Monday, April 16, 2012

Farmageddon The Documentary - A Must See For Anyone Interested in Fresh Local Food

Farmageddon Movie

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.


Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yurts As Farm Temporary Farm Housing?

Definition of a YURT = a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing


For more pics of current Yurts and projects, please visit http://yurts.com/.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Farm 651 2011 Accomplishments

As the end of the year approaches, we think back to all that was accomplished this year at the farm.


1.) Constructed a 20x14 Chicken Coop Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets. (See Pics).
2.) Raised 30 Free Range Chicks. Only lost 2 of them to the wild. Lost two more to my Labradoodle!
3.) Established organic garden adjacent to the market.
4.) Constructed a 14x32 cedar sided animal barn to house future goats and cows. (See Pics)
5.) Completed  commercial kitchen modifications in Farmers Market
6.) Modified Roadside Stand into the areas only "PIE SHACK" (See Pics)
7.) Competed in the Pepsi Refresh Project. (We didn't win, but we did get a ton of national exposure).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Farm 651 & Our Favorite Wineries

Many thanks to L Mawby Vineyards and 45 North for their generous support of Farm 651 this Season.

Please be sure to visit them next weekend via http://lpwines.com/2011-toast-the-season-wine-food-pairings/





Monday, July 25, 2011

Week of July 23, 2011

This Week:

Sweet Corn
Fingerling Potatoes
Broccoli Crowns
Beans
Raspberries
Blueberries
Sweet Cherries
Tart Cherries
Brown Anti Bio Free Eggs
Hydro Tomatoes
Mixed Greens
Onions
Cucumbers

Pies, Pies, and More Pies. (Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb)
Sourdough Country Loaf
Lavender Shortbread Wine Cookies
Donner Mountain Honey
Lavender Bundles

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Week of July 9, 2011

This Week:

Raspberries
Bardenhagen Strawberries. (Strawberry Season Ends Sunday)
Frozen Bardenhagen Berries in 4-5 Quart Bags. Quartered, Unsugared.
Brown Anti Bio Free Eggs
Spinach
Red Lettuce
Hydro Tomatoes
Mixed Greens Eureka Farms
Onions
Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Basil, Mint, Chives, Marjoram)
Celery
Cucumbers (Tuesday)

5in Strawberry Pies
Sourdough Country Loaf
Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Donner Mountain Honey
Gallagher Meats (Sausages, Steaks, Bacon, Ground Beef, Patties)
Leelanau Lavender Spices
Leelanau Lavender Bundles

Monday, June 27, 2011

Week of June 25th 2011

Week of June 25, 2011


This Week:

Bardenhagen Berries
Frozen Bardenhagen Berries in 4-5 Quart Bags. Quartered, Unsugared.
Rasberries (Avail Friday)
Brown Anti Bio Free Eggs
Hydro Tomatoes
Rhubarb
Mixed Greens Eureka Farms
Green Onions
Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Basil, Mint, Chives, Marjoram)

Strawberry Rhubarb Pies
Sourdough Country Loaf
Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Donner Mountain Honey
Gallagher Meats (Sausages, Steaks, Bacon, Ground Beef, Patties)
Leelanau Lavender Spices
Leelanau Lavender Bundles

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Week of June 18, 2011

This Week:

Strawberries (limit 2 quarts non csa) (csa members 4 quarts)
Brown Anti Bio Free Eggs
Hydro Tomatoes
Norconk Asparagus
Rhubarb
Mixed Greens Eureka Farms
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Green Onions
Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Basil, Mint, Chives, Marjoram)

Sourdough Country Loaf
Mini Strawberry Hand Pies
Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Apple Bourbon Popcorn

Donner Mountain Honey
Gallagher Meats (Steaks, Bacon, Ground Beef, Patties)
Leelanau Lavendar Spices
Root Beer
Birch Beer
Orange Cream Soda


Coming Next Week:
Rasberries

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Week of June 11, 2011

This Week:

Norconk Asparagus
Rhubarb
Mixed Greens Eureka Farms
Bibb Lettuce
Green Onions
Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Basil, Marjoram)

Coconut Macaroons
Hand Made Caramels
Rhubarb Pecan Muffins
Sourdough Country Loaf
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bacon Bourbon Popcorn

Donner Mountain Honey
Gallagher Meats (Steaks, Bacon, Ground Beef, Patties)
Leelanau Lavendar Spices
Root Beer
Birch Beer
Orange Cream Soda
Sweet Tea

Coming Next Week:

Strawberries
Spinach

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Barter

We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse and sometimes the easiest way to accomplish that is via barter. With that said, here is a list of items we need.

