- We had a great turnout for the potluck and yankee gift swap last night! It was a lot of fun and all the company warmed our house on a cold night.
Dinner was delightful featuring racks of ribs, a pork roast, latkes, a veggie platter, chips and dip, muffins, banana bread, pizza, gingerbread men, and some really delicious deviled eggs topped with bacon and chives.
The yankee gift swap was huge with 25 participants and by some weird magic 26 gifts. The more popular items were the ammo, which changed hands a few times, a bottle of homemade maple vinegar, and gifts bags with chocolate and body butter. There was also some Armada gear, margarita mixes, a much coveted and fiercely guarded mini Foosball table, an easel, a game called Doggie Doo, books, a beer can chicken roasting set, seeds and more.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night. Y'all come back now, y'hear?
edit: The original version of this post neglected to mention the latkes which were addictively delicious.
- Folks who know us know we have a tendency to keep pretty busy here on the farm. We are always pushing ourselves to take on new projects while keeping up with old ones and inevitably we lose track of some things. Recently, it sunk in that we've lost track of our website! Earlier this year, we had hoped to keep our blog updated at least weekly and we got off to a decent start but we got so busy working on stuff, that we forgot to keep y'all updated. Now things are slowing down a bit (yay winter) and we can catch up on keeping our website rolling out posts. So stay tuned for posts about the Hobbit House, composting bugs, taxidermy, and more!
- Tonight, 5pm:
Come for our monthly potluck dinner and enjoy a festive farm evening.
Yankee Gift Swap:
Bring a new or used wrapped gift (gag, recycled, homemade, anything goes). We all draw numbers, pick one gift from the center starting with person #1, each person can keep or trade with the people before them. When the last person goes, #1 has the last option to trade.
CSA members may, of course, pickup their shares during the event.
You are always welcome to come early to visit the farm. We have some new animals to meet; geese and guinea hens! Also, check out the nearly complete hobbit house!
Thanks and hope to see you all soon!
- Winter can be harsh here in the Shire, but imagine living in a house that stays warm and cozy throughout the cold months with minimal ongoing inputs. Well-designed earth-sheltered structures take the warmth of summer and carry it deep into the heart of winter. The key is an "umbrella" of dry earth that covers and partially surrounds the structure. The dry earth acts as both thermal mass and insulation, helping to passively maintain near-earth-stable temperatures year-round. Earth-sheltered homes can be faster, easier, and cheaper to build than almost any other construction method, but there are certain critical design issues to keep in mind. Firstly, the roof should follow the site's slope and be oriented in such a way that every drop of water that lands on it has a complete downhill soil path. Secondly, there should be multiple drainage ditches uphill of the structure to redirect water coming down the hill.
Here at Bardo Farm, we're hoping to build an earth-sheltered house that can live up to their reputation, so we're building with roundwood timber posts and beams from the land it's being built on, and we're integrating a permaculture food forest site design into the uphill patio. When everything is done, the uphill patio will not only facilitate proper drainage, it will also be planted with a beautiful, diverse, and highly productive edible forest garden, and provide a fairly large and comfortable outdoor living area to complement the modest interior of the hobbit house itself.
If you're excited about natural building, earth-sheltered houses, food forests, and/or permaculture, then come on up to Bardo Farm Aug 8-17 and learn along with us.
Friday, Aug 8 will start with an overview of the site, the house and food forest design, and the work we've already done, and once we're all on the same page, we can start getting our hands dirty!
On Saturday, Aug 9, the focus will be on log debarking. Stripping bark off of the logs will help to prevent them from rotting, and help to dry them out.
Sunday, Aug 10, we'll learn how to cut notches and fit together the posts and beams!
From Monday, Aug 11 through Thursday, Aug 14, we'll finish up the debarking, the notching, milling lumber, and preparing the rock footings for the posts.
Friday, Aug 15 is a big day! We'll raise the post and beam frame and start placing the rafters!
Saturday, Aug 16 we'll finish the framing, shore up the walls and roof with milled lumber, and add the first waterproofing layer.
If everything goes smoothly, then on Sunday, Aug 17, the excavator will backfill with dry earth and we'll add the "umbrella" waterproofing layer to keep the dry earth dry. Finally, we'll add the last layer of earth and seed over everything with a cover crop!
What's a hobbit house work party without a hobbit meal schedule? That's right, if you want to come rough it out here in the woods of the Shire and help build a hobbit house, you won't starve, as we aspire to serve you the traditional six meals a day.
Breakfast, coffee available everyday and sometimes sweets.
2nd Breakfast, might be quail eggs, fresh or frozen local berries.
Elevensies, hot and fresh from the Bardo Farm Kitchen!
Luncheon, wild edibles, maybe salad or berries, and bring your own to share.
Tea, a different tea everyday, tulsi, oolong, rooibus, etc., sometimes biscuits.
Supper/Dinner Party everyday after work, sometimes pizza, bbq, campfire, live music!
If you're staying overnight(s) don't forget to bring a tent and camping equipment, and prepare for any weather.
- Hello Bardo friends,
We will be hosting or Monthly Potluck/Meat CSA pick-up this upcoming Sun, June 1st.
Potluck dinner is at 6pm, please bring a dish to share. Starting this month, we will be serving our own Pig Roast!!!
This month we are offering a gardening workshop before dinner. Come between 2-6pm for some Hugelkultur gardening (http://www.appropedia.org/Hugelkultur)! We will be planting the "Three Sisters" (Corn, Beans, Squash) in our current hugel mounds, as well as digging and starting new hugels!! You will learn how to do them yourself, and what the benefits are of this great Permaculture style of planting.
Of course, feel free to come early and tour the farm. Things are greening up, with lots of nice trails, ponds, and animals galore.
Hope to see you there!
