Stout Oak Farm

Mar 28, 2015

spring workshops!

Join us for a series of organic land care workshops, led by Stout Oak crew member Javi Gil.  Javi is an expert in organic landscaping and lawn care, having managed an organic landscaping company for the past 11 years. He is a NOFA Certified Land Care professional, and regularly teaches workshops on a range of organic gardening and landscaping topics.

Organic Lawn Care  

Friday April 10, 6:00 - 7:30 

Practical skills and problem solving will be the focus of the 1.5 hour workshop on organic lawn care. It will begin with an overview of the systems approach to organic landscaping, soil testing and soil amendments, managing nutrition, grass types, and compost tea, and then delve into solutions for real-life landscape problems. 

To register, email stoutoakfarm@gmail.com or RSVP at the April 10 Facebook event  

The workshop begins at 6:00pm at the Farm Store.


 

Introduction to Compost Tea             

Friday May 8, 6:00 - 7:30

Learn  the fundamentals of compost, soil microbiology, and why compost tea is the hottest new trend in gardening. Compost tea is used to promote beneficial bacteria, add nutrients to the soil, suppress disease and fungi, and increase overall health in plants. Javi will demonstrate how to make your own compost tea at home with a few simple supplies.

To register, email stoutoakfarm@gmail.com or RSVP at the May 8 Facebook event

Organic Lawn Care: Part 2            

Friday May 15, 6:00 - 7:30

Workshop description coming soon!

All workshops are FREE for Stout Oak Farm CSA members and Farm Store Credit members. $10 for non-members. 

TO BECOME A MEMBER, CLICK HERE!



Mar 9, 2015

(almost) spring update!

Maybe you've already signed up for a CSA share or Farm Store Credit account at Stout Oak Farm.  Maybe you're still thinking about it. Here are few bits of farm news to get you fired up about the growing season ahead!

Snow is melting, sap is flowing, seeds are germinating, and the chickens are laying lots of eggs. Spring must be on its way!


  • OUR NEW FARM CREW IS HERE!  Soon you'll meet our new staff members Javi, Conor, and Julia. We are super excited to have them all on board!  Look for their bios posted here soon. We're still interviewing candidates for one more position, which will bring us to a total of 5 full-time people working on vegetable production this year (our biggest crew yet). Go team! 
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO JOANNE, who has been Stout Oak's stellar Assistant Farm Manager for the past 3 years. She is moving north to manage her own CSA in Effingham, NH. We will miss her dearly, but we are so excited about her new endeavor!  You may see her around the farm from time to time, as we are still collaborating on a few fun things.
  • GREENHOUSE WORK HAS BEGUN! Javi and Conor sowed onions last week (10,000 seeds total, 10 different varieties). Julia will join us this week, and we'll work on sowing peppers, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, kale, and leeks.
  • AT YOUR REQUEST, we adjusted this year's crop plan so we can grow MORE of popular crops including onions, lettuce, carrots, beets, peas, winter squash, eggplant, arugula, spinach, and baby kale.
  • FARM EVENTS:  We're planning a series of educational and social events this year including workshops on Organic Lawn Care and Compost Tea, a monthly Summer Happy Hour, Local Cheese Tastings at the Farm Store, and our annual Spring Plant Sale (May) and Tomato Tasting (August). 
  • MORE MEMBERS!  Our CSA community is growing to 60 families this year, and we have room for 80 additional families to join our Farm Store Credit program. If you know someone who might be interested in signing up, please send them our way.  If you're ready to sign up, click here! 
  • FARM STORE OPENS IN MAY.  Exact date to be announced. We'll keep you posted! In the meantime, we have eggs for sale from the self-serve cooler in front of the barn.


Mar 5, 2015

job opportunities, spring 2015!

Here are two job announcements to share with your friends who are interested in food and farming!  

Field Crew Position, Stout Oak Farm

Full-time position begins in April.  Our ideal candidate has worked for one or more growing seasons on a vegetable farm and is serious about pursuing a career in agriculture. Qualifications include: specific experience in organic vegetable production, CSA coordination, greenhouse management, harvest and post-harvest handling, on-farm retail; a love for working outdoors in a physically demanding job; a strong work ethic; excellent communication skills; interest in organic agriculture and local food systems. Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Kate at stoutoakfarm@gmail.com


Customer Sales Rep & Driver, Three River Farmers Alliance

If you are interested in local food, this job connecting farmers with chefs could be the one for you.

Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food distribution service. Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, has strong computer/technology skills, and has the ability to work independently. Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer-owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more about us at www.threeriverfa.com

Weekly Responsibilities:

Mondays:
o Contact customers to remind them of the deadline for ordering or answer questions they may have
o Technical assistance for customers
o Send reminder email and push message to customers
o Cold-calling / cold-emailing to new accounts

Wednesdays & Thursdays
o Delivery of goods to client list
o Customer service during drop off

Throughout the week:
o Technical assistance for customers
o Email or phone support for questions
o Social media posts and other outreach

Tuesdays and Fridays:
o Schedule meetings with new accounts
o Visit new accounts to drop off pamphlet and talk about service
o Develop additional outreach materials
o Work on new account paperwork regarding S.O.P.’s & food safety

Commitment: 30-40 hours / week. Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds. Some driving on non-delivery days for new client contact.

Send cover letter and resume to admin@threeriverfa.com

Feb 15, 2015

think spring!

That's what we're doing, here at Stout Oak. We may all be buried in snow right now, but spring really is right around the corner. We promise! In the meantime, the snowy days of February are the perfect time to get a jump on your garden planning, or maybe sign up for a CSA share?

In our latest email newsletter includes a few suggestions for things you can do right now, that will help you fast-forward to warmer, greener seasons!

Read our February Newsletter: Think Spring! 

Download our Plant Order Form
 

Feb 12, 2015

accumulation

We thought the first big storm was quite something, with the deep, fluffy snow, gorgeous white landscape, and dramatic snow drifts.  Then more snow happened, and kept happening. The amount of snow now seems a little ridiculous, but it's still incredibly beautiful. Plus, with all the shoveling and snowshoeing, we are getting some good winter workouts.

Just for fun, here's progression of snow accumulation over the last two weeks, measured by our disappearing barn.





A few more photos, just because.