Mar 20 2015

csa fair and film!

hey everyone! we are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about the farm tomorrow and our CSA Harvest Shares at the Ontario County CCE CSA Fair and Film Screening!

csa table

From Hope Galens:

“CSA Fair and Film
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Film showing: 1:00 pm
CSA Fair: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

If you are looking to eat the freshest produce, support local agriculture and join in the locavore movement, a CSA might be just for you! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a popular way for consumers to buy fresh, local, seasonal products (ex. vegetables, fruit, meat, herbs, eggs, bread, etc.) directly from local farms. Members purchase shares of the harvest which can vary in contents, size, cost, the number of weeks they are available and where they are picked up. You can learn all about it at a free CSA Fair hosted by CCE-Ontario County.

The screening of the documentary film “Dirty Work: The Story of Elsie’s Farm” will be shown from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. The film documents a year in the life of an organic farm and CSA run by a couple whose dream is to take an old farm, invest it with new ideas and grow a community. Jarret Winum of Maplestone Farm CSA will be on hand to answer questions from the audience and add his own personal account of his CSA in Stanley.

From 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, 7 farms will be set up to showcase their CSAs, answer questions, and take sign-ups.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Ontario Local Food Educator, Hope Galens will be preparing dishes for participants to sample using ingredients sourced by these farms.

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and to meet some of the amazing farmers we have here in Ontario County!
For more information, please contact Hope Galens at 585-394- 3977 x 408 or email Hope


Mar 17 2015

raising chickens for meat

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we read this piece from nick kristof yesterday and nodded our heads in agreement- there absolutely is no need for any suffering of any animal, especially the ones we raise for food. if anything, the animals that sustain our bodies should be appreciated and revered for their life’s purpose and for sacrifice they make for us. their life gives us life. that is our primary goal as chicken farmers at lakestone.

the chickens we raise for meat from hatchlings are bred and born for the specific purpose to be food for us and others. our goal is to give them the best life possible during their natural lifespan- they stay cozy, warm and protected as chicks in our brooder trailer for two weeks, and then, when they are old enough, live the rest of their lives outside on certified organic grass pasture in pens that are custom built to give them plenty of room to run, but also be protected from predators and the weather. we move their pens to fresh pasture every morning where they eat bugs and grass and certified organic feed from Lakeview Organic Grain. their feces fertilize the pasture they are on, which inputs valuable nitrogen and more than ten other essential naturally made plant nutrients back into our soil, then used the following year for our vegetables. their lives truly go above and beyond what most chickens are able to offer with regard to meaning and purpose.

when it comes towards the end of their natural life, we slaughter them in a way that is quick and humane for them, as well as safe for our employees. we have never had an instance in three years where anyone involved in the process wasn’t aware and respectful of the life that had ended for all of our benefit. in fact, discussions on the meaning of life tend to come up around the processing table- and the meaning of death, and our attachment to viewing death as a failure, versus as a natural result of a life well lived. it inspired our friend matt kelly to write an insightful piece about a good death in the last issue of Post Magazine.

our chickens are good animals that serve their life’s purpose well, and we appreciate them for it. we appreciate that we can then use nearly every part of their bodies to sustain our farm- through compost and through sale, and ourselves- every piece of them that can be used for consumption, is. their lives allow us to pay our employees- all local, hard working members of our community to support themselves and their own families. their lives allow us to offer our clients local, healthy, clean food in a way that most Americans don’t have access to anymore. we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.