We Want to Make Nutrition Available to ALL | eastwestfarm

Hunger and poor nutrition is more widespread than most of us realize. As a firefighter/EMT, I see people every day whose poor health is directly related to their diet and many of them are caught in the trap of having limited money and resources to feed themselves and their family appropriately. People who live in poverty will sadly choose the cheapest source of calories rather than fresh fruit and vegetables. This doesn’t just affect the impoverished, many a working middle class family finds themselves strapped for funds when an emergency strikes and their food choices become limited. Our goal is to start a garden ministry with the help of churches, food banks, and volunteers and give healthy food to those who need it.

Below is a survey to allow us to gauge the level of support we can expect and will give us data to provide those with unused land whom we will approach about hosting such a garden. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and let us know how you can help. No amount of support is too small!

Once this project is underway, this page will be updated to show the progress we are making.

Matthew 25:35

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Why Would You Get Your Food From Us?

There are a variety of reasons to get your meat from a small family farm such as ours. Here’s a list of of our standards and values.

No subsidies, grants, or other tax payer funded “freebies” for us. Corporate welfare is rampant in agriculture which creates an illusion of low prices. Typically, the larger the “farm” (think Tyson, Pilgrim, Smithfield) they greater their tax breaks and handouts. Sadly many small farms get suckered into participating in government funded conservation programs in order to get their own slice of the pie. While conservation efforts are commendable, and we strive to have as positive an impact on the environment as possible, I don’t believe that we should be seeking to take hard earned money from fellow tax payers to do so and further contributes to a national debt that continues to spiral like a never ending whirlpool.

Speaking of conservation and the environment, we seek to be the best stewards of our natural resources that we can be. Just because we have opposable thumbs and the gift of being at the top of the food chain, does not mean that we can rape and destroy the ecology for our gain. We do not apply chemical fertilizers to our soil, we do not spray any insecticides, and we do not use any herbicides on our farm. A farm should also serve as a sanctuary to all manner of insects, birds, and other wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, we do use measures to control vermin such as rats and mice or else we would be overrun but poison has no place here.

We believe in raising food as naturally as possible for the utmost in nutrient density. When we work within the design of nature, high yields of nutritionally superior food is possible. We fertilize only with compost and and animal manures. We allow our animals to demonstrate their inherent behaviors and instincts. Cows are ruminants and should only feed on forages such as grasses and legumes. Chickens are omnivores and should be allowed to hunt the pasture for bugs. Pigs are also omnivores and should not be housed in barns on concrete but should be outdoors with access to woods and pasture. Biodiversity is of the utmost importance to a healthy ecology and it’s elimination by the modern food system is causing untold damage.

We’re local and support local. We do business with other local businesses so when you support us, your dollars stay within your community rather than supporting the bottom line of a foreign corporation or to fund the dividends of Wall Street investors. We also do business with other small farms and even work with them at times.

We believe in animal welfare. It is our duty to care for them and treat them with respect and dignity. Just because they are destined to be our food, does not mean they should be denied compassion and humane treatment. When price and convenience are your sole standards for your meats, you are supporting a system that subjects animals to cruel, indecent conditions.

It is up to you the type of world future generations will inherit.

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COLE CROPS AND COLE SLAW

Ever wonder where the term “Cole Slaw” comes from? Turns out it is made from one of the “Cole” crops which are plants from the mustard family. Those include: mustard, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, collards, kale, turnips, cauliflower and watercress.
These are all cool season crops that can be planted in fall and harvested in early spring or planted in early spring and harvested in early summer. Some are more sensitive to heat or cold than others. Lets take a look at each.

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Feed Yourself From Your Yard, Part One

So I’m breaking away a little from my usual blogging topic of discussing the goings on here on our farm to talk a bit about self sufficiency for the typical suburbanite. That is, if the typical suburbanite is ready to become an atypical suburbanite.

More and more people who live in subdivisions are beginning to wake up to the fact that they are entirely too dependent on an industrial, multinational, unsustainable food system that churns out nutrient deficient, environmentally destructive, and inhumanely produced food, especially when it comes to meat. This is a system that is dependent on huge quantities of petroleum, tax payer subsidies, and international debt in order to operate. Just recently it’s come to light that Chinese corporations that answer to their government have increased their ownership of of American agriculture, most notably with the acquisition of Smithfield foods, the largest pork producer in the world. Financed by the Chinese national bank.

But I digress. So what is someone to do? How does one hedge against this current system that will likely one day fail, but not before food prices skyrocket out of control? Many folks seek out small local farms such as ours, to support and get their food from. But ultimately, you have to take some matters into your own hands and grow some of your own food. Naturally the first thing one may think of is planting a garden. Sadly, in America this is no longer normal and many communities actually have ordinances against tilling up a lawn to plant a garden. Most subdivisions were not designed with vegetable gardens in mind with shaded and sloping lots not to mention the minimal amount of soil available to plant in. But you should not allow these obstacles to keep you from your goal of self sufficiency.

So what can you do? First of all, if you don’t live in a neighborhood that deprives you of your right to garden your own land, I strongly recommend getting a copy of the book, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. This was my number one resource when I first started gardening. This method uses raised beds, does not require the uses of a tiller and is great for sloping ground. Rather than planting directly into your soil, which is likely very deficient, vegetables are planted into a soil mix of compost, peat moss, and vermiculite. The book spells it all out in a very simple and easy to understand verbiage.

