Monthly Archives: July 2013

applewood farm Photo Contest! (with Prizes!)

Since we opened applewood restaurant back in 2004, we’ve always featured the work of local photographers on our walls.  We have tried to find photos that showed images of farms and farming, and so far we think we’ve done a … Continue reading

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Naked Chicks Everywhere!

We might have a bit of a chicken problem. When we started keeping chickens, we rescued a starter flock of 12 Rhode Island Reds that were destined for a brief life in a factory farm.  This was an excellent and … Continue reading

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The Accidental Optimist (or There WILL be Squash!)

When last year’s pigs were gone and the field they’d turned over was empty, we decided we’d turn it into a garden.  Knowing that this year’s pigs were going to a different spot, it seemed like an obvious next step. … Continue reading

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Pig in a Day: From pig pen to plate in eight hours

We are getting better at finishing pigs here on applewood farm. Our first go-round was on November 5th of last year and we made the grievous error of choosing to finish all three pigs in one day.  It was a … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Organic Farming

By choosing to farm organically, we don’t use any of those really helpful products that kill all of the weeds and give Little Shop of Horrors results in plant growth.  We don’t use soils that contain anything other than soil … Continue reading

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Poor in Farm; Rich in Friendship

In the summer of 2004, Dave and I were walking home from a seminar on organic gardening at the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn.  The farmer who had spoken gave out bags of freshly-picked lettuces to everyone who came … Continue reading

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The Truth About Honeybees

Ready?  Okay.  Here’s the truth about honeybees… They are in no way terrifying.  They want nothing to do with you.  They will only sting you when they feel that their queen is threatened.  The only stings I have received since … Continue reading

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