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  • Waking Up From the California Dream | Green Gate Farms
    the sequoias in the Sierras It happened with sardines and mackerel in Monterey Bay Now it s happening with water in the Central Valley Like Texas California is gripped in a devastating drought The day we descended into the valley the massive Rim Fire started 75 miles to the north Two weeks later it was still threatening Yosemite Park and San Francisco s drinking water With this year s snowmelt at historic lows we saw reservoirs at half capacity from deep walled Lake Meade in Nevada to the wide open San Luis containment near Fresno Rivers were running nearly dry by the time they reached the valley For five carefree days we stayed at Deep Roots Farm in Watsonville courtesy of our Austin friends Peter and Sally Struble The owners Jeanne and Bob run a grass fed sheep and cow operation on 56 acres They had not seen rain in six months and now the dry season upon them their pastures looked frightfully brown even more so because they are surrounded on all sides by the great green miracle of modern farming Talk about intensive farming the valley makes up only 1 of the nation s farmland yet produces 8 of its agricultural output The right mix of soil sun and seasonable temperatures make it possible along with growing practices that rely on an arsenal of chemicals petro based fertilizer plastic mulch and a massive migrant labor force Don t get me wrong California farming is a marvel to behold It feeds much of the nation and makes a small organic farmer like me seem as insignificant as a drop in the bucket But here s the thing The bucket has a pretty big leak and you have to wonder if science and technology and human ingenuity can patch up it fast enough Deep Roots Farm is a rare throwback to earlier farming here it actually has a barn and a diversity of animals and trees Its symphony of natural sounds sheep cows chickens geese and guinea hens offset the spit spit spit of irrigation guns and loose plastic flapping in the breeze Odd as it seems there is little role for small farms here They are like a thorn in Big Ag s side And they are threatened from above and below as well changing weather patterns polluted aquifers increased regulations One day Bob pointed up to bare ledge in the distant hills the San Andreas Fault even their property lines have shifted over the years Like the invasive ground squirrels that tunnel through their fields a visitor like us so used to wide open spaces starts to feel a sense of occupation as if these countless high tunnels housed an alien force just waiting for these old fashioned farmers to surrender In nearby Watsonville we stopped at ALBA the oldest organic incubator farm in the country Tony its distribution manager told us it takes seven years to restore conventional farmland back to natural productivity The worst enemy of

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  • Essays | Green Gate Farms
    was feeding our sheep and goats in the pouring rain when two distinct sounds spilled down from the wooded hillside of our Bastrop farm One was high and piercing The other was low and faint Both were pleading for help Continue Reading 4 Lights Camera Overalls By Farmer Skip on March 7 2012 in Essays When you work long hours for low pay it s hard to pass up the chance for easy money That explains why a dozen farmers were sitting in an office on a beautiful Spring like morning when they should have been out in the fields planting like mad Continue Reading 4 Spring Rains at Last By Farmer Skip on February 15 2012 in Essays Farmer Skip discusses spring rains weather hardships and new additions to the New Farm Institute Continue Reading 3 Fire and Rain By Farmer Skip on December 2 2011 in Essays Fires were burning in Bastrop County this week columns of white smoke drifting across the countryside as landowners took advantage of the burn ban lift Ever since the devasting wildfires this past summer those of us who work or live here have felt slightly terrorized at the sight or smell of smoke For months we Continue Reading 3 A gift of grass By Farmer Skip on October 24 2011 in Essays Hay and lumber Feeding and rebuilding These are the gifts and the stories that emerge from this once in a lifetime drought Nature may knock us down but human nature lifts us back up Continue Reading 1 Previous 1 3 4 5 9 Next Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer

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  • 5 Fantastic Reasons to Become a Member of Our CSA | Green Gate Farms
    it It s not shipped the usual average distance of 1 500 miles There s no tread on our food 2 SUSTAINABILITY Supporting the local economy keeps your hard earned dollars circulating in Austin Your membership supports the health and vibrancy of our local economy 3 QUALITY SERVICE At Green Gate Farms you know who grows and handles the produce you eat You can meet the farmers You can even be the farmer when you volunteer We seek out delicious varieties of the vegetables you love not the ones at most grocery stores that are grown because they ship well 4 LEGACY By supporting Green Gate Farms you re preserving a rich heritage of precious farm land The rolling hills of East Austin were once farmed by Swedish immigrants like the Bergstroms they built the yellow farm house we live in and the red barn beside it which you can see from Decker Lane By supporting Green Gate Farms you re preserving Austin s historic breadbasket along Farm to Market FM road 969 the greenbelt that serves as the gateway to the city 5 ATMOSPHERE When you pick up your produce at our Farm off Decker Lane 8310 Canoga Ave you can savor the sensuality of your food We encourage you to walk the farm to experience the beauty and scents of your food animals everything from pigs to peacocks and flowers as they emerge in a dynamic ever changing setting About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms Farm Tours Fridays at the Farm No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful

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  • Desert or Swamp? | Green Gate Farms
    Open Return to Content Desert or Swamp By Farmer Erin on June 7 2010 in Essays Green Gate Farms a certified organic farm was established by Skip Connett and Erin Flynn in a blighted neighborhood in east Austin in 2006 Working off farm jobs to fund our efforts we restored a historical farm site to create a community resource for neighbors of all incomes Our vision is to cultivate a healthy farm that feeds mind body and soul Whether you call our neighborhood a Food Desert or Food Swamp the result is the same not enough healthy food choices That s why we run a farm stand three days a week and accept WIC vouchers hope to have Lone Star card paperwork finished soon Our goal is to be a one stop shop meat vegetables eggs flowers honey educational information in a neighborhood starved for organic food Please support our efforts Your taste buds will know the difference About Farmer Erin Erin Flynn s family has farmed and ranched in Texas for six generations In addition to farming pigs and petals she is a writer publicist and is involved with the Slow Food Austin Board of Directors View all posts by Farmer Erin Food Bank Farm Tours No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer CSA Manage Your Vegetable CSA Send Your Kid To Camp Attend A Workshop Calendar Directions Contact Us About Green Gate Farms a certified organic farm was established by us Skip Connett and Erin Flynn in an

