Locally Delicious Fund

Locally Delicious — you know them, the Heirloom Tomato Ladies, authors of the Locally Delicious Cookbook?  Well they have created a fund that a has a very interesting purpose.  The fund allocates money to Food for People to contract with local farmers to provide some of the crops that they would like to distribute.  One of the cookbook authors, Ann Anderson, and one of the farmers, Johnny Gary from Organic Matters, came down to the station to talk about how it works and how people can contribute to the fund — to listen to the interview, click here.

Little River Farm – John Severn

John Severn of Little River Farm out in Freshwater talks about making a living farming in Humboldt County and finding his niche raising greens — to listen to Part 1, click here.

To listen to Part 2, click here.

Little River Farm

140 Ole Hansen Road
Eureka, CA 95503-9422
(707) 441-9286

Organic Matters Farm

Johnny Gary with Organic Matters reviewed some insight into the world of pastured pork – listen here!

Johnny Gary and Heather Plaza are the owners of Organic Matters Farm — you may remember them from their previous farm – G Farm.  Organic Matters is located in the Humboldt Bay Region near Indianola — to hear an interview with Johnny and Heather, click here.

To reach Organic Matters Farm

John Gary and Heather Plaza
6743 Myrtle Ave
Eureka, CA, 95503
(707) 407-FARM

email: heyheath@hotmail.com

Shakefork CSA Farm – Kevin Cunningham

This is the "after" photo -- isn't she delicious looking?!

Grain Shares 2011/2012 Available Now!

Barley, rye, oats, wheat, buckwheat, corn, flax, dry beans — whole, cracked, stone-ground.

10-12 lbs of grain per month for 10 months of the year.

$450 for a full grain share.  $275 for 1/2 grain share.

Distributions are held on the first Thursday of the month at Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside.

Contact: Melanie and Kevin Cunningham, shakeforkfarm.com  — 707.498.3546   7914 State Highway 36, Carlotta CA 95528

Kevin and Melanie Cunningham have been raising grains for sale and have the Shakefork Farm CSA — and now they are selling Pastured Poultry.  I took the leap and encourage you to do it too — I bought 10 of the beautiful birds all packaged (just the was I like ’em) and I can now delve into the reaches of my freezer and pull one out whenever I want.  Steve and I have been arguing (amicably) continuously about the bird we are going to cook up tomorrow for our good friend Sanford — arguing about who gets to cook it and how it is going to get cooked.  After all — this is our first bird…a lot of expectations…a lot of thought… and soon to be roasted for dinner, then shredded for enchiladas, and then the carcass boiled down into a nice soup —

Update — We both roasted the chicken — we used a recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook — it was fabulous, crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside.  Yay Pastured Poultry!

Isn't she lovely?!

To listen to the interview with Kevin Cunningham go to:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
11_FFT_Kevin_Cunningham_11.mp3

This interview aired on the KHSU Homepage on August 14, 2009

Tom O’Gorman – Trinity River Farm

Trinity River Farm is located along Hwy 96.  Turn left (in Willow Creek) on Hwy 96 if heading east on 299 from the coast.  Tom O'Gorman, the owner has a passion for trees -- if he is available see if he will give you a tour of his property.

Trinity River Farm is located along Hwy 96. Turn left (in Willow Creek) on Hwy 96 if heading east on 299 from the coast. Tom O'Gorman, the owner has a passion for trees -- if he is available see if he will give you a tour of his property.

customers at Trinity River Farm store.

customers at Trinity River Farm store.

A new aspect of Trinity River Farm -- you can rent this lovely space to have a dinner party or wedding -- Trinity River flows in the background -- twinkling lights strung in the trees above.

A new aspect of Trinity River Farm -- you can rent this lovely space to have a dinner party or wedding -- Trinity River flows in the background -- twinkling lights strung in the trees above.

Trinity River Farm sells plant starts as well as produce in the summer.  Most farms we have visited sell at the farmers markets and/or local grocery stores.  Trinity River Farm is one of the few that sells entirely through their roadside stand.
 
lovely old barn on the property

lovely old barn on the property

Still wet from an early May storm, Tom's fields are awaiting planting -- on both sides of his field are fruit trees that will be bearing fruit later in the season.

Still wet from an early May storm, Tom's fields are awaiting planting -- on both sides of his field are fruit trees that will be bearing fruit later in the season.

There are several greenhouses on the property.

There are several greenhouses on the property.

Eddie Tanner, Deep Seeded Farm CSA

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/14_FFT_Deepseeded.mp3
To listen to the interview with Eddie Tanner click the link!

Tomatoes in Arcata?…Do you have Greenhouse envy too? — I sure do!

Have you been wanting to grow tomatos...but you live on the coast?  Here is your answer!  Even a small home greenhouse is adequate to produce all those hot-weather crops we expect from the inland regions!
Here is your answer! Even a small home greenhouse is adequate to produce all those hot-weather crops we expect from the inland regions!
CSAs allow the member to support the farmer at the beginning of the year so that farmers don't need to take out expensive loans.  Members then come to this shed during the season and gather a basket of fresh produce.  The chalk board will list the number and type of crops that members can choose from.

CSAs allow the member to support the farmer at the beginning of the year so that farmers don’t need to take out expensive loans. Members then come to this shed during the season and gather a basket of fresh produce. The chalk board will list the number and type of crops that members can choose from.

Eddie also teaches a class on Organic Gardening through the Office of Extended Education at Humboldt State University in the spring semester — call (707) 826-3731 to be added to the mailing list for the next class.

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Frogs loving their habitat at Eddie’s Farm!

BIG Beef Tomatoes!

Zucchini were ready as early as April this year…grown in the giant greenhouse.

Community Alliance With Family Farmers – Michelle Wyler

Michelle Wyler, Regional Planner for Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) in Humboldt County, is working on ways to help farmers be successful.  Specific projects include a guide that lists local farmers and the types of produce they offer.  CAFF is also working to promote local food use in local institutions such as schools and hospitals — which presents some interesting regional difficulties due to the small size of our institutions and the need for farmers to plan ahead.

To listen to the interview with Michelle go to:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
06_FFT_Michelle_Wyler_06.mp3

This show aired on the KHSU Homepage on July 10, 2009

To view the website for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers:

www.caff.org/regions/humboldt.shtml

Susan Ornelas — Farmer, Educator, Land Conservation Advocate