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Say hello to the newest additions at Luna Hill. 17 turkey poults arrived yesterday morning. Two died in transport, 15 seem to be doing well.

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We also got a new piglet which I named Twinkie, but Simone decided her name was going to be Pinkie Pie. So Pinkie Pie it is!

Pinkie Pie is about 5 pounds and about 15 inches long. She’s such a cutie! It took close to 8 hours total driving time to go and pick her up and bring her home. It’ll be even further when we go to pick up the dairy ram from California! Oye!

Isn’t she the cutest thing ever?!

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Everyone is doing well, growing strong and enjoying life. I love coming out to the courtyard in the morning to feed the birds and pigs, and watching the them change and mature.

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July 13, 2014

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A Lot is Happening at Luna Hill 

First, let me start with an apology for not having a newsletter for you all last week. With only Dom and I working around here, our time is very tight, and we’re often exhausted at the end of the day. Last week we had another Shareholder delivery, and now that things are starting to come more abundantly, we’ll move to every week deliveries rather than every other week. Harvesting takes place on Friday and Saturday mornings, and it often takes us many hours getting things ready to deliver.

A Bounty Bulletin will be going out this week to all Shareholders. If you are a Non-Harvest Box Shareholder of eggs and turkeys, we’ve made it possible for you to purchase a Harvest Box at the CSA price each week if we have enough. We would prefer to work this way than to take a full day at the farmers markets right now. We will also be opening our gates soon for direct sales of our products in mid August.

When we start our business hours, I’ll post them on Facebook, as well as in the right side bar of the newsletter.

Farm Fresh Buyers Club and Delivery Service Survey

Please take some time and fill out our new survey. If there are enough people interested in having farm fresh truly local food delivered directly to their door, we will be offering it as a service from Luna Hill. We’re currently talking with local farmers who sell pastured eggs, pork, beef, chicken and fruits and vegetables, to see what we can work out in terms of direct farm to consumer services to reach a greater number of people who may not have access to the farmers market because of time constraints, transportation, or work hours.

Click here to fill out our survey

Our Next Potluck at Luna Hill: Super Salads of Summer

Please join us Saturday, July 26 from 5-8:00 PM for our second potluck of the season. 
The theme of this potluck is Super Salads of Summer. We would like everyone to bring their favorite summer salad. While it might be easy to just run to the store and pick up macaroni salad, tuna salad, potato salad, I’d like to put the challenge out to you to bring something other than these fine staples of summer. 
Please sign up and we’ll contact you before the event to let you know how many people will be in attendance so you can know how much of your salad to bring. 
I’d like this to be fun, creative, and of course delicious! It’s time to put your chef’s hat on and wow us with something you really love. 
If you’re a CSA Shareholder at Luna Hill, or are interested in finding out more about us, come on down for a mini tour, meet new people and enjoy some good food. 
Those who sign up will be entered into a raffle to win some freshly harvested produce from our garden. 
Live Entertainment
Daniel Snow, local musician-singer/song writer will be joining us for some live entertainment. We love Daniel’s music, and look forward to hearing him perform. 


Hope everyone can make it out!

Check out Daniel’s FB page to hear a sampling of his latest work

Click here to listen to his music

Okay, onto other announcements and happenings…

Yesterday I traveled to Melrose, NM to pick up the next addition to our farm family. Her name is Twinkie, although Simone is dead set on calling her Pinkie Pie. Twinkie is about 5 pounds and around 15 inches from snout to rump. Is she adorable or what?!

Yes, the circumference of the banana is the same as her little nose.

She loves lettuce, beet greens, pig weed, grapes, popcorn and bananas. She’s not all that interested in eating carrots yet.
I had hoped to post a video of her meeting Waffles, but unfortunately their first meeting didn’t go well at all. He bit her head to show his dominance, which freaked me out. She’s less than a quarter of his size, so she didn’t leave my arms the whole time. I think he was a bit jealous as well. So, we’ll introduce him to her over the next few weeks through the brooder. I’ll be moving his crate to the sun porch where they can smell each other and get used to one another in an area that is not his territory. I purchased her so he wouldn’t be alone, but I can’t allow them to be together until I know she will not be harmed by him. He’s very strong. He didn’t hurt her when he nipped at her head, and she didn’t flinch. It was as if she knew he was Big Papa.
I’m hopeful they will get along in the coming weeks.

