Intern at Morganic Farm

Morganic Farm is accepting applications for about 6 internship positions.  These positions offer interns a wide variety of learning opportunities.  Growing, raising and processing foods, along with good land stewardship and management practices.  If interested, please submit:

  • a resume
  • cover letter describing what your interests are
  • references

if you would like to be considered for an internship.

Compensation for interning at Morganic farm is based on productivity of enterprise(s) interning for.  All of enterprises (pork, poultry eggs, poultry meat, half-acre garden, dairy and meat goats) have a labor budget and you will receive that labor compensation at processing/harvest and for some enterprise markets (multiple CSAs for example) during the season.   For the latter there are commitment and expansion incentives built in to insure completion and to maximize pay for interns.  All labor payment amounts vary based on the labor needs of that enterprise.  The rate of pay equivocates to $8-$10 per hour.  Please contact us for details.  All meals provided with organic and non-gmo product from our farm and others.  Camping available on property.  Work week is 50 hours over 5 to 7 seven days.

Visit our website for additional information.

Time to Sign up for your CSA!

The Spring Equinox is a couple of weeks away and daytime highs are supposed to be above 50 all week.  Now is a great time to plan where your family’s food will be coming from for the next four to six months.  When you buy from your local farmer they, their community and their region at large benefit greatly.  You are voting with your dollars.  CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) capitalize your farmer when they need it most–at the time of monetary investment in the coming growing season.  We need to know who wants to be part of our CSA for this coming season!  Our window is still and has been open for buying seeds, hiring help, breeding animals and otherwise preparing for this coming growing season–but it will be closing as this spring unfolds.  Don’t miss out!  Now is a great time to join!  Complete our Order Form to sign up for our CSA and/or to place your preorders.  Contact us at morganicfarmcsa@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Don’t forget, we have a new pick-up location in Traverse City exclusively for CSA members!

Our vegetables have always been grown according to organic standards and this year we are seeking organic certification.  Our animals are raised in a method that we believe is more than organic.  They do not receive vaccines or any other drug or chemical intervention at any stage of their life.  We use 100% natural remedies.  Are animals live 100% out of doors, on pasture, eating non-gmo locally-grown feed and hay.  Visit our website for more information.  Thank you for letting us serve you!  Stuart and Genevieve

Farm Pick-up Wednesdays 4pm-6pm 

TC pick-up on Fridays 6:30-7:30pm*

  • Pork Share: $180/ for 6 months of 1-2 pound packages weekly
  • Egg Share: 1 dozen/week $120/6 months
  • Rabbit Share: 1 rabbit per month/$96
  • Vegetable Share:  16 weeks $400/season Mid June-September
  • Regular Poultry Share: 1 chicken/week, plus 2 turkeys/ $420 July-October

Unless otherwise noted, the CSA season lasts 6 months: May-October & November-April.

Sign up early- February-April, we have a limited number of shares available.

*Traverse City Pick-up:

  • 965 Industrial Circle, back parking lot of Seung-ni
  • $3/week are added to your CSA share for TC pick-ups

Custom Orders and Feedback Welcomed!

Morganic Farm welcomes custom orders and enterprises. Think of it as “I do not have a farm (or land or time) but boy–I sure love ______________! I wish there was a farm in our region that raised it/them.” We are eager to create an affordable plan to reach both of our goals. Or–you can ask us to grow more of a particular product that we already do. Broiler chickens are a good example of this. Or turkeys raised to a particular size. We are here for you. If there is something you’d like us to raise for you or something more general you’d like to communicate to us please do not hesitate to contact us directly or use our new “Ask Morganic Farm” form.

Or you can use our regular order form to pre-order specific products we already carry:

Goat Share Program ends, then gives birth to new enterprises (are you kidding?)

If life has offered me any gifts–which it has–the most salient of those gifts might be turning mistakes into gifts, obstacles into launching pads and the reminder that ignorant folks (including myself) and the entities they represent and/or work for need to be forgiven–most of the time.  😉

Due to the growth of our egg sales we have moved into a different class of farm to insurance companies and have lost our goat share exclusion that we had through Hastings and have had to seek out a new insurer.  In our search we have found no company (not Fremont, not Farm Bureau) that is willing to simply exclude the goat share program.  All have said–“get rid of it, sign off that you will not operate it while we are insuring you, or we will drop you.”  So we have conceded, have terminated our Goat Share Program and aim to turn this into another opportunity for education, growth and diversification.

