July 6, 2010

TRYING TO PUMP UP THE VOLUME!

ON ROSEHIP FARM & GARDEN’S LINDA BARTLETT

With sincerest of apologies, the conversation with Linda Bartlett has extreme volume level issues and cannot be heard as a repeat, just yet.  Please forgive this.  KWPA is striving to be the best it can be.  We are small, run on volunteer support and are unable to fix the volume on this recording at this time.

Linda, thank you for your time, and valuable information!  You will be the first to know when the audio is available.

To our listener’s – thank you too for your time and continued support!  You are much appreciated!

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In the meanwhile here are some photographs

of

Rosehip Farm and Garden, on Ebey’s Reserve, Whidbey Island

with

THANKS TO LINDA BARTLETT, VALERIE REUTHER and their FARM STAFF

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Take a look into the organic farm that is Rosehip Farm and Garden on Ebey's Prairie - Whidbey Island - owned and operated by Linda Bartlett and Valerie Reuther

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Rosehip Farm & Garden's little cabin on Fort Casey Road is carefully set up for their food-share clients. Local residents registered with Rosehip's CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program come to the cabin to pick up their weekly share of organic produce.

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Rosehip's CSA membership come in and take as many bunches of produce as these little signs direct. Each member receives 20 weeks of fresh organic produce each year during the height of the growing seasons. The average cost is 26 dollars per week per household. Some seniors share a membership and split the produce between them. Everyone loves the arrangement.

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Rosehip's Linda Bartlett and Valerie Reuther have invested in well built hot house's in an effort to grow the best tomatoes the island has to offer, and extend their growing season. In order to serve their members and community Linda and Valerie continue to improve Rosehip every year.

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TOMATOES in their neat rows in one of Rosehip's growing houses. Rosehip is a clean and organized farm, getting the most out of our climate and land.

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Like many local farms, Rosehip relies on an internship program to manage the amount of labor the farm requires. Linda and Valerie are committed to passing along the knowledge they have gained from managing an organic farm for over 10 years and eagerly support farming internships. For more information click on the photo.

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Linda Bartlett checks in on the chicken power inside one of Rosehip Farm and Garden's "chicken tractors". Notice the green of the row behind the tractor - notice the dirt in front? That bare dirt is the result of chicken feet and beaks cleaning up a row as general maintainance and in preparations for crop rotations for next year. The chicken tractor is pulled along the rows, as their clucking inhabitants clean up the garden, leaving little else but their added bonus of chicken -bleep- to fertilize the soil.

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The black plastic eliminates weed growth around the plants thus greatly assisting Rosehip in keeping to an organic method. Plastic may not be organic - but it beats spraying chemicals to control weeds.

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The home of your next delicious salad, Valerie and Linda run a clean and productive farm. Rosehip's fields are tended by hand for the most part. Linda and Valerie will occasionally bring in a neighbor, with their tractor, to prepare heavier jobs. Farmer's on Whidbey tend to be a cooperative and kindly bunch of people, with dirty hands. Rosehip's mascot, Charlie, a 130 lb. dog, Linda says keeps the deer at bay, only meander's around the farm via grassy patches that surround the growing beds, like any good farmer's dog would do.

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Seedlings await their new home on the farm under the shade of a packing shed. The shed is actually the home of Rosehip's harvesting area. Once their produce is picked it is taken directly into this shady shed to be sorted, washed and packed for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, the Coupeville Farmer's Market and numerous restaurants and shops.

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Rosehip's salad spinner. This washing machine does a fine job cleaning and then spinning Rosehip's mixed greens. Throughly washed between any usage, it is a heavy lifter of labor at the farm. This machine is ONLY used for greens.

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This netted bag is filled with green's and spun.

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Second flush of Broccolli - a new crop will go in shortly. Rotating and using a companion cropping process, Rosehip gets the most out of their constantly changing, coming on, harvesting and finishing crops.

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Rosehip onions awaiting the hot little hands of some great chef for a delicious addition to their recipe.

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Next time you're at the Coupeville Farmer's Market ask one of the Rosehip Farm and Garden staff how to tell when a fava bean is ready to be picked.

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