This Week at Luna Hill


Broccoli is being harvested this week

Winter squash are just starting to form male blossoms. They haven’t opened yet.

Jalapeños have formed and are growing

Curly top virus has infected about a 1/3 of all our tomato plants. Unfortunately they will need to be pulled out. We’ve already lost 12 plants to the virus, and this week I’ll be pulling out the rest. We still have many healthy tomato plants left.


Onion green tops are ready to harvest again


The first eggplants were harvested today. There are more that will be harvested this coming weekend


Eggplants are doing well despite the fact that something has been enjoying the leaves and stem.

Zucchini and summer squash are starting to blossom and form fruit.

I love how crazy the pollinators are for the squash blossoms

The first developing crook neck squash ready to plump up

Green beans will be harvested this week

This week I was able to photograph a real live Tarantula  Hawk Wasp! It was so beautiful.

Moving Forward with Our Sheep Dairy and Creamery Plans


After finding a breeder to work with in developing a new dairy sheep for our southwest region, we’ve decided to start the process of scaling up and put our plans into action. Our five year farm plan is to have a sheep dairy and creamery, and since we found someone who already has already crossed the sheep taking 50% of workload off of us, we are moving forward. The first ram lamb will be available to us this fall. Part of our five year plan was to lease our neighbor’s 20 acres and dairy barn. He has not returned our calls, or given us any solid answer about when we could lease, so we’ve decided we will search for land and build from scratch.

We will be putting our house on the market (we took it off the market with hopes that we’d be able to lease his land), and the sale of our home will allow us to purchase land and start scaling up our CSA operation as well as to start the breeding program and develop different cheeses. We need to do this if we hope to be anywhere near our goal for the five year farm plan.

We decided to sell our house ourselves, but if a great LOCAL realtor can come along and completely impress me, I might be willing to have a realtor instead. We haven’t had the best of luck with realtors, as sellers or as buyers, so I’m jaded at this point.

So what does this mean for our CSA Shareholders? Nothing and everything! All harvests will go as planned. If our home sells, all our animals come with us. I don’t foresee the house selling next week, and closings usually take about three months, which by that time we will be wrapping up the end of our growing season. Harvest Box Shareholders have already been informed of the changes, and Egg and Turkey Shareholders will have regular drop offs or deliveries when we start harvesting eggs. Turkeys will still be raised, slaughtered and dressed for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.

We are looking to stay in the Los Lunas area, but we are open to other areas around the ABQ metro area. We’re looking for 20 or more acres with no land restrictions on building our own off grid green home and business.

I have been in contact with the owner of a piece of property we are extremely interested in. It is the perfect set up at a most attractive price. I’m so excited about this property that I can hardly contain myself, and unfortunately I can’t talk about it yet! EEEEEE!

Click here to view our ad on craigslist, and if you’re interested in setting up an appointment to see our home, shoot us an email!

I hope everyone has an amazing week,

Angela aka Farmer Jane
Owner, Luna Hill Heritage Farm

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It has been a very busy week! So busy in fact that I was too exhausted to send out our weekly newsletter on Saturday. Life is good here at Luna Hill, with animals growing strong, and the gardening exploding with new fruits.

Monsoon season is in full swing, and almost everyday we’ve gotten hammered by driving winds and strong rain. I’m not complaining, that’s for sure!

I’m trying to catch my breath and take a little rest before we start fall planting. I’ve been working on the planting schedule,IMG_1726 and finding new areas to create planting beds. Right now, I feel that our cabbages take up prime real estate in the Quadrant garden, and if they were tucked away in another area of the property, the garden beds could be used for quicker growing vegetables with multiple harvests possible.

