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Anichini – Moore Farm & Ranch January 2011 Producer Notes

Hope everyone has or will have a wonderful holiday season with their families and friends!

We have been busy helping write some conservation related preprosals (grants) in December. We hope to hear that we’re accepted for the next rounds to submit the actual grant proposals sometime next month! In any event, a group of us are planning to have another field day in 2011 that will be a two day conference probably in October. We are meeting on January 21st to begin preliminary discussions.

Please look for our lamb later this month if we receive it back from the processor, Ray’s Meats and Processing. Ray’s is the only certified organic processor in OK that is located in Woodward. We took 5 Finn and 5 Shetland lambs in on the 21st of December. We raised the lambs on pasture and hay without antibiotics, hormones, etc.

We also took a pasture and hay raised steer that has been residing on our farm since he was 5 days old in on the 20th of December that we hope to add in Februray to our list of products.

Until we have received our lamb back , we have wool roving and devils claws for the artists in our midst.

Please see information about our CSA for OKC and Norman on Coop delivery day on our website, www.anichinimoore.com. We are considering adding Stillwater if there is sufficient interest. Please join and e-mail us for more information.

We plan to attend the annual meeting and hope to see you there! Thank you for being our customers and for your interest in our farm and the work we do!
Kathy

Kathy Moore, Owner
Anichini Moore Ranch & Farm
Phone: (405) 823-8295
Founder: OK Composting Council

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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm Producer Notes

We still have garlic available although the supply is rapidly dwindling! When it is gone we’ll be out until we offer our spring garlic in March through May! Our normal harvest of heirloom varieties of garlic is typically in late June to early July.

We plan on having a supply of Finn and Shetland lamb in January and possibly some Holstein Beef if it is finished in time to add to our January products, otherwise, expect the beef to be available in February through the Coop. Otherwise, you may contact us privately to make arrangements for earlier deliveries.

We are already thinking about Spring and making lots of plans for new products and expanding our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions to more OK Food Coop members. We will also offer CSA’s in and about NW Oklahoma including special deliveries in Woodward to seniors and others who maybe homebound or need a bit of extra help to have a supply of fresh produce and other products we plan to offer this spring! CSA’s or produce and other farm products maybe also picked up at the farm or in delivery locations in Woodward.

To sign up or look at a few of our new products or to see pictures from our farm field day, please check out our website (www.anichinimoore.com) or the following link posted here:http://anichinimoore.com/Product.aspx. Or you call call or e-mail us for more information. Please watch our notes for more new products we anticipate offering in the coming months!

Thank you for your business and Happy Holidays!

Kathy

Kathy Moore, Owner
Anichini Moore Ranch & Farm
Phone: (405) 823-8295
Founder: OK Composting Council

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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm

Although we are preforming lots of work we don’t have much product this month. We have garlic, wool roving and some artsy items. We had hoped to have lamb and our new beef products, however, it looks like we will all need to wait until January for Finn and Shetland lamb and a Holstein steer (beef). Our steer was raised by a Jersy mama on our farm since he was 5 days old. All of our farm animals are fed pasture, hay and produce (fruits, herbs, and vegetables) from our farm. We use ecologically methods and/or OMRI approved products.

We also offer Azomite (OMRI approved) so please call us if you are interested in remineralizing your soil this winter or spring. We have a limited supply on hand, but, can reorder more of micronized Azomite.

Our field day was a great success so we will move to a two day conference in October for 2011. We have wonderful cooperators including Senator Paul Muegge; Langston University; OSU Extension in Stillwater; NWOSU; Woodward Tourism; JB’s Steak House who prepared a fabulous meal from food grown by Coop Producers; USDA Rural Development; High Plains RC&D; OK Water Research Institute; Dep. of Agriculture; Coop producers; and others! We have received numerous calls and e-mails of interest including some volunteering to be speakers next year inspiring us to believe NW OK can become a mecca for sustainable ag and haven for local foods sooner than later!

We are also adding a CSA (community supported agriculture) form to our website soon (www.anichinimoore.com) so more people can sign up for our produce with options to add pastured meats, flowers, herbs an other items. Please check it out! We even have a special CSA for Coop Members in the OKC/Norman area once a month until we can build up more customers to warrant a weekly route.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thank you for being our customers and supporting our love for soil, water, wildlife, and growing local foods! Please call or e-mail us anytime! We love to hear from you!
Kathy

Kathy Moore, Owner
Anichini Moore Ranch & Farm
Phone: (405) 823-8295
Founder: OK Composting Council

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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm Producer Notes

This month we still have plenty of garlic for you to enjoy and wool roving if you are a spinner in our products listing. We also want to invited you to come to a farm field day featuring rainwater harvesting for livestock, composting, and more. There is also a separate hands on youth session to teach children about soil and plants. The only cost is $10.00 for the local foods lunch. Final registration is Nov. 3rd, however, if you find you can come after the 3rd, please call Woodward Tourism, Debbie Hickman, to see if there are still openings.

