Shadowood Farm is Certified Organic!

Some people say that local food is more important than organic food. We say BOTH are equally important. Though we posted a quick announcement on Instagram when it happened, today Nathaniel has finally made the time to officially share our news.

 Nathaniel Fenton with our Shadowood Farm certificate.

Nathaniel Fenton with our Shadowood Farm certificate.

You know you are busy and staggeringly understaffed when your business experiences a monumental change and you fail to report on it until more than two weeks after the fact!

 On October 10th Shadowood Farm officially became Certified Organic as part of the USDA National Organic Program. This recognition is about more than our ability as a farm to feed people food of an infinitely higher nutritional value and an infinitely lower presence of carcinogenic substances. The cornerstone of organic certification is the recognition that the environment is a finite resource and that farms should play the highest cultural role in fortifying it against the degradations of human influence. A critical component of such environmental preservation is adequate funding, and the economic incentives conferred on Certified produce are, in principal, not intended for the enrichment of the farmer's pocketbook; rather, they are intended to compensate the land for our right to eat. The entire reason for the National Organic Program to exist is to help usher in a heightened level of ecological function in terms of land's use of soil, water, and light in all their complexity. These are obligations innate to the vocation of farming and rural land management which industrial agriculture inherently refuses to acknowledge.

 Like many small farms, we had been content for years to operate as "growing using organic practices," knowing full well, based on ample research, that we were well-positioned to achieve certification if we someday chose to seek it. It became clear to us, however, that too many growers were content to mislead consumers about the nature of their operations, capitalizing on a supreme lack of understanding regarding the regulatory process of the National Organic Program and eroding the already tenuous influence of one of the last truly promising programs of our national Department of Agriculture.

 If we were to distill the essence of our entire multi-year preparation for certification, at the prodding and guidance of the law, we would do so simply: "How are you being a steward of the environment? Now go beyond." We look forward to representing the National Organic Program to the highest of standards and appreciate the involvement of our community in helping us all realize a better future for our children.

Ethics and Free Speech Event, registration extended

Seems that everyone is super busy trying to juggle their plans for this weekend. You’ve asked us to extend to our registration deadline for our Ethics and Free Speech event and we’ve found a way to do it! The new registration deadline is Friday, October 19th at 11PM.

In case you’re just checking in at our website for the first time, here’s the scoop:

Do you confidently stroll through life secure in your first amendment rights? Well, hang on to your hats. People you know may get hammered with a SLAPP suit for speaking their mind publicly! Join us at Shadowood Farm on Sunday, October 21st at 2PM for an engaging panel discussion regarding “Ethics and Free Speech.”

Freedom of speech, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the legal right to express one’s opinions freely.” SLAPP suits are strategic lawsuits against public participation. They are intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with costly legal defense of their freedom of speech until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Martin County residents have recently witnessed what many consider to be an egregious abuse of the law between a developer and former county commissioner Maggy Hurchalla.

This October 21st event is intended to be a rational, intelligent, and non-partisan exploration of how and if citizens can still speak their minds freely, without fear of legal recrimination. Those participating will have the chance to pose questions to the expert panel upon registering for the 2 hour event. The fee for this event is $10 per person, plus ticketing fees of $1.48 each, and seating is limited. Expert panelists include: Martin Reeder, First Amendment attorney representing the Palm Beach Post: Rick Ovelmen, attorney specializing in constitutional, land-use, local government and intellectual property law, particularly First Amendment litigation; Richard Grosso, attorney and Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern;Moderator: Virginia Sherlock, Stuart civil trial attorney practicing in land use and environmental law. Special Guest Speaker: Maggy Hurchalla, former Martin County Commissioner and SLAPP suit defendant.

Water, coffee, herbal iced tea and baked goods will be provided. Advanced online registration is required and the registration deadline is FRIDAY, October 19th at 11PM, so don’t delay. There's no need to print out a paper ticket, as guest names will on a master list for event check in.

