We are jumping into August! Those of you who have been members before will remember this is when the bounty starts rolling in. We will keep harvesting summer squash, tomatoes and Cosmic Mix until they freeze. The sunflowers will most likely be here next week. We harvested all the garlic in one long work marathon on the 28th. Thanks Noah, Scott, Smitty, Aaron, Jed and Dagan! It is now in the shed curing so you will be able to store it for a long time. We still have plenty of water and the garden is loving the heat.
Last week I wrote about the importance of animals on a Biodynamic (BD) farm and how they are part of our crop rotation.I also mentioned our compost pile. Compost is sacred on a BD farm, and we have the critters to thank for it. We scrape the cow, chicken and pig pens in the spring and pile all the excrement and bedding up. We follow the USDA Organic requirements for turning and heat cycles, to ensure the pile is completely composted. (If you feel a bit squeamish about the idea of compost fertilizing your veggies, you can read about what industrial agriculture uses here:
Along with the theme of the last few newsletters, I'm now going to explain why Biodynamics is so much cooler!!! After we build the pile there are certain BD preperations (preps) we add to improve it. We add Yarrow, Chamomile, Stinging Nettle, Oak Bark, Dandelion and Valerian.
The Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics explains what each prep does for the compost:
BD #502 – Yarrow (Flowers of Achillea millefolium)
Initiates life processes in the compost pile utilizing the forces of sulfur and potassium. Assists plants to uptake trace elements in extremely dilute quantities for nutrition supportive to proliferative growth.
BD #503 – German Chamomile (Flowers of Matricaria chamomilla)
Stabilizes nitrogen in the compost pile such that it is available to plants for their continued growth through the interaction of calcium and potassium processes.
BD #504 – Stinging Nettle (Stem and leaves of Urtica dioica)
Organizes circulatory life in the plant through the processes of potassium, calcium and iron. Provides intelligence to the plant to seek the individual components of nutrition needed for optimal health.
BD #505 – Oak Bark (Bark of Quercus alba)
Provides healing forces to combat disease through a living form of calcium in the bark.
BD #506 – Dandelion (Flowers of Taraxacum officinale)
Stimulates relationship between silica and potassium so that silica can attract cosmic forces to the soil.
BD #507 – Valerian (Flowers of Valeriana officianalis)
Provides the warmth of phosphorus to the compost pile engendering life of the pile, and proper utilization of phosphorous by the soil. Utilized independently in an atmospheric spray form, as a frost protectant.
According to Steiner (founder of BD agriculture) these preps will "stimulate vitalizing and harmonizing processes in the soil". The compost is specially treated to bring more life force into the veggies you are eating. The nutrients are more readily available for the plants! This treatment is similar to a human using homeopathics. We set up our compost pile to balance the whole farm system. We have been building and spreading compost piles at the farm for 14 years. Next time you are at the farm walk to the field, touch the soil, smell the soil. It is really special. It is easy to feel you are holding something alive in your hands.
We have some pork available! We just picked it up yesterday, so I don't have price sheets yet! I will get some priced and put it in the coolers today. Available cuts are: Boneless Loin Chops, Spare Ribs, Neck Bones, Bone in Shoulder Roast, Heart and Liver. We are working with another butcher for sausage and bacon. I'll let you know when those last two items come in!
Check the coolers at your site. I attached a list of prices and cuts to your email. If you know you want something, please email me and I will send it over for you. You can also tell your site hosts you have a request and I will send it the next week. We purchased 2 cows from Lifeline. They are packaged with our label because we brought them to the butcher live and for us to sell them they needed a label...and well, we are Cosmic Apple! It is really just the legalities of selling USDA inspected meat. More info then you need, but we want to be completely honest about what we have!
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