Now Taking Applications for our 2015 Summer Harvest Shares – Join by December 31 and Get Credit Towards 2015 Farm Stand Produce

From our August Farm Stand
From our August Farm Stand
2015 will be our fourth full growing season and the fifth year of our CSA Harvest Share. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model is designed to directly connect consumers to growers. By pre-buying a share of the upcoming season’s harvest, customers support the farm with the critical funding needed to invest in supplies such as seeds and equipment during the winter months as well as on-going production costs throughout the season. In return for sharing the risks like weather, pests, etc., members enjoy abundant rewards! At New Harmony Farm, our Summer Harvest Share CSA pick-up is farm stand style with our customers selecting their own vegetable and herbs. New this year, is our Pick-Your-Own Herb and Flower Harvest Share at our Newbury Farm for an additional $120 for approximately 12 weeks. Our shareholders are valuable members of the NHF family and enjoy a weekly bounty of food including delicious, organic classic, ethnic, and heirloom vegetables picked at their peak flavor. In 2015 we are planning our harvest to be from mid-June thru mid to late October (18 weeks) and pick-up is conveniently scheduled every week at our Newbury and West Newbury, MA farm stands. The expected harvest will begin with greens, pea tendrils, garlic scapes, and roots to name only a few. The warmer months come with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, kale, zucchini, and so much more. As Fall approaches the cooler temps are perfect for potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, spinach, kale, beets, and squash. Shareholders will also have a pick-your-own garden of peas, beans, and cherry tomatoes at our Newbury farm.

7 benefits to being a New Harmony Farm Shareholder:

(1) Freshness & Quality You Can Trust: The farm-to-customer model ensures that you are getting vegetables that have been picked at their peak freshness. As an organic farmer, you can rest assured that you are serving yourself and your family vegetables that are free of sludge, chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. Our farming practices ensure our veggies are not only organic but also nutrient dense!

(2) Money Saving: A Full Share for $700 can feed an average family of four people. Over 18 weeks, this factors to less than $9.72 per week or $1.38 per day per person for organic vegetables! Plus, when stored properly our vegetables will keep longer than store bought items (see #1).

(3) Shareholder Only Perks: As a New Harmony Farm Shareholder you can enjoy a variety of perks including our Kitchen & Pantry Guide to help you get the most out of your CSA, a 25% workshop discount, shareholder only events, pick your own beans, peas, and cherry tomatoes, weekly recipes and meal planning, free eco-friendly bag for new members, and $25 farm stand credit for referrals that purchase a share.

(4) Community & Connection: Being a shareholder is a great way to get to know your farmer, and for us to get to know you! Our farm is about building community through taking care of the Earth, offering innovative educational programs, and of course producing nutritious vegetables. Shareholders are more closely connected to where their food comes from and are welcomed to participate in harvesting events. Pick-ups are a great time to talk to us about recipes, storage and preparation tips, etc.

(5) Mutual Support: We are in this together. With your up-front financial commitment, we commit to growing you the most nutritious and delicious vegetables that we can.

(6) Environment: As a certified organic farm using earth-friendly biological farming practices and permaculture principles, our approach promotes and enhances the health and resilience of soil biology, plants, animals, and people.

(7) Education: We strive to be more than just a vegetable farm by providing your highly valuable educational tools whether it be through workshops, discussion groups, blogs, etc. Bringing your children to the farm is a great way to teach them about the importance of agriculture and caring for our land.

Join us NOW and get up to $70 in Farm Stand Credit!

We are offering Full and Half Share options and a Pick-Your-Own Herb/Flower Share in Newbury. Go to the Summer 2015 Harvest Share link for more details and to enroll on-line or download the application and mail the check to New Harmony Farm, % Erin Stack, 76 Lime Street, Newburyport, MA.

With you payment in full by December 31, 2014, Full Share members will receive a $70 Farm Stand Credit towards 2015 farm stand purchases and Half Share members will receive $40. That’s 10% more vegetables – FREE!

We have bold goals for 2015 including increasing our harvest share members by more than 50%. Building off this year’s success, we are eager to grow our community and implement the valuable feedback that we’ve received from our existing harvest share members. We thank you for your valued support and look forward to a bountiful 2015 growing season and building a healthy and joyful community.

