Corey’s Corner- FARMING?

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I have the privilege of with working with people that have a passion for life.
Maureena, Suzy, Steven, Veronica, Eva,Todd, Rachelle, Grandma, Liz, Carl, Stephanie, Stephanie,
Erin, Derek, Sean, Patrick, Rand and All past people who have contributed to Lanes End Farm.
It has been said that if you want to be better surround yourself with good people.
I’m a better person.
I’ve learned throughout my 56 years the two best attributes a person can have are humility and empathy.
Being humble allows us to take notice of the miracles that happen daily.
A seed sprouting, swallows that travel 3000 miles to take residence in our barn, a young red tail hawk or bald eagle being chased by birds only a fraction the size of these large predators (strength in numbers), the trees that grow because we’ve made a choice not to mow, providing habitat for more birds and beneficial insects.

The list goes on.
Which brings me to what I notice all around me.
FARMS?
All around Lanes End Farm are vast fields of corn and soybeans. An ocean of green. Only two plants allowed to flourish. Corn and soybeans.
Are these FARMS or is industry? When I grew up in this area family farms were the norm. Most had cows for milk and beef. Smaller well cared for herds. Chickens roamed freely in yards. Field borders that cultivated wheat,hay,corn, soybeans and pasture for animals graze,gardens that fed the family through the winter were left alone to naturalize creating wind breaks and filters for runoff to nearby creeks and water ways.
There was respect for the land.
These were small self sustaining farms that provided income and a way of life that has all but disappeared.
These were small diverse farms that fed families for generations.
Now it’s just Corn and Soybeans,Corn and Soybeans,Corn and Soybeans,Corn and Soybeans,Corn and Soybeans.
Cows for milk and meat are raised in confinement owned by large corporations with little respect for the land. Profit driven.

Large vegetable farms are contaminated with bad bacteria getting people sick or worse. The latest outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce was the product of runoff from an upstream large cattle factory. The E. coli was systemic in the plant. No amount of washing would have removed this deadly bacteria.

Trees lining this waterway could have easily prevented this outbreak.
Unfortunately trees are removed to provide more area for production. Profit driven.

I’ve come to the point now where I despise corn. The plant that once fed whole civilizations for centuries has now become a commodity to feed large cattle and pork feed lots.
In my cynicism I’ve come to the conclusion that the individuals or corporations that grow corn and soybeans are NOT farmers anymore but just Tractor Drivers.

At Lanes End Farm biodiversity is the key to our not having to use ANY pesticides,herbicides,fungicides or ANY chemical organic or not.

We let areas be Wild. Providing habitat for birds and insects.
Our soils only receive compost and cover crops. We purchase very little organic fertilizer. Fish and seaweed based.
We compost leaves, grass, kitchen scraps, animal manures. All supposedly waste products.
This method of farming requires constant attention but provides great satisfaction. It’s not about me. It’s about the whole world that surrounds us all.
It’s about SAVING THE WORLD.
We must reacquaint ourselves with our natural world. Reestablish our respect for the natural wonders that happen constantly and consistently everyday while nourishing our bodies.
I want to thank you for letting me rant on this subject and for your support.
From my perspective you are not merely a customer, you now one of the SAVIORS OF THE WORLD.
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A baby monarch caterpillar consuming a milkweed flower. We would not see this if we pulled it out.

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CSA 2018!

Happy New Year Everyone!!! 😀

We hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and are keeping safe and warm this winter!

In 2017 our daughter got married on our farm November 4.  Everything was Great!  We had a plan, she had a vision, and the goal was reached!  We learned it takes a village to pull off a wedding on your own.  We sure LOVE our village!!!  We are still waiting for the photographer pictures; we will share some in our first newsletter.

After we recovered from wedding fun, and we did need to recover, we started re-working in our greenhouses to start early vegetables to be ready for CSA and early farmer markets.  Our original greenhouse is 20+ years old and Corey is replacing and reorganizing much of the inside area to be more efficient and warm for the helpers that

The Goods Ready To Plantwork inside the greenhouses during the cold months.

Garlic planting was in November.  This cold weather we are experiencing is just what garlic needs in this area.  It needs dormancy time.  We are positive this crop is going to be a GREAT one!

We will be starting our seedlings the first week of February.  That is so soon!!!

Want to be part of our CSA? Check out the benefits at our CSA Page.


Below is the information for Lane’s End Farm CSA for Season 2018.  Please let me know if you have any questions or input- lanesendfarm@att.net . If you would like to join already print and fill out this 2018 CSA CONTRACT – PDF . 

