Thursday, June 14, 2007


"Oh, Mother Earth, with your fields of green, once more laid down by the hungry hand. How long can you give and not receive, and feed this world ruled by greed. And feed this world, ruled by greed."

June 10th was the first market of the season. David had kale (his favorite saying is 'eat more kale'), spinach, spring mix, arugula, mizuna and totsoi (both are Asian greens), radishes. Due to the complications in building the greenhouse, David was delayed with getting things planted and is thus a little behind in the quantity of produce he has to bring to market. As the season proceeds he will have a much greater variety of items to sell. At the farm he is seeding and planting like crazy. Overall David is doing his thing from dawn to dusk. Maybe not quite dawn, but certainly until dusk and then some. This past week he was first laying down plastic irrigation drip tape at 8:45 at night. He needs a coal miners hat with a lamp on it. It was great to be back at the Lawrenceville Market. It was nice to visit with the old friends who have bought produce from David the past two years while representing Cherry Grove Organic Farm. Now that David is managing the farm in partnership with landowner David, those familiar with David were very supportive of his endeavors on behalf of Gravity Hill Farm. In addition to old friends it was rewarding to make the acquaintance of many new people who have an appreciation for the value of organically grown produce. (It should be noted that at this time Farmer David is in the process of completing the paperwork that will lead to official certification as an organic farm.) Bringing good stuff to, and meeting people at, market is the payoff for all the hard work. David is as busy as a bee.

This is the sign in front of the farm. It is a beautiful sign, or at least was until some yahoo decided that they wanted it and tried to take it. As you can see, they partially succeeded. The initial vision for the farm comes from landowner David. Once he established the property with the infrastructure he went looking for a farm manager. He found Farmer David and a new partnership was formed. Watch out Abbot and Costello.

Welcome to the Boomtown, David and David. That is Farmer David on the left with landowner David on the right. Long may the partnership live.

Seated is Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement. More will be said about this in the posts to come, but for now part of the philosophy of the movement is offered- "Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work." (From the Slow Food website. Go there for more information.) From left to right standing are Matt (co-owner with his wife of the Bent Spoon Ice Cream Shoppe), Mikey Azzara (who works for NOFA- Northeast Organic Farming Association), and Gabby (co-owner with her husband of the Bent Spoon Ice Cream Shoppe). You'll be hearing more about Matt, Gabby, and Mikey in the future.

No, David is not lying down on the job. He's simply enjoying a moments respite and giving himself a big thumbs up for a hard days work.

Yes, David is busy as a bee. David and Gabby are establishing bee hives at Gravity Hill Farm. The next post will have more information about the bees.

Sky Blue Sky. Another beautiful night at Gravity Hill. Happy and healthy eating to all.

1 comment:

Adam said...

I linked this blog to the Cherry Grove CSA blog ( I think I'm coming to Gravity Hill this Thursday to do some work. David was so kind to invite me. Hope to see you there.