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AgriCulture: @ Turkana Farms
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17 February 2015 08:15AM

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I remember when Valentine’s Day was largely a grade school affair, when we bought enough tiny, cheap cards (usually of a very corny nature) for our entire class, stuffed them through a slot into a cardboard box, and waited with anticipation at the end of…


7 February 2015 01:32PM

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For more than 10 years now, we’ve told tales of our most intriguing, mischievous and entertaining ewe, Sultana. This tale, I’m sorry to say, will almost certainly be the last.

Born in 2004, the second year of lambing on the farm, Sultana was also the second…


31 January 2015 05:23AM

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I am sure you all know tales about the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. But I am sure you are not familiar with this one:

I am sitting at the riverside window on the late morning Amtrak train, on my way to Penn Station, moving…


5 January 2015 10:46AM

Another year has passed, and as often happens on the occasion of the New Year, one takes stock of where one has been, where one is, and where one is going. Where the farm is concerned, it’s often about our business model: are we spending…


20 December 2014 08:26AM

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Fifteen years into farming you’d think we would have our business down to a routine, our methods all down to a science, and know everything we need to know to succeed. After all, farming is pretty basic. You produce a commodity, you advertise it, people…


12 December 2014 10:21PM

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We are just back from four days of rest, relaxation, and fine dining in New Orleans, our usual celebration of my birthday (I won’t tell which). We were especially pleased, given the winter that seems to be coming on here, to enjoy weather there in…


25 November 2014 09:22PM

Not many barnyard critters take one back to the palace of Montezuma. But this is the case with the turkey, which like the tomato, potato, and tobacco, to name a few, is a New World food. When Cortez and other Spanish explorers reached Central America…


15 November 2014 11:55AM

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As the days grow shorter and shorter, and evening chores must be started earlier and earlier before darkness settles in, it is inevitable that everything begins to take on a very different aura at the farm. Not only are the turkeys seen as beautiful and…


6 November 2014 01:28PM

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We’re feeling the restorative effects of a balmy late fall day. After a chilly and windy beginning of the week, with winds so high that the livestock were dehydrating just standing around outside, a string of sunny days, with temperatures pushing 60 degrees Fahrenheit, has…


26 October 2014 10:12PM

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An opinion piece in this week’s NY Times by Frank Bruni entitled “Capitalism’s Suffocating Music” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/opinion/frank-bruni-capitalisms-suffocating-music.html) brought me up short. In it he describes how he feels advertising has managed to permeate almost every aspect of our lives. This crass…


19 October 2014 10:56AM

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I have often written about the economic challenges of small scale agriculture. Every year, the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes reports showing that the vast majority of farmers earn the vast majority of their income from non-farm jobs, and I lament that there is…


11 October 2014 05:30PM

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In our whirlwind travel throughout Turkey these past three weeks, Mark and I first drove through the Troad Region of northwest Turkey (famous for the fabled city of Troy), where the food product of the moment seemed to be “dut suyu” (doot soo you), that…


5 October 2014 04:41PM

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Writing this from Kastamonu, a town in north central Turkey which we drove through about twenty years ago, found quite picturesque, and decided to come back to this year for a couple of days. It has grown from about 35,000 to nearly 100,000 people, but…


14 September 2014 09:36AM

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Peter and Mark have headed out on their much-deserved month-long sojourn to Turkey, and the farm, in all its indian summer glory, has been left in the hands of the artists.

With Kyle’s background in painting and visual art and mine in literature and poetics, we…


24 August 2014 02:04PM

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August is a popular time for farm visits and this year has been no exception. Our most recent one was a small reunion with two of my college roommates–George, whom I see all the time since he lives in the City, and Susie, visiting from…


17 August 2014 11:03AM

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It has been going on for several weeks now: daily baskets of cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, trombonsino squash, broccoli, beans, scallions, okra, and more, left like abandoned babies in the mud room and kitchen. I seem to be finding myself awash in a veritable cornucopia of…


11 August 2014 04:15PM

The sweet corn of summer has arrived. At last. We planted ours on the late side this year, deterred by the cool rainy runout of winter. For several weeks now, I’ve been impatiently walking between our rows of corn stalks, feeling the ears, trying to…


11 August 2014 04:13PM

We hope you are enjoying our weekly blog posts, and if so, we are gratified. But since this is America, such offerings cannot keep coming without the commercial that encourages the purchases that keep the whole operation going. Virtual farm appreciation, dear reader, is not…


11 August 2014 04:12PM

Well, I have a surprise for you, so brace yourselves: the cucumber is not a vegetable.

Technically, it ‘s an “associated fruit,” ehivh puts it in the same class as tomatoes, squash and other flowering vegetables. There are vegetables that flower and the fruit comes from…


12 July 2014 02:54PM

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An idyllic summer afternoon. Clear blue skies, comfortable temperatures, settling back into the routine of life on the farm. And here I am reveling in the day, just a laid back guy whiling away an hour or two picking maggots out of the hide of…


12 July 2014 02:51PM

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I can’t remember another Fourth so rainy; it’s such a quintessentially sunny holiday. But I welcome the steady supply of moisture. Sure, the rain has its disadvantages: For instance, the four hour train ride I endured to get here last night thanks to trees down…


29 June 2014 09:54AM

One of the beauties of the farm is a unique kind of silence. Not absolute silence but a special kind that enables one to hear the sounds of life that are always around us here, in myriad forms.

Silence in New York City, my second home,…


21 June 2014 09:49AM

While I have written quite a few bulletins on vegetables, it has occurred to me as I walked about the vegetable garden this week, that I have somehow ignored Swiss chard, also known as chard, silverbeet, perpetual spinach , spinach beet, crab beet, bright lights,…


21 June 2014 09:48AM

As I’ve already loudly lamented, I have been working at my law practice in an uncharacteristically round the clock way for quite a few weeks now. The all-consuming big firm style of legal practice I thought I had left behind when I started my own…


23 May 2014 10:10PM

After arguing in my last post against perfection, I find myself these past few days unhappily living on a highly imperfect farm. As Oscar Wilde observed, “The only thing worse than not getting what you want, is getting what you want.”

In fact, it is “Little…

 

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