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North Slope Farm Event – Trail Walk

January 31st, 2017 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on North Slope Farm Event – Trail Walk)

 North Slope Farm Event -Trail Walks

Saturdays at 9 am.

Meet at: Farmhouse Parking lot, 1701 Linvale-Harbourton Road, 08530.

Guided Trail Walk, to begin at 9 am.

Firm Ground, Winter Birds and Open Spaces..  for more info see the post Fall Trail Running..

Please RSVP to North Slope Farm to confirm your participation!

609-460-4636

FarmHouse Gatherings

January 20th, 2017 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on FarmHouse Gatherings)

Informal Gathering of Friends, known and new,

we’ll be meeting each Wednesday, from 5-7,

at the Farmhouse, 1701 Linvale-Harbourton Rd (Route 579).

When we are lucky, Musicians will be in attendance…

North Slope Farm will provide samples of our Specialty Herb Infusions,

And a Market Table will be available for purchase of select items,

Our Specialty Herbs, Heirloom Tomato Goodness and Ketchup,

Our Fresh Eggs and Juice and Produce as conditions permit..

If considering joining us, please call ahead of time to confirm!

609-460-4636 – pls leave brief message with number to receive return call.

A WINTER MORNING

January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Casey in Wild Fitness - (Comments Off on A WINTER MORNING)

FROSTY TEMPERATURES HAVE MOVED IN

I MAKE MY CRUNCHY WAY ACROSS THE YARD

TO THE CHICKEN COOP

THAT FIRST BREATH OF COLD IS

MY MORNING MOMENT

I AM NOT SURE WHY I CONNECT SO DEEPLY AND BEAUTIFULLY

IN THIS INSTANT 

BUT THE BIRDS AT OUR FEEDER KNOW IT

AND I SMILE AT THEM FROM THE CENTER OF MY SOUL.

Summit Farmers Market Letter to SDI, Fellow Vendors and (awesome) Customers

November 14th, 2016 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Summit Farmers Market Letter to SDI, Fellow Vendors and (awesome) Customers)

Summit Farmers Market Letter to Summit Downtown Inc, Fellow Vendors and our Awesome Customers

November 14, 2016

Mike Rassweiler – North Slope Farm

NorthSlopeFarm.com

Organic Produce, Flowers and Specialty Herbs

Serving the Summit Downtown Farmers Market Starting in 1998

Over the last ten years North Slope Farm has run an experiential Farmer Training Program –

serving local markets with Organic Produce and Exceptional Local Products!

In 2017 North Slope Farm will retire from the Summit Farmers Market,

focusing closer to home…

We will miss the Summit Market – but we are hopeful the Market will welcome “New” Farmers – building their Farm Business, still developing their products, to best serve our customers.

Kyle and Rita invested themselves in Three Years of Training, at North Slope Farm – focusing on Food Safety – Organic Production – Exceptional Customer Service – and have proven themselves worthy of an opportunity like Serving Summit Shoppers!

Their Operation, Harvest Moon Organic Farm, maintains the scale of production that North Slope has occupied and will dovetail nicely with Existing Vendors and Regular Sales.  We believe most vendors will support our encouragement to welcome Harvest Moon Organic Farm, to replace North Slope Farm, for 2017!  Please note their info below!

Thank You for a Great Market, and for Supporting Local Agriculture!

Meet the Growers:

We’re Kyle and Rita, a couple of young aspiring farmers who were born and raised in Hillsborough, NJ with a passion for growing healthy, sustainable produce in New Jersey. After apprenticing for three years at North Slope Farm in Lambertville, NJ and with nearly 10 years of farming experience between us, we’ve joined the Incubator program located at Duke Farms in Hillsborough NJ to start our own farm business.  We are a diversified organic vegetable farm that offers 60-70 varieties of vegetables including kale, salad mix, Swiss chard, onions, squash, beans, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, even ginger and turmeric. Finishing our second season as Harvest Moon Organic Farm we’ve grown in size from two to four acres of production and gone from one part time employee to 4 full time employees.  Our operation markets its products through a small CSA and participates in six farmers markets, Millburn, Sea Bright, Duke Farm to Table, and Asbury Fresh’s Friday, Sunday and Belmar.

