For October, we have few products listed in produce due to our inability to predict unrelenting waves of blister beetles and grasshoppers along with the difficulty of predicting ripeness so far in advance with ecologically grown crops. We believe the large wind turbine development nearby or soil disturbance and neighboring farm tillage is driving more insects our way. So look for us to return to our concentration on root crops and herbs for next growing season.
In the meantime we are still doing a lot of work. We have been collaborating with OSU Extension, Langston University, Woodward Tourism, and NWOSU in Woodward for a farm field day on November 13th. This field day is free except for a local foods lunch. The day includes a working lunch at NWOSU, a special curriculum for children at the farm, composting, rainwater harvesting, and more along with a tour of the farm (see attached flyer and registration form) . While the deadline to register for this event is November 3rd, please call the Woodward Tourism if you find you can come after the deadline.
Presently, we’re in the final stages of completing a rainwater collection system that includes a capture area of 100′ by 50′ that will be landscaped with drought resistant grass and trees. The event will feature a local foods lunch from other Coop Producers.
We hope you will be able to join us and support our efforts to secure more sustainable agriculture, conservation, while promoting the concept of growing more small family farmers in this region where there are few of us participating!
We are also about to embark on a new composting and mulching enterprise that includes on farm research and bagged and bulk red cedar mulch and compost. We plan on marketing some of our new prouducts through the Coop as soon as it is available probably beginning in Spring. We are also working with a compost research group that has a focus on organic no till or what we refer to as “ecologically grown”, water quality & quanity, reduction in water and energy useage, and soil building. This is super exciting to us since we brought a highly degraded or eroded farm with sugar sand (no organic matter) to begin our ranch/farm operation. We began with lots of weeds, rattlesnakes and grasshoppers. Years later, we find we still have lots of work to do accompanied by song birds, prairie chickens, horned toads, toads, butterflies, turkeys and lots of other wildlife!
We are also in the final stages of opening a small farm store and expanding our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Northwest OK. We also have a CSA on Coop delivery day in Norman and OKC. Please contact us for more information if you have an interest in our CSA for produce ($20 plus tax for two for Coop members).
In the meantime, thanks to John Gosney referring us to Keystone Labels, we’re progressing with developing labels for Department of Agriculture approval for our pastered meat animals that include lambs (Finn, Shetland, Lincoln, and their crosses), beef, (Holstein, Belted Galloway, Belted Galloway/Jersey Cross and Angus) and pork (Large Black Pigs). As soon as we have our new labels approved that adds our logo, we will send more lamb, beef, and pigs to Ray’s Meat’s and Processing, our local family farmer operated meat processor that is certifed organic!
We love the land and appreciate our customers! Thank you for your support!