We just launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money to bring draft horse power to Robinette Farms! Check it out below and donate what you can or help us spread the word!
Today is a big day for our family -- we bought land! This is a huge milestone for us, and our friends, family, CSA members and even the government have our thanks. More detail is below, but we really want to point out the value and direct impact of CSA programs.
CSA dollars go directly to preserving or creating agricultural land and give consumers a clear vote in how they want their food produced. Quite literally, without our CSA program, we wouldn't have financing to buy this land -- it's as simple as that. As you'll see below, we have many people to thank, but we encourage everyone to eat locally and vote with your dollars so that our soil, water, air and food are left better than we found them!
Land security is probably the #1 challenge beginning farmers face and we are so excited to have the opportunity to steward this beautiful piece of ground. Our dream is the product of many hours and dollars, not to mention blood, sweat and tears from us, our friends and our family. We simply would not be in this position if not for the constant support of all those who love us. We are truly humbled by your care!
Access to land is key to a successful farming business, yet most young people don't have the connections or money to secure it. In our case, the former owners of this ground steadfastly refused to split this land up and their stubbornness has paid off for us and them. Their family homesteaded this land and our purchase will be the first change of ownership since "ownership" was granted in the 1870s. They have always wanted this land to stay together as farm ground and we are proud to carry on that vision of permanent agricultural spaces.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the two brothers, Bob & Bill, that held this land together. Their willingness to trust and support a couple of kid vegetable farmers is the basis for our ownership today.
Financing a land deal is no small task for a small farm business like ours, and we were able to secure financing because of federal support through the UDSA's Farm Service Agency. While applying for and receiving these loans, we have come to feel that these programs and agencies truly do support rural communities. We have seen red tape, clutter and paperwork, but we have also seen federal loan agents and employees dedicated to sustaining rural communities and agriculture.
"Farming" means many things to many people, and we certainly would make different decisions about how some federal dollars get spent in name of agriculture, but we feel that by and large, the people who shepherd these dollars to farmers truly do care about the land and the people that make their livings upon it.
Finally, and perhaps most notably, is the direct impact that CSA members have on their food and the environment. People join CSAs for a wide variety of reasons, but regardless of your motivation, supporting farmers via CSAs bolsters sustainable land stewardship. Quite simply: without our CSA program, the USDA never would have financed this purchase. Revenue from farmers' markets alone just isn't consistent enough for most land purchases, so CSA was the lynch pin to this whole deal.
Along with many of our CSA members, we feel strongly about decreasing the negative impact of agriculture on the environment. Through this purchase, we now have a mandate to produce more food on more land with less detriment to the soil that we all need to survive. This is possible because of the support of our CSA members -- thank you!
So remember, when you buy that share up front every spring; when you pick up your produce or meat each week; when you find another new recipe for kale, summer squash or cabbage, you are voting for clean food, clear water and healthy soils. The community benefits may not be so obvious at first, but CSA programs truly are an effective way to vote with your dollars.
Thank you so much!
Alex & Chloe
Tickets just went on sale for A Robinette Solstice! Join us on Saturday, June 15th for great food from our farm prepared by local pizza artists, local beer & wine, handmade gelato, and great music from right here in Lincoln! Come early and have a look at what we've got in the fields, then eat, drink and be merry. Click here for more details and to buy tickets. Come party like a farmer!
Hello Friends of Robinette!
It's almost June and we've had a busy year so far! We welcomed twin girls to our family in early April, as well as 22 lambs and our 2013 Farm Crew! We are excited about the 2013 season and changes we have made to our CSA, with our animals, our irrigation, our apprenticeship program and so on...read on for an update!
This year was our first offering a Spring CSA and despite the cold start we had plenty of greens and roots to offer each week. We are thrilled that our Summer CSA is sold out, with 150 families joining us this year! Because of the cold, wet weather we have delayed our Summer CSA start date by 2 weeks to June 12th. Our season will still be 20 weeks long, extending the extra 2 weeks into October. This year we will once again offer our Fall CSA, for the weeks running up to mid-December, so stay tuned for details about that this summer!