Links:

http://www.harvestmoonfarm.net/

https://www.instagram.com/harvestmoonorganicfarm/

https://www.facebook.com/HarvestMoonOrganicFarm/

Endorsements:

Bret Morgan, Founder, Asbury Fresh Farmers Market:

“Kyle, Rita, and the Harvest Moon team have been a pleasure to work with these past few years. Their produce is always top notch and they are always some of the easiest and most pleasant farmers we’ve worked with over our six year history. I particularly respect Harvest Moon’s creativity in crop selection.  They continue to grow a good mix of tested crowd favorites along with new and upcoming varieties of crops that really adds a unique element to our market.  Each week I look forward to what the have to offer, I know many members of our community are in agreement that Harvest Moon is a huge asset to our market.”

Cara Kent, Market Manager, Asbury Fresh:

“Asbury Fresh was extremely lucky to have Harvest Moon Organics on board with us this season. Kyle and Rita are dedicated people who are wonderful to work with. They have a perfect attendance record and offer a high quality product. They would be an amazing addition to any market.”

Fall Observations

October 4th, 2016 | Posted by miker in Musings from the Field - (Comments Off on Fall Observations)

Fall Observations; October 4, 2016

Mike R

As the season changes from Summer to Fall, the Farm Manager takes stock of how it went and what can be accomplished before winter sets in.

We had a busy season, having to put aside our High Tunnel Project in order to get through the other Priority Lists.  We were joined by two excellent workers, Sam and Christine, who brought interest and enthusiasm along with hard work and positive focus!  Markets went well, matching previous years, despite increasing competition from other new markets and the increasing availability of organic produce from mainstream distributors and therefor, most supermarkets.  Production this year seemed to start well, and a number of new items were added to the crop list.  Flowers seemed more abundant, but records show production may have been lower than last year.  We went into the season knowing increased labor costs would scour any profits, and to date that seems to be borne out, not gonna be a profitable year.  The flip side of that reality, is the production utilizing reduced tillage techniques in the field shows real promise and is exemplary of how North Slope Farm is still a leader in applying Stewardship Principles to modern practice.  We have maintained production, while reducing overall tillage by a significant amount and are developing a comfort level, with the steps to take, as we move forward.  Tree Fruit and Blackberry production was non-existent, though strawberries produced well.  Labor costs of managing and picking the berries make me skeptical of their value to us though.

Moving forward – Its all about maintaining income at the markets to try to keep from drowning in uncovered costs.  I have encouraged my crew to take advantage of off farm opportunities, as they are available, (for their personal advancement and experience), so the reduced labor time requires increased efficiency in management and production – no time to slack off, even if our natural cycle tells us to get up later, stop work earlier and eat lots of rich foods!  We pushed to get a last barrage of outdoor seeding done, to last us through the first hard frosts.  Now we need to (kinda late) finish establishing crops in our High Tunnels for Winter Production.  Also to generate cash, we need to increase our production of micro greens and are going to attempt regular plantings on Basil in pots to sell at the markets as fresh herbs.  This means turning on systems in our Seedling Greenhouse, which will add late season cost we usually avoid.  To make it worth it, we need to get the seeding done, maintain moisture, temperature and generally stay on top of successions of production!  Likewise we need to push market sales, our service must be excellent, products must be beautifully presented, harvesting and handling must be efficient so we have time to get other improvements and additions attended to!  Cover cropping will be reduced this year, in relation to reduced tillage practices.  Our Favorable Furrow method provides for the establishment of clover covers during cultivation, which ideally, survive the fallow/pasture season and all fields go into the Winter with established cover.  So far this has been working, and I only anticipate chisel plowing and having to cover crop 1 acre of the 8 acres involved in active production and fallow rotation.  Additionally, I hope to “tune up” poorly cover cropped areas by broadcasting seed and covering with a compost layer.  This may be unrealistic with our reduced labor situation, but as harvest times decrease with the die off of tomatoes and flowers, extra time may open up, just gotta manage workers, tasks and equipment effectively.

Tomato Fight – 2016

September 5th, 2016 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Tomato Fight – 2016)

Tomato Fight 2016 –

We do not condone violence – in any form – though we acknowledge that LIFE is full of Challenges,

To face challenges we need to be strong, to be strong, we need to strive,

Throwing Rotten Tomatoes at each other, though somewhat violent, seems like a reasonably ok way to strive..

