After two years of managing East Hill CSA, the agriculture department at East Hill Farm is undergoing a transition. We will not be continuing East Hill CSA for the 2013 season, but we plan to continue our dedication to alternative & sustainable agriculture. We would like to thank the JCC staff and all of our wonderful members for two seasons of support and community.
If you are in the Rochester area and would like to join a CSA for the 2013 season, please consider Mud Creek Farm.
To stay updated on East Hill Farm and the future of our agriculture department, check here or visit our site at rfag.org.
Sweet Black Australorp Hen
We’ve always had chickens at East Hill Farm but now we’re able to offer our eggs to CSA members at the distributions in Brighton and on the Farm. This winter we acquired some new laying hens, bringing our flock up to about 75 Black Australorps and Red Stars. They are very sweet to each other and to us – nice birds to hang out with. They eat organic feed from Lakeview Organic Grain just 20 minutes from us in Penn Yan, NY. They also free range in our orchard, scratching up every tender morsel they can find (and helping the trees out while they’re at it)! We took the hens on because a friend was downsizing his flock and needed a new home for these sweeties, who were only 9 months old at the time – right in their laying prime. They’ve been very good to us, laying the most delicious eggs we could imagine in all different shades of cream, tan and brown. We’ve been making meringues, frittatas, Shakshuka, homemade mayonnaise, souffles and much more. So we want to share these incredible eggs with you! You’ll be able to purchase eggs from our farm at the pick ups when you get your veggie and/or bread shares. Why not an egg CSA? Not every family eats a dozen eggs every week, and we are newer at raising hens than raising veggies. So we thought we’d try it out like this, and perhaps move to an egg share if response is positive. Let us know if you’re excited about these amazing eggs coming to a CSA pick up near you!
2012 Shares in East Hill CSA are still available! Join us today, or tell a friend about us.
Lots of new ideas are in the works for East Hill CSA this season to make it a more efficient, delicious and fun experience for the members and farmers who are in this adventure together. Offering our eggs as an add-on item is just one, and we’ll post more in the coming weeks. Let us know if you have an inspired CSA innovation that we could try: easthillcsa (at) gmail (dot) com.
Hello! It’s that time of year again – things are starting to look a little green around the edges on the farm! There’s a lot happening up at East Hill. We’re really excited about this growing season, and it’s not too late to join us for an exciting season of vegetables and community. Join now!
Fresh Spring Lettuce!
What’s up on the farm
- Starting seeds under grow lights in our seeding room – leeks, onions, parsley, celeriac and some brassicas are first.
- Making sure all of our tools are in working order – sharpened, oiled and organized.
- Finalizing our budget to make sure that we stay on track throughout the growing season.
- Revamping our post-harvest handling shed to make way for our new root vegetable barrel washer.
- Choosing our team of WWOOFers and interns for the growing season.
- Processing new members’ registrations and payments as they come in.
- Attending CSA events around the local community. Sign up for your share with our online registration form!
This winter, we were able to make some of our farming dreams come true. We found items for sale from other farms and snapped them up. The two main purchases were:
- A root vegetable washer like this one to wash carrots, beets, turnips, and other root veggies clean.
- An Allis Chalmers G cultivating tractor – a tool that will cut down on the time we spend weeding and help us grow more efficiently. We found this 1950s era beauty at a farm just down the road in Potter, NY. Eventually we’d like to follow in the footsteps of other radical organic farmers and convert her to electric power!
Delicious Easter Egg Radishes
If you’d like to receive immediate notification when we open registration for the 2012 East Hill CSA, let us know at easthillcsacheckout.com. That way, you’ll be sure to get your share!