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Holiday Share & 2017 Member Application

Posted by on Mar 06 2016 | farm news

Holiday Share available now! Check out our holiday application for details!

Current HOG members may renew now for the 2017 season! Just fill out our application and mail it with your payment to

HOG LLC
PO Box 256
Brookhaven, NY 11719

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Renew for 2016

Posted by on Oct 16 2015 | farm news

Current HOG members may renew now for the 2016 season! Just fill out our application and mail it with your payment to

HOG LLC

PO Box 256

Brookhaven, NY 11719

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Membership is closed for 2015

Posted by on May 01 2015 | farm news

Membership in the 2015 CSA season is now closed.  For more information, or to get on our waiting list, please email Jill at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org

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A Letter From the Board of Directors

Posted by on Jun 01 2014 | farm news

To Our Farm Members,

We are in the process of reorganizing the incorporation of the HOG business. The farm’s original incorporation (in 1998) was never fully completed and it is a problem the board has been working with for many years. When Jill and Sean were hired to manage the Hamlet Organic Garden in 2006 they also began managing the business aspects of the farm. The Board of Directors’ role developed into one of oversight and long-term planning, rather than day-to-day operations. Despite these positive changes, the HOG still exists in a gray area. On the recommendation of our accountant and lawyer, we hope to re-incorporate as The HOG Farm, LLC to better meet the needs of the current farm business. This corporation would be formed by the current farmers, with the support of the Board of Directors. The Puleston Family and the Post-Morrow Foundation, who together own the property the HOG farms, also support this plan. The CSA, our rental agreements, and all farm operations will continue as before. Since we are a member-run organization, we bring this plan before you for approval. As the Board of the Hamlet Organic Garden, we believe this is the best course of action for the future of our community’s farm, but in the end the decision is in your hands! We will be holding a special meeting to discuss and vote on this measure at 10am on Saturday June 21st. Should you be unable attend, you may bring your anonymous ballot to the farm pickup, or send it in the mail. All ballots must be postmarked by Monday June 23rd. Each full share has one vote and all shares will be assigned a number to maintain anonymity. We are looking forward to this transition, and the improvements being an LLC will bring the farm!
Sincerely,
The Board of the Hamlet Organic Garden
Paul Ames, president
Maya Schindler, treasurer
Ellen Williams, secretary
Jill Pilger, farmer representative
Pete Clement
Jen Clement
Shoel Cohen
Ilene Gelfer
Nancy Karpen
Robert Sack

Answers to Some Common Questions
Why do we have to change the farm structure? How will this transition improve the farm?
When the farm first started in 1996 the farm formed as a non-profit organization, but did not file for 501(c)3 status. This means that currently the farm business exists in a zone between non-profit and for-profit status. We are not tax exempt, but we are restricted to the rules governing non-profit organizations. This makes it difficult to obtain credit, take out loans, or apply for grants. Since 2006 we have explored our options for changing the business structure. Out of all the options considered, we believe that forming a new corporation will be best for the farm. This change would allow us to bring the corporate structure in line with our business practices. In addition, it would make it easier for the farm business to take out loans for farm equipment or farm buildings (maybe even a new pickup structure!!), and apply for grants from Natural Resource Conservation Service and other entities. Lastly, the structure would be in line with what our peers at other small, organic farms are doing.

But then the farm won’t be a CSA anymore?
No matter the structure of the business, the farm would continue to operate as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. You, the community members, show your support and trust for the HOG by paying in advance for vegetables-this allows us to have a steadier income stream, money at the beginning of the season when we need it most, and a strong, personal relationship with the people buying our vegetables. In return as a member you receive the freshest, most local organic produce possible, as well as a close relationship with your farmer and the land it is grown on.

How will this affect me?
As a CSA member or farm stand customer, you would likely see no changes. This is purely an internal restructuring. Our farm would continue to operate a CSA, farmstand, and farmer’s market.

Who owns the equipment, tractor barn, greenhouses, etc?
The farm over the years, through grants and benefit income, has been able to invest in some improvements. Some of these improvements have depreciated over time. Others, such as the tractor barn, underground irrigation, and fencing, cost time and money to build but are part of the permanent structure of the land. In the new business structure all equipment, greenhouses, trucks, etc would be owned or leased by HOG Farm LLC.

Who will be the principle owners of HOG Farm LLC?
The owners of HOG Farm LLC would be Jill and Sean Pilger.

What will happen to the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors would dissolve with the dissolution of the non-profit corporation. The HOG Farm, LLC would form a CSA Core Group, made up of and elected by CSA members, to advise HOG Farm LLC regarding CSA membership, community events, and projects.