Cabbage just, you know, sits there. You can’t do much with it while it’s forming its head, except to grow other faster growing things around it, but when they reach maximum density, nothing can really grow properly in its shade. Yes, I could grow lettuce in the shade of the large cabbage leaves (they may not make the best companions), but the leaves get in the way of fast efficient harvesting. So I’ve found other areas for growing broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, and in the next few months they’ll be planted in their new beds. In between each row of brassicas, will be onions and/or leeks, celery and celeriac.

Dom is almost finished with the spiral lettuce bed. This bed is naturally shaded by pine trees and will be the home to all our micro-greens, spring mix, and other lettuces that don’t grow well in our summer sun and heat.

And finally when the spiral bed is complete, the rest of the market garden will be finished.

Here are some photos from this past week:

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Dom was calculating in his head where the new cucumber trellis would be fastened.

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Arugula is coming up

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Simmi stole Waffles baby pool

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Cucumber trellis is complete

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Waffles, after a period of time listening to Simmi try to explain her chalk game, gave up and walked way. I think he was a little confused as to whether Simmi actually wanted him to skip over certain circles. He was frustrated nonetheless!

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Eggplant showed up after a major rain storm

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Cabbages are looking glorious

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Saturday we had our next harvest and delivery to Shareholders

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Dom confessed to me in the garden that he loves harvesting

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Broccoli heads are forming

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Kale was ready to be harvested

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The green tops from the onions were clipped. Clipping the tops provides green onions, and leaves the onion bulb to grow larger

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Hoops were added to the cabbage beds to provide more space for them to grow since they reached the top of the metal hoops.

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Tomatoes were pruned and tied to the trellis. Marigolds, beans and purple basil are all coming up now.

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The cucumbers should develop their tendrils in the next few days and start climbing up the trellis.

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Beautiful fernbush is in bloom.

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Squash bed was thinned

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Eggplant is making a slow recovery from whatever was eating it. Something was snacking on the stem, and the ants would follow close behind hollowing out the main stalk. Amazingly, after three treatments of neem oil, the plant seems to be coming back strong. I decided not to plant anything in this bed because I couldn’t identify what was killing the eggplant. Since it’s making a comeback, I’ll go ahead and plant it with herbs and other companions, and do a deep mulching.

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The zucchini and summer squash bed is growing and filling out.

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Borage is about to bloom, beans are blossoming, cilantro is growing tall, marigolds are making themselves known, and the sweetest little jalapeños are fruiting.

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Giant pumpkin leaves suffered some tearing in the wind, but are doing well and growing strong.

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Close up of the cucumber and spinach plants.

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As we roll into a very productive summer, I’m considering offering up a few work exchange positions. I haven’t nailed down all the details, but I can say that with my work load, and Dom’s crazy insane work hours, I need help in the garden.

A work exchange would include a certain amount of hours per week, and in return, the person working would take home a large box of fruits, vegetables, and eggs (if they eat eggs)…basically what we have growing here. If we had more Shareholders we would be able to offer paid positions, but at present, all we can offer is our beautiful food.

If you live in the Albuquerque or Valencia County area, and have access to transportation to get down to our farm, contact me at info@lunahill.org so we can talk about work exchange. Please put “Work Exchange” in the subject as well, and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. If you don’t have transportation but can take a train into Los Lunas, we can pick you up at the train station.

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Finally! The ducklings and Waffles have their own pools. After searching online, and also taking a ride to a few places locally, I had to go all the way to the west side of Albuquerque to get these pools. If ToysRus would have advertised online that they actually have these in stock at their store, I would have been over there two weeks ago.

Anyway, the pools are perfect for growing ducklings and not too big for Waffles to climb into. Of course he’s hesitant about going in his pool, but I think as the heat of the day hits, he’ll make an effort.

Everyone is doing great, growing strong, and quite active. They made it through their first thunder, lightening and torrential downpour yesterday. I have strange animals. Or actually maybe it’s me, since the last batch of ducks and chickens I had were exactly the same way. They were scrappy, rugged, and had a tough as nails desert attitude.

