Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

August 3 newsletter

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Every month, we send out a newsletter to our followers with information about what’s happening on the farm and in the local food community, as well as opportunities for YOU to get involved with our mission driven work. Our August newsletter headline story, “Our salmon are in hot water,” chronicles the precarious circumstances troubling salmon in the Snoqualmie River and the efforts we are participating in to study the health of our river systems. To view this month’s newsletter, click … read more…

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2014 OxBox newsletter #2 – Eating Your Share & Savoring the Season!

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We hope you enjoyed the first week of your OxBox!! Are you ready for the next 19? Being a CSA shareholder is so rewarding… but it can be challenging at times throughout the season. I know, for me, it took almost 2 years of being a shareholder (all those years ago) to feel like I was getting the most out of my box. Over the years of eating super fresh local produce I’ve adjusted how I eat; I cook more simply … read more…

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2014 OxBox newsletter #1 – Empty your crispers… the season has begun

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The first week of the CSA is upon us. Hallelujah! Your weekly bounty of fresh vegetables is about to start flowing! This time of year is always such a whirlwind of excitement for us on the farm and we look forward to reconnecting with our shareholders. It’s so rewarding to “see” old faces, some of whom have been with us for 14 seasons! And we are honored to welcome our newcomers to the party – whether this is your first … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Winter Newsletter #4 – Brrrrr… How Do Veggies Survive the Cold?

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Surprising enough, some vegetables not only survive in cold weather like this, they actually thrive in it. Our favorites, the brassicas – cabbage, kale, collards and the like – get sweeter and more succulent after a good hard frost. This week’s carrots are the sweetest we’ve harvested in a while thanks to their cold beds. And the parsnips are so sweet, that simply roasted they taste like sweetly spiced cookies. How? Why? When these plants get cold during a hard … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Winter Newsletter #3 – Happy Thanksgiving from Your Farmers

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We had our final crew potluck on Wednesday. It was a sad and joyous affair… it’s the end of a long season of farming for this years’ interns. They are exhausted and ready for a needed break from the hard work of farming, and living and working is such close quarters together. Ten months ago they were strangers, and now they are family. It is loss to have them leave. So we ended the season with our own early Thanksgiving … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Winter Newsletter #2 – Putting the farm to bed for the winter

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The days are getting shorter, colder and wetter… and it’s getting harder to get out of bed in the morning. That means it is time to start putting the farm to bed for the winter. Generally there is lots to do to prepare the farm for the freezing and flooding that lurks in our future from now until March. With another winter store a ‘brewing, and a threat of a 56’ flood next Sunday we have a LOT to do … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Winter Newsletter #1 – Storing the Harvest for Winter

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Winter is fast approaching as last weeks’ storm alluded too. It’s cold, rainy and muddy on the farm. The farmers are in their wool watchmen’s caps and summer warmth is a distant memory.  Now it’s time to think about storing what’s left of the harvest. Until we started shipping produce from the other hemisphere to get summer produce in winter we relied on preserving and storage crops to get us through the long winter. You’ve just spent 20 weeks eating … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #20 – I cleaned out the crisper last night…

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In search of soup ingredients.  I want you to know that farmers find gooey cucumbers from time to time in the bottom of their produce drawers too! We know that making it through a CSA box requires some dedication and creativity. We thank you for making this commitment. Back to the crisper: As I cleaned I just started cutting up what I could and putting it into my soup. Some beets and carrots were a little spongy, but they weren’t … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #19 – Farmer Food & Fennel Flowers

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This week we have the musings of Mariana, our harvest-processing coordinator. Her job on the farm is to manage the harvest board, which communicates to the crew exactly what needs to be harvested for the day and where it’s going. When the produce comes in from the field in big plastic totes she coordinates the washing and packing, and then somehow manages to fit it all in our cramped walk-in cooler awaiting delivery. It’s a massive undertaking, especially on days … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #18 – Why Do We Farm? Because of You!

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This week’s missive comes from Farmer Brandon, another of this year’s amazing interns. HELLO OXBOW NEWSLETTER RECIPIENTS. My name is Brandon and I am one of the interns this year on the farm. I came here on a weekend in early spring and was instantly taken by the scenery and presence of the land and the way it set the sky. Without knowing what I was getting myself into I signed up for a six or seven month excursion into … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #17 – Oxbow’s Winter Share is open for signing-up!

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Our 4 week winter share will be filled with all the bounty our mild winters provide in the PNW. This includes carrots, beets, Japanese turnips, radishes, parsnips, greens, lettuce (until a big freeze wipes them out), winter squash, cabbages, leeks & potatoes. The share costs $100 for the 4 weeks. We’ll also have some of our outstanding add-on’s! Shiitake Share for $22 or $44 Kraut Share for $32 Jam Share for $32 NEW Honey Share!! Yes, we are now selling … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #16 – This party’s just for you!

