We are planning to expand our production a little more than we had expected and so we are going to add a fourth internship position. If you have contemplated applying but haven’t because you felt it might be too late, please consider applying now.
We have 3-4 internship opportunities available for the 2014 season. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2014.
Interns will receive hands-on training in sustainable farming methods as well as in the business of starting and running a farm. Small stipends are available, as well as free accommodation and all the delicious produce you can eat.
See our internship page for more information.
After a series of setbacks from the Rim Fire, Government Shutdown, and evil ground squirrels, we have decided to close down for the winter starting November 1. We plan to start up again sometime in April. We still have plenty of Butternut and Delicata squash as well as pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers and a few other items, and will be open one last weekend on Thursday, October 31, and Saturday, November 2 outside Mountain Sage in Groveland.
This hasn’t been an easy decision. We felt a responsibility to the community to provide fresh produce as long as possible, and we knew from the previous winter that certain things do rather well here. Of course, we also needed the money to fund our start up next year.
So we feel we must explain what happened: We were trying to plant our fall crops just before and during the period of the Rim Fire. Busy with fire preparations, certain crops didn’t get planted or weren’t given the attention they required. We re-planted several things that failed, but then lost a number of crops to an infestation of ground squirrels. This was really the last straw, as by this time it was to late to re-plant things like beets or cabbage, and we would have ended up with a long gap with virtually nothing to sell.
But in many ways, closing up shop for the winter is a blessing. We are in desperate need of some time off! Of course, this means still working to prepare for the next season, but it will be far less hectic.
We want to thank all of our customers for your amazing support in our first season! There is no way we could have predicted the reception we received by the community, which has been universally supportive and kind.
Next year we plan to increase production, both in quantity and variety, and to have produce available for much longer in the season. We remain committed, however, to quality and freshness and of course to truly local farming.
We’ll continue to post occasional updates to our blog throughout the winter and look forward to seeing you all again in the spring!
We wanted to let everyone know that the farm will not be open on Thursday September 26 and that we will not be selling at the Groveland Farmer’s Market on the 27th or 28th.
We will be participating in the week-long Yosemite Facelift, a volunteer cleanup event put on by the Yosemite Climbing Association. We are also sponsoring a group dinner on the 28th at the Yellow Pine Campground.
The Yosemite Facelift is a fantastic opportunity to help give back to and care for one of the most beautiful places on earth. You don’t need to signup in advance or camp out to participate — just show up at the Visitor’s Center in Yosemite Valley any day from Wednesday Sept 25 to Sunday Sept 29 after 8am to pick up materials and get instructions. Every evening there is a raffle and climbing-related entertainment, but you don’t have to be a rock climber to enjoy it!
For more information and a full program, visit the Yosemite Climbing Association Website.
Although the Groveland Farmer’s Market will likely be winding down at the end of September we’ll still be there every Saturday morning. Our Thursday hours will continue as usual on October 3.
The lines on the south west edge of the Rim Fire near Pilot Ridge have been holding for a couple of days, giving us a chance to feel like everything will be ok. The direct danger to us was only ever a slight possibility, but the unpredictability of the fire and the fact that it was spreading south and west against prevailing winds has kept everybody in Greeley Hill on edge.
We have devoted most of the time since the fire began to additional fire preparations around the house. This being our first fire season we really weren’t clued in to all that needed to be done. We did all the basics fairly early on, and were told by Cal Fire that at least the main house was “in good shape”. But have a looming fire just miles away forced us to look much more closely at all the things that would make a difference if a fire were to come sweeping up the valley or if one were close enough to drop burning embers near the house.
As a result we’ve hauled away yards and yards of dry grass and leaves, re-enforced our fire break, cut back trees and made doubly sure to clean up any flammable materials away.
We are tremendously thankful that our property has not been directly impacted by the fire and feel so much more worry for our friends who had been evacuated or had their properties damaged. Seeing the help and support that was extended to those affected reminds us what a great community this is and how glad we are we decided to call it home.
But the fire has taken it’s toll. As with everybody in the area, we’ve lost a huge amount of business during peak season. We’ve been unable to work outside for extended periods because of the smoke, and the fire prep has taken valuable time away from planting crops and managing our fields.
I post all this because I hope that you will understand if we aren’t able to come through with some of the produce we have promised. The second harvest of corn, for example, has largely been eaten by raccoons that we haven’t had the time to deal with. Our entire lettuce crop is a bust, although we will replant.
It’s only today, knowing that the hard work of our amazing fire crews is meeting with much success, that I feel we can begin returning to normal and devoting our efforts to providing for our community.
We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support!
Although the Groveland Farmer’s Market has been cancelled for this weekend, we will be set up at Mountain Sage from about 8am until noon. We have melons, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers among other great produce.
We know that many of you are very concerned about the Rim Fire, as are we. The weekend Farmer’s Market has been cancelled, but we will be open on Thursday from 3-6pm as usual. We will have some wonderful melons and green peppers in addition to our usual offerings.
We just harvested over 60 lbs of Eden’s Gem, a wonderful heirloom melon with the most amazing flavor.
We’ll have these tomorrow at the open farm and Friday at the Groveland Market. I’m guessing we’ll sell out before Saturday, but we do have some fantastic Honeydew melons as well.
Most of you live in this area so you already know that the Rim Fire is mainly moving east — to the south along Pilot Ridge and to the north along the Tuolumne River drainage. We are concerned for our friends at Evergreen but we ourselves are in no danger — the western edge of the fire is about 6 miles from us at it’s closest and prevailing winds are keeping it from spreading too much to the west.
The gals at Growsemite were forced to evacuate their place, which is less than a mile from the fire’s edge at Ferretti Rd and Hwy 120. They are all safe and as far as we know there is no longer a threat to Casa Loma.
Even though we are safe this time, it’s yet another reminder that there is always more to be done in terms of fire preparation — we’ve put a bunch of time into raking up even more dry grass and clearing flammable “junk” from around the house.
Just a quick note about our “open farm” on Thursdays. From 3-6pm we set up a farm stand with everything we offer at the Farmer’s Market. Almost everything is discounted about 15-30%. Occasionally we’ll have items like green beans and corn that get sold out before the Groveland Market on Fridays.
We’re finding a large number of folks from the Greeley Hill side really appreciate being able to pick up incredibly fresh produce at what we feel are very reasonable prices without having to go “down the hill” or to Groveland. As word spreads the numbers are increasing. We added a small parking area across from the stand, but since our road is one lane, please be cautious as you enter the farm!
I’m so sorry we have sold out of corn for a little while — the next planting should be ready in about 2-3 weeks.
If you’d like a tour of the farm we are very happy to walk you around. Since we tend to be quite busy from about 3-4pm it’s generally best to come a little later for a tour.
One last thing: if you want to be sure you get an item that is popular, it never hurts to pre-order. Call anytime Monday-Wednesday with your order and we’ll be happy to put something aside for you — no deposit required!