Waffles isn’t enjoying the new arrangement where he has no access to the mulberry tree or mud wallow we made for him. We needed to use that area to transition the chicks and ducklings. We’re designing the sweetest area for him to live out in the play ground, where he can see Simmi everyday (and other children that come to play), have a mud wallow, and his own sturdy housing. It will be big enough for one more little mini pig to keep him company.IMG_1539 IMG_1543 IMG_1549 IMG_1555 IMG_1570 IMG_1564 IMG_1559 IMG_1556 IMG_1582 IMG_1592 IMG_1595 IMG_1597 IMG_1600

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On June 28 we had our very first Potluck at Luna Hill. We had a total of 9 people in attendance, and 6 that couldn’t make it at the last minute.

Over all it went well, we met some very lovely people, had great conversation, and Waffles got to show everyone how hungry his is all the time. There wasn’t a moment where he wasn’t begging for food or knocking over someone’s soda to slurp it up off the ground. Everyone got a kick out of him. :)

After eating great food, we gave a short mini tour of what we have growing, and what our master plans are in terms of expanding our farm.

As evening fell, one of our guests brought some kick ass fireworks, and we enjoyed the light show! These were not your grandpa’s sparklers (although we did have those too), no, these were fireworks that walk that grey line of “I’m not sure if those are legal” but boy will it be fun! We don’t live in the village limits so I guess certain rules don’t apply to us concerning fireworks.

Anyway, we had a great time and we look forward to the next potluck on July 26 from 5-8:00pm. We’ll let everyone know what the theme for July’s potluck will be soon! Dom has been in contact with a local musician who said he was interested in playing for July’s potluck…we’ll keep you posted!

Winners of our Potluck Raffle

We had a raffle entry for everyone that signed up and came to our potluck. It’s not enough to sign up, and to be in the drawing, you need to also be present.

Here are our winners:

1. One year Chicken Egg Share: Sergio

2. $25.00 Gift Certificate: Mike

3. $10.00 Gift Certificate: Vicki

I’ll let everyone know what July’s raffle will be for the next Potluck at Luna Hill.

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June 27, 2014

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Potluck at Luna Hill


Tomorrow night is our first potluck! We’ll be grilling up hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken. This is a good ol fashioned barbecue for those who will be attending. The sign up is still open on ourEvents Page and also on Facebook Events. If you’d like to come, please click the link to join us. I’ll contact everyone tonight to let them know what to bring.

Dom and I will be providing the chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh salad, and a few side dishes made with ingredients from our garden.

Hope to see you there!

Ducklings and Chicks





The ducklings and chicks are all doing wonderful in their new outdoor temporary home. We did loose a few sick ducklings a few days ago after they drowned. I didn’t think they could even get into the little bin of water, but somehow they managed to drag their bodies in. They couldn’t get out of the water and since their legs weren’t working properly, they couldn’t stay above water. It’s sad, but at least they aren’t struggling anymore. I was at the point where I thought I would have to cull them since they weren’t recovering. I believe they had organ damage, since although they were eating and drinking, they weren’t gaining any weight and they were stunted in size. My last count of living ducklings was 21, with us losing a total of 9 ducklings since they arrived. They are one month now and doing well.

The chicks (now pullets) are doing well, and enjoying their time outside as well. They haven’t taken to roosting in the mulberry tree, but suspect that they may catch on soon.

The Sweltering Summer Heat


It has been very hot outside. Too hot to plant, and way too hot to be out in rubber boots. We’ve been watering, weeding and waiting for the high temps to break. The heat is also revealing which tomatoes I’ll plant next year, and which one’s not to. Some tomatoes do well in our dry hot climate, while others struggle to survive. I’ve observed Black Krim (pictured above still small and yellowing against the fence) to be an heirloom variety that may not be suitable in our region. The poor things are stunted, yellowing, and looking very sad. I haven’t pulled them out, but I’m not giving them any special attention either.