For now we plan to keep our minor herd.  They will be kidding shortly and we will be awash in milk again.  Some of the kids may be sold to other homesteaders and farmers.  The milk from the mothers will now be diverted into soap-making and possibly cheese projects.  We are extremely fond of our goats.  They are surrenderingly personable and few things beat sitting in the sun, scratching your goats cheek, while she exhales cud breath into your face and you both dose off.

They are also maybe the single most resilient and sensible four-legged livestock we can raise in the US.  For eight to ten months out of the year (depending on severity of winter) they can get all of their forage and roughage–though not all of their minerals necessarily–from wild land.  For this reason we will be adding meat goats to our operation sometime in 2016 or 2017.  Please stay tuned for more.  And who knows–maybe this is the universe letting us know that Angora goats are not such a bad idea after all…  Stuart.

Daphne gets ready to farrow

 

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Nice…Genevieve sends me an email today–“uh…today marks 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days since Henry (our boar) got in with the sows…”–so we discuss snow, paths, gates, piglets, farrowing hut, etc. Finn digs a path from the new pen gate to Mason’s pen (the farrowing pen) gate. Family goes into town. I then dig a path to the farrowing hut and fill it with straw. I grab a bucket of feed, open Mason’s pen gate and merely walk up to the new pen gate. Daphne–the one we think is furthest along–strolls right up to the gate. I open it–and she waddles through it (all…300-350 pounds of her?). She follows me up the path to the farrowing hut. I drop her pile of feed. She eats–and is now surveying her temporary home while she and her mates bellow out grunts before she (I hope) settles in for the night. And it’s such a beautiful, crisp night out there. We’re now on piglet watch. At least four more sows behind her (if not ten…).

Winter Comfort

Cold, snowy winter days are made for warm comforting hot drinks.  My favorite hot drink is a Mocha, hot chocolate and coffee with plenty of milk.  My milk of choice is goat’s milk from out own goats.  This time of year the goat’s are all dried up, so I’m struggling to come up with a healthy alternative.  I struggle sometimes to find foods that meet my criteria:

  • locally sourced (I interpret this fairly loosely sometimes-I will accept a few foods that can’t grow in Michigan if it’s supporting a local company with good practices)
  • healthy (no chemicals, I’m not allergic, prevents cancer or other illnesses)

Ingredients for my favorite Mocha recipe are as follows:

  • 1 cup coffee (made from fresh ground Higher Grounds Coffee or Truck Stop Organics  good local companies that make an excellent coffee)
  • 1 cup goat’s milk (fresh, from my own goats)
  • 2 Tablespoon’s Mindo’s 100% Cocoa Powder (mindochocolate.com)
  • 2 Tablespoon’s sugar (or to taste)

I don’t actually measure the coffee and milk and I’ll add more or less to taste.  I heat up the milk to a comfortable temperature, add the rest of the ingredients and drink it warm.

The trouble with this recipe is that it doesn’t quite meet my standards for health.  Coffee has all kinds of withdrawal systems and if I drink it too late in the morning it can interfere with my sleep.  The sugar I also have objections to.  Basically cancer and all other diseases love sugar.  So this recipe should be a rare treat.

The chocolate I consider totally irreplaceable, although Just Good Chocolate is every bit as good as Mindo and they are both a wonderful local company.  I avoid national companies as the chocolate isn’t as good and their practices are questionable at best.

When my goat’s are dry this time of year my family will either go without, or we’ll support one of our local dairies, like Shetler’s which offers quality grass-fed cow’s milk, and isn’t homogenized.  Unfortunately for me, all cows milk causes me slight allergies.

So here is my new recipe that substitutes healthy tea’s for coffee, stevia for sugar and oatmeal for the milk.  I like to make a big batch and store the extra in the fridge for reheating.

Vegan Chocolate Tea

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup tea blend (such as nettle root, burdock root, chicory root, twig tea, green tea, yerba mate, Essiac tea, these can be mixed and matched etc…)

Boil water with all roots and twigs for 10 minutes to make a decoction.  Steep tea leaves for 5 minutes more in same water.  Strain and pour into a blender (or Vitamix).  Blend with:

  • 1 cup oatmeal

Strain and pour back in blender with:

  • 2-4 Tablespoons cocoa powder to taste
  • 1 teaspoon stevia

Blend and serve warm.

The oatmeal is a little unconventional, but it thickens the brew enough to give me the satisfaction of milk without any potential allergies.  If you don’t like stevia, honey can also work.  The stevia isn’t exactly local, but it doesn’t feed cancer, so I consider it a good substitute.

