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Conservation Innovation Grant

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Conservation Innovation Grant)

Conservation Innovation Grant – Soil Health Monitoring, Reduced Tillage Techniques and Farm Tours.

NOFA Massachusetts, NOFA Connecticut and NOFA New Jersey each have three farms participating in a three year grant, studying soil health, carbon sequestration and Reduced Tillage Practices. To learn more about the Grant, check of NOFAMass.org, Specifically; https://www.nofamass.org/programs/nofa-conservation-innovation-grant-nrcs-project

North Slope Farm, Morganics Family Farm and Cherry Valley Cooperative Farm are all committing to three years of soil testing, farm tours, and a focus on integrating reduced soil tillage practices into our management.

At North Slope Farm, we already have been using a reduced tillage technique, we call “Favorable Furrows” to plant our field beds. In our permanent raised beds we typically Broad Fork and rototill, pre planting, but to reduce tillage we have been using Solarization and Lasagna Layered Mulching Techniques to beat the weeds, without tillage..

A great Primer for any discussion of Soil Health and the Carbon in the Soil is the White Paper – Soil Carbon Restoration – Can Biology Do the Job?.. Follow the Link to NOFAMass.org’s site and download a copy.

If these topics interest you, we want you to participate in our Farm Tours and there is a Farmer Roundtable planned, to hear input from other NJ Farmers and develop topics to build on. Sign up for our email newsletter (top of page) to receive a reminder of upcoming tours / Events, Join NOFA-NJ, or reach out to Morganics or Cherry Valley Coop Farm so we are sure to include you in our outreach!

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019

January 7th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019)

Organic Farming and Living in NJ

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019

click on Link above or search www.nofanj.org

Join Great Speakers, and a Great Group of People,

Collaborate, Regenerate and Celebrate!!

Wide variety of Topics,

Register Now!  Be there with us!

Farmer Mike, from North Slope Farm, will be joining Erich Bremer, Program Administrator for NJ Department of Agriculture Organic Certification Program and Independent Organic Inspector, Al Johnson to engage the audience in exploring the Organic Standards for guidance and inspiration, we hope to see you there!

Winter Solstice 2018

December 20th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Winter Solstice 2018)

Winter Solstice Gathering

North Slope FarmHouse

Friday, Dec 21, 6 pm, Pot Luck and Music

A great time to be together,

to share the Solar Reorientation!

Friends and Family Welcome:

1701 Linvale-Harbourton Road, 08530,

Extra Parking; 386 Rock Road East, first driveway from Route 579, on Rock Road East.  Bring rubber shoes, its wet out there!!

Web Site Review –

September 26th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Web Site Review –)

WINTER MARKET – INDOORS!

SATURDAYS – 1st and 3rd Sat., each Month!

Windsor Athletic Club – 10 am – 1 pm

99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor NJ

Organic Produce, and lots of great vendors – Cheese, Bread, Meats, Jams and More!

Web Site Review –

Some Pages may not work due to recent hacking and our effort to remove unsanctioned posts and access..

North Slope Produce avail at West Windsor Community Farmers Market, every Saturday 9am – 1 pm.

To reach NorthSlopeFarm; 609-647-9754 or northslopefarm@comcast.net

 

Ecology and Farming is a constant Balance

June 21st, 2018 | Posted by miker in Musings from the Field - (Comments Off on Ecology and Farming is a constant Balance)

Ecology and Farming is a constant balance.

Notes from the Field:

Task: Maintain low production hay field, by mowing.

Objective; to control against invasive species, encourage “cut and regrow” species ( like clover ), and avoid rank, overgrown conditions that require heavier equipment than we have.

First step is to mow at least two passes around the field, defining the edges clearly, and exposing any hazards that may have fallen from hedgerows, or been left from previous activities in neighboring fields.  In the Veg D Field,  there is a Ground Hog warren, hazard, that I mow with the brush hog, before cutting hay with the Haybine.  This time I planned on dividing the field in two equal parts, while mowing with the brush hog, to simplify the next process of haying..

Observations that caused me to question my Farming Objectives..

The Canada Thistle patches in the field are supporting vigorous populations.. Barn Swallows, Goldfinches and Bees and Wasps of all kinds..  So the Balance of Responsibility begins to cause doubt in my Plan.. Perhaps the Habitat provided by the wild Thistle flowers outweighs the non productive goal of controlling invasive s…  By not mowing,  the families of Red Wing Black birds will have a chance to finish raising their babies..

SO, I decided to take a nuanced approach, Mow out the perimeter, divide the field for future mowing, but leave the Thistle bounty for the Goldfinches, maintaining a plan to mow prior to allowing the seed heads to blow into neighboring fields, as possible..  THEN I hit the brakes, because RIGHT in the middle of the field is a large stand of Milk Weed, a wild flower critical to sustaining specialized wild species, like Monarch Butterflies.  I’ve made an effort to protect flowering MilkWeed when possible, so ended up circling the patch with the mower, leaving a big block of Wild Flowers, mixed with all kinds of other flowering invasive s, clovers and grasses to do their own chaotic things..