How long will this take?
With your approval we hope to have the new corporation fully transitioned by the 2015 season.

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on the horizon at the HOG

Posted by on May 01 2014 | farm news

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To keep up-to-date on farm events, check out the HOG calendar on our website or view it directly here. I finally figured out how google calendar works, so I was pretty excited about that–you can copy events right to your own schedule!

As April comes to a close we wave goodbye to the feeling that we have everything under control and start on the seasonal roller coaster of seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting….repeat until we can breath again in September. It was great to kick off the beginning of the 2014 season with The New Students yesterday! The sun shone (as promised!) and the wind was just right for kite flying. Herds of children large and small roamed the fields while their parents enjoyed the music, and the company! Justin, Matt, Brianna, Sam and Jason gamely played for us gloved and jacketed against the April winds! We even had a few curious neighbors wander in. We are so lucky to have a crew of such talented people playing at the farm–and you can listen to them at home too! Check out their albums, and join them for the official LI release of their second album When the West Wind Blows Sunday May 18th at 6pm at Gallery 125 in Bellport.

Also coming up this week is Potato Planting Day! Join us Friday May 2nd (note date change!! we switched to Friday due to weather) from 9am-1pm. This is a great day for our littlest volunteers to help out! We hope to have all the tubers cut and planted by 1pm.

img_0869Mother’s Day is also on the horizon, and for the 9th year in a row we are teaming up with Phil and Ursala Altomare of Sacred Gardens. Once again they will host the weekend at their new nursery and garden center in Center Moriches–replete with music, vendors, and plants galore! The HOG will be there as well, with a table of fresh organic produce for purchase–join us Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am-4pm May 9th-11th. More details to come!

CSA memberships are still available, but we are almost sold out. Questions about how it works? Email me! Want to join now? Fill out this application and mail it in with your $100 deposit.

Eggs are back in our cooler 5 Library Lane in Brookhaven, after a little Easter-induced hiatus. Leave $6 per dozen in the envelope, and please return the cartons!
Jill for the HOG

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The New Students, Potatoes, Tomatoes!

Posted by on Apr 21 2014 | farm news

410823_10150873027455802_1895591771_oThis cold air is dragging on and on, but that can’t stop us from celebrating the beginning of our 19th season at HOG. Let’s tell winter it’s gone for good and celebrate with none other than The New Students! They’ve just released a brand new album, and what better way to herald spring than by enjoying music and good company in the fresh air at your local organic farm? Join us Sunday April 27th at 2pm at the farm and meet your fellow HOG members, walk the fields, listen to some great music, and relax on what will be a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon. All are welcome–CSA members, friends, neighbors, so pass it on!
img_20140417_093352_5081Last week we seeded some warm weather crops in the greenhouse, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil. Outside the first carrots, beets, and spring turnips have germinated. We transplanted the onions into the ground on Monday–our water wheel transplanter pops a hole in the ground and fills it with water, while three people riding behind tuck the plants into the ground. Tuesday they were covered in a dusting of icy snow! Goes to show how cold hardy some plants can be!
100_0826Potato planting time is coming! We will be planting our potato crop Thursday May 1st this season, starting at 9am–with a good turnout, we expect to have all the tubers cut and planted by lunchtime. This is a great workday for volunteers of all ages! Email me if you have any questions!

CSA memberships are still available, but we are almost sold out. Questions about how it works? Email me at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org Want to join now? Fill out this application and mail it in with your $100 deposit.

Don’t forget our eggs will be for sale in a cooler in front of our house at 5 Library Lane in Brookhaven. Leave $6 per dozen in the envelope, and please return the cartons! Makes a great Easter gift!!

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Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Posted by on Apr 02 2014 | farm news

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You could have knocked us over with a feather on Monday, as we watched snow pile up during our weekly production meeting. We kept saying to each other “it can’t be” and “this is some kind of joke, right?” as it briefly turned to whiteout conditions. We were sitting together discussing our plans for the week (bed prepping; pea and fava bean planting; greenhouse cabbage seeding; asparagus planting) wondering if we would have to put it all off another week. Snow peas, anyone? haha. Luckily, spring won, and by Monday afternoon most of the snow melted in the afternoon sun.

The pea and fava bean seeding we put off until today, and we rushed to finish up before the rain (which never materialized after all). Sean is practically an amateur meteorologist, and spends a lot of time analyzing weather reports, checking radar, trying to gauge the week’s conditions. We want rain after seeding, but not during; hot and sunny for weeding; dry but not dusty for tractor work. We don’t always get it right!img_5163

Our new asparagus roots arrived in the mail on Tuesday–we are adding a second bed of this popular crop to improve our early spring offerings. The big planting day is this Saturday April 5th–this is a great job for volunteers, as it takes a lot of handwork to lay out and plant the octopus-like crowns. We’ll be there starting at 1030am, rain or shine, all are welcome!