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Each year we throw a Harvest Party for our beloved CSA members.  Join us Saturday, October 5th from noon-5pm for a Salmon Roast and Potluck to celebrate our 14th season. We’ll grill up fresh Alaska salmon and loads of veggetables, and you can bring your favorite dish to share with your fellow CSA members!

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #15 – An AMAZING & challenging summer!

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Greetings all you fine well-fed folks! Farmer Adam here sending some happy harvest moon messages your way.  It is official, the Equinox is upon us, and fall is here so we can say it… What an amazing summer we were graced with!  As the spring woke up after a winter of no flooding, the days came in sunny and warm and just kept rollin’ that way for as long as our calloused hands and warmed hearts can remember.  A season that was … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #14 – Oxbow Native Plant Nursery

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This week I would like to introduce you to our new venture at Oxbow farm; our new native plant nursery and research facility, and to Bridget McNassar, our nursery manager. Many of the people who visit me at Oxbow are taken aback by our breathtaking setting down here in the Snoqualmie Valley. While beauty certainly abounds in the cultivated fields of veggies and the magical children’s garden, much of it is provided by the native plants and trees that have been … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #13 – Farm Fun this Fall

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We LOVE celebrating the fall harvest season at Oxbow, and we particularly love to celebrate it with all of YOU, our shareholders and friends! This year we have sooooo many ways you can come and enjoy the season with us! Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer this fall. Harvest Party ~ Salmon Roast & Potluck Saturday Oxtober 5th This is our 14th year we’ll invite our members to the farm to celebrate the season with us. Come on out and … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #12 – Gleaning Feeds a Wider Community

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Last year Sno-Valley Hopelink started an innovative gleaning program in Carnation. Gleaning is the act of harvesting surplus food for people in the community who struggle to make ends meet. The program was organized around the idea of having volunteer harvesters visit local farms and deliver the produce to local food banks. Oxbow was first in line to participate!  This was not their first experience with gleaners. When I asked farmer Luke about Oxbow’s history in gleaning he first told … read more…

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2013 Oxbow Newsletter #11 – The Rhythm & Pace of Farming

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Recently I have been thinking about the growing season in relationship to completing a triathlon. I have done a few triathlons and each event requires unique muscles in addition to a unique mindset. Triathletes have their favorite events, and lots of farmers have their favorite point in the growing season (except Intern Joshua and Farmer Adam. They can wax poetic about it all.) Spring into early summer is the swim. Excitement and anticipation abound. Your body isn’t quite warmed up … read more…

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2013 Newsletter #10 – Summer Camp on the Farm

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If you’re in need of a heart-warming, hilarious and inspiring scene, the view from the upstairs of the Oxbow Farm barn during the summer is just the ticket. Looking out the windows down onto the children’s garden and living playground you’ll see a variety of strange but true occurrences: 6-year-olds carrying massive armloads of plantain, chickweed and comfrey off to the compost after weeding the blueberries; fourth graders creeping slowly and quietly toward an oblivious robin, preteens helping to load … read more…

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2013 Newsletter #9 – Growing Healthy Soil

Soil is in fact an organic farmer’s first and most significant crop. Healthy soil is extremely bio diverse. It is full of macronutrients like phosphorous, nitrogen, potassium and calcium; micronutrients like iron, boron, zinc and copper; organic matter, both alive and dead; and the microorganisms that eat the organic matter making their nutrients available for growing plants to take up. Healthy soil that is full of nutrients naturally grows more nutritious vegetables; it also grows stronger plants that are better … read more…

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2013 Newsletter #8 – Why Eat Local?

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What does it mean to eat local? The USDA defines local as food sourced w/in 400 miles. What does it mean to you? Is it food grown in your own back yard; your town; within a day’s drive; your state; your country? In all honestly, it’s all of the above, depending on what you’re eating and where you live. Local food movements have been raising this question and working to re-establish local food systems as they existed before the global, corporate food … read more…

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2013 Newsletter #7 – Just EAT It!

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Just Eat It! I was talking with a good friend, and CSA member, earlier this week and she was ‘complaining’ about having too many vegetables and not sure what to do with fennel. I told her to JUST EAT IT! (Cue Weird Al Yankovic). We laughed… But seriously I understand being a CSA shareholder is a commitment and the abundance of fresh vegetables can get a little overwhelming about now. I still remember that little panic that would creep up … read more…

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