full-bloom.  In addition to the flowers, we will be establishing bee hives at JBG, so soon the place will be abuzz with even more honey bee activity!

Montana & Angel, two members of our amazing crew.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Montana & Angel, two members of our amazing crew. Photo by Scott David Gordon

I myself feel like I've been abuzz with lots of new ideas for the farm.  As you may know, I take my tape recorder with me when I go running so I can keep track of all these ideas.  This weekend, I think I had over 200 ideas while running - that's a lot to go through, especially when the speaker is out of breath!  Sometimes, I think all my new ideas make the JBG staff nervous...  I say this because often when we make a change, there's extra work involved in learning how to do things differently.  Take the decision we made not to use plastic mulch anymore.  While everyone on staff supports this decision, it has led to a lot more work.  As Temo says, the hardest part of this has been the weeds - without the plastic to control the weeds, they have gone wild!  Right now, we don't have enough tractors to implement the most efficient way of weed control, and it has left Temo and his crew struggling to keep up.  We are learning as we go here, and that can be difficult given we already have a full plate of work to accomplish each day.  The process of change can be hard, and I have to thank our crew for sticking with me through the rough parts.   I am lucky to have such an amazing staff.  They may be a little wary of all of my ideas, but they always put in the effort to make the farm a better and better place.

We hope you are enjoying the artichokes in your CSA shares!  Photo by Scott David Gordon We hope you are enjoying the artichokes in your CSA shares! Photo by Scott David Gordon

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

04/16/15 — Farm

Visitors on the Wholesale Tour stop to harvest carrots.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Visitors on the Wholesale Tour stop to harvest carrots. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We've had a lot of visitors are JBG this week!  First, Brenton lead a tour for our wholesale customers which including folks from Vox, Honest Lick Ice Cream, Bento Picnic, Lauren's Garden Mix, Good Earth Farm School, and Salt and Time,.  Then, he gave a tour to the Texas Farm Bureau that over 30 farmers attended.  We thank all who visited for taking the time to walk through our fields.  For those of you who didn't make it out, we hope you enjoy these photos taken by our fantastic photographer, Scott David Gordon.

Walking tour.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Wholesale walking tour. Photo by Scott David Gordon

And one of the many bees who visits the farm!  Photo by Scott David Gordon And one of the many bees who visits the farm! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Growing for Spring!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Growing for Spring! Photo by Scott David Gordon

And look at those tomatoes - they will be ripe before you know it!  Photo by Scott David Gordon And look at those tomatoes - they will be ripe before you know it! Photo by Scott David Gordon

A strawberry trial crop is looking great!  Photo by Scott David Gordon A strawberry trial crop is looking great! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Harvesting carrots.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting carrots. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Carrots!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Carrots! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Thanks to all the volunteers who lent us a hand this week including very regular helper, Jacob Crowson!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Thanks to all the volunteers who lent us a hand this week including very regular helper, Jacob Crowson! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Thank you, volunteers!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Thank you, volunteers! Photo by Scott David Gordon

JBG's Matt Pelkey pushes a full load of CSA shares.  Photo by Scott David Gordon JBG's Matt Pelkey pushes a full load of CSA shares. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Our driver, Lucas, gets the CSA boxes loaded up for delivery.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Our driver, Lucas, gets the CSA boxes loaded up for delivery. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Blue Skies over our fields.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Blue Skies over our fields. Photo by Scott David Gordon

SEEDS OF CHANGE: VOTE FOR FARMSHARE!

04/16/15 — Farm

Help Farmshare win a Seeds of Change Grant!  Photo by Carrie Kenny Help Farmshare win a Seeds of Change Grant! Photo by Carrie Kenny

Here's a way you can help Farmshare Austin - all it takes it a click-a-day online between now and April 27th! Farmshare is in the running for a Seeds of Change Grant that will enable them to continue operating a farmers market at the Safe Place shelter once a week. Vegetables for the market are harvested at Farmshare's educational farm and then the produce is donated to the Safeplace residents.

Please help Farmshare Austin maintain this worthy program by clicking here.  To ensure that your vote goes to the right place, first click on the Vote Now tab and search under "Garden Name" using Farmshare Austin.

You can also help by spreading the word and getting your friends to vote for Farmshare.  Thank you for taking the time to vote between now and April 27th!  Farmshare needs all of the clicks it can get to win!

FARMGRASS FEST IS MAY 3RD!

04/16/15 — Farm

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Farmgrass Fest 2015 is coming up soon on Sunday, May 3rd!  Ticket proceeds benefit the Growers Alliance of Central Texas' Farmers Emergency Medical Fund, so come hear some good tunes and help support the farmers in our community!  Here are the details:

When: Sunday, May 3rd from 1pm to 9pm

Where: Simmons Family Farms in Niederwald, Texas

Musical Lineup: The Gravy Brothers + Special Guests, Whiskey Shivers, The Lost Pines, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay's High Plains Jamboree, Fog & Bone, Devin Jake, Rock Bottom String Band, and Four Fights Per Pint

To get your tickets, please click here!

ROASTED CARROT & GINGER SOUP

04/16/15 — Farm

Roasted carrot & ginger soup Roasted carrot & ginger soup

By Jessye Hipp

Hello springtime!!  Farmers markets are bursting with beautiful carrots this time of year. This is a bright, healthy, springtime soup to use up some of those orange beauties!

Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup

Time: 1 hr Serves: 4

-12 small or 6 large carrots, peeled and diced into large pieces

-1 onion, diced into large chunks (I used spring onions, and halved three of them)

-4 garlic cloves, smashed

-1 tbls olive oil

-salt & pepper

-1 tbls fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

-2 tbls unsalted butter

-1 cup low sodium chicken broth

-1-2 cups of water

-sour cream for garnish

-pepitas for garnish

-chives for garnish

-sriracha for garnish

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium baking dish, toss the carrots, garlic, and onions together with the olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cover the dish loosely with foil and roast for 40-45 minutes until the carrots are very tender.

Transfer the roasted veggies to a food processor and add the butter and grated ginger. Blend until the mixture is a smooth puree. Add the chicken stock as needed to smooth it out.

Add ½ cup of water at a time and blend until your desired consistency.   Taste for additional salt and pepper. Add if needed.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and dollop with a small spoon of sour cream. Sprinkle with the pepitas and chives. Dot or drizzle with sriracha to finish it off. Enjoy!  YUM.

JBG ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 30TH

04/16/15 — Farm

Romaine lettuce transplants.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Romaine lettuce transplants. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Need transplants for your garden?  There's still time to order our certified organic transplants, but time is running out!  Our online transplant sale will end on April 30th.  So, don't delay - order what you need for your garden now by clicking here.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF APRIL 13TH

04/14/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of April 13th CSA Box Contents Week of April 13th

Large Box
Artichoke
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Dandelion
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Cilantro
Herb, Fennel
Leek
Lettuce, Romaine
Onion, Spring Red
Parsnip
Medium Box
Artichoke
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Cilantro
Leek
Lettuce, Romaine
Onion, Spring Red
Radish, French Breakfast
Small Box
Carrot, Orange
Garlic, Mexican
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Parsley, Flat
Leek
Parsnip
Individual Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Leek
Lettuce, Romaine
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