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spacer     ISSUE No 004 June 01, 2012    

Farmer's Corner


This week I would like to help you make sense of the word sustainability, which is a very popular word with farmers and consumers now days. What is sustainability? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as such: a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods .

How are we developing sustainable agriculture or techniques? One way is, Last year we installed new owl and bat houses. These are the little green houses high up on poles located in various location the around farm. On your next visit, see if you can spot one. In fact, Valley End Farm was selected to receive a grant from The Natural Recourse and conservation service (NRCS) an arm of the USDA to install these houses on our farm. With this opportunity specific guidelines as to their size, where to put them, and which way they needed to face was required. In following these guidelines we also needed to make male and female maternity bat houses. Due to their nocturnal nature, these bats and owls are a farmer's best natural defense against rodent infestations. In fact, a single barn owl is known to consume up to 2000 rodents a year. When feeding their young, that number drastically increases. We have already begun to observe the immense benefits these wonderful creatures can provide.

This year we are also working on native plant hedgerows that attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. We have put in a lavender hedgerow so far and plan to plant another hedgerow in along the fence line that follows the road in the near future. This is exciting as these hedgerows will beautify the farm while making it more sustainable.

I hope this helps provide a better understanding of our efforts to provide all of our CSA member with a incredible sustainable source.

I look forward to seeing you all this week when picking up your CSA boxes. Don't forget to try one of our many selections of CSA add-ons. This week we will be promoting our locally farmed pickles. Stop by for a tasting when you're picking up your CSA box.

Your local farmer,

Sharon Grossi
Valley End Farm

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  • Featured Veggie
  • Chef's Pick
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cantaloupes nutritional facts


Cantaloupe is the most popular melon variety in the U.S. today and has been enjoyed by many civilizations throughout history. The exact origin of the fruit is unknown, though thought to be from India, Africa, or ancient Persia. They were brought to America during colonial times but did not become widely grown and sold until the late 19th century.

Cantaloupes have loads of vitamin A because of the concentrated amount of beta-carotene. Additional nutritional benefits include vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Research promotes cantaloupe as preventing loss of vision in adults and helps...

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