Bitter teas are more like coffee, as an added bonus nettle and burdock root are excellent blood cleansers.  Essiac Tea is great for treating cancer.  Green Tea has caffeine, but is also very healthy.  Light of Day Organics (lightofdayorganics.com) is a wonderful local tea company near Traverse City.  If you can’t find a good local tea source, order directly from Mountain Rose Herbs, an exceptionally conscientious herbal company with the highest standards that specializes in Fair Trade and Organic sources (www.mountainroseherbs.com).

For cold winter days like this, sometimes we all need a little comfort.  Enjoy!

Swim in the Snow?

Mother nature is making up for the warm and beautiful fall with some winter weather coming in now.  We woke up to a heavy blanket of snow settling down nicely on the trees and across the ground, and we’re expecting even more the next few days!

The ducks still love to come out, in spite of all the snow. Lately, as the temperatures have gotten colder they retreat into the barn, then go back outside throughout the day.  Otherwise they like to set and preen themselves or just be calm for hours over near the east end of the barn.  I am not sure why they like this spot.  From it they can see if there is a dog in the kennel.  They can see humans passing by.  Perhaps it is because for those rare sunny moments the sun actually touches them in that spot as well.

They are laying very well in spite of this weather and we’re getting over two dozen eggs a day.  Lucky for us, ducks like to lay their eggs in the morning, while they’re still in the barn.  Any eggs laid outside would freeze.  Ducks are so hardy, they really take all the snow in stride and often look like they are swimming as they come out into it.  Of course they still enjoy their bath of fresh water as we bring it out twice a day.  Enjoy winter!

New Delivery Location in Traverse City

Morganic Farm brings their products into Traverse City!

This option is for CSA Share members only.  Please use our Order Form to place your order for the Winter or Summer CSA Shares.  Starting late for Winter?  Not a problem, we can prorate for weeks you’ve missed.

Pick-up Options:

  • At the Farm on Wednesday from 4pm-6pm.
  • Pick-up in Traverse City on Fridays from  6:30-7:30pm  on Three Mile Road between Hammond and South Airport at 965 Industrial Circle in the back parking lot of the Seung-ni Martial Arts & Fit Club.  
    • TC Pick-up Fees:   an additional $3/week will be added to your share for the season (if you purchase more than one product, you only pay the fee once).  See our order form for details.  
    • TC pick-ups are for CSA shares only.

Seung-ni Martial Arts and Fit Club Location

Ready for a healthy new you?  Sign up for our CSA program for healthy chemical-free farm food and while you’re at our new pick-up location work out with Seung-ni Martial Arts and Fit Club!

Loki and his goat girls

Our horse, Loki, stood very well for the farrier today and he is looking well.  His coat has come in thick and warm and he’s not too fat and not too thin.  He is in our winter pen, along with the goat does.  This fall we ran out of wire fencing for the expansion of their winter pen and so decided to finally experiment with pallets as fencing–AND IT WORKS GREAT!  So much so that we are discussing switching all horse-and-goat-only pens over to the pallets.  They are strong enough the goats can stand on them and the horse can lean on them without bending, visually pleasing, daunting, and easy to mount hot tape or wire on and trust that no metal will short it out.

The goats are also happy and healthy this year.  We have four adult does who might be pregnant.  The other two were born last spring, so are too young, but are growing up nicely.   We’re expecting most of our kiddings to happen in late March or early April. Our Goat Share Program just ran out of milk.  😦  We are however hopeful that this will be the last time we dry up since we plan to breed any does that don’t have kids this spring for anticipated September births.  We hope to maintain good milk year round going forward.

Our Winter Share runs from November-April and our Summer Share runs from May-October.   In the spring, summer and fall our goats are out on some very nice pasture (for goats); there are brambles, grass, leaves from new growth trees, etc… our land has not been sprayed with poisons for at least the last 40 years (we don’t spray and neither did the previous owners who were here 30 or so years).  Through-out the year and exclusively in the winter they eat feed from Hall’s Feed (a local feed farm that does not spray, but uses rotational cropping and cover cropping to control pests and maintain their fertility, they also grow all their feed non-GMO.  Our hay we get from a nearby farmer and it is grown more conventionally, but also non-GMO.  We are currently searching for a new hay source and have asked Hall’s to grow hay for us as well next year.  The goats also get mineral supplements since the soil around here is mineral poor.

Communication

Hello Friends!  Sorry to miss your call!  Our phone is being switched over from a land line to satellite.  We get to keep our old number 231-879-3814, but the switch won’t happen until the 14th of January.  So if you really need to get a hold of us you can call the temporary number: 231-518-4347, or you can always email us: morganicfarmcsa@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!