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October 21st Event

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Do you confidently stroll through life secure in your first amendment rights? Well, hang on to your hats. People you know may get hammered with a SLAPP suit for speaking their mind publicly! Join us at Shadowood Farm on Sunday, October 21st at 2PM for an engaging panel discussion regarding “Ethics and Free Speech.”

Freedom of speech, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the legal right to express one’s opinions freely.” SLAPP suits are strategic lawsuits against public participation. They are intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with costly legal defense of their freedom of speech until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Martin County residents have recently witnessed what many consider to be an egregious abuse of the law between a developer and former county commissioner Maggy Hurchalla.

This October 21st event is intended to be a rational, intelligent, and non-partisan exploration of how and if citizens can still speak their minds freely, without fear of legal recrimination. Those participating will have the chance to pose questions to the expert panel upon registering for the 2 hour event. The fee for this event is $10 per person, plus ticketing fees of $1.48, and seating is limited. Expert panelists include Martin Reeder, First Amendment attorney representing the Palm Beach Post; Rick Ovelmen, attorney specializing in constitutional, land-use, local government and intellectual property law, particularly First Amendment litigation; Richard Grosso, attorney and Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern; Moderator: Virginia Sherlock, Stuart civil trial attorney practicing in land use and environmental law. Special Guest Speaker: Maggy Hurchalla, former Martin County Commissioner and SLAPP suit defendant. Water, coffee, herbal iced tea and baked goods will be provided. Advanced online registration is required and the registration deadline is Wednesday, October 17th, so don’t delay. Please note that if you are uncomfortable with online registration for this event, you are welcome to e-mail us to request a paper registration form. During registration, please note there is no need to print a paper ticket, as guest names will be on a master list at the gate.

Reflections of Season #8 (September 2017 to May 2018)

Our 8th season of collective gardening was SO darn busy, that we never had time to share things on our website the way we would have liked to...

Sometimes we forget that folks who aren't on Facebook or Instagram never get to see our photos. So, right before Season #9 is about to begin, we've decided to share some of our favorite reflections of Season #8!

The season started out with a bang. You gotta love a hurricane just as you're trying to re-open for the growing season, but we're so fortunate that our damages were minimal. We limited the number of gardens we rented and had a wonderful, cohesive group. We were thankful that Nathaniel left Miami and came back to continue his passions at the farm in October. We waited FOREVER (like til February) for our tomato crops and hot peppers to come in. For the very first time, we had wonderful success with Brussel's Sprouts and Radicchio. We adored the new varieties of carrots, purple cauliflowers and radishes that we grew. We can't begin to tell you how angry we were when the darn squirrels at every single peach from our grove. War has been declared. We finally got our new event platform built where our original farm compost pile (that we lovingly called, "Zeke's Heap") used to be. We thoroughly enjoyed having our otter friends come back again this spring to play in the pond. It was very cool to see the giant harvests that Nathaniel is starting to yield from his perennial food plants. We were extremely proud of the work we did with Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast and happy that our Shadowood family was able to raise over $1,000 for the organization. We were once again honored to have such devoted friends, especially Sloan Wainwright, who made our Evening of Music and Vegetables a reality. It was good to get the compost pile moved away from the barn by the end of the season and we look forward to filling it soon. In spite of a rocky start (on so many levels), the food we grew was delicious and plentiful.

Our thanks to Peaches Sappington for the photos of artwork done by the Plein Air group from Art Associates of Martin County; and to Matthew Stover for the photos from our Evening of Music and Vegetables event. All other photos taken by Sarah Fenton.

2018 Slow Food Raffle

Shadowood Farm supports the Slow Food Movement. Our local Slow Food chapter has created a great Raffle Event as one of their fundraisers this year. If you are not familiar with the Slow Food Movement, here's a bit about the organization:

Slow Food inspires individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. If you’re not familiar with the Slow Food Movement, here are their core values:

Good Food: Everyday life should include delicious nutrition; cultivate joyful connections to community and place; advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies.

Clean Food: Protect natural resources for future generations; help people and the environment depend on each other; promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown.

