Fieldbrook Valley Apple Farms, Betty Lovie

Betty Lovie talks about how she and Dick Lovie got started raising apples in Fieldbrook at their farm, to listen click here.

To learn more about what is going on at Fieldbrook Valley Apple Farms, click here.

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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

Wildflower Cafe Arcata

Wildflower Cafe is owned by Darcy and Pat Quinn — Darcy does the baking and Pat does the cooking for this all vegetarian restaurant.  They make a real effort to use local products in the foods they prepare  — listen here.  In the meantime you can visit their website here

Buck ‘N Daisy Rabbitry

David MacCuish from Buck ‘N Daisy Rabbitry (co-owned with Ash Wells) provides rabbits for pets or meat as well as builds rabbit hutches for those interested in raising rabbits.  To listen to an interview with David click here.

Daisy the Rabbit!

Woody the bunny is keeping an eye on you!

Shaft the Rabbit

Tornado the Rabbit -- pauses for a photo op!

Henry’s Olives

Bucket of olives and peppers

Bucket of Red Hot Olive Deliciousness

Henry Robertson cures olives and you can find him at the Saturday Farmers Market in the center of the plaza — you can find his olives at other places if you just can’t wait.  They are sold at the North Coast Co-op; Wildberries; Eureka Natural Foods and are also available in many local restaurants where they are featured on the menus.  We visited Henry on October 30th and found him at work preparing some extra spicy olives.  www.henrysolives.com

Click to listen to our interview

Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Olives, up close and beautiful

Olives, up close and beautiful -- don't they look like grapes?

Slicing into an olive

Slicing into an olive to determine if it is fully cured

Another slice of olive

Another slice of olive

Last slice of olive to look inside

Last slice of olive to look inside -- a sampling of olives are taken from each vat to check the curing process

Jacques and Amy Neukom — Neukom Family Farm

Jacques and Hazel Neukom at Neukom Family Farm in Willow Creek.

Jacques and Hazel Neukom at Neukom Family Farm in Willow Creek.

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/18_FFT_Jaques_Neukom.mp3

Peach orchard at Neukom Family Farm.  Jacques learned from one of the oldtimers about the Willow Creek peaches that were famous for their flavor.  Jacques and Amy dry farm peaches for a superior flavor -- this type of farming doesn't require watering or tracking the water to make sure you don't dilute the delicious fruit flavors -- they also use this technique to be more sustainable as farmers.
Peach orchard at Neukom Family Farm. Jacques learned from one of the oldtimers about the Willow Creek peaches that were famous for their flavor. Jacques and Amy dry farm peaches for a superior flavor — this type of farming doesn’t require watering or tracking the water to make sure you don’t dilute the delicious fruit flavors — they also use this technique to be more sustainable as farmers.
plants around the base of the trees provides a living mulch, bring in beneficial insects, and in the case of sweet peas can also help fix nitrogen.

plants around the base of the trees provides a living mulch, bring in beneficial insects, and in the case of sweet peas can also help fix nitrogen.

Asian pears and willow creek peaches

Asian pears and willow creek peaches

Neukom Family Farm -- organic produce available at local farmers market and recently started a small CSA by selling 50 shares -- those 50 people will receive a box of fresh organic produce each week during the growing season.

Neukom Family Farm -- organic produce available at local farmers market and recently started a small CSA by selling 50 shares -- those 50 people will receive a box of fresh organic produce each week during the growing season.

Painfully beautiful artichoke -- I've never seen such spines on the flower of an artichoke, but the color is outrageous!

Painfully beautiful artichoke -- I've never seen such spines on the flower of an artichoke, but the color is outrageous!

I'm a sucker for chickens -- because this is an organic farm the chickens must be kept from coming in contact with the produce.  The chickens had their own large area to roam -- happiness is being a Neukom chicken!  Jen, who is working on the farm, is keeping bees -- they live in their hive on the roof of the house since bears are a common problem in this area of Willow Creek.

I'm a sucker for chickens -- because this is an organic farm the chickens must be kept from coming in contact with the produce. The chickens had their own large area to roam -- happiness is being a Neukom chicken! Jen, who is working on the farm, is keeping bees -- they live in their hive on the roof of the house since bears are a common problem in this area of Willow Creek.

Just when I was starting to melt...Jacques, Amy, and the rest of the gang invited us to have lunch with them.  Jacques explained that they take turns fixing the lunch meal -- one person will take off at 11 a.m. and prepare it -- everyone eats around noon, but then they take off in the afternoon.  How long they take off depends on how hot it is, tomatos can cook in the time it takes to get them to the shade.  Time for a swim at the river, walking distance away from the farm....still they work 10 hours a day!

Just when I was starting to melt...Jacques, Amy, and the rest of the gang invited us to have lunch with them. Jacques explained that they take turns fixing the lunch meal -- one person will take off at 11 a.m. and prepare it -- everyone eats around noon, but then they take off in the afternoon. How long they take off depends on how hot it is, tomatos can cook in the time it takes to get them to the shade. Time for a swim at the river, walking distance away from the farm....still they work 10 hours a day!

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.

Slow Food Movement

Michael Escheveste is leading the Slow Food Movement in Humboldt County.  In the first meeting 60 people from the community attended and are now working to develop strategies for Good, Clean and Fair food choices in Humboldt county.  To listen to the interview with Michael Escheveste:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
08_FFT_Michael_Echeveste_08.mp3