CSA memberships are still available, but going fast! Questions about how it works? Email me at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org! Want to join now? Fill out this application and mail it in with your $100 deposit.

Eggs will be for sale in a cooler in front of our house at 5 Library Lane in Brookhaven. Leave $6 per dozen in the envelope, and please return the cartons!
Spring better come, for real this time. No straight to summer for me. Jill for the HOG.

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Vernal Equinox

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | farm news

securedownloadDay and Night are balanced, Spring has arrived. This egg-ceptionally cold weather suddenly broke with the arrival of spring this morning. Did anyone else wonder at the sound of rain drip-dropping on the roof last night? For now I am willfully ignoring next week’s forecast. We are prepared for anything, with our bevy of woodstoves and kerosene heaters, but it would be nice to stop worrying if all of our little seedlings will freeze while we sleep. What does this year hold in store for us all? 2014 is a year with a lot of potential. We are excited about the way things have been shaping up for us so far…how are they shaping up for you all? Hope to see you Saturday anytime after 1pm for our Pruning Day (rain or shine for us!) Stay tuned for other spring work days coming up, we want to see a lot of volunteers helping out in the fields this year, making HOG the best it can be!

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March….the final frontier

Posted by on Mar 18 2014 | farm news

img_5129img_5124moving day….volunteer pruning day….spring!

Last week our at-home seed house grew too full to hold the bounty of seedlings we are supporting. The big kids got kicked out so to speak–the onions are at the farm, hardening off in the less protected hoophouse. For the cold nights, we light a kerosene stove (or two…12 degrees? really, March? Is this your plan?)

We are forging on as if spring is already here–the large greenhouse has been irrigated, tilled, and seeded to early spring beets, carrots, and greens. Dave, Sean and Katie have been readying the fields by applying trace minerals, composted manure, and dolomitic limestone. The new tractor Sean and Jill bought this winter has halved the time it takes to spread these crucial soil amendments!! Jill ordered asparagus plants to double our asparagus field; strawberries plants are on order as well; supplies like berry boxes, rubber bands, fish emulsion, clipboards, manila folders, crab shell, fertilizer, markers, and clippers are rolling into the farm daily.img_5132img_5145Overwintered greens like mache and spinach have survived the winter and are set to spring forth with fresh green growth soon! Other crops (like our field of late winter broccoli, kale, and cauliflower) don’t survive as well. We would like to invite any and all to come help prune and mulch this Saturday March 22nd. From 1pm on we’ll be trimming and laying mulch on beach plums, hardy kiwis, gooseberries, and blueberries. If you have a pair of pruners or lopers, please RSVP by sending me a quick email at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org. See you Saturday!img_5140
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CSA memberships are still available, but going fast! Questions about how it works? Email me.  Want to join now? Fill out this application and mail it in with your $100 deposit.

Eggs will be for sale in a cooler in front of our house at 5 Library Lane in Brookhaven. Leave $6 per dozen in the envelope, and please return the cartons!
Spring is coming, already time is going too fast! Jill for the HOG.

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Eggs, onions, snowdrops, 7 degree nights…

Posted by on Feb 28 2014 | farm news

spring is springing despite the temperatures !img_5111img_5110img_0539img_5113
Though the nights are cold the strengthening of the sun is evident in our greenhouse, where it quickly gets up to 95 degrees during the day–so warm we have to prop open the door! The nights are causing a bit of stress, keeping us up until midnight stoking the wood stove in the greenhouse to keep the onions comfortable. Next week we will be seeding lettuce, kale, chard, and parsley too!

Chickens are convinced spring is here, ramping up egg production again! Eggs will be for sale in a cooler in front of our house at 5 Library Lane in Brookhaven. Leave $6 per dozen in the envelope, and please return the cartonsThis Saturday March 1st at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, please join us for a screening of the award winning film Growing Farmers, a short documentary highlighting the new generation of farmers on Long Island and the struggles and triumphs of the farming community. This will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Edible Long Island and featuring; Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey, Quail Hill Farm Director Scott Chaskey and farmers; Jill and Sean Pilger, Jen Campbell, Chris Browder, and John Condzella. For more information, tickets, and directions click here.

CSA memberships are still available, but going fast! Questions about how it works? Email me at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org! Want to join now? Fill out this application and mail it in with your $100 deposit.
Spring is coming! Jill for the HOG.

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