May 29, 2009

It's official - we're closing.

They don't call these things inevitable for nothing.

Wild Heaven Farm will be halting all sales, in person and online, effective June 6 after Animalia. That will be the last day for buying CSA shares (memberships), which are also conveniently available on our website. We sincerely hope to be out of commission for no more than a month, but we don't really know at this point.

If you have any questions about the CSA, please don't hesitate to email me.

May 22, 2009

Soap CSA: back-story and update

The muddy season is nearly over as the dusty season hovers in our peripheral vision. This is normally the time of year when the big spring craft shows are over and we coast through the summer with bi-weekly appearances at the better area farmers markets. Pre-season production begins with whatever modicum of supplies still remains after the last craft show in mid-December. I make a small quantity of soaps and other products and sell them to get money for slightly more supplies. I make slightly more soap, which I sell to get money to buy even more supplies, and it grows from there. This year, however, due to a number of causes (the slower economy, the costs involved with the dying goat, good ol' fashioned bum luck, etc) the soap-supplies-soap cycle got smaller instead of bigger. Instead of building momentum, things began to grind to a halt. In short order, I had to skip the higher earning Saturday markets for lack of product, which would certainly not help the situation.

To put a fine point on it, we are officially in danger of closing, at least for the summer if not for the rest of the year. That is why, in an effort known to business types as bootstrapping, we have begun a CSA (see last week's post for full details).

This week's updates:

  • We've already sold $400 worth of shares - go team! There are still $600 worth of shares available, so don't sit and fret that they may be gone, buy yours today.

  • Which brings me to the second update, CSA shares are now available for purchase on our website.

Please don't hesitate to email us with any questions you have regarding the CSA or our products.

May 19, 2009

Bacon and Eggs

Presenting, our gorgeous new Tamworth feeder pigs, Hamish and Spamantha:
Their red color makes then more suited to sunny weather than Yorkshires, the large white pigs that are the majority of our modern pork stock. Their paddock is nice and shady, so the red hair is just a bonus.


And this morning, one of our little hens laid her first egg:
Inasmuch as the egg is white, it was probably the work of one of our Buttercups, or a really dedicated prankster.

May 18, 2009

Save on soap all year!

Wild Heaven Farm is pleased to announce the launch of our latest money-saving effort, a Soap CSA.

For those unfamiliar with Community Supported Agriculture, it is a program that allows buyers to get the freshest local produce each week at a savings over non-member prices by virtue of pre-paying their “share” before the season begins.

Our Soap CSA will operate in a similar fashion. For a lump-sum payment, customers will receive a bonus of shopping credit with us (see below), to be spent incrementally over the remainder of the season, on any soaps and skin care products. Soap CSA customers will also receive one bar of each of our limited-edition seasonal fragrances.

An up-front payment of: will buy you this much credit for product:

$25 .................. $26 (4% bonus)

$50 .................. $54 (8% bonus)

$100 ............... $112 (12% bonus)

$150 ............... $174 (16% bonus)

$200 ............... $240 (20% bonus)

To Sign Up: Email us at wildheavenfarm@yahoo.com, with "Soap CSA" in the subject line to arrange your payment. Payments may be made with cash, check, or major credit/debit card.

The Fine Print: Payment must clear before weekly purchases may begin. Weekly purchase limit will be the lesser of one quarter of the up-front payment or $20. Weekly purchases may be made at 17th St Farmers Market on Thursdays between 9am and 2pm, through October. Other dates may be possible, please email for availability.

Special thanks to Mr. Rob Brandham for spurring me into action implementing this idea.

May 16, 2009

A Bean Grows in Richmond

(vid wouldn't embed, sorry)
Community Garden at 17th St Farmers Market

May 4, 2009

You put your weed in there.

WeedS plural. Sorry. For some reason the state of my garden reminded me of that early 90's SNL catch phrase.

Those interweb users who follow me on Twitter or are my friends on Facebook will already know that I was very excited about my garden and put a lot of work into preparing. I mean a lot. A lot a lot. It was marvelous to get out there and start planting. We initially put in spinach, lettuce, peas, beans, carrots and beets and I started seeds for brocolli, cauliflower and cabbage. Nothing came up in the garden. The seedlings in the trays came up, them promptly died. Somewhere in these last few months, I seem to have forgotten that I have a black thumb. You are reading the narrative of a person who planted kudzu and couldn't coax it to grow. The growers down at the 17th St Farmers Market got a big kick out of that, I tell you what.

So nothing's growing for weeks and its very discouraging and I sort of stopped paying attention to the garden. Well, not sort of, that's exactly what I did. In the meantime, while the vegetables were busy not growing, the weeds got on like a house on fire.

I've got a job of work ahead of me, sure'n'all, and no money to spare to rent a tiller. So I'm hitting it old school, shoveling and hand-weeding, plus considerable mulching, until the garden is back under my control. I'll post pics of my victory (knock wood) soon. In the meantime, a gardening tip - before you head out to work, claw your fingernails into a bar of soap, preferably one that's soft from recent use. That way you'll have soap under your fingernails and not dirt. The former is much easier to wash off than the latter.


Bonus pic, my lovely birthday beehive,
but, quel dommage, there are no bees in it.