Save The Farm

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Raised by 26 people in 34 months
Hello, my name is Jeff Wallace and I live on a small all natural farm in Warren County , NJ, with Susan Bates, we named it Agrestic Acres.  Our mission is to operate a pasture based system that will provide grass fed meats, pastured pork & poultry, pastured eggs and all natural vegetables.
     I did not use the word "organic" for a reason.  I believe that word has been hi-jacked by big agribusiness and the government and the decision was made to operate in a transparant way, allowing customers to visit and see all aspects of the farm and how we do things and to also use a more local, grass roots organizations, Certified Naturally Grown.  Our farm is surrounded by conventional agriculture and there is all sorts of government assistance for them.... we are trying to do this in a better way.  A sustainable way.  A way that provides great food to us and the local community.  It is a tough thing to do in NJ.
     NJ farmland is some of the most expensive to acquire in the nation and we believe it has led to a food void and a disconnect between the people in Northern NJ and their food supply.  We are trying to take a step in the right direction.... but it is financially hard, and draining as a start-up.
     We have been doing this for 3 years now, this year is the first year on our own land.  We have a loyal and growing customer base through marketing and selling over the last 3 years at markets and farm stands.  This year we created a way to keep in touch with our customers over the winter months and allow them to order online and get a once a month drop-off of our products.  This was a big step in helping cashflow over the most difficult time of the year.
     The money will be used first to pay-off some feed costs and a small loan for our market trailer, which has 3 freezers mounted inside, runs off a solar generator and is very cleanly stickered with our logo helping spread the word as we trailer our product to homes and markets.  We also will need to place our seed order for the year and finish our aquaponics high tunnel.  I have paid for this mostly myself, but there is some work to do to complete this project and it will provide salad greens, vegetables and herbs year round and will be off-grid, using solar panels and a battery bank.  I also need to install some high tensile fencing to prepare  for rotationally grazing our beef cattle and other animals we will pasture.... AND KEEP PREDATORS OUT!  There are many predators here and it is a constant battle.
    We would need the funds in the next few months, certainly by the end of March 2016.  There is no turning back for us, we have committed to doing farming in a different way here in NJ, and hopefully reconnect people with local food raised in an all natural and humane way.  We are not the platic wrapped stuff you get in a supermarket that is trucked in from very far away.  This is very different from what we grew up on here in NJ and it means everything to us to be able to continue.  I believe our sales trend and our very friendly and honest approach with our customers will actually get us to a sustainable point financially this year with some help.
     We have done this all on our own, but things need to keep moving forward and we could really use some help.  We have not gone to the USDA or other government agencies because much of that funding comes with stipulations and is tied to conventional agricultural methods, which we feel is the problem.  It would mean the world to us if we could get the needed help.  We actually feel we are making a difference and our customers do as well.  Please be a part of this with us and we will be so grateful for your support in this mission of ours

Sincerely
Jeff Wallace
Agrestic Acres
GrowingDirt.com





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Farming is tough, but things were going ok at the markets and the animals were doing well. Most people during the summer wish for clear blue skies so they can enjoy being outside and not have rain on their vacation. We got that situation this summer and we got it for an extended period.

This latest update is on how our well is drying up due to the low water table due to lack of rain. Normally our artesian well has water bubbling up out of the ground and overflowing our needs feeding a few ponds and emptying into a creek. We can do laundry, dishes, water the veggies and the animals no problem. Not this week

It's mission critical and we are looking into using what was once popular all across the country, a sand point well. Basically a pipe with a point and screen on the end and you hammer it into the earth and Into the water table. Many times it is operated with a hand pump .... I remember seeing one on my aunts property many years ago

We are consulting with a friend on other methods to "get though" the dry season and keep ourselves clean and the animals healthy and the veggies growing

It's mission critical time.

Any help is appreciated and all past help is appreciated. You helped get us up and running, now we have to get through this without spending multiple thousands on well drilling

All the best from the farm

(below is a picture from the house.... Wish I had these storm clouds today!)
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Phew.... It has been non-stop getting ready for the season and farm markets to start. The weather has been very strange and I know lots of farmers lost crops to late frost and such. I guess falling behind on planting because of doing all the other things on the farm was a blessing in disguise

So the current status at the farm is ...
The steer are amazingly happy and growing nicely. We are strip grazing them and they are content. The steer also are trained to us already so they basically follow us around when we are near... This is a really good thing
The ducks are out of the brooder in the barn and out on the pond! What a sight to see then rush for the pond. I love watching animals display their inherent nature... As Joel Salatin would say, I was watching ducks display their "duckness". We strive for that here. We want to see our animals display cowness or pigness and such

The broiler chickens will be in their chicken tractor on pasture next week. We expect some goats and lamb to arrive soon. We also took in 2 kittens that were abandoned in a junk yard. They are growing into their paws and learning to get along at the farm

Veggies ! We have some in greenhouse and some in the ground

It's all happening here
Excited for the cash bleed to end for this season as markets open and people visit our little farm store

Thanks so much for your support
Amish wheel hoe
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Quick update and some exciting news for us.
The steer are here! and.....
The Atlantic just published an article by Adam Bulger, "A Call to Farms" and we, among other farmers are highlighted. Please read this great article on how we are trying to bridge the gap and provide interesting local food..... Enjoy and share
http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/subzero-2016/a-call-to-farms/882/
Susan and Jeff at Agrestic Acres, a farm who's face is known as GrowingDirt.com
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This April 2 , HGTV aired a new show called " We Bought The Farm" and we were in the episode called " Two of Every Animal". It was mostly a real estate show and a lot of the "farm stuff" we actually do never made the cut, nonetheless it was some exposure for the farm!

We are getting a few cows in next 10 days and our hogs are market ready. We are working on some electric fencing in the first field the cows will graze and by month end should have the perimeter of the larger fields all fenced in

Our friend John is a beekeeper with many hives located in the area and he will be bringing some 25+ hives to the farm which will help greatly with our growing operation

Thanks for supporting us and I will try to keep updating monthly

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The front rolls in from the north-west
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Raised by 26 people in 34 months
Created January 17, 2016
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