It’s been a bountiful berry season, with an unceasing flow from strawberries and honeyberries to rasp- and blueberries, followed by blackberries, with mulberries somewhere in the mix too. Mid-August means elderberry picking season, of which we put up gallons of honey-sweetened juice as a Winter tonic. But all these berries we grow at a homestead … More Amazing Aronia
If you have a desire to put your food dollars toward products that are good for the planet and also for your health, you are not alone. The organic, natural, and “clean” food industries have been growing explosively. The problem with such rapid growth is that the sophisticated marketing departments at major corporations have noticed, … More Natural, Grass-fed, Organic…Label Confusion!
Loving Animals, Eating Animals Recently at Shelterbelt Farm, we harvested our first beef. The two steers were shot on-farm, which avoided all the stresses of transport. They lived the high life until the very last minute, content to graze with their herd, free to do as they pleased. But I have had several people express … More Loving Animals, Eating Animals
My 5-year-old loves Bee Movie. If you missed it, it’s an amusing animated movie whose protagonist is a bee named Barry, narrated by Jerry Seinfeld. It’s designed for kids everywhere to love. But I got so angry watching it that I wanted to throw something at the screen. Why would such an endearing movie nearly … More What Are We Teaching Our Children About Farming?
My 9-year-old daughter Rowan sparked an interesting discussion recently by asking, “Why do we use money for everything?” Kids are great examiners of things we adults take for granted. As always, her question got me thinking. Before the advent of money, humans got what they needed by trading with each other, exchanging goods or services … More The Barter Economy
We are excited to be one of the host sites for the second annual Finger Lakes Permaculture tour happening this Sat, Aug 22. Permaculture design uses ecological principles to produce food, medicine, and other products while restoring the health of the ecosystem. Our farm will be open from 9am to noon with guided tours of … More Meet the People and Critters of Shelterbelt Farm this Sat, Aug 22!
Reserve your tasty, local, pastured, organically-fed chicken! Our bronze Freedom Ranger chickens have been fattening on pasture plants, orchard pests, and organic feed ration, and will have their “one bad day” on July 14th. We expect them to be in the 4-6lb range, and will sell whole fresh birds through July 18th, and whole frozen … More Get Your Pastured Happy Chicken While Supplies Last
Here at Shelterbelt, we have ample entertainment to help us pass the long, dark Winter. First, meet the newest members of the farm team: Keira and Luke. Like our locally famous “turkey dog,” Derin (who we lost to a car accident last Spring) they are Akbash dogs. This is a very old livestock guardian breed … More New Babies on the Farm
We Invite Your Opinions on Key Issues for Shelterbelt! Our farm vision has three major pieces: producing the purest organic food, growing products that are affordable to the widest range of people, and having a profitable business that pays us for our hard work. Easy, right? Not so much. When we analyzed our numbers from … More You Can Shape our Farm