  • Rules :

  • 1)Tomatoes should splat..  If they are hard, they should be crushed before throwing, if with Stem – remove stem.

  • 2)Only those who are prepared to be SPLATED, should enter the Tomato Fight Area.

  • 3)No Tomato throwing outside of the tomato fight area.  SERIOUSLY

Sunday September 11, 2016

5pm to 6:30 Potluck Dinner and Gathering @ NorthSlopeFarm 386 Rock Road East, West Amwell, NJ 08530

No later than 7pm, probably earlier, all participants will be brought to the Tomato Fight area and Warned..

Wear Shoes , Dont Come back until you are done, and assume you will twist your ankle, get snagged by Brambles,

and Stung by Stinging Nettle !!

Questions?  email us at NorthSlopeFarm@comcast.net

All are Welcome – if its your first time – seek out Yellow T-Shirted folks for orientation !

Reccomendations:

  • Wear sneakers, close toed shoes, that you dont mind never wearing again!
  • Bring a change of clothes
  • bring a towel (swimming pool available for plunging into)
  • Introduce yourself to Farm Staff and Friends (wearing Yellow T-Shirts) – ask for Mike, for official welcome..
  • Come prepared to relax or strive, or both, enjoy the evening !!

 

Fall Trail Running

August 29th, 2016 | Posted by Casey in Wild Fitness - (Comments Off on Fall Trail Running)

WEDNESDAY EVENING TRAIL RUNNING

NEW FALL TIME 6PM

Fall is a great time of year to begin an outdoor fitness routine.

Really anytime is good to get started, but the cooler temperatures make it more fun.

Join us Wednesdays for a trail run on the farms Wild Fitness Trail.

Our trail is approximately a mile long and is suitable for all fitness levels.

I am a “two-looper” myself.

 It loops around the farm along the stream, past our pond and back along the edge of our production fields. 

Trail runs start at 6pm.

Walkers are welcome.

Sneakers or closed toed shoes are recommended.

No dogs or unsupervised children but check back for future dog walks and/or children’s fitness activities.

Food Safety Workshop – Wednesday September 7, 3 PM

August 29th, 2016 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Food Safety Workshop – Wednesday September 7, 3 PM)

Food Safety Workshop – NOFA-NJ, Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension

Hosted at North Slope Farm, farming organically for over twenty years, in the Garden State of New Jersey.

Wednesday September 7 ; 3 pm – 5 pm, followed by discussions, music and refreshments at our Farmstand (1701 Linvale-Harbourton Rd).

EVENT LOCATION: 386 Rock Road East, West Amwell, NJ 08530

Closest intersection – Route 579 and Rock Road East, Between Routes 518 and 31.

PLEASE REGISTER with NOFA-NJ: http://www.nofanj.org/announcements/food-safety-workshop

There will be a presentation of important information for growers and food handlers, followed by a tour of North Slope’s food handling operation, focusing on the topics and questions raised.

Following the event, participants are encouraged to linger and enjoy some live music and light refreshments.

Summer Solstice – 2016

June 16th, 2016 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Summer Solstice – 2016)

Summer Solstice 2016

North Slope Farm FarmHouse,  1701 Linvale- Harbourton Rd, West Amwell, NJ 08530

June 20 – Monday 7 pm into the night…  Got kids? bring em early for a swim, we’ll be probably be there swimming too, take a walk on the farm, down to the pond, check for ticks!

Winter is truly gone now and Summer is Here.  Over the Years, The transitions surprise me, as they often have already happened, and are moving on to the next season, before I really know it!

SO we gather, to take a moment in the rush, to honor the Sun, and our relation to it – and we hope you’ll come celebrate this special time with us.

We’ll be chilling by the pool, the grill will be hot for you to throw something on to eat, there will be salads and desserts that the community brings to share.

Bring a blanket, frisbee, lawn chair, enjoy the evening and our shared world – Happy Solstice to ya – Hope to see you there !

Free Probiotic Food Demo. this Wednesday

May 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Casey in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Free Probiotic Food Demo. this Wednesday)

Stop by our farmstand this Wednesday between 6pm and 7pm for a free demonstration in probiotic food preparation.

Dorothy Mullen, of The Suppers Program, will discuss the health benefits of fermented foods

AND show you how easy it is to do it yourself!

1701 Linvale-Harbourton Road

West Amwell, NJ 08530