Showing posts with label hoffman farm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hoffman farm. Show all posts

Friday, June 14, 2019

Get your copy of "Our Family Farms"

The Franklin Agricultural Commission has created a nice one page listing of the farms along with a map of their location in Franklin. 

You can stop by the Agricultural Commission booth at the Strawberry Stroll to pick up a copy.

You can view and download a copy here

Get your copy of "Our Family Farms" at the Strawberry Stroll
Get your copy of "Our Family Farms" at the Strawberry Stroll

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In the News: Hoffman Farm stops milk sale; US Catholic bishops forced to change plans

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Raw milk sold by Hoffman Farm in Franklin tested positive for small traces of antibiotics early this month. 
The farm voluntarily recalled the tainted milk because the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has a no tolerance policy for the presence of antibiotics in milk. 
Hoffman Farm holds a Certificate of Registration from MDAR that permits it to legally sell raw – unpasteurized – milk, according to the state agency. To date, the state has not received any reports of adverse events, according to a press statement from the agency. 
The state tests raw milk produced by local dairy farms monthly."
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Hoffman Farm in Franklin
Hoffman Farm in Franklin

"At the Vatican’s insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. 
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was told on the eve of the bishop’s national meeting to delay action until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February. 
“We are not ourselves happy about this,” DiNardo told reporters in an unusual public display of frustration at a Vatican pronouncement. 
“We are working very hard to move to action — and we’ll do it,” he said. “I think people in the church have a right to be skeptical. I think they also have a right to be hopeful.”

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St Mary's church at night
St Mary's church at night

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Franklin Ag Comm Newsletters

In case you missed the Franklin Agricultural Committee Newsletters (I know I did) here is one place to find them all!

"Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to read my newsletters this summer about Franklin farming. In case you missed any of them, here are the links below. Please check them out. I hope you learned something new about the agriculture here in town and get out and support our local farmers! 

-Franklin Farming:

-Franklin Agricultural Commission:

-Grateful Farm:

-Franklin Farmers' Market:

-Franklin Agway:

-Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries:

-Franklin Honey Company:

-Hoffmann Farm:

Franklin Ag Comm Newsletters

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In the News: farms feeling drought, Post 75 Junior League

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"On Hoffmann Farm in Franklin, even the weeds look thirsty. 
The farm, about 20 acres, completely lost its usual crop of zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers this summer while scrambling to keep the tomatoes and corn alive. 
"They pretty much burnt up and died," owner Nick Hoffmann said. 
The crops that survived are only producing about half the usual yield. What does grow lacks quality."

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photo from a ride around Franklin in 2014
photo from a ride around Franklin in 2014

"What a ride it was for the Franklin Post 75 Junior American Legion team this season. 
Post 75 dominated in its first two games of the Northeast Regional, earning a berth in the championship game against Methuen Sunday, the same team it lost to in the state title game last month. 
Despite losing 8-0 Sunday, a look back at Franklin's season reveals some noteworthy accomplishments. 
In the 20-game regular season, Post 75 went 16-4 and became the District 6 West Division regular season champions. From there, Franklin went 4-2 in the district playoffs, 4-2 in the state playoffs, and then 2-1 during regional play. Three of Franklin’s postseason losses were to Methuen."

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

“You’re not in control when you’re in this business”

FHS graduate April M Crehan has the byline on this story from the Milford Daily News on what the farmers do during the winter.

“Everything gets probably three times as hard” in the winter, said Nick Hoffman, who chuckled as he identified himself as “the owner, the manager and the mechanic” of Hoffman Farm in Franklin. Toward the end of 2015, Hoffman started selling milk in addition to produce, eggs and firewood. 
Animal welfare becomes top priority in winter for farms that have livestock in addition to fields.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hayrides at Hoffman Farms - weekends through October

"Come visit Hoffmann Farm on the weekends this fall! We will have Hayrides out to our pumpkin patch, $8pp and you get a to pick a pumpkin!

Kids under 2 are free! 

Rides start at 1pm Saturday's and Sunday's through October. Rides go out every half hour and last ride is at 4:30. 

We have all your fall decor and the farm stand is open 10-6 daily with lots of fall veggies!!!"

Find more info about Hoffman Farm on Facebook

Hoffman Farm - Facebook photo
Hoffman Farm - Facebook photo

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"the human cost of operating a farm in a culture of cheap food" (video)

There are three local farms in Franklin: Grateful Farms, Ak-Bak and Hoffman Farms. Scenes from their locations could fit in this film. #shopFranklin and shop local when you visit the Farmers Market on Friday!

Seedlight Pictures premieres a new film:

GROWING LOCAL—A mid-length film in three parts that explores the growing pains of the local food movement and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive.

The locavore movement is old news. Growing Local takes the conversation to the next level. While "buying local" is on the rise, these three poignant vignettes make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing. 
In Growing Local, we meet father and son organic dairy farmers struggling with the realities of producing a commodity food product to keep their farm going and in the family, we follow an artisanal butcher who helps us understand how healthy, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and the series closes with the story of a young farm couple who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub. These stories help us to better understand the interconnected fates of farmers and farmland, consumers and the local food movement.

Growing Local (Trailer) from Seedlight Pictures on Vimeo.

Artist Bridget Besaw talks about the Making of Growing Local
"We’ve made a series about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The challenge of this series was weaving together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. Our goal was to craft a project that will help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. We hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet."
Continue reading what Bridget says about the film here

For more about "Growing Local" check their webpage

hat tip to Sarah Mabadry for finding this piece to share

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"It's a really nice collaboration"

You may recall that the Dave Matthews Band was helping the Food Pantry. How much help did they provide?
This year, Lynch said, the pantry convinced Reverb to invite Hoffmann Farm, run by Nick Hoffmann, who started his community-supported agriculture program anew in 2012 after moving to Franklin from New Braintree. 
At the show last Saturday, the pantry and the farm had two booths set up in the concourse. The pantry collected more than 500 pounds of food and $2,400 to purchase produce from Hoffmann. 
And both were able to get some exposure, as thousands of people attended the show.
You can read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

The prior article on the Dave Matthew Band and the Food Pantry

What will the $2,400 be used for?
The Food Pantry already purchases some Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares from Hoffman Farms to provide fresh produce to our neighbors. These funds will either add to this program for this year or next year. The Hoffman Farm is located on Daniels St in Franklin.

Hoffman Farm, Daniels St - Franklin
Hoffman Farm, Daniels St - Franklin
For more about the Franklin Food Pantry, you can visit their webpage