Thursday, October 29

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Knowing the farmer who grew your food is the best way to know if you are getting the freshest and healthiest food available.  Food today comes with all kinds of certifications and labels, like “non-GMO”, “organic”, or “all-natural”.  These can be misleading and/or confusing.  It has been suggested that the most important certification you can look for in your food is face certification”; can you look into the face of the people who grew this produce when you buy it?!

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Thursday, October 15

During October the CSA farm share pick-up has been located inside the 5 Loaves Farmhouse at 70 W. Delavan.  This structure, once a falling down house, has been transformed into a center not only for the farm, but for the community as well.  Even in the midst of the current pandemic, this facility has provided numerous opportunities for 5 Loaves Farm to welcome the community into this space.

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Thursday, October 8

Last week, at the end of a long day of harvesting for the market, Matt grabbed a few hibiscus calyxes from our cultural garden and showed us an easy method of brewing tea with them. It was delicious, and I think a good metaphor for how our Contemplation & Cultivation group functions. For an hour on Saturday mornings we share contemplative spiritual practices, call them recipes, both ancient and contemporary, with the hopes that everyone will take them home, work them into their lives, and make their own recipes for daily spiritual health. Then, we get to work.

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Thursday, October 1

Two weeks ago, Mark Herskind delivered two massive truck loads of hemlock that will be used to re-side the farmhouse on West Avenue, in the same board-and-batten style of the farmhouse on West Delavan. In imagining the farm being bookended aesthetically, I was reminded of a quote by Walter Brueggemann, who in 1977 wrote:

“Whereas pursuit of space may be a flight from history, a yearning for a place is a decision to enter history with an identifiable people in an identifiable pilgrimage.” 

Identifiable people? Identifiable pilgrimage? This got me thinking, how might 5 Loaves Farm actually be identified?

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Thursday, September 24

A big part of why 5 Loaves Farm started was to bring beauty and hope into our neighborhood where once there had been blight and neglect. We’ve planted many flower gardens along the way, most of them filled with flowers that help promote pollinators to come and visit our farm and add a splash of beauty into the landscape of our neighborhood. But over the past few years, we’ve been blessed to work with Christy of Nickel City Floral to add a lot more flowers to the farm and use them to bless people throughout our city!

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Thursday, September 10

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A large part of why 5 Loaves Farm first came to exist is because we wanted to grow healthy food and make it available to anyone in our neighborhood.  Because food plays such an important role in culture, providing access also means providing culturally relevant foods to our neighbors.  Over the past four years we’ve been learning & experimenting with growing these cultural crops, and last fall, as part of the United Way’s Pitch 10 competition, we were awarded funding to create new garden space specifically for growing these crops.  This spring we were able to construct the first half of the garden, but on Saturday, September 19th, we’re looking for a group of people to help us complete this project.  Continue reading “Thursday, September 10”

Thursday, September 3

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If anything typifies the past six months, it is change… changing statistics, changing regulations, changing plans, changing how we live life together as a society; changes on both global and local levels.  Locally, at 5 Loaves Farm we’ve experienced changes in staffing, changes in the market, changes in the seasons.  Globally we’re facing changes dut to the pandemic, but also a due to a changing climate. Continue reading “Thursday, September 3”

Thursday, August 27

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Finding sustainable and safe ways to deal with pests is one of the organic farmer’s biggest challenges.

Every year flea beetles, a small insect that feeds on the brassica (cabbage/mustard) family, wreak havoc on our crops. They feed most during hot spring and summer days, and the hot dry weather we’ve had has provided an ideal environment for them to thrive. Our mustard greens, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, kale, arugula have all been decimated by these tiny pests, seriously impacting our ability to bring these crops to market.

How we approach this problem and its implications, highlight some of the key concepts of organic farming and key differences from conventional farming.

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Thursday, August 13

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Growth is one of the core values of 5 Loaves Farm; that inside of all of us there has been planted hopes and dreams that we were created to pursue and grow towards.  Over the past four weeks, we have had eight youth from our neighborhood working on the farm, and in the process of them helping the farm to grow, hopefully this experience has been helping them grow towards their goals and dreams. Continue reading “Thursday, August 13”