A few weeks ago, I took a Field Trip to Nooshe Joon Micro Farm in Elmira, New York to see how a micro farm is made. Their unique name and visually delicious social media photos appealed to my curiosity. This female owned and operated tiny farm is in the center of a suburban neighborhood, yet produces organic food for local restaurants. How does one effectively farm microgreens in the suburbs of a city?
Indoor Farming is the ticket to making a successful microgreens business. I have stumbled upon videos to introduce me to this farming method, but had never encountered an operation in person until visiting this farm. Some folks might hesitate to say a property in the center of a developed neighborhood is a farm, but an entire yard that is totally tilled with veggies, moves a smidgen past the definition of garden.
The results of such an undertaking is quite magical to experience. If you are curious about transforming your own lawn into an edible masterpiece, take a look at this progress video to be inspired. Shabnam Allwood (Farmer Shab) is the beauty and power behind this design. You can find her veggies at Chamberlain Acres Farmers Market on most Sundays. Be sure to stock up on her colorful tomatoes and scrumptious microgreens. MAY YOUR SOUL BE NOURISHED ❤
If you watched that video- note frame 2:51. Farmer Shab is sporting bottles of Switchel and Fire Cider made locally by the dynamic duo of Bespoke Apothecary. I had the delight of dishing up food for their annual open house recently and had a blast learning more about their organic farm, beekeeping, and medicinal line of health and beauty products. While I was in the kitchen, photographer Joshua Tokar documented the event.
Meeting April Hart and Bill Krovetcz at Chamberlain Acres several years ago became a turning point in my focus of food security and personal health. Their careers took a turn for the better when a life-threatening disease forced them to take their own course of medical action. Some say when life give you lemons, you make lemonade. I say these two make Fire Cider!
This birds-eye view of the farm reveals another private residence turned organically nourished homestead. What once was manicured lawn is now chicken poop and hay with fenced in veggie patches covering the property. During the open house, visitors could take a farm tour to learn about each of the hundreds of crops that go into each of their products.
To say Bespoke Apothecary knows how to Make is an understatement. The couple has made their dreams into reality and have a following of dedicated customers/ students who return frequently because they see the difference in the quality of care and love to learn about what they are putting on or in their bodies. When love and dedication are the sweat equity of a business, there is success abound.
As with most beloved farm properties, there is a name to the land. Dead Dog Farm is the location of Bespoke Apothecary. Fandom lore states Dead Dog Farm derives its name from an old saying, which states that a dead dog attracts the attention of both the worst and the best types of people. For any other Twin Peaks Geeks out there, you may surely add Bespoke Apothecary at Dead Dog Farm to your bucket list of travel itinerary when in Elmira, New York. While it may not be the Red Room, this little farm is on a whole other matrix. Be sure to tell them the Log Lady sent you.
As promised, the geocaching search will begin on September 15. A clue will be given to the possible location(s). Stay tuned for further details and ways to win sweet treats. Head to Geocaching.com to get involved in the community and in-the-know. You can download the app on your mobile device, but note that the website offers more information without the fees.
That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!