Our star in the tomato garden is the Brandywine. This baby is lush, green, and starting to put out some gorgeous fruit! It seems to enjoy 100 degree weather, and is stunning to look at. The scent it puts off is intoxicating also. If a gentle breeze blows by, you can smell the Brandywine fragrance.

Next up are Yellow Pear tomatoes. These guys also perform well in our area. This will be the third year we’re growing them, and they never seem to disappoint.

The last variety we have is the Roma tomato. The Roma is also performing well, and doing great in 100 degree temps. I would like to grow a few more new varieties next year of hard to find tomatoes. Any suggestions? It should be a tomato that can handle the heat and won’t require shading in the late day.

The shade cloth I put on the brassicas last week has really helped to take the heat stress off them. They stay perky and upright even at the hottest part of the day.

Onions and sunflowers are doing well. Purslane has been coming up, and I love that it makes a natural ground cover. By the end of the summer, the onion bed should be covered in purslane. Growing next to the fence is another weed I LOVE…pig weed. As long as it’s not growing in an area that will compromise crops or individual plants, I love it being in the garden.

Pig weed pictured on the right (amaranth) next to the white wild flowers is a wild edible weed and doubles as a great trap crop. Flea beetles LOVE this weed, and I’m more than happy to allow it to grow and get eaten, if we can come to some sort of arrangement that the bad bugs can have their fill of pig weed, while leaving my good plants alone.

The agreement has been kept so far, and I get to monitor what kind of bugs are in the garden depending on how much of the pig weed they eat. Weeds can play an amazing part in garden if we let them.

Comfrey and squash are getting along and growing beautifully.

Sunflowers are large and in charge.

Eggplant is struggling a bit. They love the heat, but something else has been loving it as well. Neem oil seems to help and the new little ones are coming in okay, but the older eggplant have something chewing at the stem. I’m hoping that after this next treatment of neem, we won’t have any more issues with the plant. It’s just starting to blossom too.

A volunteer on the other side of the fence! It’s the first time we’ve ever had a vegetable try to infiltrate our garden! Bugs and birds? Yes, small rodents, rabbits and snakes…yup. But fruits and vegetables trying to get in? I LOVE IT! So, this veggie looks like it could be another acorn squash, by the shape and color of the leaves. I had an acorn squash show up in one of our garden beds last year, but not in this area. I took a picture of it last year, because we didn’t plant it, nor did we ever grow acorn squash at that point, and we never watered it or tended to it. It was delicious by the way:

I love volunteers!

The squash patch continues to grow and do very well. They’re just about ready to take off and fill the area!


Arugula and flowers continue to grow. They struggled a little in the heat, but have recovered well.

Another cool volunteer growing near the onions. It looks like it could be an Armenian cucumber or some sort of squash.


Tomatoes everywhere

A view from our porch

Grapes are doing well, although this is their last year in this spot. They have struggled over the last several years, and we’ll be moving them to the courtyard next winter. For now, I’ve just been cutting back the canes which just seems to make it more determined to grow. They have also been treated with neem oil which has prevented flea beetle infestations. We do have flea beetles this year, but they have been sticking with the neem-free meal of pig weed. I’m happy to oblige. :)


Our massive continuous lettuce bed. The water lines are laid, and now we are just trying to decide whether we should go ahead a plant all the beautiful lettuce, or wait until the rabbits are caught. We have a number of bunnies on our property (I’m hoping the snakes will eat them) and while they haven’t eaten any of our plants, they might eat all the lettuce. They haven’t touched the arugula or spinach, which is a good sign, but we’re unsure what our next step will be. The bunnies are small enough to JUMP right through chicken wire. Yes, that small! There is no keeping them out at this point, so we have been trying to come up with some strategies to keep them off our lettuce patch.