Stay Tuned for Our New, Cooler Website

If you are familiar with our website, you’ll notice it looks very different. Almost two weeks ago, our website was hacked and our server shut it down. Thanks to my dear husband Mike, we are finally back on-line but we lost the design of our original site. We are taking this invasion from the cyber barbarians as a sign from the Cosmos that it’s time to redesign our site and add some cool new educational features. We will be adding a vegetable nutrition guide, recipes, a calender for our expanded educational programing and more.

Learn To Grow Delicious, Nutrient Dense Vegetables- A Free Lecture with Dan Kittredge, September 10, 7 PM at New Harmony’s Barn

New Harmony Farm LLC, Greater Newburyport’s local certified organic and bionutrient-dense grower, is hosting a free introductory lecture by Dan Kittredge, executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association on the principles of biological farming and growing nutrient dense food. By balancing soil minerals and nurturing vital soil biology, plants are able to grow into more productive, nutrient-dense and pest-resistant crops. The lecture will be held on September 10, at 7pm at our barn at 186 High Road, Newbury.Dan Green house

For those interested in applying these highly successful practices, New Harmony Farm, LLC will be hosting two 1-day workshops on High BioNutrient Dense Crop Production taught by Dan Kittredge and New Harmony’s Erin Stack, with the first part of the workshop on Saturday September 27, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM and the second half of the workshop in early spring of 2015. Continue reading

We Are Now Taking Applications For Our 6 Week, Late Fall CSA October 16- November 21

With Labor Day Weekend upon us, we bid adieu to Summer and begin to turn toward the brisk days of autumn and the final hurrah of our growing season. Late fall harvest at New Harmony will include a lovely variety of cool weather crops: vibrant lettuce, kale, spinach, and many other greens, Some of the 2013 winter squash harvest frost kissed Brussel Sprouts, many varieties of potatoes, and delicious root vegetables pulled fresh from the ground with wonderful sugar contents that come as the root crops build up their nutrients for winter. We are beginning to cure our bumper crop of garlic and onions and in a few weeks we will begin to harvest and cure our wide variety of heirloom winter squashes. Wether you are planning to extend you CSA harvest season with us or you want to try our CSA to see if it is a good fit for you, now is the time to join.

Full Share (family size) – $245.00 ($275 with home delivery)
Half Share (feeds 1-2 people) – $135.00 ($165 with home delivery)
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Chef Chris Tighe From SALT Kitchen and Rum Bar Loves our Bionutrient Dense Food.

Chef Chris Tighe from the absolutely fabulous Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar in Ipswich, MA visits our farm every Friday. He walks the fields with Erin to select our produce at their peak for his menu. Chris has become a dear farm friend and graciously allowed Erin to take a brief video on why he is such a fan of our food and our nutrient dense, biological farming practices. Click on the following link to hear Chris’s joyful riff Chef Chris Tighe On New Harmony.

Come Visit Our Newbury Farmstand – We Are Now Open 7 Days A Week

We are very excited as our farm stand at 186 High Rd. Newbury is really coming together and our harvest is bountiful. Presently our harvest tables brim with the likes of a wide variety of these crops; heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, melons, cukes, peppers, summer squash, kale, onions, sunflowers, and much more. We also bring Thursday (most weeks through early September) freshly picked certified organic corn from the Pioneer Valley. I imagine the only certified organic corn in the county!

Our farmstand is self-serve. We take cash and checks with amounts rounded down to the nearest quarter. Please deposit money in our gray, steel deposit box mounted on the wall by the glass door.

Our hours are:

Monday-Friday Noon – 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM

My Daughter Izzy's Panoramic Photo of Our Newly Built Produce Table
My Daughter Izzy’s Panoramic Photo of Our Newly Built Produce Table

It’s Not Too Late – We are Still Taking Summer CSA Applications!

