Living Local: Find Your Community

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How can you make an impact on your local community?
What impact does community have on the local food system and sustainability?

Chuck Minguez of Door to Door Organics and Jeanna Kane of the Doylestown Food Co-op explore what it means to live locally.

Chuck encourages people to go out and join in the change happening in their area. “Get involved with local organizations that support the local foodshed like Bucks County Foodshed Alliance or your local Buy Fresh, Buy Local chapter. Go to meetings and meet the people directly involved in creating change.”

Jeanna also believes strongly in the power of community, like-minded individuals joining together, to affect change. Her words follow.

“This now brings me to Community. This could be one of the most important items to address as we move through climate change. All of the things we need to do as humans living on a changing planet we will need to do together. We are all great at coming together in a tragedy. Just look at how people came together during the aftermath of Sandy. People offered their homes for sleeping, showering, or just a hot cup of coffee or soup. So let’s take that community spirit and use it before the catastrophe. We can help each other plant gardens, we can have better public efforts on getting more alternative energy into peoples homes – subsidized solar panels perhaps. We can get together and help each other learn how to can or cook a seasonal meal. We can support community efforts on getting local food onto the tables of people who can least afford it.

Cathy Snyder of Rolling Harvest picks up a donation of greens and vegetables from Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, NJ

Cathy Snyder of Rolling Harvest picks up a donation of greens and vegetables from Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, NJ

“I do many of these things now through my Ladies Homesteading group that I meet with on a monthly basis in person and almost a daily basis online, as we share tips and tricks for gardening, preserving, holistic health, and other general homesteading ideas.

“I read and read and read lots of books so that I can learn more ways to lower my footprint. But I don’t just read, I also put many of the things I learn into action. I share with others what I have learned through educational efforts.

“I have worked hard to bring about a food co-op in Doylestown that will support the local farmers– and I’m happy to say that we have a location and a targeted opening date of November. [The Doylestown Food Co-op is now open and operating.]

“I support organizations such as the Rolling Harvest Food Rescue that works with local farmers who donate excess harvests to go to local food pantries. They now have about 13 or 14 farmers in their program and are on target to surpass the 48,000 pounds of fresh food that they delivered in 2012.

“Get up each day and see what you can do that day that would lead to a more sustainable, less resource wasting life. I didn’t do all of this overnight.”

 

By | May 30th, 2014|News|0 Comments

A Few Good Bugs

garlic_hydrangea2_thrillers_fallowfield 004 It’s high summer and your garden is struggling—again. Your tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers have succumbed to beetles, cutworms, aphids, and slugs. You refuse to use pesticides (you’re a good person and you care about the environment) and you just don’t have time to pick these pests off one by one. You’re ready to toss in the towel.

What you need are a few good bugs. Bugs who will fight for you and your garden. Bugs who eat beetles and cutworms for breakfast.

Today we look at five such bugs, and examine what steps you can take to ensure their propagation, year after year, season after season.

1.  Lady Bugs

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Beauteous though they may be, these little beetles pack a mean punch. A mature lady bug can consume as many as 50 aphids a day! They’ll also make a meal of small caterpillars, mites, and insect eggs. Pollen and nectar are also staples of the lady bug diet, so be sure to grow a broad diversity of plants. A particular favorite are early-blooming mustard flowers. Lady bugs can also be bought online for release in your garden.

2. Lacewings

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Known for their long, lacelike wings and light-green/brown bodies, lacewings are highly effective garden warriors. In their larval stage especially, they are devourers of aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, leafhoppers, and whiteflies. To attract lacewings, grow a variety of plants, spraying aphid-infested areas with a light sugar-water solution. You can also buy them—just make sure you have plenty of food, or they’ll be forced to go somewhere else to find it.

3. Assassin Bug

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The name says it all. These stealthy predators range in size from small to super small and are known to use disguises, trickery, and outright brute force to defend your garden. They’re particularly fond of caterpillars and beetles, but in a pinch will eat pretty much anything: ants, fleas, grubs, weevils, wireworms and more. You’ll have better luck attracting assassin bugs if you plant Tagetes or a cover crop, and provide plenty of compost, mulch, and biodiversity.