 

CSA SEASON 2018:
Beginning Wednesday June 6th, 2018 and concluding October 17th, 2018 (20 weeks) Lane’s End Farm will be providing vegetables and fruits to our CSA members.  Produce will be supplied from Lane’s End Farm and other local sustainable/organic farms that we have known and worked with for many years.  Members receive a weekly newsletter describing each week’s bounty, along with recipes and storage techniques.  

SHAREHOLDERS COMMITMENT:
As a Lane’s End Farm CSA Member, I agree to pick up my weekly produce bag from the designated site during the specified time frame arranged for the specific pick up site.  I agree to drive several times during the 20 week period to pick up the produce bags for my group of members.  The amount of times will be dependent upon how many members are at each pick up site.  This could range from 2-5 times during the season.  I agree to return bags, buckets, and boxes to the pick up site on a weekly basis to assist in the CSA running smoothly.

In addition, I understand that I am not just receiving weekly produce from Lane’s End Farm and other fabulous farms, I am contributing to the health and well being of myself, my family, the earth and future generations.

PAYMENT INFO:
$365.00 per share – deadline March 15, 2018

(If anyone would like to use a monthly payment plan please contact us individually)
All payments accepted on a first come first serve basis up to 30 members.
***After March 15, please contact us to see if availability remains***

NEW MEMBERS:  Please add $10.00 to the payment for NEW reusable bags for produce.

Garlic Planting Crew 2017

Have A Great Day!  Looking Forward To A Great 2018 Season!!!

Liz Aquino
Lane’s End Farm
Certified Naturally Grown

Join our Crew! Email Us!

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Lanes End Farm has an opening for Farm Team Membersin 2017. A Farm Team Members duties are very diverse. They will include greenhouse responsibilities such as planting and transplanting as well as tending the crops we grow in the ground inside the greenhouses. Fieldwork will include planting, weeding, harvesting, did I mention weeding? Also included is post harvest responsibilities such as cleaning, bunching and preparing vegetables for markets and CSA distribution. Farm Team Membe5939d806-aba9-4f8a-b93b-d1dcb3f1936brs may work at farmers markets selling vegetables to our wonderful customers. Farm Team Members are asked to perform many different tasks throughout the day; too many to list here.

Farm Team Members will work in heat, cold, rain, mud, weeds, be around various insects, etc. Farm Team Members will also work outside during perfectly beautiful weather! You will work alongside a great crew! You will be part of growing healthy & delicious vegetables. You will strive to work with the environment!

You will learn how a small local organic farm is operated. You will learn the techniques to grow your own vegetables or start your own farm. Are you up to the task? Apprenticeship opportunities are also available. Please email questions and resumes to our email address. lanesendfarm@att.net

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Farm Update

WEEDING….WEEDING…WEEDING…  that’s what has been going on with our farm this past week.  Crops are growing in nicely, and it all needs weeded.  During this 90 ++++ stretch of temps our crew has happily and willingly gone to the fields to weed even after an entire morning of harvesting and cleaning vegetables.  Except for the peas, the peas are not getting weeded this year.  The attached picture will show you why and maaayyybbeee our crew was not happy about harvesting the peas this morning  :)))

We will be eradicating the thistle after we are done enjoying the peas.  Many Many years ago, something like 12 years ago, Todd, crew member, Liz’s brother, waged war on the thistle on our farm.  Always encouraging to weed the thistle, weed the thistle, weed ALL OF THE THISTLE (*#@*&%).  Well, it has immensely paid off; the thistle is to a minimal on our farm, except in the peas.  NOW, watch out vining wild cucumber!  We are out to get you this year!!!

During our hours of weeding and harvesting we have been noticing ladybug after ladybug.  If we are seeing them, you know there have to be hundreds more we are not seeding.  This is an exciting find!  This means that the ladybugs are doing their job by devouring bad bugs in our fields.  Our crew is always observing what is going on in the fields.  We identify any new insects or weeds.  We determine if the insects are beneficials or bad guys.  We will destroy the bad guys and protect the beneficials.  Our farm does not use any sprays of any type.  We do not use organically acceptable sprays.  Organic sprays can still be broad spectrum harming all insects even the beneficials and organic sprays can be harmful to the environment.  We strive to keep a balanced environment on our farm.  We keep wild areas for beneficials to flourish and live.  Wild areas attract beneficials and also attract butterflies, monarchs, hummingbirds, etc.

More farm updates to come!

