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Sunshine House CSA Shares

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.

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.

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Fall Permaculture Practices for a Successful Spring Garden

Permaculture is a sustainable and natural approach to agriculture that integrates nature and society. Join Michael & Jennifer in this afternoon workshop that will introduce you to the principles that allowed them to turn their 2/3 acre lot into an urban homestead that produces more than half the food for their family. The workshop will offer a generous mix of philosophy and methodology. Participants will be introduced to the basics of permaculture; mulching, co-planting, natural pest control, chemical free fertilization, and designing a food forest. You will gain the knowledge to plant your fall crops and prepare your spring beds now for a successful garden in the coming year.Rainbow

We will offer you a sampling of our perennial plants to take home for your own gardens and then we will cap off the day with a variety of fresh snacks and hot coffee.

What to bring: Garden shoes, warm farming clothes, gloves, re-fillable water bottle. This workshop is limited to 10 attendees.

Register here now!

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:

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  • 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.

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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 🙂