Farming is an effort to shape our relationship with Nature, ideally to produce consumable products.  Ecology is the study of Life, with the intent to learn more about our place in…. Life.  Opportunity is the chance to try to balance Productivity with the Right Choices.  I’m grateful for the freedom to choose, in my path, and Ill endeavor to consider the farmers around, and to follow me, and mostly I hope to be a supporter of dynamic and diverse systems and communities..

MikeR June 2018

FarmStand at NorthSlopeFarm 2018

June 21st, 2018 | Posted by miker in FarmStand - (Comments Off on FarmStand at NorthSlopeFarm 2018)

Our Farmstand, with our Organic Produce, on Route 579,

equidistant from Lambertville, Hopewell and Pennington, NJ.  10 miles from Flemington, 16 miles from Trenton.

Opens this Season, once Tomatoes Yield and we catch up on Farming Tasks..

Look for the Open Wednesday 2-7, Sign, on route 579, Certainly by August!!

Spending a Day with Nettle, with Pat Chichon, at North Slope Farm

March 14th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Spending a Day with Nettle, with Pat Chichon, at North Slope Farm)

Spending a Day with Nettle

 

                   Please join us at North Slope Farm for an afternoon with Nettle. This luscious plant, often feared and avoided, has everything you could wish in an herb and we as advocates, want you to get to know her and her nourishing, funny, crazy sides. We will hang out with her outside, pick and prepare yummy stuff and learn how to care for her and preserve her.

          Come hear our stories and share yours. Bring a basket or bag, clippers, gloves(are optional!!- nettle does have a sting),  a cup for tea or soup, a plate and spoon, a few pint canning jars and some apple cider vinegar.

          Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 1-3:30 pm    $35

For more information contact Pat Chichon at chrysalisc@aol.com  or 609-397-1466 or

North Slope Farm , to call: 609-647-9754..

Favorable Furrow at North Slope Farm

February 27th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Planting - (Comments Off on Favorable Furrow at North Slope Farm)

Favorable Furrows at North Slope Farm..

Ripping Furrows

An ecological focus directs us to be conscious of Life around us.  As a Farmer, you learn about the irony of constantly battling nature, to yield a profitable crop…To read more about Todd Haldeman’s experience with Favorable Furrows – Click Here.

Discussion, Observation and Investigation has popularized the awareness of Vital and Dynamic Soil Biota, Life, Ecology.

As Farmers, we are stimulated by the Concept that to Disturb Soil, is to Destroy Life and Ecology..

This is Not a New Awareness.. but, like more people, than ever, now have an awareness of Organic (Agricultural Management) Practices..  Our communities are quickly adopting the awareness that Soil is Alive – and that Life has profound and unique Purpose(s)!

No-Till and Minimal Tillage Techniques, are concepts, that refer to, reducing the mechanical disruption of Soil Ecology, such that the Living Soil, can Maximize its Potential.  The Details of these techniques relate to specific Farmers, Farms and Resources.

At North Slope Farm, we are fine tuning our Minimal Tillage Techniques, including, but not limited to:

Favorable Furrows, in short;

  • Foster Multi Species Cover Cropped Farmland..

  • To Plant “Field Beds”, Rip a Furrow,

  • Fill Furrow with Compost and Amendments Desired,

  • Shallow Churn the Rippings (from Furrowing) and mounded Compost, to yield uniform surface,

  • Plant, or utilize shallow cultivation techniques to maintain “stale seedbed”, until Planting.

Winter Solstice 2017

January 12th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Winter Solstice 2017)

SUN LOVERS – CELEBRATE

Our Annual Global Communion Approaches – Winter Solstice joins us all, in the moment when the extreme of Darkness, in the Northern Hemisphere, is reached, and the return of longer periods of light returns.  The opposite is true in the Southern Hemisphere, but equally, it is the extreme, being reached, and reversing…

This is the lesson of living on Earth, regular cycles, constant change and continuity…  We are blessed with a Life on Earth, bathed in the Light of Our Star…  We are all equal in this, and it joins us, as a living family, at home, in Space…

JOIN US!

North Slope Farm welcomes friends, known and new, to Join Us in Celebration, at the Farmhouse, Thursday, December 21, after 5pm, to celebrate our commonality, under the Sun…  Pot Luck dinner, Live Music, outdoor Fire (for the hardy) and camaraderie…

1701 Linvale-Harbourton Rd, 08530

extra parking around the corner, 386 Rock Road East…

Partnering with NOFA-NJ, The JourneyPerson Program…

November 13th, 2017 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Partnering with NOFA-NJ, The JourneyPerson Program…)

Event: Monday, November 20, 6 pm.

Partnering with NOFA-NJ, North Slope Farm invites interested parties,

to The JourneyPerson Program.  NOFA-NJ, among others,

Has and continues to support the interests of Organic Farming in NJ.

NorthSlopeFarm has great spaces to Gather, and a commitment to the Future…

Together, NOFA-NJ and NorthSlopeFarm, hope to foster, and encourage,

NEW and Evolving Farmers.

Dinner, Introductions and Discussion

“potluck desserts” welcome, NorthSlope Tea will be served

Monday evening, 6 pm

RSVP & Questions: 609-647-9754

Farmhouse at 1701 Linvale-Harbourton Rd, 08530

(parking also at 386 Rock Road East)

Seeking JourneryPersons and Good Listeners

Introductions – Discussion of Focuses and Celebration of the Journey

also see NOFANJ.org