hobbit day party

Happy Hobbit Day 2014

Yesterday our family hosted our second annual Hobbit Day party. In the fictitious world of Middle-Earth, Hobbit Day is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In the real world, it happens to be the first day of Fall. Both are great excuses for gathering family and friends for an outdoor gathering. Intermittent rain threatened all day to cancel our plans but the skies cleared by late afternoon, settling into a brisk but lovely fall evening just in time. […]

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apple tree blossom

Photo Update Spring 2014

Wow! Our recent weather in West Michigan has been fabulous gardening weather. Several warm, sunny days with intermittent rain. Not enough rain to keep you indoors all day, but just enough to keep me from needing the sprinkler more than once. I’m so thankful! During this previous winter I realized that I simply didn’t take enough pictures of the farm in 2013. To remedy that in 2014 I plan to, at a minimum, take photos for a spring, summer and […]

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chickens

2013 Farmer’s Report

At the beginning of this month I delivered the final round of produce for our 2013 season. Now that the season has ended, it’s time for me to provide you with our second annual Farmer’s Report. The annual Farmer’s Report is an exercise that helps me analyze what went well, what went wrong and – most importantly – what I’ve learned so that I can apply those lessons to improving subsequent seasons. It’s also a great way for me to […]

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I’ve spent the last three years of my life jumping from one major change to the next. One of the biggest changes came in 2012 when I left my full time job as a Human Resources Director to start a micro-farm and CSA in my suburban backyard.  Arcadia Farms is the realization of my dream to become a farmer and an entrepreneur. The journey from HR to agriculture has been enriching in numerous aspects and is evolving in ways I […]

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st. patrick's day recipe

Follow my blog with Bloglovin St. Patrick’s Day is one week away. And earlier this month some of us celebrated the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. To celebrate both I’ve created a green eggs and ham pop-over recipe that’s family friendly and dye-free. Our kids loved them! Consider adding these tasty green egg pastries to a St. Paddy’s day brunch or even dinner. You could eat them here… or there… or anywhere! Scroll down for the recipe. click here […]

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carrot butter recipe

Earlier this winter I made crock-pot apple butter. We’ve used it on toast and to sweeten our plain yogurt. Our foster-daughter seems to especially like it this way (in yogurt). Since she’s a bit of a picky eater when it comes to vegetables, I’ve had to find some creative ways to sneak them into her food. One day while slipping some pureed carrots into her bowl of apple-butter-and-yogurt I had an epiphany moment: What if I made vegetable butter? I […]

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arcadia farms first garden

Hello (Again) Farm Friends: Yesterday I shared with you that Arcadia Farms will be hosting an Introduction to Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 22. We want the workshop to be accessible to as many interested gardeners as possible so we reduced the cost to $32 per participant. You can register and learn more at www.arcadia-farms.net/classes. I hope to see you there! Farmer Katie P.S. Click here for an updated, printable flyer.

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Red Tomatoes

NOTE: This particular class has been postponed due to low enrollment. Don’t worry… we’ll have more options. Soon! I’m thrilled to announce that Arcadia Farms will be hosting an Introduction to Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo! Participants must pre-register at www.arcadia-farms.net/classes. If you’re a new gardener who’s had a difficult time getting started, or if you’ve always wanted a garden but don’t know where to start, […]

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By definition, being a minority means that in most circles and situations I’m among people who are different than me. I don’t mind. In fact someday I’d like to write about how being a multi-racial person has helped (and in some ways necessitated) me to appreciate and be comfortable with people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That’s for another day. Today’s post is much simpler. February is Black History Month, but the idea behind this post first came […]

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