Fair Food: Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws; require no prerequisite or credential for participation; fight for dignity of labor from field to fork.

If these are goals that you can relate to, then you can help by getting involved with and supporting our local Slow Food Chapter. Raffle Tickets are now on sale for $5 each at various locations around Martin, St Lucie and Indian River counties. We have them on sale right here at Shadowood (during our regular open to the public hours) until the drawing on March 24th, 2018.

Check Out These GREAT Prizes!

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An Evening of Music and Vegetables with Sloan Wainwright, to benefit Slow Food GTC

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$75 per person (plus ticketing fee)  includes Farm to Table Dinner & Sloan Wainwright Concert. Raffle Tickets sold separately.

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 will be another wonderful night at Shadowood Farm in Palm City, FL. Share a delicious, farm fresh meal, prepared by Shadowood gardeners and Supporting Members, while dining under the stars. Then, savor the sounds of the amazingly talented, NY based singer/songwriter, Sloan Wainwright. This year’s Evening of Music and Vegetable event will serve more than just your palette and your spirit, it will also benefit our local Slow Food chapter (Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast) in two ways:

1.       A percentage of each ticket sold will be donated to Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast.

2.       A raffle will be held with 100% of the ticket sales going to Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast. Raffle Tickets are $5 each, can be purchased at various locations starting February 17th . The raffle drawing will occur right before intermission on March 24th (winners need not be present, but we hope that you’ll join in the fun.) Stay tuned for more detailed information about our fabulous, Slow Food inspired Raffle prizes.

About The Organization

Slow Food inspires individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. If you’re not familiar with the Slow Food Movement, here are their core values:

Good Food: Everyday life should include delicious nutrition; cultivate joyful connections to community and place; advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies.

Clean Food: Protect natural resources for future generations; help people and the environment depend on each other; promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown.

Fair Food: Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws; require no prerequisite or credential for participation; fight for dignity of labor from field to fork.

About The Farm to Table Meal

Come to the farm and enjoy a casual, scrumptious, GMO free, organic meal with a southwestern flair.  As always at Shadowood, there will be food to please every eating choice from omnivores to gluten free vegans!

Starters

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Corn Chips and Crudite`

Yellow Squash Soup, garnished with Sour Cream (or Cashew Crème for vegans)

Salad

Fresh Shadowood Heirloom Lettuces, Veggies and handcrafted Herbed Vinaigrette

Entrée

For Meat Eaters: Spiced, Pulled, Slow Roasted Chicken with handcrafted Gordita Shells

For Vegans: Spiced Roasted Root Vegetables, Eggplant and Tofu with handcrafted Gordita Shells

Brown Basmati Rice with Hearty Greens

Spicy Sweet Potato, Carrot Mash with Heirloom Green Beans

Dessert

Chocolate-Mocha Cake* with Mulberry Coulis

Vegan/Gluten Free Dessert option to be determined closer to 3/24 when we know what fruits we’ll have

Beverages

Water, Seltzer, Herbal Iced Tea are provided and included.

Because of limitations placed on us by insurance companies, we can longer offer guests the option of BYOB. A Cash Bar will be available and services are provided by:

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Please note that when creating a farm to table meal, we always try to be true to the food that is ready to harvest right before the event; or food that we’ve grown and processed specifically for the event. For this reason, there may be slight variations in the produce portion of the menu.

Any item marked with an asterisk* will contain one or more of the following: Dairy, Wheat or Nuts.

About The Concert

After dinner, guests will meander over to the new concert area under the Royal Palms. Everyone agrees: Whenever Sloan comes to the farm, it’s a magical night. Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs. Always an avid supporter of Shadowood, this will be the 7th time that Sloan will travel to the farm to share her gift.  Click HERE to check a video from a Sloan concert at the farm in 2013.

Tickets may be purchased at the farm during the hours we are open to the public, with cash or paper check. To purchase with debit or credit cards, please use the Ticketbud option below.

