Monday, February 18

Food Field is hiring now! Needed: one apprentice to start ASAP at 1-2 days a week; a monthly stipend is available. Schedule is flexible but work will be demanding--lots of construction work, plowing, digging and tilling, moving logs and brush, etc. Position will expand this spring with more planting and gardening work and education. Email peckproduce@gmail.com for more info and to get an application, or please spread the word locally!

Thursday, January 31

We have eggs for sale! $3 a dozen, plus mixed potatoes and fingerlings, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, garlic, and tomato sauce. Don't wait for CSA and market season, come stock up today!

Sunday, January 20

Happy Birthday Alex!

Thanks to Doug for his work rebuilding and transfering our website to a new server.  You can now look forward to regular updates, photos and other content right here!

Some strong winds last night knocked out power, took out a young apple tree, and finally toppled our sign tree:

sign tree

Luckily all else is intact--including our young chickens and their very first eggs!  Check back soon to pick up farm fresh eggs from Food Field

eggs

Thursday, July 12

Guest Post!

We, Solardarity (of the Green Economy Leadership Training), have been working with Noah for the past month to get Food Field off the grid. They’re in a unique position: they’re not yet connected to the grid and have decided to go entirely autonomous. With DTE, a grid hook-up would take months and months, upwards of $4,000, and monthly utility bills. An off grid solar system certainly has higher upfront costs (our current estimate is $7-8,000), but comes with many advantages. Replacing batteries every few years is a small expense compared to monthly bills, especially in light of the rising cost of electricity. 20 years down the road, solar systems will continue providing reliable energy while ancient grid infrastructure and costly fossil fuel electricity lose their validity. Plus, we’re getting the project going NOW! To expand their operation and keep providing you with local, organic produce, Food Field needs energy. We hope to have their system up and running within six weeks.

Typically, only people with a lot of disposable income have been able to afford solar, but we’re trying to make renewables accessible for all. Noah and his crew have put a lot of time, energy, and money into their farm and want their practices/lifestyles to align with their beliefs about sustainability. We respect that dedication, and are excited to get our hands on the panels, build this system, and replicate it across the city. These last few weeks have been a learning experience. Solar is still a small portion of our national energy portfolio, so designing an affordable system and finding sources of affordable components is a difficult task, for which there’s little available How-To information. Building this system and taking it through to completion is not an isolated event: it’s creating knowledge for a clean, reliable future.

We’re still seeking sources of funding to purchase the components of the system. We’ve applied for a grant that would cover many of the expenses. If you want to support the initiative, go to the link below and vote for the ‘Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm’ project. There, you can also read more about exactly what the grant will go towards. We hope for this to be the first of many projects aimed at providing affordable, autonomous solar energy to homes, farms, schools, and businesses in the Detroit area.

http://technology.maker.good.is/projects/SolarSystem

Thank you!

Solardarity

Saturday, May 26

Last chance to sign up for this year's CSA! Our first shares will be distributed the week of June 8. Get ready for sugar snap peas, fresh salad mix, garlic scapes, kale, golden beets and other treats--download the signup form here.

Our uncommon May drought was finally interrupted today with some much-needed rainstorms. Fruit trees are in bloom, garlic scapes are curling, tomatoes are appearing and our new chicken coop is almost finished! If only we had utilities connected and our tractor repaired...

 
apple blossoms
kale
peas
water hydrant
hamtramck
turnips

Wednesday, April 25

This weekend is orchard planting time! Come Saturday or Sunday anytime after 9 to help lay out the orchard, dig holes, plant trees and get the farm in good shape. We'll have lunch here and celebrate at the farm once our trees are in the ground. You can still adopt a tree for $25 (any except cherry) before Saturday.

Sign up for the CSA before Tuesday, May 1 and get $25 off the share price! Please get your checks in soon to help us get the supplies we need for the season.

Our first Saturday table at Eastern Market was a success: we sold out of spinach, lettuce mix, radishes, spring onions and claytonia within a few hours. We'll be back next month or look for our produce at the Grown In Detroit table in Shed 2!

Wednesday, April 25

This weekend is orchard planting time! Come Saturday or Sunday anytime after 9 to help lay out the orchard, dig holes, plant trees and get the farm in good shape. We'll have lunch here and celebrate at the farm once our trees are in the ground. You can still adopt a tree for $25 (any except cherry) before Saturday.

Sign up for the CSA before Tuesday, May 1 and get $25 off the share price! Please get your checks in soon to help us get the supplies we need for the season.

Our first Saturday table at Eastern Market was a success: we sold out of spinach, lettuce mix, radishes, spring onions and claytonia within a few hours. We'll be back next month or look for our produce at the Grown In Detroit table in Shed 2!

Wednesday, March 28

Get your CSA shares now! See details here on payment and logistics, then email Noah for a signup form. Your payment now helps us fund important projects like installing irrigation, inoculating mushroom logs, and building a chicken coop! Also check our wish list if you have any extra tools or materials that might help Food Field. Thank you!

Here are some pictures from the farm this week. Garlic is growing strong, new beds of greens, peas and root crops are sprouting, and our shipping container arrived onsite this morning:

mega mustard
garlic growing
greens
delivery
Plan A
Plan B

Sunday, March 18

Food Field is hiring! Summer's come early this year and we are looking for a hard-working apprentice to start immediately, with more positions open later this spring. Apprentices will work closely with the owners to manage all day-to-day operations of the farm, including planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, marketing, construction, repairs and other problem-solving. The position is part-time (20-30+ hours a week) with potential for greater involvement; a monthly stipend is available and will depend on time commitment. Experience is helpful but not required: anyone with an interest in sustainable farming, a good work ethic and initiative is encouraged to apply. Beyond weed-pulling and general labor, this is a great opportunity to help build creative solutions for irrigation, planting, composting, community engagement and other necessitities, and to learn about everything involved in starting a new farm business! Please contact Noah by email if you are interested and to answer any questions.

Tuesday, January 31

I will be leaving this Thursday to travel in India for a month. I'll be working on a couple organic farms in south Karnataka learning about raising all kinds of animals, sustainable building and technology, and growing pepper, mangoes, peanuts, sesame and all kinds of other foods. There won't be any updates here until March, so check our Facebook page for any news or contact me or Alex by email with anything important! I'll have many photos and stories to share when I return.

NOAH

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