A Lesvos Diary

13 October 2018 08:02AM

Last fall when Keri and I went on the Sunday harvest walk we had many options to choose from to make a varied share. We were more concerned about giving too much food each week. This fall is the more difficult. The weather is not…

6 October 2018 11:07AM


Almost another season has gone by. As farmers, we experience a season as ending when the leaves turn colors, the soil cools off and the vegetables stop growing. While lately the fall l has been warmer each season, my experience has been that…

29 September 2018 10:07PM


The day’s final fractals of light fizzled out as we marched down the road towards Shufelt. Forest and I had gotten a later start to our walk than originally planned, so we moved with haste. It was a damp, crisp evening and I had an…

21 September 2018 09:50PM



Photo: Windrows of butterkin and butternut squash

Winter squash used to be one of the crops we could plant in the spring, keep weed free until the vines were large enough to shade out any newly germinating weed seeds, and then wait until fall…

14 September 2018 06:35PM


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I think the crew at Roxbury groans every time I say, “ooh!” because it rarely means that I have found an exceptionally healthy vegetable to show them. Three days a week I “help” on the harvest crew from 6-8 a.m. (I…

7 September 2018 07:39PM


Recently there was an article in the New York Times about the difficulties of farming in New York this year. The article focused on grain and dairy farmers but I think it describes what many farmers of all kinds are feeling this season. It has…

28 August 2018 06:41PM


Pictured above: Caterpillar tunnels in the Spring.

As promised, this week I will share some of the things we are working on at Roxbury Farm to create a resilient farming system in response to climate change. How ironic, as two weeks later after writing my last…

28 August 2018 06:39PM


Pictured above: Harvesting tomatoes in the dry caterpillar tunnel.

We have reached the halfway point of the CSA season. And it has been quite the season weather-wise; one of the most challenging seasons because of the weather that we have had since Hurricane Irene. First a…

18 August 2018 11:39AM


This past week I was interviewed at the farm by Linley Dixon, the associate director of the “Real Organic Network”. This initiative was created partly in response to the inclusion of hydroponic practices in organic farming under the USDA standards and to the eroding of…

11 August 2018 01:16PM


Lately I have been reading the book The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young. Young is a farmer in England and has observed her family’s cow herd for decades. She firmly believes that cows are individual beings with preferences, judgements, feelings, and who bond…

11 August 2018 01:14PM


When I was a third grader, I had a knack for wrangling butterflies. My love for the chase began in a summer program I attended that taught us about butterfly life histories and how to catch them. We even crafted our own nets out of…

29 July 2018 11:12AM


Yesterday (Garlic Harvest Day), was an amazing day. Our way, our destination, was Roxbury Farm. We had already marveled at the delicious taste of lettuce and so many more vegetables, that we knew we needed more. Our first bites made us feel so much more…

29 July 2018 11:10AM


Thank you to all the members and the Roxbury Farm Team for working hard on Saturday to get most of the garlic harvested. We planted more garlic last fall than we normally do so we didn’t expect to get it all done in one day.…

12 July 2018 09:34AM


Pictured above: Leeks, ready to plant in the field

Writing that we just concluded a hot week would not be news, but I will have to write about it anyway. My heart goes out to the folks living in a city as driving through there read…

6 July 2018 11:29AM


Farming is a lot of time spent carefully planning and then facing the reality of the weather, crops conditions, weed pressure, soil moisture, and having to change your whole plan on the fly. In the winter we planned to have beets for this week’s harvest…

26 June 2018 10:25AM


This past week I was able, thanks to a competent and supportive team of farmers, to travel to the Netherlands to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday. It is a rare privilege to be able to travel during the busiest time of the year and I…

22 June 2018 06:49PM


it’s been hot out in the fields the last few days. The kind of hot where we sweat out the water as fast as we drink it. The plants start to look wilted early in the morning. Even the crops that were irrigated the night…

11 June 2018 08:53PM


It has been three years that I have been gone from daily involvement in the farm. During that time,

I immersed myself in the building of a farmer training program in Hurley NY. As the organization was brand new, my daily tasks ranged from hiring new…

4 May 2018 07:12PM


From the archives:

After working two weeks straight for twelve hours a day, I was due to veg out on the couch. What better day to pick that day of the Live Earth concert broadcast? I don’t really care for most of the music, but I…

27 April 2018 08:39PM

Roxbury Farm, the longest-running CSA in NYC, the Capital District and Columbia County, still has memberships available. We offer high quality Certified Organic vegetables for 24 weeks, June to Thanksgiving, at $26/week average.

Visit http://www.roxburyfarm.com to learn more and become a member. We also…

8 April 2018 09:30AM


Join our farm: CSA shares available for our 27th season until May 1 at the link above.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on effective communication strategies for farm managers at the Glynwood Center in Cold Spring. Neighboring farmers, Claudia Kinney and…

25 March 2018 06:12AM


This is adapted from a talk Jean-Paul gave at a conference a few years ago, It tells the story of how Roxbury Farm CSA came to be:

Community Supported Agriculture was introduced in the US in 1985 by anthroposophists and Trauger Groh gave a voice to…

9 March 2018 02:57PM


What follows is my introduction to our presentation at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York annual conference in January:

Thank you for honoring Jody Bolluyt and me as Farmer of the Year. I want to start by addressing something that many of you are…

3 March 2018 08:16AM

Like his sister Annie and his brother Nick, Johannes Courtens grew up on the farm. He became a photographer, moved to New York City, came back to Columbia County, and eventually, the farm. He’s still a photographer, and videographer, as well as a farmer.

The story…

23 February 2018 06:12PM


Here’s what I said at the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York Conference, when Roxbury Farm was named Farm of the Year:

When we think about community on our farm, we think about the people who are with us everyday out in the fields. As…


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