Thanks for all the texts and photos showing what you are making with your weekly farm fresh vittles from the Powder Keg Farms CSA. We love it! #nomnom #PKF #eatyourveggies
Our “Kelso Poppies” are showing their pretty faces in the garden right now—and what a beautiful sight they are to behold! People regularly ask about them as they are unusual, so here’s the backstory… The Kelsos were the landowners on our homestead 75 years ago. When we arrived and a fragile pink poppy with a purplish center emerged, we salvaged it! From one lone poppy, we now have hundreds throughout the garden. As a special treat to our CSA shareholders, this week each basket will contain a packet of Kelso Poppy seeds so they can grow their own and keep this rare breed of poppy alive and well for generations to come—a nice parting gift as we transition to the Summer CSA beginning next week! In addition to the poppy, we also saved and repopulated the original pear tree on the property and irises that eventually appeared. I continue to feel blessed to have learned gardening skills from my grandmother and be a part of the giving and taking from the earth in such a wholesome, nurturing way.
This short video says so much about why farming is important. Please watch it and share. #PKF #farming #smallfarm #careaboutfarming #careaboutyourfood
We’re busy bees over here, and our bees are busy, too because we now have two hives here at PKF! They stand about 100 feet from the garden spaces and look a little different than some of the traditional beehives you might be used to seeing—because they are horizontal hives. The bees build sideways instead of up, and the long legs mean no mice or possums to worry about, plus are a little easier on the beekeepers. Over the weekend, we installed 100,000 bees (wow!)—and no one was stung except our dog, Willa. Our bees are being managed by beekeeper Noreen Dunlap, who also lives in High View.
Just like PFK’s produce and poultry, the bees are also Certified Naturally Grown. Their primary purpose is to increase produce pollination (which is needed for plants to reproduce), but a nice fringe benefit is the honey they will make here on the farm. Natural honey has many health benefits—and is delicious! #PKF #beehappy #honeydo
Some weeks you lose a farm hand, and other weeks you gain a couple (or in this case, four!). Each one is a different color and cute as can be. Welcome to Powder Keg Farms, little ones. #PKF #meow #awwww
And we just love this! Certified Naturally Grown farms and apiaries are committed to the highest ideals of sustainable agriculture. They are great folks, and we are proud to qualify as one of their "poster farmers!" #YayUs
Our Spring CSA is full and we are crowing our thanks over here on the farm. We're so excited to get this party started on April 1st (and that's no April Fool's joke, either)! Thank you to every one of you who supports us in our heritage farming endeavors. It means a lot! #PKF #PKFCSA #Cockadoodledoo
Guess who is Capon Bridge Middle School's official local farmer for the 2019-20 school year? Yup...Powder Keg Farms! We'll be delivering wholesome food their 300-strong student body can enjoy and feel good about! While we may begin delivering a few things this spring, real production will commence in August with the new school year. We are over the moon about helping these young students eat quality food that's good for brain power, building muscles and growing humans! #GoPKF #GoBobcats