Liz and Corey
Lanes End Farm

What’s Available? Delicious, Nutritious, High Quality, Organic Produce

Email us your order at lanesendfarm@att.net and you will pick it up Friday anytime between 12pm – 5pm. If you need a different time or have any questions please email us. The greens will be harvested Friday morning. Come get high quality greens that last you at least a week! Be done with the grocery store, it is farming season and we have what you need.
Know your farmer, know your food.
Know your farmer, know your plants.
It ALL matters.
If you are looking for plants they will be ready May 8th,  check out the varieties we offer at Plant Sales.

Everything will last 7-10 days
Mixed Lettuce- A mixture of scrumptious, tender, red and green leaf lettuces. Triple washed and put in a vented bag for freshness. 2-4 servings
$3.00 a bag
Romaine- Tender yet crunchy and not bitter. Triple washed and put in a vented bag for freshness. 2-4 servings
$3.00 a small bag or $5.00 a large bag 
Arugula- Delicious, triple washed, and ready to eat. 2-4 servings
$3.00 a bag
Mixed Asian Greens- Mix of mizuna, tatsoi, and mustard greens. Peppery and delicious. 2-4 servings $3.00 a bag
Red Russian Kale- Tender, not bitter like other kales. High in nutrients. We triple wash and put the kale into vented bags for freshness. 2-4 servings
$3.00 a small bag or $5.00 a large bag
Mint- Great for smoothies, teas, salads and more. Will keep at least a week in your refrigerator. Can use fresh or dry the mint out to preserve it.   $3.00 a bag
Chives  taste like a green onion and are easy to use in place of onions. Fresh cut for you and placed into a vented bag to last at least a week in your fridge. $3.00 a bag
Catnip- Treat yo cat to some catnip by using it fresh or drying it out for later. $3.00 a bag
Dried Herbs- We have dried oregano, basil, and sage in a jar ready to last you all year long at least. $6.00 per jar

Contact us at lanesendfarm@att.net with your order and any questions you may have. You can pick up at the farm or through one of us(Boss Lady Liz, Farmer Corey, and Just Suzy.

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Farm Update March 31,2017

Hey everybody! We hope you’ve enjoyed the weather for 2017 so far. Let’s recap; we’ve had a mild Wint20170313_152701er overall. Some snow, some rain storms, some sunshine, and some cold. We’ve experienced sun in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s one week and then snow in the 20’s. We all know we enjoy it when the winter is mild, (it is always so nice to not have to deal with too cold of weather), but….. We NEED the cold. I know it is a harsh reality, but we need it so the garlic and other perennial crops will thrive during the summer. We also need the cold to keep our bug population in balance! Now its finally time our spring weather, and we need it. Pollution impacts our environment and growing season in these negative ways. To help fight pollution and global warming to keep our seasons normal, support local growers!

Since the winter was mild, we were able to start building a new greenhouse that is insulated. What does that mean for Lanes End Farms Future?? EXTENDED SEASONS!!! We are hoping by next year, we can extend to have produce (from yours truly) until Thanksgiving or longer! Right now, as you are reading this, Farmer Corey is 20170312_095849working on the new green house(we named it Chip). Chip is being built with a wood frame cut by Corey’s hands and some helpers, like Rand and Panther! Although the weather has been mild, this project came with it’s own difficulties. We have heavy clay soils, and when it rains, our soil turns into a thick mud. These muddy conditions makes it hard to work on Chip. Getting the plastic on is also a well thought out process. The plastic assembling timing must take weather into consideration (wind, rain, hail, ect). The weather has to be just right to work on Chip.

20170327_153625Spring is here! Our plants are looking great! We are so excited to eat our delicious, organic greens soon! The plants grew fast, almost doubling their size with the few sunny days we had. Such a big difference within 2 days!
Our potted plants are tough, we had a cold spell and had to put up an extra layer of insulation in the greenhouse. We were worried they could not handle it. Now the plants are healthy, beautiful, and strong.

The opportunity to purchase 100% organic, non-GMO, completely che20170327_153831mical free vegetable and herb plants starts in May. We have our first market in St. John on May 7th. You can learn more at the Farmers Market Page. You can preorder plants for your garden or farm by emailing us. Check out the several options available at Plant Sales. Shop at the farm, farmers markets, and online, plants will be ready to take home at the farm or farmers markets. Email us at lanesendfarm@att.net if you have questions. Know your farmer, know your food. Know your farmer, know your plants. It ALL matters.