Items:

1.) A chipper/shredder
2.) Barn siding. (About 12 square)
3.) Home Depot/Menards/Lowes Gift Cards
4.) A compost tumbler
5.) A two person utility vehicle (Like a Kawasaki Mule or John Deere Gator)
6.) A 4x4 ATV
7.) A commercial refrigerator and/or freezer
8.) A 4x4 tractor with loader.
9.) A 4x4 farm vehicle.
10.) Goats

Services:

1.) Stump grinding.
2.) Exterior painting.
3.) Irrigation installation.
4.) Gate and/or fencing installation
5.) Masonry services.

What We Have To Barter:

1.) A Massey Ferguson 165 Tractor
2.) CSA Subscriptions http://farm651.blogspot.com/2010/09/our-2011-csa-plan.html
3.) Fisher Paykel 36in Gas Range. Brand New.
4.) Fisher Paykel Dish Drawer. Brand New.



5.) Kohler Sinks. All kinds, finishes. Brand New.
6.) 42in Americast 3 Basin Sink. Brand New.
7.) Six Brand New Eljer Urinals
8.) A Parcel of Real Estate. ( Vacant Lot in Lochenheath Golf Community Williamsburg MI )
9.) A Parcel of Real Estate ( Vacant Lot in Rim Club Golf Community Payson AZ )

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Update May 5 2011

Many thanks to those who attended our ribbon cutting ceremony 05.05.2011. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and continued support of our project. A short snipet of the event was posted on Youtube.

Additionally, our Farm 651 CSA was featured in the Record Eagle. http://record-eagle.com/features/x528374973/CSA-shareholders-get-more-than-food

Our recipe testing is progressing nicely. We have perfected the brownies. We also have some promising cupcakes that we tested at the ribbon cutting. Recipes pics were posted on Facebook.

If anyone is interested in helping us test our line of dry mixes, we still have samples available. Just take them home, add the wet ingredients, bake, and give us your feedback.

Friday, April 15, 2011

CSA Q&A Session April 23rd 10am.


Join us in the barn for coffee and pastries as we hand out information on our CSA, answer questions, and do onsite signups. We will be giving tours of our facility and outlining our goals for the 2011 season.

See the full event details, including location, at http://www.meetup.com/farm651/events/16549163/

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Our Chicken Expansion

We found a plan for the coop modeled after the attached picture. Hopefully it will be done within the next 5 weeks. We have started our flock. We have 15 Araucanas in route. In the brooder we currently have 5 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Buff O's, and 5 Isa Browns. This should make for a nice color assortment of farm fresh leelanau eggs. We may have some extra space in the coop if any of our CSA's members need a home for their chick!
video

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We Are Flattered - Farm 651 in Traverse "Best Of" Competition


We are pleased to say that Farm 651 has been nominated in the Traverse "Best Of" Competition. Many thanks to those that nominated us. Farm 651 is competing in the following categories and we would appreciate your vote.

Best Cherry Pie
Best Bread to Munch On
Best Farmers Market

VOTE NOW

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Big Meeting Tonight 3/1/2011

We wanted to remind you about a planning commission meeting tonight at 730pm. It is being held at the Solon Fire Hall. The new Agtourism draft is being discussed and we would really appreciate your support. If you are unable to attend, please call the zoning administrator Tim Cypher at 231-360-2557 and let him know your thoughts!

I am attaching a link to the details... http://leelanaunews.com/drupal/index.php?q=node%2F27170