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Products from Smithereen Farm

In events, farm update on September 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Smithereen Products On offer this year
  • Linden blossom tea
  • Hypericum ( st. johannis/ st. johns wort) tea
  • Nettle tea
  • Red Raspberry leaf tea
  • Wild strawberry leaf tea
  • Elder blossom tea
  • Madcap bags of seaweed soup mixture ( a combo of Ironbound and Holdfast harvests:
  • alaria+ multi- kelp )
  • Dried Maine Rose hips
  • Dried Maine clover flowers
Still in stock from last season:
  • cassis rose hip jam
  • quince jam
  • assortment of grange co-packer goods:
  • tomato sauce
  • pickles
  • etc
You can buy all these things from me in NYC in beginning of October at the Hester Street Market.
Or else buy from the Greenhorns merch stand at the Adirondack Harvest Festival in late September in Westport.

Smithereen Farm 2016 UPDATE

In farm update on September 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Its been a hobo season so far, but with good range! Thanks to speaking gigs and conference travel.. I’ve been gathering some European herbal plants in their native ranges..plus plenty of time in the Maine woodlands to gather there.

The goal is to secure permanent land access for Smithereen Farm somewhere in downeast Maine in 2017.  To install an organic, multi-species perennial landscape with production focused on medicinal teas, tinctures, jams and jellies.

Meanwhile to help Greenhorns team get the “ Westport Farm” set up as headquarters for the Greenhorns library and office. This little red brick farmhouse sits on 17 acres right on Lake Champlain, and its a perfect place for the GH office team to work from.

Here are the basic strokes:

  1. Finish rewiring/ insulation/ painting of interior
  2. Install library shelves and cooperative kitchen/ pantry areas
  3. Clear out brush and bushes and install kitchen garden.
  4. Remove and restore back porch.
  5. Apply compost and manure to the 17 acres to improve pasture conditions.
  6. Fence the 17 acres to house winter-sheep -flocks that can graze the rest of the year at Crown Point State Park/ 17th Century Fort.
  7. Protect and expand the orchard started by Eliza Greenman.  “ Commons Stock orchard” of rare and unusual varieties that can serve as a “ mother orchard” for others in the area.
  • If you’re interested in helping Greenhorns achieve this goal, please be in touch with operations director Laura del Campo at office@thegreenhorns.net

update from smithereen farm

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2014 at 12:15 am
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November 2014 Update
For 8 years I’ve been longing for land of my own, while working land that belongs to other people.  Smitheerens are little shards, fragments, bits– in this case,  the little bits of edible and collectable nature found along roadsides, growing feral in a pasture or harbor, in wilderness and hedgerows and abandoned islands. In that sense, Smithereen Farm isn’t really a farm, as much as it is a relationship with places where berries and leaves are growing, can be collected, dried, mixed with sugar and bottled up for winter. So thats what I do… every year the product selection is different, and you can buy them from me directly.
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The  seaweeds come from Maine, where I’ve been apprenticing for different seaweed wild crafters, in the cold pure waters of the Atlantic. Its a thrilling context for direct feedback from the wild aquatic ecosystem, and ‘tending, but not taming the wild’. We get up, suit up, boat out, cut gently into bags, haul ashore, hang to dry in the sun, and then eat a huge breakfast and sleep like dogs in the sun, in the afternoon I go off collecting herbs. The rest of the things are from Berkshires, Adirondacks, Green Mountains, Champlain Valley, Hudson Valley, Pioneer Valley, and occasionally Cambridge Mass, which constitutes my general territory.
Meanwhile, the farm-dream lives on, its a dream about permanent pasture, mixed-berries, micro-dairy, honey-bees, apples and fruit trees, big gardens and grazing sheep. Greenhorns, just got a farm in Westport NY and its already attached to an organic orchard, so there will soon be a mother-nursery there with wild and wondrous natives permaculture plants.  Come visit.
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This year we have: 
Alaria*
York Island TEA blend ( Wild Raspberry+Rosa Rugosa womens’ tea)*
Shiso tea (tastes like licorice, from juniper hill/ mad crazy flowers)
Sleepy tea (chamomile, nettle, spearmint, raspberry, clover)
Perky tea ( lemon basil, verbena, mint)(Juniper hill)
Feral Russian mint tea (Columbia county)
Adirondack Dried soup mix (dill, parsley, seaweed, onions, chives, nettles, carrots)
Black currant jam (Pataki’s patch, ADK)
Rose hip jam (Maine harvest)
“camouflage tea” chrysanthemum, raspberry, nettle, shiso
Dulse**
Kombu**
St.Johanniskraut, chamomile, calendula salve
Beef Tallow SOAP
*both harvested while apprenticing for Atlantic Holdfast on York, Island ME
** from ironbound island
Last year we founded Grange CO-Packer  in the basement of the Whallonsburg Grange. We produced about 8,000 quays of pickles, jellies, sauces and such. Which we sold locally, as well as aboard the maiden voyage of Ceres, the Vermont Sail Freighter. Greenhorns: Patrick, Severine, Tianna, Ripley and Jen coordinated cargo, markets, communications, artwork, volunteers and farm logistics for that project’s first year. We sold $56,000 of regional products at 13 market locations down the 360 mile journey from Vermont to Manhattan… by boat!
Next project: Maine Sail Freight-– stay tuned.
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