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A Lesvos Diary
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12 September 2017 09:24PM

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In the photo above: Lola, Pansy, and Riley hanging out on the pasture after their award winning week at the Columbia County Fair

I have mixed feelings about fall: the weather is beautiful, the pace is a bit slower, the days shorter, an abundance of vegetables…


7 September 2017 08:58PM

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The onions are harvested, cured, sorted, and in storage; the winter squash is harvested and curing in the greenhouse; and this week we will start harvesting potatoes. The beets, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, cabbage, sweet potatoes, watermelon radishes, and rutabagas are growing well in the fields.…


31 August 2017 12:30PM

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Last week a visitor to the farm asked us how we know what to plant and harvest every week. Along with the growing, weeding, harvesting, washing, and sorting of your veggies we keep many different kinds of records. We keep track of when and where…


25 August 2017 12:06PM

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Week 12, we are halfway through the season, time is flying by. The mornings are dark now when we wake up, first light is just before 6:00 am with the sun rising just after 6:00. The skies are dark when go to sleep. (We admit…


17 August 2017 03:39PM

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Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Representative John Faso. He represents the NY-19 district in the U.S. House of Representatives. We met at the Field Goods facility in Athens with a few other farmers and a representative from the New York…


10 August 2017 09:36PM

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It’s time for the onion harvest. The garlic is dried, cleaned, sorted, and in the cooler; leaving the greenhouse ready for drying the onions. Last season the garlic just wouldn’t dry because of the humid weather so we had to delay the onion…


4 August 2017 08:18AM

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(Above: Keri cultivating the salad mix with our newly repaired cultivator.)

Roxbury Farm is full of Dutch connections. Our founder and co-owner, Jean Paul Courtens is Dutch, my sister and co-farmer, Keri and I come from a family whose origins are Dutch, and we farm land…


27 July 2017 01:26PM

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Why the crazy carrots you may be wondering after last week’s share? (See Exhibit A above, if you’re not a member.)

First, all of our carrots taste the same, whether long and straight or forked or with right angles. The wholesale market demands long, straight carrots…


21 July 2017 12:49PM

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A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the garlic harvest and/or potluck & BBQ. We can’t believe we finished the garlic harvest in two hours, that is definitely a record. July is a busy month and harvesting garlic without your help would…


13 July 2017 10:37AM

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We are looking forward to the ripening of sweet corn any day now. As soon as the sweet corn season is over in September we are look forward to it again. Maybe one reason we enjoy it so much is because of sweet corn’s brief…


7 July 2017 01:43PM

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I have been reading and hearing everywhere in the media that we need immigrants to stay in the U.S. to farm because “no one else will do the work immigrants do.” This statement is a punch in the gut.

As someone who works in agriculture and…


29 June 2017 05:30PM

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Above: This week’s share: Rainbow chard, radishes, cabbage, arugula, kale, basil, cilantro, salad mix, zucchini, broccoli, summer squash, cucumbers, kohlrabi, and scallions.

This winter I had the opportunity to visit farming projects in and around Mexico City. One of the things that stood out for me…


23 June 2017 02:27PM

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Pictured above: This week’s share. CSA shares are still available at the farm, at TSL in Hudson, and in the Capital District, NYC and Westchester. Click the link above to join for the rest of the season. Your share price will be pro-rated.

As a midwesterner…


23 June 2017 02:23PM

We are back in the swing of things. The warm weather is bringing on the veggies and the hay. Our bodies are getting used to the work of harvesting and getting up at 5 am. The zucchini and summer squash require the daily harvest to…


23 June 2017 02:21PM

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Jean-Paul Courtens is most famous for being the founder and owner of Roxbury Farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. He operated Roxbury Farm with his farming partner Jody Bolluyt from 1990 through about 2015, when he started work with the Hudson Valley Farm Hub to…


23 June 2017 02:18PM

Crops growing, cows grazing, and our new irrigation reel in action.


24 May 2017 05:09PM

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Only two more weeks until the first CSA share delivery! Thank you to our members for supporting Roxbury Farm for the 2017 season. If you’d like to join us for this season, click on the link above. Looking back at notes from the past few…


9 May 2017 06:10PM

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We are in full spring mode here at the farm. Which means getting the barns and equipment in tip top shape during wet weather and then planting, seeding, weeding, mowing, and cultivating on the one or two dry days we have each week. While not…


2 March 2017 12:33PM

A little reminder of Spring and Summer from the Roxbury Farm team. Sign up for a CSA farm share and let your farm feed you all season:

https://www.roxburyfarm.com/shop.

When you get there click “Farm Full Vegetable Share” or “Farm Shared Vegetable Share” to pick up…


24 February 2017 12:59PM

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A letter from 2001. Pictured above: Sign of early spring—a red-winged blackbird

At times I regret not educating myself better on the species that inhabit the farm. We all have a limited biological vocabulary; our kids know the name of every make of car, but who…


16 February 2017 08:34AM

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I know it seems crazy to be thinking about tomatoes, sweet corn, and cilantro at this time of year. We just finished moving snow so we are back at our computers mapping out where all of vegetables will go this summer. The yearly…


5 January 2017 05:47PM

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I wrote this on Election Week 2000, before we knew the outcome. It seems right to revisit it now.

This week of the presidential election, I think you might be interested to know that one of the properties we farm was once the estate of one…


15 December 2016 05:34PM

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We are busy reviewing the 2016 season and planning for 2017. Before the end of the year we like to have all of our seeds (both veggies and cover crops), our compost, mulch, irrigation supplies, hay making supplies, crop protection supplies, and new equipment ordered.…


6 December 2016 12:58AM

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17 November 2016 08:25PM

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It has been quite a week. It doesn’t feel right to only talk about carrots and beets. At the same time, I don’t know what to say. We start each day on the farm with a morning circle. Wednesday looking around the circle at my…

 

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