Square Foot Gardening

Second, reevaluate your landscaping. Replace ornamental trees, though pretty to look at and cast some shade on your windows, with fruit trees. Check with your local gardening groups or extension agent for what varieties grow best in your area. Here in north Georgia, pears and apples do quite well and can be grown in many regions. You may want to seek out some classes on their care and pruning. Replace shrubbery with blue berry, Goose berry, Currant, and honeyberry shrubs to name a few. Blackberries and raspberries require little maintenance once established and can be trellised neatly along the sides of the house. You can blend herbs and low growing vegetables into the flower beds. It will take a year or so before trees bear fruit, but in the meantime you can look around your neighborhoods and you may find established trees loaded with fruit. Many folks will gladly allow you to harvest from them. I still do this very thing to supplement our gardens.

Blueberries

Third, there are innovative alternatives to traditional gardening if all you have is a deck or patio. Containers like pots, boxes, and even buckets can be used to grow all manner of garden veggies. A new product that I’ve just discovered is the Garden Tower. As the name suggests, it is a vertical growing method that allows for the production of a larger volume of food on a smaller footprint. Being aeroponic, it requires no soil at all and could possibly allow for year round production if brought indoors.

Garden Tower

This is just the beginning to securing freedom from the traditional food model most of us grew up in. There are still many questions that remain such as; What about meat? How do I make compost? What do I do in the winter? Stay tuned and these topics will be addressed in future posts. Now it’s bedtime and I have cows to milk in the morning.

Don’t forget your milk money!

This is just a friendly reminder that it’s the first of the month so please don’t forget to get your milk payments in. If you’d like to pay online, you can use the following link, www.cash.me/$EWF. Thank you to those who chose to pay their milk up for a year. We are working on adding at least one more cow to the herd and by doing this, you are helping us get closer to our goal. We also have a large alfalfa and hay bill and this program goes a long way in helping us buy up in bulk for a slightly better price. If you are interested in taking part in this program, please email us for more details.

The next chicken day(s) is July 10 at 4:30 – 6:00 and July 11 from 9:00 – 10:00. Don’t forget your one gallon freezer bags and coolers with ice.

Thanks to our friend Jeffrey Anthony, the garden is producing well. At present, vegetables can be purchased at the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market on Sundays and occasionally on Saturdays. We will be relaunching Marietta Locally Grown so that you can place an order for veggies and other products for pick up at the farm on Saturdays.

This Friday we are conducting a Freedom on the Farm tour and picnic. Farm members receive a 50% discount on admission, normally $10 for adults, $5 for children 15 and under, under 3 are free. Families (parents and their children) are $30 if your family is larger than the average of 2 adults and 2 kids. The picnic lunch (bring your own blanket) will feature our own meat and vegetables. Please email us your RSVP and you can send in your payment via the link up in the first paragraph. This is a great opportunity to experience where your food comes from and get an idea of what it takes to get milk in a jar and chickens on ice. Please invite your friends and family to come learn about locally grown real food.

Thank you for choosing us for your real food.
Daniel Seedorf

Help Fund a Milk Cow – Get Milk and Then Some

It’s become necessary for us to look to add new cows to our herd with the continuing growth in demand. However, with the price of a good to better than average Jersey ranging from $1500 – $3000, It’s no small purchase. We’re asking for a bit of help by paying for a year’s worth of milk in advance. As a thank you, we’re also tacking on a couple of perks in the form of farm membership credit and a 5% discount on a whole pig and a free bacon making class. Send an email to eastwestfamilyfarm@gmail.com to contact us about how you can keep us milking and providing the best possible food from our pastures.

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Intern and Learn at East West Farm

Come Farm With Us.

The Seedorfs

The Seedorfs

We are seeking interns who would like to learn the skills needed to raise ethical food. Our focus is on working with animals and therefore your education will primarily be in animal husbandry, milking cows, milk handling/processing, processing animals for food (namely chickens, rabbits, and pigs), and basic butchery. You will also have the opportunity to learn from our friends who manage the vegetable operation.

We are looking for 4 to 6 people who are:

  • Eager to learn and work.
  • Aren’t afraid to get dirty.
  • Works well with others and animals.
  • Are self starters and intuitive problem solvers.
  • Passionate about real food.
  • Pro family values and comfortable with children and working with our farm members.

You give:

  • Saturday mornings 7:30 -11:30 (may alternate 2 weekday evenings in 2 hour blocks 5:00-7:00 on occasion).
  • Attend at least one chicken processing day which are generally the last Friday of the month in lieu of normal schedule that week (see event calendar).
  • Farm Labor: Feeding animals, fence construction, building coops and pens, shoveling sh….stuff, property/land care.
  • One session of at least 20 weeks starting the first week of July. We will take late comers, and we’re fine if you want to start sooner.

What you get:

  • Hands on education. Learn at our side and gain the confidence that you can farm. Your experience will culminate in managing the farm with the other interns at or near the end of the session.
  • East West Farm T-shirt
  • On occasion food we produce.
  • Work on a piece of land that has been saved from development in Cobb County just west of Marietta, GA.
  • Meet other farmers and like minded people.

Please fill out this form below and include your resume (optional but definitely a bonus). Send via email to eastwestfamilyfarm@gmail.com

East West Farm Intern Application

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