Tom

About Tom Broz

Tom is the farmer. He leads the farmworking team that cultivates the soil and grows everything.

New Beginnings without Winter Dormancy

We are delighted to welcome both returning and new members to celebrate our 20th anniversary of Community Supported Farming. As many returning members have noticed, we have taken the CSA in a new direction by introducing the entire membership to the more flexible and choice based program we offered on a limited basis last year. [...]

By | 2018-01-26T12:56:50+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on New Beginnings without Winter Dormancy

Community Supported Agriculture: A healthy partnership of land, plants, animals, and people

It’s “Sign-up time” once again, and it’s wonderful to see how many of our current members have responded so quickly to participate in our 19th CSA season. It is a confirmation and a reassuring feeling to be able to count on the pivotal support of our CSA partnership. Aldo Leopold in his classic book, A [...]

By | 2018-02-01T12:08:35+00:00 January 1st, 2018|CSA, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Community Supported Agriculture: A healthy partnership of land, plants, animals, and people

Relationships make for Healthy Food and Farms

Potato seeds (one of my favorite crops) arrive next week, and the “itch” to prepare the soil and plant is returning once again.  Tomatoes, peppers, leeks, basil, and a long list of brassicas are on a staggered sowing schedule to ensure a consistent and regular harvest throughout the year. Due to the dry weather many [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:16:38+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Relationships make for Healthy Food and Farms

Community Support = Farm Resilience

Still no rain!  With the long-term forecast looking dry and relatively warm it is with some measure of unease that we are sowing our winter covercrops. Usually the first rains arrive in October and supply enough moisture to ensure good germination. This year we might have to assist with supplemental irrigation to prevent the germinating [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:16:26+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Community Support = Farm Resilience

Farm News & Tom’s Reflections

“...Nature, lying all around, with such beauty and such affection for her children; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man.” 
- Henry David Thoreau October is here and so are the kids. It’s a popular time of year [...]

By | 2018-01-25T12:45:13+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Farm News & Tom’s Reflections

End of Summer

Not much time to sit down, reflect and write - all our energy is focused on keeping up with the pace and intensity of the farm. It is as if Mother Nature is aware that these are the final weeks of summer.  Galas are hanging ripe for the picking.  The first block of winter squash [...]

By | 2018-01-26T12:54:55+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on End of Summer

Little Treasures in Food and Community

Our three Tomato U-Pick events have been inspiring and fun. An estimated 500 people visited the farm and picked well over 2 tons of tomatoes – that’s an impressive 4,400 pounds. The seasonal abundance was enjoyed by all, as families explored the farm beyond the tomato patch to pick and taste other seasonal favorites such [...]

By | 2018-01-25T12:45:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Little Treasures in Food and Community

A Pause to be Thankful

Bare root strawberries waiting to be planted. We did it! Yesterday, almost all of the 80,000 bare root strawberry plants got planted by late afternoon, beating the arrival of this week’s anticipated rainstorms. All of us felt a sense of relief and well deserved accomplishment now that next season’s strawberry crop is safely [...]

By | 2018-01-25T12:44:22+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on A Pause to be Thankful

Every Seed Tells a Story

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” - Henry David Thoreau, The Dispersion of Seeds. Warm weather, last weekend’s replenishing rain, and days getting noticeably [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:01:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Every Seed Tells a Story

The Hands that Feed Us

The long awaited tomatoes are gradually ripening, and as much as we’d like to encourage them to ripen faster the first harvest typically is a teaser and doesn’t yield enough for everyone’s shares. Get your salt shaker out. Our Early Girl dry-farmed tomatoes are almost ready. A wave of new crops is at [...]

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