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wishing and hoping

In opportunties on June 30, 2009 at 1:30 am


here at smithereen, we have a growing wish list that we could use your help with– compensation comes in the form of lavish meals (see our “eat like a farmer” page), kitten shoulder snuggles, swims in our lovely pond, and eggs. lots and lots of eggs. so if you find any of these items laying around the house, in the basement, or on the curb– you know just the farmers to send them to..

– mixing bowls

– squiggle/cultivating hoe

– cvs bins

– milking goat

– horses in need of a country ride

– office supplies

– cake pans

– crates

– diesel truck (!)

– power tools

– art supplies

– polaroid film

– mulch/hay bales

– freezer

– sofa

– hoses

– gas oven and toaster oven

– french press

– swivel chair

– bubbler for compost tea

interested lovelies give us a call at 845-756-3124, email at, or send goodies our way at 286 pleasantvale rd, tivoli NY.


growth spurts abound

In farm update on June 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm


all around our little nook in the hudson valley, everything & everyone  is growing up with youthful ferocity–

the rain and sun gods have turned our once-seedlings into spritely green adolescents (and weeds! though thankfully no contest for our ninja hands and hula hoes),

the pigs have been upgraded to frolick in their spacious forest playground,

and the youngling kittens, rabbits, chicks, and ducks are getting faster, stronger,and braver each day.

like any wistful proud parents, we have been capturing our little farm as it grows– and if you haven’t already checked it out, see smithereen farm in action on our smithereen flickr page.

BUT WAIT– that’s not all– for more farm photos and to relive the greenhorn’s glorious goat-spit throwdown last weekend in brooklyn, check out the greenhorns’ own flickr HERE.

geared up for goat spit!

In events on June 18, 2009 at 12:32 am

our smithereen greens are thriving in the summer sun and lookin bodacious, greens1

JUSTpicked strawberries are red & ready, strawberries4

handpicked wild elderflowers beautiful and bottled into scrumptious syrup, elder

our baby angora wants to cuddle…  PICT0992

and all of smithereen farm is chugging full speed ahead for the goat spit this saturday– hosted by the greenhorns!

$5 for entry to pharmacy + 1 beer
$5 to visit vibrant rooftop garden and attend farming workshops


Goat sandwich with meat fresh off the bike-powered spit, salad, pickles, condiments – $8
Cheese sandwich with salad, pickles, condiments – $6
Grassfed hamburger – $6

Sodapop – $3
Beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing, Sixpoint Ales & Sly Fox – $5
Ronnybrook chocolate milk – $4
Strawberry Smoothies – $3

All ingredients & products  have been generously provided by local farms & businesses, including:
Awesome Farm (eggs)
Beltane Farm (cheeses)
Belmond Farm (goat)
Bethlehem Boer Goat Ranch (goat)
Blooming Hill Farm (veggies)
Cato Corner (cheeses)
Dickson’s Farmstand Meats (hamburger)
Fentiman’s (soda)
Frankie’s Spuntino (olive oil)
Goot Essa (Mustard)
Hawthorne Valley Farm (yogurt)
Katchkie Farm (Ketchup)
McClure’s Pickles
Organic Valley (milk & cream)
Ronnybrook Farm (chocolate milk)
Smithereen Farm (veggies)
Upstate Farms (veggies)

We’ll offer up the list of tasty, cuddly and inspiring auction items tomorrow for you perusal.

Where: 513 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY – Map
When: Saturday June 20, 2pm-9pm

live farm cam

In farm update on June 9, 2009 at 2:34 am

a 24-7 view of the fields…just in case you just can’t get enough of smithereen farm, we’ve introduced a permanent field cam– watch us scurry about our business as we finish busting beds and planting the tender young seedlings. This lovely feature will be a regular fixture on our “in the field” page.

Watch our fields grow

CLICK TO Watch our fields grow

summer love

In farm update on June 7, 2009 at 3:52 am
early season
an update from us greenhorns at the front– fingers firmly in the planet– our small, land-based non profit for young farmers gallops into summer!

farm report:

we’ve dug 1.2 acres by hand.
3328 marjoram plants
16 kinds of lettuce
2 piglets
23 chicklets
9 kits
28 laying hens
orchard of 32 rare apples
5 kittens
4 muscovy ducks

smithereen farm presents:

In farm updates on June 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

big MIxed ‘country garden’ type bouquets for sale $13

bachelor’s buttons
ladies mantle

To pick up at the farm on Fridays
– or at the Montgomery place farmstand
– or at Hawthorne Valley Farmstore.

for custom orders call
845 756 3124

while we can guarantee quality and bodaciousness, we cannot guarantee availability at all times
we are young farmers growing on a smallish scale, so thank you for your understanding.

smithereen salutations

In farm update on June 4, 2009 at 2:04 am


smith-er-een (noun): 1. an explosion of tiny bits and particles that make up the young farmers movement– taking care of a little piece of land, a tiny smither, and guarding that smither of land as a net gainer of energy, biomass and diversity.

2. a place of photosynthesis in action: cultivator of special veggies, flowers, orchards, herbs, rabbits, chickens, pigs, and mud puddles