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October 11, 2019
40 Years of Farming!
Farm Tour: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19 & 20!
Come join us for a day in the country and lots of family fun, activities, delicious food, and hay rides!
This year's farm tour theme is "Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change." Learn how your support for our regenerative practices is helping to combat climate change.
While you're here, reserve your Thanksgiving turkey!
Receive a gift commemorating 40 years of Nick's OrganicFarm with any purchase!
Meet our Special Guests (more below)!
Taste our delicious beef, chicken and corn products. Purchase individual cuts of 100% grass fed beef, pastured chicken, eggs and chicken parts. We will have free samples of many items and plenty of food and hot chocolate and cider at the BBQ grill.
Except for turkeys, pick-up is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, November 2 & 3. Turkeys and all items can also be picked up Tuesday/Wednesday just before Thanksgiving, November 26 & 27. You can pick up your order in either Buckeystown or Potomac. Contact us if you have questions.
Hay Bales, Organic Straw &
We have square bales of organic hay for your livestock and organic straw for mulching your garden or landscaping. We also have colorful Indian corn, corn stalks, gourds and pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving displays.
Climate-Cooling Benefits of Grazing Livestock = "Carbon Sequestration"
Our 8-12 year rotation of grain crops, hayfields, and pastures forms the basis for our livestock grazing. As we intensively rotate our cattle and poultry through all of our fields, the animals are digesting our cover crops, hay, and pastures and spreading their manure evenly across our farm. The action of their hooves and claws helps mix the residues of organic matter into the upper surface of the soil, creating a carbon rich topsoil. Over the past two decades our soil tests show we have been steadily increasing soil organic matter, a process also known as carbon sequestration.
Nick was on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5 on Sept. 16 discussing how climate change affects agriculture in our region. As part of an effort of 250 global media outlets to address climate change all week, Kojo interviewed Nick; Matthew Cappucci, a meteorologist with the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang; Dr. Kate Tully, assistant professor and agroecologist at the University of Maryland; and Jim Law, owner of Linden Vineyards and grower at Hardscrabble Vineyard in Linden, Virginia.
Describing climate change as a "crisis," Nick explains how Nick's Organic Farm has had to adapt over the past two decades, such as by planting multiple varieties of corn that mature at different times as a hedge against losing an entire crop to an extreme weather event. Further, Nick tells how regenerative farming practices also combat some of the causes of climate change. Increasing organic matter in the soil, for example, decreases carbon in the atmosphere.
On Friday, Sept. 20, inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, young people and adults will strike across the world to demand transformative action on the climate crisis. The event, three days before the UN Climate Summit in New York City, is part of a week of mobilization, from Sept. 20-27.
In the DC area, marches by various groups are starting on Friday, Sept. 20, around 10:30-11:00 a.m. in various locations, including Farragut Square, Lafayette Park, GW University and more. Most will join a larger march at 11 a.m. at John Marshall Park and continuing to the Capitol. More info is available at Strike With Us here, and on the Facebook event page here.
Pullet Eggs Are Here
What are Pullet eggs? Young laying hens start producing small eggs and gradually increase the size of their eggs as they mature. So when we have a new flock of pastured birds coming into laying age, we get smaller eggs at first. The flavor is very much the same as our regular size eggs, because the birds are raised on the same feed and pastures. The yoke-to-white ratio is a little higher in pullet eggs, making them a favorite among bakers. Available on a self-service basis at both our locations, we sell pullet eggs for only $3 per dozen or two dozen for $5. We sell our regular-sized eggs at $6 per dozen.
The picture above shows the smallest of our pullet eggs (most are larger) compared to our regular size (large) and our largest (jumbo) eggs.
How We Grade Our Eggs
"Grade A" eggs refer to the highest standard of cleanliness, consistent color and oval shape, and lack of cracked shells. All of the eggs we sell are Grade A.
The sizing of eggs is determined by their weight per dozen, not by their individual weight. Our chickens lay different-size eggs every day. Some of our fresh eggs in our cartons may be extra large or jumbo, and a few might be medium, but the average weight for the carton is always large or better.
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