New: Fall Bouquet Subscription Session

Summer Bouquets

We are adding a new fall bouquet subscription session. Five weeks of flowers for $75 ($15/week). Sales from this session will really help our farm grow: we will invest all our income from this session into spring bulbs, helping us get flowers even earlier in the spring.

The session runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19.

Registration deadline is Sept. 19.

Info and registration form:

SFF Extra Session Registration

Solar!

Since we started the farm, it has been important to us that Spring Forth Farm be a socially responsible business. That is why we donate produce from our vegetable garden and tithe from our sales to a local food pantry: We have the gift from God of this farm and the skills to grow food, and we want to share God’s bounty with others.

Similarly, we have the great gift of sunshine, and we designed our house with both passive solar heating and photo-voltaic solar panels in mind. Today, Yes Solar Solutions finished installing our 32-panel, 8.48kW system. We anticipate this system generating all of our home electrical use plus a good portion of the farm’s. While combating pollution and global climate change requires national policy and international cooperation, there is a lot each of us can do for sustainability as well. Installing these solar panels and striving for net-zero electrical usage is one of the ways we are doing our part.

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Day 1 & 2: Mounting hardware
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Day 2: Inverter (It fits right in between our breaker panels and our on-demand water heater)
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Day 4: Panels arrive
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Day 4: North-side panels
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Day 4: Most of south-side panels
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Day 5: Installation complete!
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Day 5: System generating power (6.26kW) during testing

Two Announcements

We have two brief announcements. First, our Curly Willow Bunches are for sale at Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough. They are great holiday items. They are long-lasting and will decorate your house for the whole holiday season. They also travel well, so they make great gifts. Please head over to Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough and tell your friends to do the same.

Secondly, we were named “Homesteaders of the Year” by Mother Earth News Magazine. We are featured in the current issue’s “Firsthand Reports” column.

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Spring 2016 Update

It has been a busy spring and early summer here at the farm and here are some photos of what we’ve been up to. We’ve been making slow but steady progress on our house but most of it isn’t the kind that looks good in photos. However the cabinets that we installed in the kitchen show up on the camera and give shape to a space that had previously been hard to picture. Enjoy the rest of the pictures of the farm, of our subscription bouquets, and of course of the ever-present Mr. Bingley.

Our cabinets!
Our cabinets!
Spring Forth Farm in April 2016.
Spring Forth Farm in April 2016.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Jonathan with half the garlic harvest.
Jonathan with half the garlic harvest.
Garlic harvest curing in the barn.
Garlic harvest curing in the barn.
Zinnia bed.
Zinnia bed.
Mr. Bingley, fearsome hunter, enjoying a wallow in the crimson clover.
Mr. Bingley, fearsome hunter, enjoying a wallow (and a graze) in the crimson clover.