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March 2011

News from the Farm:
It’s hard to believe that March is already here and spring is around the corner.   The warmer weather the last couple weeks has given us a great chance to get a head start on the season, as the hoop-house and low tunnels are all planted out and growing. It looks like we should have a lot of greens for the April markets.  The chickens are laying again and the over-wintered spinach is tasting delicious so we have decided to open the farmstand on Sundays (noon-4pm) throughout the months of March and April to sell eggs, and early veggies as they become available.


Other exciting news from the farm is that Mark’s dad has moved back to Colorado and will be working with us on the farm this year.  We are excited to have Bruce join us and for the opportunity to have three generations working together to plant, harvest, and market our vegetables.

Farming in the Age of Social Media

While we enjoy the communion with nature that farming allows us, we live in an age of technological wonder and embracing those technologies are necessary to spread the word of sustainable agriculture and healthy living.  This winter we stepped onto the social media bandwagon by launching our Facebook Page, where people can become a “fan” of the farm and see regular updates.  This is a great way for people to check out what is going on in the fields as well as to receive inside tips on product availability and special offers.  We have also spent some time this winter updating our website including the launch of our first Youtube video.

Summer Schedules Now Posted

Kena has been busy organizing this year’s youth summer camp schedule, which is now posted on-line.  She will again be offering Spanish Summer Camps and Farming Summer Camps.  These are gaining in popularity every year so get your applications in early to assure a spot!

Mark Your Calendars

For those interested in learning about agriculture in Boulder County, the Parks and Open Space department is hosting a “Farm and Ranch Panel Discussion” on Wednesday, March 9th at Monarch High School in Louisville.  The event goes from 7pm-9pm and is open to the public.  Mark will be one of the panelists for the discussion.

Volunteer Day
This season the farm is going to organize a series of volunteer days to allow people a chance to come out and get their hands dirty, all ages are invited.  The first volunteer day will be on the Spring Solstice, Sunday March 20th from 10am-3pm.  All those interested in coming to help plant potatoes are welcome.  Bring a sack lunch and Kena says to dress in white (the kind you don’t mind getting dirty) as the Mexican tradition is that white adsorbs the energy of spring at the equinox.  Future volunteer days (1-2 per month) will be announced through email, if you are interested in being notified, please send us an email to info@ollinfarms.com asking to be added to the volunteer list.

Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy 2011,

The Ollin Farms Team


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