The field day flyer and registration form are on the farm website (www.anichinimoore.com), Woodward Tourism (www.visitwoodward.com) and http://www.travelok.com.

Jason Vogel, OSU Ext. Storm Water Management, is conducting a pre field day rainwater harvesting session at 8:30am for a modest fee of $5 at Northwestern. Our working local foods lunch begins at 11:30am. We leave for the farm, a short drive away, about 1:30pm.

The farm field day is a collaboration between Langston University, Oklahoma State University, Woodward Tourism, Northwestern State University, OK Department of Agriculture, OK Tourism, and Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm and especially all of you by coming and supporting our event!

Additionally, Jason Vogel is performing rainwater harvesting work on the farm with his students and more research opportunities are anticipated with compost and red cedar including compost with no-till application research.

Confirmed speakers for our working lunch that include opportunities for beginning and small farmers include our keynote, Senator Paul Muegge, Retired; Tom Lucas, High Plains RC&D, Tom Barber, USDA, Rural Development; Chris Kirby, OK Department of Agriculture, Farm to School Program, and a few others.

Please come and show your support for what we believe are the first efforts to promote sustainability, income diversification and alternative agriculture or small farmers in this region. With your help we will be able to grow more Coop members and Producers in this region. We are planning to hold a two day conference next year probably in October and are also working on a Local Foods Dinner with two restaurant owners who are leaping into the local foods arena that will ultimately create more demand for local foods.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks in advance for your support!
Kathy

Kathy Moore, Owner
Anichini Moore Ranch & Farm
Phone: (405) 823-8295
Founder: OK Composting Council

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October Producer Notes

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!
Kathy

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Save the Date, November 13th, Farm Field Day, Composting, Rainwater Harvesting, Youth Activities & More in Woodward

Please save the date for a NW Oklahoma educational event that includes training and demonstrations on Rainwater Harvesting & Composting, Root Crops & the OK Food Coop.  This field day is a collaborative effort with Langson University, OSU Extension, Woodward Tourism, NW University, and others.
 
The field day will also feature a special session for the younger set on seeding, transplanting and plant progagation. 
 
We will offer a "working lunch" prepared with Oklahoma grown foods with the culinary expertise of Chris Riffle from JB’s Steak House.  Watch for more information for a pre field day seminar on rainwater harvesting taught by Jason Vogel, OSU that starts at 8:30am until 11am when the Farm Field Day convenes.
 
Kathy
 
  

Kathy Moore, Owner
Anichini Moore Ranch & Farm www.anichinimoore.com
Phone: (405) 823-8295
OK Composting Council www.okcompostingcouncil.org
PLEASE UPDATE ADDRESS BOOK WITH MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: Kathy@anichinimoore.com

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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm Producer Notes update

Boy, it’s too hot to hand dig potatoes, but, we’re doing it anyway!  We planted a lot more potatoes this year in addition to the Yukon gold and Red Viking, we also planted Purple Peruvian Fingerlings, French Fingerlings, Austrian Cresecent fingerlings, Maris Piper, Desiree and Russet Norkotah all heirlooms.  Although we just started digging, we know we’ll be digging more than harvesting since the grasshoppers and blister beetles came in droves this year eating any and everything green including potaote vines.  The vines can’t grow with their leaves and then die back or worse rot if it rains before we can dig them.  Thus, it appears some varieties like Maris Piper maybe a total loss?
 
Organic methods did not prevail although we are still combating these pests daily and not doing what we’d planned like planting fall crops.  Just another indicator that we need a lot more research dedicated to organic growing methodologies!
 
We’ve just added 6 pounds of Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potatoes and may add more before the order period closes.  These fine potatoes are smaller than typical due to the pests, but, quality is excellent.  These fingerlings are fantastic when rubbed with olive oil & salt,then roasted or pan fried whole in a cast iron skillet with minced garlic and parsley added towards the end. They can also be steamed or sliced thin & sauteed.
 
We also added packages of larger sized garlic for those who perfer bigger heads versus the smaller mixed heirlooms variety packages.
 
Our double insullated portable building with a red exterior and white roof has arrived and will serve as a much needed small farm store until we can build something in the future.  We are waiting for an electrician to install the eletricity so we can add air conditioning and offer produce and meat for purchase at the farm. 
 
Thank you for your business!  We love our customers!
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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm September Producer Notes

This month we do not have too many products to list yet.  We have a few rhubarb packages listed, garlic and basil.  We maybe able to add a few more in a week or so once we begin digging potatoes and if other crops are ripe.
 
We continue to literally fight grasshoppers and blister beetles on nearly every crop we have organically.  We are resorting to knocking the blister beetles off plants with a stick and smashing them, but, there are so many it’s difficult to keep up!  In the meantime, these insects are devouring and/or damaging our crops.  We estimate 95 percent of the potatoes have been defoliated and with recent heavy rains most rotted before we could get them harvested by hand.  We are in the process of replanting some that we were able to salvage.  We also plan to plant fall crops and some late summer crops within a week or so.
 
