our scoop

little Grasse is a garden project that feeds Canton area residents. Our CSA (community supported agriculture), encourages a meaningful connection with the foods you consume daily. This naturally grown food will be distributed weekly via an interactive share in quantities that will significantly impact our shareholders diets. Conveniently located a mile from downtown, we require member involvement in the garden during the growing season. Our base share is vegetables and we also offer an additional share of animal protein. We welcome all people genuinely interested in gaining more knowledge of food issues and gardening skills.

5.01.2015

Garden Morning May 9th! and onion planting tomorrow

We look forward to seeing a great group of folks next Saturday for the first Garden Morning of the season. You are welcome to mark your calendars now for the whole darn season! Each Garden Morning is the 2nd Saturday of the month through October. They begin at 9am, with a potluck lunch at noon. The whole event is open to members along with their friends, family and wider community. We always aim to have a variety of projects to choose from so that varying abilities can plug in, including sitting tasks. It is possible to join us for just the morning or the potluck as your schedule allows.

If May 9th is no good, consider coming tomorrow anytime 9am-1pm to join in the onion planting. There will be great company (but no potluck).

While we ask for participation in some form from all members, we know Saturdays are not compatible with everybody's schedules. If that's the case, we can find other times for you to fit into the garden. If manual labor is not suitable, let's talk soon about other ways you can spend your participation time to strengthen the CSA.

Remember to park in the barnyard at 309 Miner Street and not on the roadside whenever possible. 
Lew and Calvin finishing up the broccoli planting

4.29.2015

Variance denied

First off, thank you to everyone who came in support to the town zoning board of appeals meeting last night. There were around 20 folks with us including neighbors, shareholders and/or community members. We appreciate the thoughtful comments of John, Grace and Richard as well. Our application was not passed.

I don't have the exact numbers to cite, but it's my understanding use variance applications are denied 90+% of the time. We were somewhat optimistic that the use request may have a chance due to the seasonal nature of the small livestock and not requiring a permanent building.
our property-with total acreage and zoning lined marked
Just to be clear, we will still be raising chicken this season in the rural portion of the property. The animal protein share will still contain chicken and pork. We had hoped to be able to raise the birds in a fallow/cover cropped area of one of the main fields to improve soil fertility, but that is not yet possible. We need to re-group and figure out what the next step might be. Let us know if you have any questions at all about the process. Everything we are currently doing is completely legal, we were just hoping to have small livestock in the road frontage areas. The share pickup barn and all those close fields are in the residential zone, so the allowed uses are more restricted than the forested rural portion of the property.

Thank you.

4.24.2015

COMMUNITY SUPPORT ON APRIL 27th: important stuff!

Many of you likely recall the meetings and zoning challenges of 2012-13.  Countless lovely community members attended meetings and helped make food production possible on our entire property. There's more to come! It is not currently legal for us to raise livestock (beyond 6 chickens) within 250' of Miner Street. It is not legal for them to be in any of the closest fields by the barn or in the fields next to Taylor Park Road. We hope to change that! We've applied for a land use variance for seasonal small scale livestock (chickens and lamb), appropriately scaled for our parcel.
 
If you believe this should be an allowed use, Please join us next Tuesday at 6:30pm sharp!   We are the only item on the Town Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) agenda, so we don't expect the meeting to be long. It is rare that land use variances are approved, but we'll do our best to have a strong showing. A full house will demonstrate a major interest in accessible and diversified local food systems. All of our acreage is in the Agricultural District and we believe the ability to rotate seasonal livestock through our  fields will improve our CSA Farm and Educational offerings as well as improve the character of the neighborhood. 
No need to prepare a speech, just show up!

TUESDAY APRIL 28th 6:30pm
Municipal Bldg basement
60 Main Street
Canton

If you are interested in learning more, here's the site plan review we submitted as well as our answers to the 'test,' questions required by all variance applicants.

4.08.2015

Let the participation begin!

Maybe this fiercely persistent winter has got you feeling cooped up. Fear not! April has arrived and the garden opportunities are beginning to multiply. Saturday mornings are great times to plug in at littleGrasse. Or Thursdays 1-4pm. Coming soon to your favorite CSA: pea & onion planting, leaf unbagging and more! Get in touch if you want to participate, if the above mentioned times do not work.

India seeding trays of broccoli in the greenhouse
Also, mark you calendar for the first Garden Morning & potluck, Saturday May 9th.

3.24.2015

Fermentation workshop this Saturday

The Local Living Venture is a local organization that works to inspire and enable people to adopt more healthy, local and sustainable ways of living.  They have a year-round schedule of workshops as well as  a large festival every 18 months. We have agreed to participate in their workshop series and share our love for creating fermented veggie goodies.


We will be teaching participants how to make both kimchi and sauerkraut. The tips and skills shared in this workshop will also get folks ready to make all kinds of other live pickled veggies. Pre-registration through the LLV is required. Many shareholders have participated in our annual on-farm kraut making. This workshop is ideal for those who are curious, but haven't had the chance to learn these skills before.




3.11.2015

Member input!

Greetings dear shareholders,
As many of you know, I am working towards my M.ed. at St. Lawrence on a part-time basis. I take a couple evening classes each semester. The wonderful thing about the program is it's geared towards the specific settings each student will be using the information. As I am most passionate about Ag Ed., many of my papers and hands-on projects have related to this in some way. 

This semester I am enrolled in Educational Technologies. We are learning an array of teaching tools and are responsible for creating portfolios of work. Our next assignment is to create a 3-5 minute informational/instructional clip and I've got my eye on the CSA!

Here's the topic:
I will create an informational clip for potential shareholders to our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, littleGrasse Foodworks. The viewer will have the opportunity to hear about the philosophy that drives the farm, snippets of current member experiences as well as photos and footage from the fields and share barn. The goal is to encapsulate the spirit of the farm and experience of being a shareholder. This will allow each viewer to decide if the CSA is a good match for them.

I would like to schedule 3-5 conversations with current willing shareholders. I would be filming this discussion and drawing out a quote or segment from each discussion. I expect the conversation would take 10-20 minutes. If there is a specific aspect you would like to share about your experience, it would be a pleasure to speak with you. If you are willing to talk, but not sure what to talk about, I will have questions prepared that are optional. I am interested in members of all ages (children too!). Ideally I would gather the footage in the next two weeks, so I'll have time to edit.

Let me know if you are willing to participate! We plan to post it on the farm's site as a resource for potential new members.

Thank you,
Flip

3.06.2015

Carrot Jam

  
We have an abundance of carrots left in the root cellar. Since it is more than we will use fresh, my wheels were turning about ways to put them up. We already made a bunch of pickles in the fall. I looked into possible jam recipes and came up with several variations. Although veggie based-jams are more popular in other places, like England and Japan, I figured I'd give it a shot. I tried out a recipe that is designed to pair well with baked goods like scones as well as dollops on roasted meat or even in a vinaigrette. The ingredient list was tantalizing and included orange, ginger, coriander and more.

 I'm waiting yet for further flavor melding before trying it out. 
I'm hopeful it will be a new addition to our farm preservation repertoire.