They say that the only constant is change, and Hogwash has some change in its future. While we have enjoyed our time on Kerwin Hill, we are excited about our upcoming move to a different farm in Norwich. We will be relocating to Goodrich Four Corners Road and Union Village Road (land formerly farmed by Suzanne Lupien).
There are wonderful fields for the cattle and sheep to graze and some neglected fields for the pigs to renovate. Since our flocks and herds need to fit the new landscape we will be increasing our flock of Jacob sheep and reducing the numbers of our breeding pigs. Our goal is to have more time to focus on good grazing practices while tuning up general farm operations. We will still endeavor to produce a high quality product that is sustainably raised. The transition should be smooth since we are only moving a few miles away. We will start moving animals to the new spot in the coming weeks with the goal to be moved in by October.
We are certainly going to miss our Union Village neighborhood, but we are looking forward to being part of the Root District community. The Root District Creamery became a local hub for the community during Suzanne’s tenure and we are hoping the same will be true when Hogwash has settled in. We value and need the support of the community to keep the farm active and vibrant.
The farm has been part of Norwich history for some time. The original barn dates back to 1786 –making the homestead one of the oldest in Norwich. We will do our best to respect the history while gearing it up to a working farm again.
The September pick up will be the last CSA pick up at Kerwin Hill. The fall quarter will start with the new farm location – I’ll make sure to highlight the venue change in next months newsletter. We will be having our Pig Roast September 11th on Kerwin Hill so everyone can come and enjoy the farm and the animals before the big move. We hope to see everyone there! Nancy & Dave
A most sincere apology to all who purchased turkeys from Hogwash Farm last week.
We tried a new poultry processor for the turkeys we sold last week (the only USDA inspected facility in VT) that I to my surprise did not include the typical neck, heart & liver in the cavity. So sorry for all who were disappointed by that omission. I will certainly make it up to all who were upset by the lack of the stock making extras. Please let me know if there were any other issues so I can follow up with the processing facility. Otherwise, I hope the turkeys were delicious in every other way. Thanks!
July pick up is this Thursday, July 7th from 3-6pm at the farm. This is the first pick up for lots of people so I’ve included directions below. Attached is the July newsletter. See you Thursday and have a great July 4th. Thanks!
Directions from Norwich: Straight past Dan & Whit’s on Union Village Rd. about 6 miles. At stop sign turn left into Rte. 132. Take next left onto Kerwin Hill Rd. We are the 2nd house on the left.
During the summer, CSA share pick ups will be the first Friday of each month – starting this Friday (June 3rd). We will be at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market on Thursday afternoons through September.
UPDATE (05 July 2011): Starting on July 7th, CSA pickups will once again be on the first Thursday of the month.
Pick-up will be at the farm from 3-6pm this Friday, June 3rd. Sorry for such short notice and let us know if anyone has a conflict, we’ll sort it out.
Attached is the June newsletter. See you this Friday. Thanks!
Nancy & Dave
Note: The CSA Summer quarter begins in July, with the first pick-up being Friday, 7 July.
From Nancy & Dave:
Happy Spring Everyone!
This Thursday (7 April) is the first pick up for our Spring Quarter CSA! Your share can be picked up from 3-6pm at The Farm; let me know if any new members need directions.
Our meat CSA just turned 1 year old! Many thanks to everyone who renewed your share and welcome & thanks to new members. You can download the April 2011 CSA Newsletter here. See you Thursday and thanks!
Nancy & Dave
Guess who forgot that tomorrow is the first Thursday of the month?!!!! I think I’ve been so focused on moving snow (is Spring here, yet?…) and farrowing piglets (8 litters in the last week!) that I just realized that tomorrow is March pick up. Sorry for the late reminder, but tomorrow IS pick up day for the March share (at the farm from 3-6)pm. The March newsletter will follow in a separate email next week. If anybody else spaced it like I did and can’t make the pick up just let me know and we’ll sort it out. See you tomorrow and thanks!