Thank you to everyone who has emailed / called in response to the piece about us that ran in the Dining section of the NY Times today. We're pretty excited about this new phase of our farm life. Can't wait to meet you all!

Also, wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we will have LOT'S OF LAMB AND PORK in early October. We expect to sell out quickly so please fill out our contact form to let us know what you'd like to reserve. We will write you back promptly with details about pricing for whole or half pig or lamb (all individual cuts will be vacuum packed for long term freezer storage) or check our PRICE-LIST page for individual cut prices from our farm store. (we don't ship, but might make a drive down to NYC for a drop off if we get enough people interested in large orders)

Also, since there was no link in the article: The Meeting School is in Rindge, New Hampshire.

And finally, since today's article will likely draw our biggest web audience to date, we must mention an issue that is very near and dear to our hearts. Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale. This is not a good thing for many many reasons beyond the obvious damage to our air, water, land and livelihood (imagine 100s of enormous trucks zooming up and down every country road every day for each new well).

If you live in New York City then you drink the water that will be destroyed here in the NYC watershed region (up where we are) The prospect of destroying this natural landscape should be high on your list of concerns for the future.

There are many opinions to be found on the internet. The people of the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability group have witnessed the horrors first hand. Please forgive me for not parsing the information for you right now, but their site is very informative and will quickly get you up to speed on the issues. We will have more to say on this in future posts. Thanks for reading.

-dan

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Well, the meeting went well last night, but we've still got some regulatory hoops to jump through.

But more importantly - check us out in the New York Times!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/dining/26farms.html?pagewanted=2&ref=dining

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We just wanted to check in with our dedicated readers. While we have been posting fairly often on the companion blog (www.stonycreekfarm.wordpress.com), though not in the past few weeks, we've been neglecting this page quite a bit. Sorry about that.

Tonight we have a pretty important meeting with our local zoning board. They have to determine how our new farm-stay agri-tourism offerings will change that status of our farm and homestead from a legal / tax perspective. It's out contention that nothing changes at all. We can't invite people to stay on the farm and learn about what we do without the farm and, quite frankly, without income from our overnight guests we can't keep the farm going as a source of great food and education for the general public. Can't have one with out the other.

We're hopeful that things will work out for the common good and we'll be able to keep doing what we're doing. Check back in the next couple of days for an update on that and lot's of great info on everything we're doing on the farm.

I've been putting together a slide show for the folks at the zoning meeting (though, i'm not sure I'll get a chance to show it) and i'll post it to our "Galleries" page once i get it all together.

-dan

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first, a quick reminder to our readership that I post daily updates - sometimes multiple each day - to our companion blog at www.stonycreekfarm.wordpress.com. it's easier for me to post there because I can do it right from my mobile phone.

so, can't get a break in the weather to cut some hay. it takes 3 days of nice dry weather to do it right and not have to worry about dampness in the bales spontaneously combusting while they're stacked in the barn - bad

also can't seem to get a break with our turkeys - we've been losing a few each week. we think they've been dying of a chicken-born illness that isn't very serious in chickens but that turkeys just can't handle. we're almost at the 6 week mark which is supposedly when they toughen up a bit and can fight off the cold. we'll see...

there a few other things we can't get a break on, but i'll hold them for another post

-dan

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