A Lesvos Diary

21 July 2017 12:49PM


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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:


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

24 February 2017 12:59PM


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


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


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


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


Consider your current career. Now, add a traditional education to your current work schedule. It’s impossible to organize, isn’t it? Well, that doesn’t have to be the problem anymore. For business people who want higher education, they no longer have to add the schedule of…

17 November 2016 08:25PM


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…

2 November 2016 02:46PM


Every other season we take soil samples and send them to a lab to have them tested for soil organic matter levels, pH, and levels of plant nutrients found in soil like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, boron, and copper. We use the tests as one…

25 October 2016 05:53PM


It finally rained on Friday and Saturday. I don’t remember when we last had a proper rain, think early September, late August. This was a hard summer, very hot and very dry. We irrigated as much as we could but some crops needed more moisture…

20 October 2016 07:53PM


Pictured: Cover crops—Oats and peas

On Friday, a member sent us an email asking us about where we get our compost and what is in it. I thought it would be good to let all of you know about our fertility plan and compost…

13 October 2016 03:47PM


We are in negotiations with Open Space Institute, a land trust that protects land all over New York and Maine, to purchase two more parcels of land. With the purchase of this additional seventy or so acres, our farm will encompass 375 acres of contiguous…

6 October 2016 09:27PM


During the celebration of our 25th season as a community supported farm, Jean-Paul spoke about how the members who started Roxbury Farm CSA wanted this community to be as inclusive as possible, that we strive to not think of one another as the other, that…

29 September 2016 11:34PM


As we have been harvesting the beautiful heads of cauliflower this week, I marvel at how they start off from such tiny seeds. A cauliflower seed is the size of the tip of a pen. This veggie is part of the Brassica family along with…

23 September 2016 01:27PM


Last Monday, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would provide overtime pay for California agricultural workers after eight hours of work. At the moment California agricultural workers earn overtime after 10 hours in one day or over 60 hours in one…

13 September 2016 09:59AM


Saturday was a great day. Thank you to the over 250 CSA members and friends who attended our Celebration of 25 years as a community supported farm. We enjoyed the camaraderie, warm hugs, and the great food. This day will give us energy and enthusiasm…


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