The insects do not seem to bother the Cosmos or African Marigolds which we literally have throughout our market gardens and we are clearing out new areas on the edges of the trees consisting of all sand to begin increasing the organic matter to add more produce for next season when we hope the insects will be fewer and far between!  We are clearing fallen trees and limbs out of these areas.  Some of the black locust and hackberry will be suitable for fire wood and some to be chipped for mulch.  We welcome volunteers or visitors if anyone would like to help!
 
In fall we plan to have more lamb, beef and a pig processed with newly designed meat labels.
 
We are also working on a field day with collaborators scheduled for November 13th.  In addition, we are in the preliminary stages of planning a local foods dinner and some other projects to build interest in our region for growing small famers including income opportunities, interest in local foods, making more local foods available to restaurants, economic development, farm to school, food and health, and agritourism!  Please watch our notes for more information as it becomes available. We are hoping we will see some of you at these upcoming and new events in Woodward! 
 
Our education and farm field Day with a working lunch is scheduled for November 13th from 11:30 to 1:30.  There will be four tracks on the farm that will include rainwater harvesting, composting, direct marketing opportunities for farmers with root or storage crops, a separate two hour track for children, and more.  There will also be a short pre conference training on rainwater harvesting that begins at 9:30am. 
 
Local food dinner date has yet to be set, but, we plan on a fall dinner with entertainment
 
.We also have started a CSA that includes the OKC/Norman area too on Coop Delivery day.  When we are able to secure more orders or demand we plan to make weekly deliveries or to develop a food route.  Members may also pick up at the farm or at specified delivery sites.  Please call  us for more information.
 
Thank you for your business and support!  Again, please watch for more notes and products in a week or so.
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Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm

Just a short update on our items for July.  We’ve added Yukon Gold potatoes, heirloom varieties of garlic, basil, and rhubarb.  We anticipate adding Viking Red Potatoes or some heirloom russets before the ordering period is completed.  Please watch for updates or new items in produce and herb items.  When you grow using only hand tools harvesting takes a bit longer so please call us if you want quicker notice,  want us to grow something for you or join our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Thank you,
Kathy Moore
Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm
www.anichinimoore.com
 


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Producer Notes July 2010

Boy, has it been hot on the farm pushing garlic harvest up from mid July to this week!  And, we have had unbelievable swarms of grasshoppers that managed to defoliate our potatoes and some of our raspberries and apple trees despite our best efforts laboriously applying organic products to hold them back!  Consequently, we are now beginning to harvest potatoes earlier than planned.  Please watch our inventory as we will be adding the first of our several varieties of potates to our products list this month, Yukon Gold, and several varieties of mostly heirloom garlic, basil, and perhaps a few either red or yellow onions as the ordering period progresses.  I wish there was a better way to predict crops so far ahead of delivery day since we have lots of raspberries now and will soon have Santa Rosa Plums, Nectarines, Moorpark Apricots and maybe some early peaches this month.  We ate our first crop of pie cherries, boysenberries, Black Pearl Blackberries and raddishes grown under black locust tree.  Looks like we might have our first New Town Pippen and Gravenstein Apples this summer and fall too!
 
We are later than we planned planting some vegetables since we had an opportunity to add or plant O’Henry and White Lady Peaches, some heirloom pears, more Gravensteins, and Wolf River Apples last month.  Since the trees are small yet, we’re planting vegetables between the rows of trees.
 
We’re experimenting with other crops too to see if they will adapt to our desert like climate in sun or semi-shade with heavy mulch.  We pulled first 13 pounds and then 27 pounds from a few short rows of peas.  Many are now frozen for winter or to add to new potatoes.
 
We do our best to use everything on our farm and even recycle pulled weeds to the animals who seem to enjoy their "salad bar" tidbits and wait patiently for us to throw them over the fence or haul them out in large containers depending on varieties.  The pigs seem to relish the "pig weeds" best so we save them just for them!  Who would have thought that many so called "weeds" have more feed value than many grasses something we learned through observation during a heavy drought in 2006 when the horses looked fantastic without grass since only "weeds" were available.
 
There is always something new at the farm with new things to learn, opportunities for experimentation and eating something new from the gardens.  Although the days are hot and long and the work is never done,we  can not imagine doing anything more fulfilling, interesting, or invigorating!  And, somedays we still have enough energy to make apricot, rhubarb, or cherry pies made by scratch that we eat for breakfast before heading to the farm the next morning.
 
We are also starting a CSA and invite you to call or e-mail us for more information if you want produce more often or want us to grown something special! 
 
Thank you for your continued support for our products!  We love growing them and we are greatly enjoying our relationships with all of you!
Kathy Moore
Anichini – Moore Ranch & Farm

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