We are excited for our 2nd Annual Robinette Solstice Party on Saturday, June 15th from 3-10pm! Join us for the best of soul, funk and R&B with Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers and opening act Jack Hotel, both from right here in Lincoln! We'll have Robinette food artfully prepared by Rolling Fire Catering, locally made dessert from Gelato to Go, local beer from Blue Blood Brewing and wine from WunderRosa Winery just down the road!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE MONDAY MAY, 27TH! Check out our website for more details...
Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market
Each Sunday through October we are at the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market from 10am to 2pm! This is a fantastic producers only market, offering lots of fresh veggies, cheeses, flowers, bread and baked goods, jams, honey, pasta, and more! Our stand is at the very West end of the market, so be sure to walk the whole loop and say hello!
*NEW this year at the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market--our very own grassfed lamb! Each week we've got chops, leg of lamb, ground, and shoulder roast. And don't forget to grab some bacon or other pork cuts from our hormone and antibiotic-free pigs!
Good Life Fitness Market and CSA
This year, we offered a second Summer CSA pick up at Good Life Fitness on 3rd and Van Dorn. Along with our CSA pick up we will be bringing extra veggies and eggs for a mini-market on Saturday mornings from 9-11am. Check our Facebook page regularly for updates and info on what we'll have at the mini-market. It's a great opportunity to get an early morning workout in and then grab your veggies for the weekend!
As always, thanks for your support, we are thrilled to be your Farmers!
Chloe & Alex
It's time to think about summer! Even though it's cold here in Nebraska, you can begin dreaming of your weekly Summer CSA share full of zucchini, tomatoes, salad mix, carrots.....and more!
Registration for our 2013 Summer CSA is now open! Be sure to read all about the different shares we offer here at Robinette Farms as well as the details of pick up locations and the types of vegetables that we grow.
Get the nitty gritty CSA details HERE and follow the links to our online registration!
Happy eating in 2013!
~Chloe & Alex
We are now accepting applications for Apprentices and a Crew Leader for the 2013 season! Check out the details and the application HERE!
Join us on Saturday, September 8th for a tour of Robinette Farms!
This is an event organized by Open Harvest Coop Grocery in Lincoln, featuring 5 local farms that supply to the Coop. The farms on the tour are open from 12-4pm on Saturday and you can stop at 1 farm or all 5 if you are really motivated!
We'll have self-guided tours as well as guided tours by our farmers.
Come see us on the farm!
Please see the brochure for more information on the farms involved and the tour.
We are thrilled to promote Prairie Hill Learning Center, the school our daughter Nina attends. We can't say enough about the experience our child receives there. Please take a look at the summer camp opportunities below!
PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center (seven miles south of Lincoln) welcomes your children to join us for camp this summer! This is a great place to spend time in nature, be creative, learn new skills, meet
terrific friends, and have a blast -- all the while engaging in habits that demonstrate respect and sustainability to the earth.
We offer half-day camps for children three to six years old and full-day camps for children six through twelve years old. Each day will include some gardening, care of farm animals, pony/horse riding, time in our twelve acres of unspoiled prairie and woods, as well as work with a specialist determined by each session's camp theme. Visit http://prairiehill.com/natureworks-summer-camp/ for more camp information and registration.
Mention Robinette Farms on your registration form and receive a $30 discount for a two-week camp or $15 for a one-week camp. May not be combined with other discounts. Valid for new campers only.
We filled our membership 2 months ahead of last year so we're very excited! We have 125 CSA vegetable shares, 25 meat shares and even some Gelato Shares! If you missed out this year, join our mailing list to get a jump on joining for next year.
The Robinette Farm Stand will be open for its LAST day of the season on Sunday, November 20th. The hours will be 10am till dark. We'll have eggs in the fridge, potatoes, beets, parsnips, garlic, winter squash, cayenne pepper ristras, and, depending on how frosty it gets tonight, possibly some other veggies from the field.
If you would like to place an order to pick up beef, pork or chicken, email us or give us a call and we'll have it ready for you when you stop by the farm.
Thanks for a great season everyone!