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The Fields of Red Dog Farm: A Musical Journey

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The Fields of Red Dog Farm: A Musical Journey

Dan here! As the season is coming to a close, I reflect back on many fond memories throughout the season here at Red Dog Farm. I relocated to Jefferson County this year, specifically to work on the farm and find community. I’ve lived all over the US and even some parts of Mexico. I’m somewhat of a rambler if you will. One of my favorite parts of working at Red Dog Farm is the love I have for my co-workers. It’s a truly special group of people I have the honor and pleasure of working with daily. We all have our stories, our journeys that...

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Giving Thanks for Good Food

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Giving Thanks for Good Food

For many people, this Thursday and Friday mark Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day. It’s an often-complicated weekend that has different significance to different people—many times including family, food, travel and reflections of history and the things we have. For my family, it’s a chance to reunite, spend quality time, make good food, and take care of one another. I’m so excited to spend time with my family and share with them the food that my friends and I grow and harvest here at Red Dog Farm. One thing I’m especially...

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Rooted in Nourishing Roots

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Rooted in Nourishing Roots

What a time to be a farmer! Just when we thought the rains were coming, here we are basking in the November sun! No complaints here. Nothing lifts the spirits like some sunshine when this time last year we were swimming in mud brought about by an atmospheric river of rain. It’s wild to witness the farm as the seasons change. For me, this farm feels more and more like home. And when the fields start to empty and the crew shrinks, I imagine it’s what a parent must feel like when their kids go off to school and the house starts to feel a little...

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The Rain Has Arrived!

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The Rain Has Arrived!

Working on the farm is a lovely experience. There’s something very satisfying about working outdoors, in all weather conditions. I feel that it creates a deeper connection with the natural world, to really experience each and every season. With that in mind, I am pleased to announce the rain has arrived! I’m sure if you’re reading this, you are well of aware of the wet weather the region has started to experience once again. I, for one, welcome the precipitation. Sure, it’s not always easy working in the rain. A hot cup of coffee during break...

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Farm Photos

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Farm Photos

This week, enjoy some photos from around the farm this year! Eli is delighted by basil harvest. Mari and Alex ride the transplanter, planting lots and lots of baby plants. Natalie moves flats of baby plants from the greenhouse to the truck for transplant. Kayla enjoys the plot of crew sunflowers. We’re already looking forward to tulip season next spring!

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Pumpkin Season

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Pumpkin Season

Summer—it clung to the air till mid-October this year, wrapped around Jefferson County’s shoulders like a wool shawl on a sunny morning, bringing no few days in the mid 70’s, to the point that even the most diehard sun-baskers among us could not help but think that maybe a little rain would be nice. And, as if heeding the call of the falling leaves, summer has finally succumbed to the inevitable: the changing of the seasons, bringing with it not just the rain, but the fires to our hearths, the mud boots to our chilly feet, and yes, pumpkins,...

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A Poem for Autumn

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A Poem for Autumn

There comes a timeWhen roots are truly ready to be pulled from the earth.And we all feel the transitions.Cool foggy mornings have us in our thick coatsAnd the spinach is covered in frost.The sun still moves east to westBut with different hues and angles.We see each other in new ways.Our coolers are full of more color than they’ve seen all year;It turns out, the roots and bitter, spicy things show more signs of life,And they pull us all in by charming our eyesUntil we feel grounded. There’s a pile of squash at the Farmstand,You’ll see it.We...

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Welcome to Squash Ball Season

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Welcome to Squash Ball Season

With the transition into the fall season solidly behind us and the “Spooky Season” right ahead, autumn has given us a warm welcome. And with this new season, we’ve officially started one of the most beloved activities to those of us who work at Red Dog: squash harvest. Not only are we excited for the many beautiful types of squash that we now have in our Farmstand and market booths (including crowd favorites like delicatas, butternuts, and red kuris, plus lesser known delicacies like the odd-shaped buttercups and the ghostly blue hubbards),...

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The Story of Betsie’s Bulb Planter

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The Story of Betsie’s Bulb Planter

Last Thursday we pulled out our beast of a bulb planter and planted 26,000 tulip bulbs with four people in one hour. Every year it takes a little coercion to get the bulb planter to want to move again, and this year was no different. This implement was likely made in the 1950’s and is only used for about one hour every year. Talk about a specialized tool! Once we got it going, it did what it does best, plants bulbs!While we were planting, Nicole asked me how I came to grow tulips and own this planter and she enjoyed my answer so much, I...

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Harvesting the Fruits of Our Labor

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Harvesting the Fruits of Our Labor

Red Dog Farm is a magical place this time of year! With fall right around the corner, it’s very exciting to see just how much the farm has transformed since the spring. There are many moving parts on the farm as well as many people who come together to accomplish the tasks that translate into collective results. It’s really a treat working here. It’s a very dynamic and engaging job—every single day. This year was my first year on the farm, and I’ve learned so many things! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn to operate the...

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