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blessing of the fields & volunteer work day

Please join us at Tecolote Farm on Saturday, March 18, 2017, for a Volunteer Work Day. Following the Presidents’ Day tornado here, we not only have weeding and hoeing to do: there is a lot of debris to pick up, piles to burn or put through the wood-chipper, trash to find and pick up, and community to gather and count our many blessings. Hope you can join us! We’ll begin the day with a Blessing of the Fields at 8:30 am 8:30 AM Rogation (farm & crop blessing) Procession 9:00-1:00 Open Work Day March 18, 2017 First 30 minutes is farm tour/ education. Make sure all volunteers have needed equipment to go out into the field (water, hat, gloves, tools if needed). Review safety and “field etiquette” Get to work! 12:30-1:00 Final 30 minutes for celebrating/picnicking Wear your farm clothes for weeding, cleaning up limbs from the tornado, & general labor. Those with a chainsaw & experience, please bring it! Food donations accepted for volunteers. Kids welcome. No dogs, please. 16301 Decker Lake Rd. Manor, TX 78653   Let’s restore the farm to her former beauty! And pray those live oaks back to their glory! In time, in time….  

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Great Story from the Statesman’s Addie Broyles

Read Addie Broyles’ Food section cover story from April 11, 2012: After long battle over water, Tecolote Farm finally moving on! It has been a long four years since our wells dried up here at the original farm.  Statesman writer Addie Broyles tells the tale of how we keep on keepin’ on.

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Keeping the faith

We hope you have all survived the hottest, driest central Texas summer in recorded history! While our plans to take the kids on a road trip to the mountain ranges of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana preceded knowledge of the horrendous summer that lay ahead, in retrospect we feel very fortunate that we weren’t picking okra in 107° all July!! I know many of you missed the okra, melons, tomatoes, sweet peppers and cucumber-melons that late summer baskets bring, but have no fear: we’ll be doing summer season as usual starting again in 2012. The real question on everyone’s mind, though, is: “Will there even be a fall season in this dratted weather, and, if so, when will it start?” We planned and were excited about a fall CSA (our first ever), so we plunged right in- despite the daunting late August/early September weather- and got seeds started in plug trays (in the cooler!) and transplants in the hot ground. We wanted to start the first week of October, or last week of September. It has been an act of hope planting into hard, dry ground full of clods, and keeping the soil moist enough to entice germination and continued life. We sent Zachary, our eldest, up to Jarrell one day with the truck and trailer to purchase 3 round bales of corn stalks for use as mulch. The newly-transplanted peppers and eggplants wouldn’t have survived without protection, and there was not a stalk of untreated hay or straw to be had within all surrounding counties. Corn farmers who lost their crop still baled the stalks to sell for feed to hay-starved livestock, beneficial at least for caloric value. So, the short answer is: “Yes, we still plan to do a Fall CSA, and hope to start in mid October.” The […]

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Join the Tecolote Farm yahoo listserv to share recipes

If you are interested in sharing and receiving recipes using the vegetables we grow, you can join our Yahoo listserv. All messages will come to the moderator first for approval, so you won’t get all those accidental replies to all! Here’s the link to join: Click to join tecolotefarm Hope you’ll come out to the farmers markets starting up again in mid-October.

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Many thanks to Keeshi + Photo and Twisted String for their photography contributions