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Sustainable Sharing – Sunshine House CSA

Jennifer and I are delighted to announce we are offering shares in our first Sunshine House CSA!  Our son James has been spearheading the transformation  with the help of many of our friends, and a few WWOOFERS (stay tuned for more on WWOOF), to expand our modest permaculture homestead to a small market farm (small being the operative word).

Over the next couple of  months we expect to harvest cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, peas, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, chard, cocozella squash, peppers, okra, rhubarb and several varieties of tomatoes.  Additionally our herb garden is full of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme  ( I could not resist) and second lesser known verse; marjoram, tarragon, mint, and chives.  We will also share at least once: honey, seasonal fruit, and farm fresh eggs.

We anticipate our harvest to begin Monday July 9th and continue weekly through September 24th.  We are offering our twelve week share for a modest investment of $300.00.  Pickup will be available Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at the Sunshine House in Cromwell.  James is willing to offer delivery. Please call to discuss.

Sustainable Sharing

Over the past five years we have enjoyed sharing our abundance with family, friends, and neighbors. Recently we have realized how important it is for us to do what we love as a lifestyle! We invite you to join us in making an investment in this healthy lifestyle and grow the Sunshine House Farm infrastructure, capabilities and offerings. We will use the rest of the the proceeds of this share and continue to give fresh fruit, produce and eggs to our local Food Pantries.


Some of our favorite things

Here is a short list of vendors we have found to be extremely helpful in our homesteading attempts. Enjoy!

Omlet  This is the chicken coop we started with. A fully enclosed, plastic (read easily cleanable!) double insulated, varmint proof chicken coop. We love ours! We quickly outgrew it because we have more than 4 chickens now but we use it as a brooder for new hens each year. we just love it.IMG_20140717_181948







AZ Apiaries For the Love of Bees Bees, supplies, hives and most important successful experience! Right here in Connecticut! It’s nice to have someone local so when you catch a swarm of bees like this you have somewhere to put them!

Blue Sky Bee Supply  An online Beekeeping resource that we lean on regularly. Owned and operated by the family of my dear friend Heather.


Shelter Logic  On our little urban homestead we needed a sturdy, legal and relaible shelter for our rabbits.  This company shipped it right to the house and my husband and son assembled it in two days!20150712_164616





My Pet Chicken A wonderful resource, also right here in Connecticut, for the Backyard Chicken.  Everything from brooding lights to chickens!  We have had great success with everything we have ever purchased here, even our little peeping chicks that come in the mail! Nothing better than getting a phone call from the post office at 5:45am in the morning! You should get backyard chickens. Here is why.


Syrup and Eggs and Bees! Oh My!

OK, so the slow winter we were imagining has been anything but!

We have spent a good part of each day dreaming, asking ourselves if we can SUSTAIN the daily commitment it would take to care for these things, praying on it, and then of course…NOT PROCRASTINATING on making our purchases so that we can be successful stewards of the money we are spending and the lives of the creatures we are getting ready to acquire. With all of that said here is what has happened at the Sunshine House this week:


  • We completed our list of seeds to purchase at our local Baker Creek Store Comstock & Ferre  – we are headed there on Sunday to pick up everything we can locally then will order the balance online from www.rareseeds.com – because come Feb 10th we start indoor seedlings!
  • Spoke to the Beekeep at www.fullbloomapiaries.com and made our bee colony (nuc) reservation (purchase) for May.
  • More importantly -we made our reservation at the Introduction to beekeeping class at the Eastern CT Beekeepers Association www.myecba.org which starts February 11th.
  • Researched and decided on our laying hen purchase with a local vendor in Monroe CT! The company www.mypetchicken.com offers everything we could need – we are going with 4 Rhode Island Reds.
  • Picked out our chicken “tractor” –  a coop with a fenced in run which can roll around so your hens pasture fresh ground every couple of days. (this means yummy eggs)
  • Ordered our maple tapping kits from Leader Evaporator Company at www.leaderevaporator.com. We opted for the traditional galvanized buckets – it is more sustainable than the plastic bags and tubing which have become popular.


So it looks like syrup production in February and March, Chicks in April and May, then we get the bees at the end of  May. Then it’s time to start gardening our brains out.

We have made some big commitments here. Bees and hens are both sensitive creatures and need daily attention and care in order to thrive. I am truly blessed to have a husband and son who are so brave and enthusiastic about this entire urban homestead. God willing we will have a gallon or more of syrup by the spring, a bounty of honey throughout the year and plenty of yummy yummy eggs to share. All of this in addition to our garden which we tripled in size!!! (gulp) – I see a LOT of asparagus quiche in my future!!!

We have put all of these tasks in our Calendar of Events at the top right of the menu bar.  You can follow along in your own urban-stead or even come on over and help 🙂