“We’ve got to start respecting this world or it is going to turn around and bite off our face” – John Mellencamp 1985

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I am because you are, now more than ever- Erin Aquino 

Our daughter, Erin AquinoExodus Refugee Immigrations employee, wrote an essay, it was published in GROWING FOR MARKET! Heres what they had to say and the essay, take a look!

“Erin Aquino wrote this essay last year for the newsletter of Lane’s End Farm in Lowell, Indiana, where she grew up. Erin’s parents, Liz and Corey Aquino, have been growing organic vegetables for 18 years and selling through Chicago and local farmers markets as well as an 80 member CSA. -“This was very inspiring to us as parents and farmers, when we wonder if this was the right thing to do for our lives and our family”, said Liz, who is pictured at right with Erin.”erin & liz

I am because you are.
     The preceding phrase comes from an African derived philosophy called Ubuntu. The idea is simple, yet crucial. I am connected with you, therefore, my actions have a direct relationship with you and vice versa. I live and breath, you live and breath, our lives and our breath are one.
I was introduced to the notion of Ubuntu through an Americorps (American’s Peace Corps) program, City Year. City Year is a nonprofit organization that works with ‘at-risk’ urban youth, and it is my new employer. For me, I am because you are means that I will spend my life helping others that are less fortunate than me. While City Year will teach me how to work in inner-city schools and further my understating of non-profit work, I cannot accredit City Year for teaching me the idea of Ubuntu. While the term entered my vocabulary only a week ago, the philosophy was ingrained in me as a young girl growing up on a small organic farm.
 I am not the only idealistic farm worker that has become devoted to solving social problems. My cousin is in a remote village in Mali for the Peace Corps, my uncle quit his cozy computer job to become a 2nd grade teacher (not quite as cozy, I think), and my good friend dedicates her time and heart to understanding social injustices in Chicago all the way to Nicaragua. What do we all have in common? We have all havested garlic, cleaned lettuce, and weeded tomatoes on the farm.
While other factors are at play in each of these people’s lives, the relationship between farming and social awareness/action becomes uncanny as my friends and family move from the farm and into the ‘professional’ world of humanitarian work. To go further, I firmly believe that local and organic farming plays a pivotal role in creating an ethically global citizen.
Farming forces people to become acutely aware of their environment. Through this awareness comes the understanding of peoples relationship with the environment, and subsequently, the world. If I do not pull weeds out of the bed of lettuce, this neglected bed will disappear into a shroud of weeds. The bed of lettuce depends on me to keep it alive. And I depend on the lettuce to keep me alive. The lettuce and I are no longer mutually exclusive, we are intractably intertwined. I am because the lettuce bed survived, and the lettuce bed is because I am.

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How does this relate to caring about the impoverished village in Africa, or gang violence in Chicago?
Farming helps us to examine the world and care about our position in it-down to our physical relationship with the trees, the ground, the soil, the plants, the food. If we take time to care about tending to our lettuce crops, how can we ignore the relationship with our families, neighbors, and those that are half-way across the world, but just a click away. Farming helps us to realize that we are all connected. What we do, affects others. Our desire for cheaply made clothes, makes a market for children workers in China. I would never directly support such an injustice, but I still buy my clothes from Wal-Mart… We are because they are. And these connections can be inherently beautiful and good.
In this globalizing world, we cannot ignore the relationships that exist all around. If I step on a plant, it dies. And if I ignore the homeless on the street, the poverty in Guatemala, or the violence on the south side of Chicago, I might be doing just as much harm as stepping on the plant. I must consider how my actions or inactions affect these people. Farming brings us to the heart of it all, our relationship to the world, and our care for it. I am because you are.

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I do not mean to be negative about the world’s problems. The world offers innumerable beauties and graces everyday, and being able to farm is one of them. I am privileged to be able to write this letter to CSA members who have made ethical decisions with their lifestyle and place in the world. You have made steps to connection your community with nature and people through local farming. But you have also progressed to a more ethical way of living that works to limit the amount of waste Americans produce through commercial farming. Thank you.
Perhaps, on a more self-involved not, I must take time to thank my parents for allowing me the opportunity to farm and to relate and live with this world. I begin my first post-college job in the heart of the concrete jungle of Chicago. However, without my hands in the soil, my feet in the mud, and my heart in the farm, I know I would not have the drive ‘to serve others’ if it was not for spending my youth as a farmer.
I am because of my family’s decision to advocate for ethical farming methods.
I am because of the farm.
I am because you are.

