Bodhi Farms September 26, 2015 Santa Fe Market

Bodh Farms will at the September 26, 2015 Santa Fe Farmers Market with the full fall harvest. You can expect Arkansas blacks apples (a little under-ripe but still the world’s best storage apple), Sakura Plums, Bartlett Pears, Golden Delicious, Jonathan apples. We will also have our usually selection of heirloom tomatoes such as black prince, purple cherokee, green zebra and 9 boxes of cherry tomatoes. Fresh salad mix (a selection of butterheads), arugula,Buck-horn’s Plaintain, baby chard, beet greens and garlic round out our offerings

We will have an heirloom tomatoes seconds table where heirloom tomatoes are $2/lb. We have been canning and saucing these tomatoes and their flavor is AMAZING!

Come to the Santa Fe Farmers Market and find Bodhi Farms inside out of the wind.

Elaine Ingham – Santa Fe Carbon Economy Series.

Bodhi Farms Orchard Management COOP

Bodhi Farms is starting a orchard coop in Las Vegas. If you have a small orchard you can no longer manage or just a few fruit trees you would like to sell the fruit from, we can help you manage harvesting, tree care and taking the produce to market for you. You as the owner would receive a percentage of the sales. If you have any interest in the program, please contact Brian Despain (brian@bodhifarms.com) or call at 505-617-1191. I use Google Voice so state your name to complete the call.

Bodhi Farms CSA and Santa Fe Customers

We won’t be at the market on Saturday May 2, 2015. We will return on May 9 2015. Due to the greenhouse rebuild we are a bit behind on planting.

Directions to Bodhi Farms

Take I-25 North to exit 339 (there is a gas station across the freeway). Turn right onto US-84 South. Take the next right (approximately 200 feet). Turn right. You will pass a KOA on the right hand side. There is a set of mailboxes, stay on the paved road. Bodhi Farms in 1/2 a mile on the right hand side. You will pass Lulu’s Ranch on the right. Our driveway is directly across from Los Vigils’s driveway.

New Goats

So we have decided tentatively to name our goats Bo and Maci. Bo is the blonde male and Maci is the brown female.

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Notice to Santa Fe CSA Customers

Due to weather conditions, Bodhi Farms will not be able to attend the Santa Fe Farmers Market on February 28th, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience and will extend everyone’s CSA share by one week and add a bonus dozen eggs. Please accept our apologies but our farm got far more snow than Santa Fe and we are still digging out.

Bodhi Farms Winter Greenhouse Growing and Alternative Hydroponics Seminar

Winter Solstice

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Today is the Winter Solstice. It’s the shortest day of the year and it marks the turning point in the Persephone Period. From this point in winter the days will slow grow longer. At my latitude the Persephone Period ends January 14 when we creep up above 10 hours of daylight. The Persephone period is when there are less than 10 hours of daylight during the day. Ours runs from November 28th to January 14 of the following year. Ours is quite mind and we still experience plant growth in the period as our shortest day is still 9 hours and 44 minutes of sunlight. In other words we almost get 10 hours of sunlight. Because of that winter production is generally fairly productive here and any place below the 35 degrees north. Let us rejoice for after today, every day will get longer from this point in winter. We have made it through the darkness and are headed towards the light of spring.

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Should I host WWoofers?

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We at Bodhi Farms host wwoofers on the farm, along with interns. WWoof is an acronym which stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or Willing Workers on Organic Farms”.  Many of the local farmers ask me how I manage to get so many people to come to the farm and intern. I am hoping to do a series of posts on how to build a successful WWoofing program so that local farmers can develop a successful intern/wwoofing program. Developing a successful wwoofing program takes time and work. For a program to be successful, you should start with the first question – Should I host WWoofers?

At first that seems a silly question, wwoofer offer free work in exchange for room and board. But a successful wwoofing relationship requires a great deal of interaction and training on the part of the farmer.  As a farmer you need to be ready to have a person at your farm whom you will share meals with, need to explain what your are doing. It adds a layer of complexity to your life which is already pretty full of activities. If you cannot devote the time you need to educate the wwoofer on your practices (or you lack the patience) having a wwoofer on your farm might not be for you. For a wwoof to be successful for both host and wwoofer will need to work together. If as a farmer, you are not comfortable with that much social interaction, you might want to re-consider having a wwoofers on your farm. Many farmers are not social people. If they were, perhaps they wouldn’t have chosen a career that takes them so far away from people.  Social interaction is a must in any wwoofing situation.  If you are not comfortable with it, you might want to reconsider having wwoofers on your site.

Teaching is also an integral part of a successful wwoof. Most wwoofers are not skilled laborers. You will spend time imparting basic skills such as using a hammer, weeding the way you want it done, etc. All the skills you have developed as a farmer, will need to be taught to your new wwoofer. It’s unfortunate but many Americans do not build projects any more so many wwoofers do not have much of hands on experience. So you will need to invest the time to teach them.

If your answers to these questions are yes, then you should think about having a WWoofer at your farm. Of course there are more elements to being a successful wwoof host which we will cover in future posts.

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