A Lesvos Diary

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…

5 September 2016 04:48PM

PICTURED: Arugula and Andrew, Farmer #122

Over 125 people have worked on Roxbury Farm since 1991 when the CSA started. That doesn’t count the volunteers who came for a week or two here and there. Most of these people came to the farm with a dream…

29 August 2016 07:42PM


We can feel a slight shift in the weather as August comes to a close. The days are a bit shorter and the cicadas buzz in the hedgerows along the fields. It may still be hot and humid but we can feel fall coming. The…

23 August 2016 08:12AM


Pigweed (a member of the amaranth family, both the upright and prostrate varieties. These are both pesky weeds and summer annuals. These plants don’t survive the winter but if allowed to flower and form seeds become a problem for years to come. The grow quickly…

15 August 2016 03:50PM


The weather this week was intense. Friday and Saturday brought heat and humidity like I have never experienced before. After sweating through a number of shirts, we decided to head to cooler environments on both days. We would leave the relative cool of the barn…

8 August 2016 08:31PM


Pictured: Next week’s corn under this week’s sky

While we are in the thick of summer crops, we are also thinking about fall. The last of the fall brassica transplants went in last week. We just have a few plantings of head lettuce left to plant…

4 August 2016 08:06AM


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Roxbury Farm vegetables are now certified organic with NOFA-NY. We decided to finally become certified this spring and just received our official certificate last week. We didn’t need to change our practices and we already kept the necessary records for certification.…

4 August 2016 08:03AM



Last week the New York Times had a great article titled “When Community Supported Agriculture Is Not What It Seems” by Julia Moskin. In the article she outlines how the success of the CSA concept has lead to the use of…

21 July 2016 05:30PM


A big thank you to all of the members, family, and friends who joined us for the garlic harvest on Saturday. It was a great success. We would have harvested the whole crop but we ran out of room in the main greenhouse so we…


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