Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Sunshine showing off Rock Star Farms winter veggies - best tasting greens you'll ever eat...guaranteed!

We’re super excited to tell you that Rock Star Farms is ready to launch our first winter CSA!  We’ll provide organic and bio-dynamically grown winter veggies for 10 families beginning this week. More shares will become available in the spring. Watch your email for more information, and in case you are wondering what the heck a CSA is and why its important to join one,  check out this article from localharvest.org

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.  In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Click here to read the full article from Local Harvest.Org

The Sacred Onion Ring

Its February 1 today and even in these cold months, we are growing strong here at Rock Star Farms. Our winter crops will soon be ready to harvest and we are planning for our early spring planting, which is right around the corner. One of the many preparatory tasks that are on the agenda is building our soil with organic matter.  

Now before I started farming, I assumed you just took a seed, stuck it in the ground and wa-la instant plant. Well, sometimes it actually can be that easy, but to create the best possible growing situation, you need healthy, nutrient rich, loamy soil. This does not come naturally to most areas of Georgia, where the red clay rules.  Fortunately we have some good friends at Natures Helper who gave us a great deal on an abundant supply of organic amendments that we have been and will continue to add to our soil as we prepare for plantings. 

As you’ll see in the video, Patrick introduces you to our ONION RING and the process that he is using to ready the ring for onion planting on Wednesday. Thanks for visiting us today, we hope you keep coming back to check out how we’re growing!

Helpful About.Com articles on soil building:   The Dirt On Soil   / Soil Amendments

Hot Chicks & Cool Diggs

The Chicken Tractor is finally finished thanks to the incredible work of Farmer Phatty and Paul D. It turned out to be such an extravagent structure that it has been dubbed the Chick Ritz. In a few more months we will have farm fresh eggs every day. I have been told that every hen lays one egg per day, so that’s a dozen a day! Good thing we love eggs around here.

We have 12 laying hens of the following breeds; Rhode Island Reds, Winespots, Buff Orpingtons and Americanas.  In the video we share the names we’ve chosen for them and of course they are all named after female musicians. I mean how else would we do it at Rock Star Farms?

If you eat eggs, consider getting a few hens of your own. They are fun and easy to raise, they will save you money and they provide hours of entertainment – which takes you away from the television and keeps you outside in nature.

Click here to see more information on how to get started raising your own laying hens.

I love D.O.G. Food

Okay, I don’t love or eat Alpo, Purina or Nutro…I eat and LOVE food that was planted with the help of  two Master Gardeners from Denali Oragnic Growers (D.O.G.) and with their help and guidance Rock Star Farms will soon be cultivating enough organic food to launch our own small CSA (community supported agriculture). So keep visiting us here on the blog AND facebook for more RSF updates and thanks for helping us grow!
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Laura and Jimmie Hendricks, our great friends and farming mentors. Jimmie and Laura own and run Denali Organic Growers in Alaska.  We have been working directly with the both of them for the past few months cultivating not only our land, but also our ideas and goals for the evolution of Rock Star Farms. 
 
Here’s a little more about Jimmie , Laura and their inspiring farm in Alaska.
 
Against the northern foothills of the Alaska Range, where the Nenana River joins the fertile Tanana valley, Jimmie and Laura Hendricks started cultivating their soil along with the dream for a sustainable livelyhood.  
 
Their passion for nurturing  plants inspired them to  provide fresh produce to their local community in the form of:  CSA (community supported agriculture) shares, a local farmers market and several locally owned restaurants.  Their garden is off-the-grid with no well or drive way access.  They catch rainwater and spring runoff for their water source.  Each plant they deliver has been carefully seeded, watered, thinned, harvested and washed by hand.
 
Jimmie and Laura’s garden has evolved into a statement of  their commitment to protect and preserve our precious living Earth for future generations while spiritually enhancing their lives by seeing, tasting and digesting locally grown goodness.
 
Click HERE for more information on Denali Organic Growers

The Composting Queens

So you were wondering what’s the scoop on composting?  You might ask yourself , “Why should I compost? How do I compost? What’s the big deal about composting!?”. Well, our friend Laura from Denali Organic Growers and Sunshine, Founder of Rock Star Farms and owner of Tree Sound Studios, made this little video to give you a lesson on composting 101. Hope you like it!

The Sound of Green

1009_soundgreenBoy…we’ve been so busy farming and working on building projects that we haven’t posted here in quite a while.  The rains have come and gone, autumn has settled in, our fall crops have been planted, the cold frames are built and we’re shopping for greenhouses.  

Down at Tree Sound Studios we hosted Collective Soul as well as Drivin and Cryin for the first concerts in the Dave FM Solar Series, we  took the Tree Power and Sound Solar Rig to Tybee Island for the Americana Festival and Jazoo here in Atlanta providing them with killer sound totally powered by the sun and hosted a listening party for Roy Jones Jr. (son of the famous boxer Roy Jones).  Then, last week, the Gwinnett Business Journal caught up with Paul at the studio to talk to him about bringing the “green” message to the music industry. Apparently they loved his interview because he’s smack in the middle of the front page! We just had to share it with you…so here it is.

When we say Paul Diaz is bringing “green” to the music industry, we aren’t just talking about money.

When he’s not recording albums for Elton John, Whitney Houston and other mega-celebrities, Paul Diaz might be on his farm, teaching inner city kids about biodynamic organic farming.

Or he might be working on a project for his record label, his production company or a franchise deal. Diaz, owner of Tree Sound Studios, is a very busy man. Not too busy, however, to work tirelessly to create a green revolution.

A lifelong nature-lover, Diaz grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and Flipper and spending time appreciating nature. “I was always really into nature,” Diaz said. “I wanted to grow up and be an activist or even an environmental lawyer. But I always wanted to do music.”

Diaz has managed to do both, working on the forefront of the music industry and leveraging his work to promote the green movement.

Even though he always lived an environmentally friendly lifestyle, it wasn’t until a live broadcast of Dave Matthews band at his studio that Diaz made dramatic changes to the way he ran his business. Diaz’s wake-up call came during a question-and-answer segment of the broadcast.

Read the Gwinnett Business Journal to see the rest of the article.

timemagazinearticle

The Rock Star Farms crew was on our way to Roots Farm in Athens, GA on Friday night for a slow food dinner (which by the way was STELLAR!) and passed 3 Burger King’s, all with signs that read $1 double cheeseburgers.  I thought to myself, “No way. How can they make a profit, and if they are, what kind of wretched ingredients are they putting in there?” Its becoming more and more apparent everyday that for the average family in America its cheaper to buy greasy and nutrient void fast food than healthy nutrient rich vegetables and animal products. Or is it?  Once you take into account the affects of food production on the land and the people,  energy used to ship said foods, treatment of the animals that are harvested for the foods, long term effects and health concerns, that $1 double cheeseburger ain’t as cheap as it seems.

Here’s a great article from Time Magazine by Bryan Walsh, that will explain all of this a little bit more.

Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon — circa 2009. (See TIME’s photo-essay “From Farm to Fork.”)

Click here to read the entire article.