- Thanks to all who came out to our monthly Potluck! We had a wonderful time, as usual!
Friends came early to see the bunnies hopping around the Rabbit House, snuggle with some chickens, and shoot some new guns from our partner gun company, Shaolin Rifleworks (please "like" us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shaolinrifleworks)!
Our Meat CSA members picked up their bonus swag for signing up early! These Bardo Farm cooler bags are the perfect size to hold your monthly share of pork and other Bardo meat. Please help us "meat" our goal of 36 members by June 22nd, and earn your bonus Bardo goodies and other great rewards!!! Sign up now (http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ or http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/) and you'll even be able to pick up your meat at the next monthly potluck on June 1st (and get your bonus prizes)! A huge thanks to all our current members!!!
This month's potluck was full of music! One of our Meat CSA members, Alan Carruth, makes guitars and dulcimers right down the road in Newport, NH (http://www.alcarruthluthier.com/) . We traded a CSA share for one of his beautiful dulcimers!!!! Almost everyone, even the kids, tried them out and fell in love with the sound. It was such lovely background music for good conversation, it seemed you couldn't make it sound bad. We love local talent, and we love to trade... what an awesome deal! Let us know if you ever want to trade with us!
We all enjoyed a relaxing evening of food, music, and laughter. The weather was nice enough to grill our first Beer Bratwurst of the season, yum! We highly recommend grilling these tasty bardo sausages (we have plenty for sale right now btw). There were some other delicious dishes, some made from home garden ingredients, and even a Minion cake to celebrate our good friend Brigitte's Birthday!
Join us next month for a gardening workshop on hugelkultur before dinner!
Thanks again, and hope to see you next month on June 1st
- Hope you can join us for our monthly Potluck this Sunday, May 4th!
Dinner is at 6pm. Meat CSA members may pick up the pork any time after 3pm. Feel free to come early to visit the animals and enjoy spring at the farm. We have more baby animals this month, chicks in the greenhouse and bunnies hopping around the rabbit house, yay!
Farm products available this month:
Eggs- Chicken, Duck, and Quail
Reserve Meat- Pork, Rabbit, Chicken, Duck, Turkey
Sign up for our Monthly Meat CSA
Hope to see you there!
- Our first Goalbuster (think Kickstarter):
Help us meet our goal of 36 Meat CSA members by June 22nd and earn some sweet (and savory) rewards!
Current member count= 7
1. Sign up for Pork Plan =
Bardo Farm Sampler: 1 doz. eggs (mix of chicken, duck, quail), 1 quart Maple Syrup, 1 chicken, 1 Rabbit, 1 Bardo Farm Cooler Bag!
2. Sign up for Meat Lovers Plan =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus Bonus Turkey!
3. Pay for the whole year in advance =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus 1 month FREE!
4. Get a friend to sign up =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus 1 month FREE per member!! (get 12 people to sign up, get the whole year FREE!!!)
Sign up and get your friends to sign up at http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ or http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/
***NOW offering delivery/pick-up in Manchester, NH***
Enjoy some local pasture-raised meat, monthly!
More info on our Meat CSA (from earlier post):
Want to eat local meat, but can’t fit it all in your freezer? Or can’t afford to pay for it all at once? Problem solved! Sign up for our new monthly PORK plan or MEAT LOVERS plan, and get a nice portion of meat every month for a year!
We at Bardo Farm raise our animals using free-range, woodland-raised, and pasture-raised practices whenever possible. Most of our animals are very friendly due to the attention and love we strive to give them. Our goal is to raise happy, healthy animals. After all, happy animals taste better.
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ )
$75 per month
You will get approximately 13 lb/mo (1 pig/yr)
Meat Lovers Plan
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/ )
$150/month will get you, over the course of a year:
1 turkey (for either T-day or Xmas)
And a 20% discount off of additional meat during the year.
First month’s payment is the deposit & membership. Payment for following month due at each pick-up.
We need 36 people in either the Meat Lovers or Pork Plan, in 12-person increments. This is because you’re all sharing 1 pig per month (per 12 people).
Monthly pick-up at Bardo Farm every 1st Sunday, and join us for Potluck Dinner!
Sign up now at either:
Contact Emily 603-276-9205 Emily@bardofarm.com for more information.
- Attention all Bardo fans: there will be no Bardo Farm Fest this year.
Don't worry though, Bardo Farm is just taking the year off to get our ducks in a row (among other things), and make next year's Fest bigger and better than ever.
In 2015, the date of the Fest will be changing from Memorial Day Weekend to sometime later in the Summer.
We hope you can hold your festival horses until then and be psyched for next year's big event!
Meanwhile, if you'd like to schedule a visit to the farm, just let us know. We have plenty of exciting projects going on this year. If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to contact us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you in 2015!!!
- Thanks to all who roughed the mud and came to our First Kid’s Day and Second Monthly Potluck! It was great to see so many kids, families, and adults visiting all the animals on the farm. They got to see the goat kids and piglets, explore the rabbit house, feed fruit to Red (our bull) and Trip (our Ox), and when they needed to dry off and get warm, there were newly hatched quail they got to hold in the house. As a bonus, the sap was running so we got to collect sap from buckets and boil it down to maple syrup in our sugar shack.
It was wet and wild out there but our delicious potluck dinner revived us. The kids even got a second wind and had a music session and dance-off in the house. It was fun feasting with friends after the long day. Unfortunately, some of you couldn’t make it due to muddy roads and a busy weekend. We hope you can make it out next month when the road will hopefully be drier.
A huge thanks to our CSA members!!! As a bonus this month, we included a dozen quail eggs to try. We love them pickled (as a snack or as a burger topping – yum!) or hard boiled in salads and we think you’ll love them too. Let us know what you’re favorite recipes are.