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Hello All! Apologizes for disappearing for months. Things have been slow around that farm this winter. And our summer harvest was kind of a flop because the deer demolished nearly all of our crops. We also lost 14 chickens in October to what we assume was a coyote, or two. Which leads me to the reason for my post, which is rather urgent in nature, especially for those of my readers whom live in Solon, Ohio.

I just caught wind of this article tonight:

http://www.cleveland.com/solon/index.ssf/2014/01/solon_planning_commission_deba.html

Essentially, Solon planning commission wants to make a bunch of changes to current zoning laws, to go on ballot in November. They had a public forum last Tuesday, which I didn’t go to, because I didn’t know about it!! I read the full details of the proposed zoning code amendments on the city website. Here’s the bullet points that affect us most:

  • They want to limit the number of chickens or ducks permitted to each household to two. TWO! Most places won’t even sell you two chickens. You usually have to buy 6 or more, since they’re, you know, FLOCK ANIMALS!! Two chickens isn’t even enough eggs to supply our family for a week. This is totally arbitrary and unacceptable. There is a note that an “alternative” could be limiting it based on the amount of acreage the household has. That makes more sense, but still is impinging on my freedom for self-sustainability!! Are you outraged with me yet?!?!
  • No animals higher than 30 inches. Horses, cows, pigs, goats, etc. Although, and I quote “This may or may not ultimately be determined to be appropriate for the City, but reflects a growing national trend…” UM YEAH! BECAUSE WE’RE TIRED OF GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATIONS TELLING US WHAT TO EAT!! C’Mon PEOPLE!!

Also, it’s proposed that agricultural zoning of any kind be removed from the books!they really don’t want us to farm!

I find this all disturbing, considering this was presented to the city council in November, not long after the board was presented with our farm operation so we could get a variance for our high tunnels. Hmmmm, wonder who this amendment is aimed at?! We felt supported when we left the council meeting, and have had nothing but support from our friends and neighbors here in Solon. This is like a punch in the guts. Seriously.

If you live in Solon, or even if you don’t, please feel free to reach out the city council. You can find your ward representative and contact them here:

http://www.solonohio.org/index.aspx?NID=594

I’ll keep you posted on any public forums, as I become aware.

As the rest of the area, and country recognize the need for freedom of choice and self sufficiency in our food systems, and are becoming more lenient in their laws, here we are, already established farmers getting our freedoms revoked.

Please support us by contacting the council or attending meetings. It’s time the little guys stop getting trampled!

Much love,

Linde

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Readers, friends, and fellow farmers, what a summer it has been! If you’ve never worked full time, had a newborn, and attempted to get a new farm afloat, well you just haven’t lived! Take it from me, it brings the word exhaustion a whole new meaning. But, it’s most definitely worth it.

There have been so many things happen, and so many things more we want to do. The summer is just flying by, and one of the things that’s had to go by the wayside is our blogging. So I’d like to give you an update. Because of lack in mental gumption, I’ll use pictures to do the talking. Enjoy!

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-Linde

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  1. Baby Beet Greens
  2. Kale
  3. Mustard Greens
  4. Radishes (Don’t mind the appearance, I just hadn’t washed them yet!)
  5. Peas
  6. Mixed Greens
  7. Basil
  8. Green Onions

No chemicals, and no GMO! Just hardwork and love went into these veggies!!

We have lots of extras, so most of the above is available for purchase! Come and get it!

-Linde

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005 CSA Week 2:

  • English Breakfast Radishes
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • Green Onions
  • Chives
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Mustard Greens
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Snow Peas

Tomato Plant Sale Blow-Out!

We have some odds and ends tomato plants. They’re beautiful, and headed to the compost bin if we don’t have any takers! I’ll give them to you for $1.00! (Remember, they’re heirloom, and chemical free!) You can’t beat that deal!

Be sure to check our “For Sale” tab! We have other goodies!

And a special THANK YOU!:

To my sister-in-law, and new volunteer farm hand, Anne, who has done an AWESOME job weeding, now that I’m back at work, and falling behind… 🙂 Thank you ANNE!

(She also makes some MEAN salmon!!)

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And just for fun…

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-Linde

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This weekend has been warm, dry and beautiful. Perfect for getting our warm weather crops in the ground. But, things were a little crazy around the farm, too! Read on…

When we got to work, everyone was laying down on the job.

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We even found the supervisor sleeping….again.

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Birdie was the only helpful one, feverishly collecting dandelion seeds before they spread to the garden.

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Unfortunately, Farmer Rich offended her by something he said, so she stormed off.

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Then, as I was attempting to collect eggs, I ran into a turf war! Fancy “The Boots” was not please that Greta “No Thumbs” was occupying her territory. Yikes!  I didn’t stick around to see how it ended… 014

Despite the shenanigans, we managed to get our peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes planted. We have another bed prepped for our squash and pumpkins, to be planted later this week.

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It’s shaping up to be a good season!

-Linde

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It’s tomato planting time!017

We still have a limited quantity of 10 varieties of tomato plants available. You won’t be able to buy these at any garden center!

They’re GMO-free, and grown in organic soil with no chemicals. And only $3.00/plant.

Remaining varieties are:

  • Romanesco
  • Rutgers
  • Eva Purple Heart
  • Evergreen
  • Mortgage lifter
  • Pink Ox heart
  • Stupice
  • Cabin
  • German Johnson
  •  German Lunchbox

You can find complete descriptions of these plants, from my earlier post, by clicking here.

We also have very limited quantity of basil, peppers and eggplant seedlings.

We’ll be home planting most of the weekend, so send a message or call me at 216-903-2184 if you’re interested!

-Linde

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Should be full of seeds in the next few days!

If any of the locals are interested in purchasing seedlings from us again this year, please let me know so I can have enough of what you want. We have many varieties of different vegetables, so just ask! Check out our “For Sale” tab for more information.

-Linde

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