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Happy Holidays 2016

​Greetings from Lanes End Farm

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. 2017 is right around the corner and we are getting ready for the farming season everyday. We did take some time away from the farm to spend it with our family and friends. We went to Magnet, IN for Thanksgiving/Thankstaking and visited distilleries, museums, National parks, and Louisville, KY.

We have family in Indy, Colorado, and Chicago that came to enjoy Christmas with us. We have our tradition of finding the most unique tree and this year we went to Crown Point. The whole family and puppies went and then we went home to decorate to “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Another tradition is to join in the fun of bake cookies. Santa came to visit us as well!

We cannot wait to have family and friends over for our New Years celebration. We have fireworks, pinatas, and some other traditions we have picked up along the years from other countries. We run through the whole house with suitcases for safe travels, throw water out windows, screaming, banging pots and pans to scare evil spirits away, and grapes in wine or champagne to toast to the year. Many new things to look forward to in 2017. Check Facebook and our website to see whats happening on the farm! Have fun and stay safe during the holidays!

The Dirt On Organic-Steven Miller

steven.pngOur crew member, Steven Miller, wrote this and it is awesome! Please kick back and enjoy the read.

While you may think that people are living to be much older now than in previous generations, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. The life expectancy has reached a plateau, which means people are not living to be any older. When I first discovered this I was quite shocked. People these days spend so much time trying to improve the world we live in, so how is it that we are not improving our life expectancy? The life expectancy stopped rising in the 1950s when more chemicals were introduced into the daily lives of ordinary people. These chemicals are what “treat” our food so it’s “cleaner” and “healthier” when in fact, it is these chemicals that are harming us. Chemicals and pesticides are not allowing for the natural nutrients in produce to be as useful as they are meant to be.

People have formulated this idea that bacteria is “bad” which is not entirely true. I personally like to consider bacteria “natural” and “artificial”. Natural bacteria is meant to be in a balance where the healthy bacteria feeds off the harmful bacteria and makes for stable produce for us to eat. However, people have the idea that bacteria needs to be killed in order for the food to be healthy, so they kill the harmful bacteria, which in turn starves the healthy bacteria leaving the produce very vulnerable to even worse bacterias such as e. coli. Nature is a fine balance which we should not meddle with because we are doing more harm than good when we try to make produce “healthier”.

I work on an organic farm, and I’ve worked many long days, even into the night, supporting my farm and producing for our buyers. One of my duties on the farm is to clean our produce to bring it to market, and one day I thought to myself, why do I have to clean all of this dirt off? It’s not doing any harm, people are just going to clean it on their own anyway. And the truth is, we have to clean the dirt off so that people will buy it because society has gotten the idea that dirt is “bad” or “harmful”, which may be true for the dirt they’re talking about, but our dirt, our organic dirt which has absolutely no chemicals or sprays,is actually not bad at all. Whereas the common dirt on mainstream farms has a ton of chemicals and pesticides inside of it, so it’d be a terrible idea to ingest any of it. I think it’s terrible that over time, essentially everyone has been convinced that dirt is naturally bad, when in fact natural dirt is entirely safe.

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One may ask themselves “how did it get to this point? Isn’t this just the natural progression?” and I would have to say no, we’ve come to this point because the government and society have influenced the way things evolve. The US government makes it incredibly hard for organic farms to get big and make a difference, it costs the farms an unreasonable amount of money just to get that “organic” label to sell their produce in stores. The government subsidizes mainstream farms in attempts to cripple organic farms because the mainstream farms are more efficient and cheaper to run. It’s similar to what they’re doing with petroleum, the USA could function with more renewable energy, it would make for a better world, but it would cost more, that’s what they’re scared of, they can’t buck up and make changes. Organic farms, like the one I work at, sell their produce at different farmers markets which allow them to get out there and help some people, but there won’t be any real changes until there are more organic products on the shelves at your local supermarket then there are mainstream products. The world would be a healthier place and would be much more prosperous in the long run.

A world where we no longer see labels of organic on things in stores would be a world I want to live in, I want to see the last product labeled “chemical” to finally leave the shelves around the world and be replaced with it’s natural, organic alternative.

Lanes End Farm Produce Is Available At The Farm

Now is your last chance to get our high quality organic produce. Pick up for friends or family, Thursday, November 3rd, from 2pm-6pm.(If you need an alternative time, email us) Email us with your produce order. We will then harvest and prepare the produce for you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email us. -Liz & Corey Aquino

For more information on what we have click the link here- http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=49e2c4eb2ebb489fe4c1ee29b&id=16f9488dfa&e=e2816b4db4