Friday, August 13, 2010

High Ground Farm on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour September 18-19


Carolina Farm Stewardship, Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will be September 18-19 this year, and High Ground Farm is, again, one of the 24 farms, which will offer a tour, and goods for sale from the farm. It is a wonderful way to connect with the many farms that supply the delicious vegetables, eggs, fruits, meats, and cheeses for local markets, restaurants, and grocery stores in the area.

A ticket may be purchased online, at a Triangle Whole Foods Market, or on the day of the Tour at the first farm you visit. It is a celebration of farm life, and all the wonderful produce brought to you by the farmers and the land. A lovely day of adventure for you and your family and friends!

The Summer, a Flurry of Produce !




The summer is a flurry of activity: Tomato gathering, cutting basil from the kitchen garden, gathering eggs from the soft and gentle hens, washing, and packaging the bounty...and taking them to the waiting Chefs, and Whole Foods! My kitchen is more often, than not, littered with basil leaves, tomatoes waiting for me to freeze for the winter; jars, baskets, labels, and ribbons.

The usual events of country living unfold daily: Hens sitting on eggs, Thomas stalking mice in the barn, a Copperhead spotted in the Periwinkle thicket, crows whooping down on the maize yellow pears high in the ancient pear tree, the sound of a Bobcat cry jolting me from deep sleep, a face to face meeting with a coyote in the back pasture, and of course Calum always at my side to see it all.

There is such wonder and beauty here!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Java Chicks AUBURN

3 weeks ago I received a surprise call from Tim Christakos, who works at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago. For years he has been collaborating with Garfield Farm to carefully breed the Java Chicken. He is responsible for bringing back the thought to be extinct White Java...AND NOW the very rare AUBURN JAVA which is making a come back. I was delighted to hear he had some extra Javas including the AUBURN Java. These beautiful chicks are doing well after a rocky start due to being lost between Chicago and North Carolina...OH MY. I have 4 Auburns, and one Black Java with a Auburn gene which was tagged at the Museum. I will keep careful records and let Tim know what happens as they mature, and have offspring. I had 4 Auburn's hatch from my Black Java stock (also out of Garfield Farm stock) this spring. The rooster was black but had a recessive Auburn gene. It takes many people who are dedicated to maintaining breed standard, and a careful breeding program to promote this wonderful breed, the Java.

The pasture fence is completed


After weeks of work, the 3 acre pasture is fenced! With the help of my sons, and anyone who would lend a hand, the tomato garden is fenced to protect from the deer AND the hens. The pasture is fenced to keep the hens in their space and out of the vegetable and flower gardens. What a ordeal it was before, with constant herding to keep them out of the seedlings!

The hens are so happy to be out all day the lush green grass, and Red Clover. They send the day scratching up worms, bugs,chasing butter flys and AHHhh yes, the dust baths. It is a pretty sight to see. They are so peaceful.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

High Ground Farm Table Local Market Schedule May 2, 2010




The High Ground Farm Table will be at Whole Foods Market in Cary, NC Sunday May 2 from 11am until 3pm. The Table will be brimming with cut herbs; English Roses; Heirloom Tomato Plants; Bird Houses, Bat Houses made from reclaimed cedar and pine; watercolor chicken and garden cards; "Hen and Chick" oil on canvas painting, and a limited number of high quality prints; AND OF COURSE there will be rich, delicious Java Hen eggs available in the produce section of Whole Foods Market. See you there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Java Chickens featured on , " The Chicken Whisperer" on Blog Talk Radio

Today I had the opportunity to talk about Java Chickens, on "The Chicken Whisperer" a Blog Talk Radio program, click on Link to the Right to hear the entire program. Such fun to share ideas about promoting the Java Chicken breed! The program also provides daily information on keeping backyard poultry, sustainable farming, and many other topics of interest for the small farmer.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

High Ground Farm Table Local Market Schedule

High Ground Farm tomato plants, Art, Birdhouses and Bags will be available at the Fuquay Fresh Local Farmers Market at Soil Toppers in Fuquay-Varina, Saturday April 10 from 9 until 1; Whole Foods Market, Cary, NC-Sunday April 11 from 11am until 3pm.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Heirloom Tomato Plants FOR SALE!



The Heirloom Tomato Plants are BEAUTIFUL! Potted in organic 3 inch pots and READY for your garden! 3 dollars each.They are available by pick up from the greenhouse by calling John at 919-422-0308.

Heirloom Tomato plants are also part the High Ground Farm Table at Cary Whole Foods in Cary, NC Saturday April 3 from 9-3, along with Farm Bags, Farm inspired art note cards, oil paintings, and a limited number of chicken and chick prints.

Beginning in mid-April the High Ground Farm Table will be at the Fuquay Fresh @ Soiltoppers, in Fuquay Varina, NC. This market will offer LOCAL farm produce, art, and local music....a wonderful blend of local farm produce and talent! A great place for a family outing on Saturday morning!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pastured heirloom hen eggs


In High Ground Farm kitchen, beautiful pastured heirloom breed hen eggs are carefully inspected, cleaned and packaged. The yolks are dark orange, making a delicious meal, or any recipe better. Available at Whole Foods Market in Cary, NC, and this summer at a farmers market to be announced later.

UPDATE ON THE FARM


We have been VERY busy on the Farm over the past month. Dan Jarman and I added insulation to the new hen house to keep the girls warm in all this winter weather. We also built a great fenced compose area under the trap door used to push out all the chicken manure and bedding. I am so pleased with this very useful detail. Clean out is quick with a push broom. Dan kept the flooring, and the trim around the trap door smooth so VERY EASY. I am looking forward to using this rich compose soil this summer to grow lots of Heirloom Tomatoes, and vegetables.

I have carefully selected Heirloom Tomatoes for the garden this year. Cherokee Purple, Homestead, Morgage Lifter, Orange Flesh Purple Smudge to name a few. The Tomato garden spot is being enriched with compose, and soon to be fenced. I am so excited. Hope to see you all at Whole Foods in Cary, NC. and the Farmers Market.

I continue to be inspired by this peaceful wonderful place...HIGH GROUND FARM. Chicken scenes catch my eye and have to be put on canvas. These works are available at THE FARM SHOP.