Thursday, July 30

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GardenWalk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in America, started right here on the West Side of Buffalo. Over 20 years ago about 25 gardeners founded the event as a way to change the image of their neighborhood and to proclaim to the world there was beauty and value here.  While GardenWalk looked a lot different this year 5 Loaves Farm was still able to partake in one of the special programs they offer.

As the event grew, GardenWalk has been able to give out grants to community organizations for projects to improve and beautify their neighborhoods.  This year we received one such award to install native plants along the “hell-strip”, or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the road. These plantings will not only help beautify the neighborhood but actually play an important role in increasing the fertility of the farm and our connections to our neighbors. Continue reading “Thursday, July 30”

Thursday, July 23

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“Let’s go! Hurry up!” Shouts and laughter accompanied the thundering sound of sixteen feet hitting the pavement, racing down the sidewalk to the great befuddlement of neighborhood dog-walkers and passers-by. Ah yes, the vibrant energy of youth. For 4 weeks, from July to August, 5 Loaves Farm is much improved by the smiling faces, mischievous grins, and dedicated work of our summer youth interns. Continue reading “Thursday, July 23”

Thursday, July 16

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At 5 Loaves Farm, we play many games with our youth employees, but one of our favorites is a game called “The 3 Abilities.” It is a team-building game that highlights a combination of values such as connection, generosity, responsibility, and growth, that we try to highlight here on the farm. Art on the Farm, the farm’s summer fundraiser, is also a perfect picture of what this combination of values looks like. Continue reading “Thursday, July 16”

Wednesday, July 2

mulberries

The taste of a mulberry takes me right back under the shade of the enormous mulberry tree at my grandparents’ house.  It’s thick arching limbs were perfect for climbing. However, there was no need to climb to get more than your fill of berries.  The ends of the limbs draped down almost right to the ground, with free-ranging chickens right underneath gobbling up the carpet of berries that covered the ground beneath the tree.

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Thursday, June 18

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Famous chef and local food advocate, Dan Barber, says in his book The Third Plate, that recipes and fine cuisine originated from people taking whatever nature was providing during a given season and doing what they needed to make it taste good. Resourcefulness is a necessary quality in many aspects of life, but especially to cooks and farmers.

Garlic scapes are a good example of this.

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Thursday, June 4

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This year has been one for the books, to put it lightly…  As farmers, we work hard planning, planting, weeding, watering, fighting off pests, all to ensure a good harvest. However, there are so many realities that are beyond our control; there are larger forces at work that cause a seed to sprout (and a global pandemic), that drive the weather patterns (and racial justice protests), that cause a harvest (and a life) to be bountiful or sparse.  As we share the “first fruits” of our CSA harvest with our members today, we are reminded that a bountiful harvest is the result of much more than just a farmer’s hard work. Continue reading “Thursday, June 4”

Thursday, May 28

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By now it should be clear that Community Supported Agriculture represents a different way to connect to your food source, with increased variety, the freshness of picked-that-day produce, new tastes, and benefits to the community and local economy.

You should also recognize that sourcing your food through a CSA farm share is also different in terms of access and convenience.  So let’s go through some of the logistics of farm share pick-up. Continue reading “Thursday, May 28”