Although there was a bit of a slow start to this year’s growing season due to a very cold and snowy winter and colder than normal temperatures that continue to persist, we are happy with our spring crops ( our scallions, salad greens, lettuce, chard and kale are especially gorgeous right now) thanks to our biological growing practices and the skills and enthusiasm of our wonderful farm team. Distribution started on Thursday June 12th but we are still taking memberships. If you join in June you will get an lovely recycled cloth tote as our gift to bring you share home. Contact Erin for pro-rated price shares.lettuce in field

Our distribution hours are:

77 Bridge St. West Newbury Thursdays 3:00pm-6:30pm

186 High Rd. Newbury Fridays 3:00pm-6:00pm

186 High Rd. Newbury Saturdays 10:00am-noon

There will be extra produce available for purchase and later in the summer, we will have some lovely flowers.So if you have been waiting on signing up – now’s the time! We are looking forward to a great summer with several really fun farm events for shareholders at our awesome barn at our Newbury farm. Go to our membership page to sign up for our summer CSA!

Learn Beautiful Ways to Help the Threatened Monarch Butterfly. Join Us Saturday, May 3rd, for Our Monarch Butterfly Celebration at New Harmony Farm, Newbury

As part of New Harmony Farm, LLC’s environmental and educational mission, we are inviting the public to our butterfly garden workshop and installation at 10 AM Saturday, May 3rd. We will be transforming our front yard septic leach field at 186 High Rd. Newbury into a wonderful Modernist Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden that will be a certifed Monarch Waystation.

At noon there will be a community pot-luck. Two of our CSA shareholders have graciously offered free back to back lectures. At 1 PM, biologist Nancy Pau will talk about the incredible lifecycle and migration of the monarch butterfly and the cause of recent population declines. She will also 600_353833862discuss the importance of backyard wildlife gardens, both for the conservation of wildlife and for their enjoyment. Angela Palmer will follow Ms. Pau’s lecture with “Not Your Grandma’s Pollinator Garden”. Angela says gardens filled with native plants that attract beneficial pollinators don’t have to be a wild looking hodgepodge of plants. These gardens can fit into your current gardening style, no matter that that style is. Angela will introduce us to some of the most ornamental, native pollinator perennials and shows us how to incorporate these plants into existing gardens or into a brand new garden to promote maximum sustainability in your own back yard. She will discuss traditional perennial borders, formal gardens and minimalist style plantings that will work well at home and not only add color, texture and 4 seasons of interest, but also feed the pollinators who desperately need our help to stay alive. Continue reading

Register Now for for the Second Session of “Organic and Biological Growing Through the Seasons: Setting Up Your Garden for Success” on April 26

Learn to work with Nature to grow healthy, nutrient dense plants with our workshop “Organic and Biological Growing through the Seasons: Spring – Setting Up Your Garden for Success”. Farmer Erin will instruct the basics of organic and biological gardening through lecture, discussion and a tour of our certified organic farm as we begin our growing season.

Topics include:
Preparing your garden plan
Garden bed preparation
Spring Soil fertility
Transplanting and seedling nutrition
Plant spacing and growing requirements for different herbs, flowers, and vegetables
Companion planting
Irrigation options for the small garden
row covers and mulching
Good record keeping

Spring Prep 2013Saturday, April 26, (Rain Date Sunday, April 27)
10 AM -Noon at New Harmony Farm, LLC 186 High Rd. Newbury MA
class limit:20
Cost: Pre-registered (24 hours before the workshop) Sliding fee $20-$25 (sliding scale)* and $28 drop in. New Harmony Farm shareholders have a 25% discount at pre-registered $15-$20 and $22 drop in
This course is popular to be able to secure a spot pre-registration is recommended. To preregister contact Erin

Spring Must Finally Be Here! JD and the Peepers are Back!

Long overdue, the raucous sound of those harbingers of New England spring:the frisky little Peeper Frogs filled the air last week. Their welcome chorus lets me know that the unseasonably cold weather is truly on the wane allowing our soils to dry and get our spring planting underway. JD plants GHAlong with the Peepers our beloved JD Hutchison-Maxwell has returned from his winter home in Puerto Rico where he works at the permaculture educational center Las Plenitud. JD continues to hone his permaculture skills and his knowledge will be put to good use as our Permaculture Manager for our two farms. He will be working on building our infrastructure and water systems and developing our perennial and fruit plantings while working with me and the rest of our wonderful farm team to grow the most delicious and healthy veggies we can.

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