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  • Perfect Potatoes | Green Gate Farms
    Perfect Potatoes By Green Gate Farms on April 25 2010 in Essays Potatoes never grow to such perfection as ones pulled from the earth by tiny fearless hands Like Easter eggs said one child And so today was a kind of Easter for us at Green Gate Farms Erin put the word out at Discovery School that kids were invited to help harvest our pomme de terre and they came nearly 20 of them with baskets and sweet anticipation They dug and they pulled astonished to find red and gold fruit clinging to the plants beard like roots Dirt spilled into their shoes One boy was bitten by ants Another stuck his fingers into a rotten seed potato Yet no one complained or cried Unlike Easter these kids knew instinctively that there are no elaborate story here no man made slight of hand some primordial voice seemed to whisper deep into their unconscious Dig down eat this is the food that has feed your species for thousands of years and this is how your ancestors have always eaten by hand and hard work with deep knowledge and respect of the mysteries and marvels of nature About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms Tasting Events Cooking Classes No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer CSA Manage Your Vegetable CSA Send Your Kid To Camp Attend A Workshop Calendar Directions Contact Us About Green Gate Farms a certified organic farm was established by us Skip Connett and Erin

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  • Essays | Green Gate Farms
    in Essays The day after Thanksgiving we wanted to take visiting family to a restaurant that served good clean fair food Fortunately we knew that Somnio s Cafe our CSA member doesn t just say they support local food they serve it And it s delicious Identifying restaurants that buy locally can be difficult That s one of the Continue Reading 0 Eating Francis By Green Gate Farms on September 29 2010 in Essays We were sitting around the kitchen table counting okra eight to a bag when suddenly Avery cried Mommy I don t want to eat Francis As her five year old butterscotch colored eyes spilled tears I realized we were living a page from Charlotte s Web How did this happen Eight months ago we lived in a beautiful bungalow Continue Reading 0 Borage By Green Gate Farms on August 16 2010 in Essays Borage self seeds freely and flourishes in rich well drained soil in full sun It is a good companion herb in the cottage garden attracting honey bees and imparting strength and insect resistance to nearby plants particularly strawberry and tomato Borage s culinary and medicinal uses have been known for at least 2000 years Borage is a cooling Continue Reading 0 Our Terrific Team By Green Gate Farms on June 29 2010 in Essays Our Thanks to Jake Zac Curtis Kaletia and Angel and Eric not in photo Many of the folks who keep Green Gate humming are pictured here Game for anything unrolling enormous bales of hay feeding tons of organic scraps to pigs harvesting cucumbers hidden in Bull Nettle teaching campers how to harvest and do Continue Reading 0 Previous 1 6 7 8 9 Next Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email

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  • ASCFG Flower Conference | Green Gate Farms
    attending a regional conference of flower growers in Georgia We toured 3 Porch Farm a solar paneled bio dieseled family farm near Athens where we got to snoop and learn and be inspired by their ingenuity During lunch flower farmer and designer extraordinaire Jenny Love http lovenfreshflowers com demonstrated the art of her craft I was thrilled not only because I ve been following her website for years but because I had won a prize a vase she would fill with a centerpiece As she explained why she placed stems where she did I told her how happy my friend Amy who was putting me up after the conference was going to be with her display I told her Amy s favorite colors Jenny happily compiled Look how big that vase is I imagined myself presenting this gorgeous work knowing I was going to be the best houseguest ever Only I was mistaken The vase I had won was smaller Much smaller And empty I came home to a soggy gray farm and wondered what to do with it Today the fields gave me an answer Wildflowers The first of the bluebonnets paintbrushes and peas from our cover crop have filled my little cup Spring is here and my cup runneth over About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms Fantasy Food Needs Real Customers First Flowers of Spring 2015 Wildflowers Flower CSA Week 1 No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer CSA Manage Your Vegetable CSA

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  • Green Gate Farms Newsletter: April 1, 2014 | Green Gate Farms
    city farm feel free to check them out if you come to the farm According to our cute ometers their cuteness factor is off the charts We are giving them a trial run at the moment to see how they work into the farm s flow If all goes well we ll be neck deep in rabbits Feel free to check out our Meat CSA We hope you enjoyed the edible flowers in the share last week they were a surprise to us I noticed all the arugula at the River Farm had shot up it s pretty flower and remembered selling them to restaurants in the past they love to use them as fancy garnishes on side plates or on top of salads More edible flowers to come this week We ll also be introducing spinach this week and a fresh round of head lettuce Napa cabbage is on the way as well as a new round of various types of kale As always thank you for supporting local agriculture and local business You CSA membership is the backbone of our operation and we couldn t be successful without you Warmly Farmer Evan UPCOMING EVENTS TXYFC Meet and Mingle Mixer Saturday April 5th 5pm 9pm Green Gate Farms Come out and join Farmer Evan and the Texas Young Farmer Coalition for drinks bites and a farmer panel discussion Should be a lovely casual evening out on the farm and you re all invited More Info Come Learn on the Farm Friday April 18th 9am 3pm There s no better way to spend a day off than exploring our farm Farmer led activities vary throughout the year so no two days are the same Register now for Farmer for a Day Camp You as a food buyer have the distinct

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