Any ideas? Please let us know!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend,

Angela aka Farmer Jane
Owner, Luna Hill Heritage Farm

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On our farm website LunaHill.org, we have a page that we will be updating soon. It’s called “Meet Your Farmer” and will feature local farms and gardens. If you would like to be added to our list, please contact us at:

info@lunahill.org and put “Meet Your Farmer” in the subject

My goal is to have a master list of everyone who sells products they grow or make. If you are a CSA, farmer, gardener, crazy chicken lady with gorgeous eggs (I say that as an endearment…I’m a crazy chicken lady myself), cottage kitchen, novice backyard grower, let me know!

We all have to start somewhere, and the more options local people have for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available to them, the better.

This is a completely free service for all my fellow gardeners and farmers.

I would like to extend the list to other states at some point in the near future, but for now I would like to keep the list honed in to New Mexico farmers and gardeners first.

Hope to hear from you!

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It’s hot out here. So hot and oppressive that I’ve postponed planting for another week. There are a few veggies that have languished in the heat, and even though I’ve allowed deeper watering, and keep things mulched, the ground is still somewhat hot and dry in certain patches of the garden.

Some mornings it’s so hot my boots are on fire by 11:00am. I’ve been contemplating duct taping my rubber boots with white tape just so I don’t have to feel the burn. ;)

Other than that, we’ve been keeping cool, hanging out with the chicks and ducklings as they get used to their new home outside, and I’m working on the next season’s planting schedule. I’ve kind of hit a wall and my enthusiasm is waning a bit. It’s the impatience of wanting all the fruits and veggies to be ripe RIGHT NOW, and I have to remember that since I don’t use “Plant Crack” (commercial chemical fertilizer) things will always follow a more gentle and slow pace.

Here are some photos from around the property this evening as the sun was beating down brutally on my little babies:

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Sheep sorrel and rosemary are holding their own

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Middle to left are cucumbers, and on the right is spinach. As the cucumbers grow they will be trained up strings which will shade the spinach and our porch.

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Tomatoes are now large enough to train towards the trellis.

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Arugula is growing. There are some signs of flea beetle holes (they ravished us a few years ago), but our neem oil treatments seem to be doing the trick at keeping the munchers away from our crops.

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More tomatoes

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The squash patch is doing very well, especially in our upper 90′s weather.

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This tomato bed will be so cool when it completely fills out with squash, comfrey, flowers and tomatoes.

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Before we started weekly treatments of neem oil we had Blister Beetles move in. Blister Beetles eat alfalfa, potatoes, tomatoes, and other plants in the night shade family, but also enjoy legumes and blossoms.

We discovered them in our potato patch in the second week of using neem oil. So far, the defoliation has stopped, but not before the ravished three of my tomato plants and half of my potato bed. Little stinkers!

Anyway, the neem oil should help in disrupting their hormonal system, and as they munch on the leaves (if they even try to eat it) of treated plants, they will become less hungry and basically starve to death since it cuts off their appetite. It’s the first year I’m using neem weekly, and I’m anxious to see if it will work in the same way with squash bugs. So far, there are squash bugs in our garden but they haven’t laid eggs on our plants, nor have they eaten the leaves. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the treatments will work!

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Last weekend the chicks and ducklings were moved outside to the courtyard:

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Dom installed a temporary fence around part of the courtyard to split the space between Waffles and the birds. We didn’t want to take the chance of him possibly trying to eat them, or devour all their food.

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It took all of 30 seconds for the ducklings and the chicks to totally acclimate to their new surroundings.

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This area is very fertile and loaded with bugs, worms, and other creepy crawling goodies. While the chicks scratch through the soil, the ducklings dabble in the mud.

All though it can’t be seen in the photos, we have a very large mulberry tree at the corner of the house. The ducklings and chicks have their favored sides and hangout there during the day when the sun is hot. Even though I created a temporary shelter for them (in case it rains), they all prefer to sleep outside.

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June 20, 2014

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Our First CSA Shareholder Delivery

We sent out our first Bounty Bulletin to all our CSA Shareholders to let them know we will be harvesting and delivering on Saturday. It’s a big deal for me (we’ll be celebrating!) because this will be the very first Harvest Box delivery to our Shareholders, ever.What will they be getting this week?