 

 

 

Slow Food 7th Annual U Drive Farm Tour

February 17, 2018

Shadowood Farm Tour Time is from 2 until 3PM

 During this Slow Food Farm Tour, guests can visit the annual vegetable gardens, as well as various perennial food areas around the property. Fresh produce will be available for purchasing and samples of certain vegetables and herbs will be available. If visiting the farm for the tour, close toed shoes and sun protection are strongly suggested.

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February "Help Me Grow" Meetings

Saturday, February 3rd at 9AM OR Tuesday, February 6th at 9AM: Help Me Grow Meeting. Home gardeners WITH EXISTING GARDENS or GROW POTS are welcome to join in these meetings, which are designed to help existing food growers learn and solve problems. The fee is $5 per person. Please e-mail us to reserve your space and for further information about attending our meetings.

Monthly "Help Me Grow!" Meetings

 Every gardening season is a new adventure. We learn something new every day! We've found that the best way to help gardeners is with a very hands on, garden walk through. During these meetings at Shadowood, we go from garden to garden, talk about what's working well, see what's going wrong and discuss ways to make things better.

At home gardeners are welcome to join in these meetings, which typically happen the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month, at 9AM from November through April. The fee is $5 per person. Please e-mail us to reserve your space and learn more about attending these meetings.

November Meetings: Saturday, November 4th at 9AM or Tuesday, November 7th at 9AM

December Meetings: Saturday, December 2nd at 9AM or Tuesday, December 5th at 9AM

January Meetings: Saturday, January 6th at 9AM or Tuesday, January 9th at 9AM.

Additional dates will be posted in the New Year.

10/8/17 Starter Plant Availability

It's fall gardening season and our Vegetable and Herb Starter Plants are flying off the benches! Each open pollinated, organic seed is started with loving care in organic soil by the owners hands. We're about as low tech as you can get around here, so there are no potting machines, no crews, no growth regulators or hormones, just good dirt, good seed and a little bit of organic worm castings. All of our plants are priced lower than local chain stores. We have loads of seeds in stock, but our starter plants are limited. In our experience, it's much better to direct sow (start directly in your garden or pots) things like arugula, beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, most lettuces, most Asian greens, radishes, squash and turnips- which is why you typically won't see these things on our starter plant list. Here's what we have entering this week:

Codes: VL= Very Limited, 5 or less in stock;  L= Limited, 6-10 in stock; any plant without either of those codes means we have 10 or more plants or packs in stock.

Tomatoes, Currently in 3 inch pots

San Marzano VL; Sungold Cherry VL; Stupice VL; Japanese Black Trifele VL; Aunt Ginny VL; Arkansas Marvel L; Azoychka L; Skyway VL; Green Zebra VL; Black Boar L; Peron L; Snow White VL; Lee Caval L; Marvel Stripe L; Black Cherry VL; Black Zebra L; Pandorino VL; Supersweet 100 VL; Big Orange Stripe VL. Note our next crop will be ready towards mid-lateNovember.

Peppers, Currently in 3 inch pots

Mostly sold out. Too few left to mention...Note our next crop will be ready towards mid-lateNovember.

Eggplants, Currently in 3 inch pots

Ping Tung; Violeta Lunga VL; Nadia VL; Beatrice VL; Black Beauty L. Note our next crop will be ready towards mid-lateNovember.

Cruciferous Plants, Some in 3 inch, some in 4 packs

Purple Cauliflower; Snowball Cauliflower; Romanesco Cauliflower L; Caraflex Cabbage L; Famosa Cabbage L; Red Express Cabbage; All Seasons Broccoli VL; DeCicco Broccoli L; Lacinato Kale; Ready Next Week: Curly Roja Kale and Darkibor

Greens, Currently in 6 packs or 4 packs

Stirfry Blend L; Georgia Collards L. Note: More crops ready in early November.

Lettuces, currently in 6 packs or 4 packs

New Red Fire L; Concept L

We are currently open to the public for retail sales Wednesday through Friday from 10-5:30, as well as Saturdays from 10-1. Because our mark ups are so low, we greatly appreciate payments of cash or paper checks to help us avoid credit and debit card fees.