Circle of Life

“If you have livestock, you’re going to have dead stock,” a wise farmer friend told me when I was getting started. This depressing statement has repeatedly proven accurate. In our first year on this land, we were trying to beat back the brush that had encroached over 3 decades of neglect, and then use the … More Circle of Life

Burnout

As we slide toward November, the farm to-do list still threatens to drown us. While I can’t speak for all farmers, I believe this is a common feeling in Fall. We are all operating on an uncertain, though certainly short, timeline before the freeze sets in. Before equipment disappears under a blanket of snow, or … More Burnout

Where to Find Shelterbelt Products this Summer

Hopefully you know you can always view our products here and order online for farm pick-up. But we know that’s not the most convenient option for busy folks, so this Summer we’ll be at several farmers’ markets. Here’s the lowdown: Every Wed. evening, June – October, 4-7pm: East Hill Plaza Farmers’ Market, Judd Falls Road … More Where to Find Shelterbelt Products this Summer

Meet the People and Critters of Shelterbelt Farm this Sat, Aug 22!

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!

Get Your Pastured Happy Chicken While Supplies Last

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

Major Additions–and Deletions–on our Evolving Farm

Here’s the quick 2015 update for those who don’t want all the details: No pigs this year (!) But we will have meat chickens The beginning of our orchard is planted–picture apples and pears in 3 years! We got a grant to build a new 30’x72′ hoophouse for 4-season production Beef cattle arrive this Fall … More Major Additions–and Deletions–on our Evolving Farm