4. Soldier Bug

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If full-scale garden protection is your goal, look no further than the mighty soldier bug. Favorite foods include beetles, cabbage loopers, diamondback moths, army worms, and caterpillars. Planting lots of blooming herbs, singled-flowered marigolds, daisies, and goldenrods will help establish a solid battalion of soldier bugs. If you’re having trouble attracting them, Planet Natural offers them online.

5. Parasitic Wasp.

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Don’t worry—they don’t like humans. But they LOVE caterpillars, beetles, flies, scales, and aphids. Adults females lay their eggs within the bodies of garden pests, helping to keep their populations in check. But parasitic wasps also require nectar and pollen for energy. Flowering angelica, chervil, fennel, dill, and cilantro are a few of their favorites. Keeping overwintering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow, or comfrey, improves your chances of seeing these beneficials in the spring.

By | May 20th, 2014|News|0 Comments

June 22: The Farm Roll

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Blue Moon Acres hosts
The Farm Roll
Sunday June 22nd, 8am-4 pm

Scenic bike tour of areas farms, vineyards, and open spaces to benefit the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. In partnership with: Jake Herway’s NJ Bike Tours

  • 8:00am-9:00am Registration/Check-In
  • 9:00am-1:30pm Rides and Farm Tours
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm After-Party at Blue Moon Acres with live music, farm-to-table picnic, wine sampling, and local beer.

Proceeds benefit Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed.
Low-intermediate to advanced riders welcome. Experienced riders (bike marshals) will lead our rides
Two rides to choose from: ~30 mile (7 tours) or ~15 miles (5 tours).
Ride ends with local beer, wine, and food at Blue Moon Acres farm in Pennington.

Stops and Tours!

Blue Moon Acres
John Hart’s Farm
Watershed Nature Preserve
Fulper Farms
North Slope Farms
Stonybrook Meadows Farm
Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Event Sponsors:

Jay’s Cycles 249 Nassau Street, Princeton
Flying Fish Brewery Somerdale, NJ
Hart’s Cyclery Route 31, Pennington
Whole Earth, Princeton
Applegate Farms
Lucy’s Ravioli Kitchen and Market
Albert’s Organics
Il Forno
Mrs. Greens, West Windsor
Unionville Vineyards
First Field Ketchup
LeBus Artisan Bakery
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Cyclab of Princeton University
 

Registration Information and Prices:

SIGNED WAIVER BY ALL RIDERS REQUIRED
All prices include a very cool custom designed Farm Roll T-shirt to be worn during the ride!
REGISTER ONLINE NOW http://thefarmroll.brownpapertickets.com
General $45
Children 12 and under (strong riders only!) $25
Child’s Seat: Free (please register child’s name)
Rider Support* (after-party only) $15 (general), $7 (12 and under)

Register online or at the market- 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington
Register by phone- 609-737-8333

 

By | May 16th, 2014|Events|1 Comment

June 6 First Friday Event in Pennington

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Join us Friday evening in Pennington for a First Friday Open House.

In-store gallery featuring the works Hopewell Valley Regional School District’s Advanced Placement art class. Live music with the soulful Jim Arkus and samples with a local food producer. Complimentary snacks, beer, and wine. Stock up for the weekend and have fun while you’re at it!

Blue Moon Acres Farm Market, 11 Willow Creek Drive in Pennington
Friday, June 6, 2014 from 4-7pm
FREE

By | May 16th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

Weekly: Children’s Storytime in the Garden

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Join us every Thursday morning from 11 to noon in Pennington for a special children’s storytime in our garden. Ali Morgan, wife of farm manager Scott Morgan, will foster your child’s imagination through her readings.

RSVPs requested on the Facebook event or by calling the market at 609-737-8333.

By | May 16th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

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