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Pink radishes
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Sheep sorrel

It isn’t a big variety of items (yet), but it’s the start of something wonderful. I had a choice to make, let it continue to grow, or make deliveries. We don’t have enough produce to take to the farmers market AND put into the Harvest Boxes, and since Shareholders always come first, I decided to not push the date up to mid July for our first drop off.

If anyone is interested, we do have Harvest Box Shares still available.

Here’s the master list of what we have growing right now:

  • Four varieties of tomatoes: Black Krim, Roma, Brandywine, and Yellow Pear
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Onions
  • Borage
  • Marigold
  • Red cabbage
  • Lovage
  • Beans
  • Comfrey
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Rosemary
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Hyssop
  • Potatoes
  • Mint
  • Basil: Italian and Purple
  • Giant Cardoon
  • Black Beauty Eggplant
  • Turkish Orange eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Crookneck squash
  • Calendula
  • 3 Varieties of cucumbers
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Swiss chard
  • Pink radish
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet pumpkin (for baking)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon (4 varieties)
  • Giant pumpkin
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Butternut squash
  • Delicata
  • Acorn squash
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Yellow Banana Hot Peppers
  • Going in the ground this weekend:
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Micro greens
  • Spinach pac choi
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Swiss chard
  • Red Russian kale
  • Yellow wax beans
  • Dill
  • Carrots
  • Radishes

Next week fall and winter hardy veggies will be started in the greenhouse.

Two more beds were planted out in the Market Garden as well.


The ducklings are growing. There are a few that are developing a little too slow, and I believe they have organ damage due to the long 2 day trip when they were hatched. Two of the ducklings still have difficulty walking and balancing, but the rest of them are doing very well.


All the ducklings bills should be dark by now, which makes me also wonder about whether the ducklings with the light colored bills are a mixed breed. Only time will tell.


The chicks are all doing very well and are ready for their next home…the courtyard. We can not move them to the chicken pasture until the playground has been built. The swing set is in pieces still out in the chicken pasture.


They’re still going through that ugly awkward stage.

Volunteers

I’ve set up a volunteer work day for this Sunday if anyone would like to help us out! Here are the details, and you can sign up on our Facebook Event if interested:

Looking for Volunteers!
We need a few strong sets of arms and/or even a skid loader. Dom is at his physical breaking point, and can’t continue to move dirt on his own. He works two jobs AND puts in a lot of hours at Luna Hill as well.

The playground isn’t finished yet. We need to move the dirt that was tilled up, to the market garden and other locations on the property, and then we need help putting together the large play set.

With the play set still in pieces in the chicken pasture, I can’t plant more trees, and we can’t get our chickens and ducks into their final home.

So, I would like to put a volunteer work day together on June 22 for anyone interested in helping us out.

You can sign up, message me here on FB Luna Hill page or send me an email at info@lunahill.org if you’re interested in helping. We will be providing food and beverages, so please let us know if you have any diet restrictions.
This work is labor intensive, and would require good health, strength and a good strong back.

Click Here to Join Us!

Future Volunteer Opportunities 

I’ll be creating a volunteer schedule for those interested in help out at Luna Hill. We’ve had several requests, and now that we are moving into the heat of the growing season, we will open up our gates to those interested in helping out. I currently use the Wunderlist App on my Iphone to sort through all my tasks throughout the day. I don’t know what I would do without it! Wunderlist is also social and allows me to share my lists with others. Volunteers who would like to help, will need to have access to Wunderlist in order to know what tasks need to be done around Luna Hill. I should have my volunteer lists created by the beginning of July, and then those who have signed up as volunteers can see what needs to be accomplished.

Potluck at Luna Hill


Our first monthly potluck is fast approaching! If you’re interested in coming, please sign up on our Event’s Page or on our Facebook event’s page. We need to know who’s coming so we can let everyone know they need to bring.

Click Here to Sign Up on Facebook
Click Here to Sign Up on Our Events Page

I hope you have an amazing weekend,

Angela aka Farmer Jane
Owner, Luna Hill Heritage Farm

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