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What a Growing Season!

Hello! Judy and I have been operating Broad Valley Orchard since 1983, and in our 33 years of successful farming, we have sure seen the toughest year that we have experienced.  Those of you who live in the North East US will know what I’m talking about:  First we saw one of the toughest winters […]

Blueberry, Raspberry, and Blackberry Days – Now and Long Ago

Hello All, Well this is some interesting weather!  It has been as dry as the weather out in the “Inland Empire” of my memories of 1970.  I had dropped out of Mount Union College, due a family medical emergency.  My step-father, my mother, and my sister had been seriously injured in a car crash.  I […]

Harmony Society Descendants’ Days

Hello All, Well, I haven’t been able to write much due to these awesome snowstorms we have been getting clobbered with, but I have kept up with my research of Old Economy Village’s and Harmony’s  Harmony Society Descendant’ Days, (being held at their historical site in Ambridge, Pa.)  Here is what is on their  centennial […]

What a Winter! What an Early Spring!

Whew! I last wrote about these pesky Polar Vortex ‘White Northers” we had from late October until early April.  And then it started raining, and stayed cool.  I’m sure that if you live in North East USA, you have similar tales of woe to tell.  Honestly, if we did not have our  root cellar and […]

What a Winter!

Hello, I know that I haven’t written for longer than I want to admit.   This spring saw us erect our third hoop house, and this summer we remodeled the interior of our old chestnut log farm house.  As with all rehab jobs, it took about twice as long as planned, but it turned out OK.  […]

Winter is Upon Us

Hello, I have not written since October.  Winter hit us early and hard.  I have, though, been able to do some interesting new research regarding my Flueckiger ancestors who worked for Old Economy Village.  I was also looking into my Dunn family, who moved to Ambridge when US Steel bought the former communal society, to […]

Whew, 6 Months Since I Wrote, Anything!

Hello All, I am amazed that it has been this long since I have wrote.  I wonder if I remember how.  I have rarely even written in my old paper journal, either.  Life has been too busy for these last 5 months.  We got an UDSA grant to build Hoop House #3, and I spent […]

It was a long November!

Hello, Well, they say “tis an ill wind that blows no one good”, and as I clean up blown down and wind-sheared off trees in our wood lot, I agree with this wisdom.  But firewood is not our only ‘winter harvest’, and sawing it to length and storing it in our wood shed is not […]

Hurricane Sandy was Quite a Blow!

Hello All, Well the last week’s wild weather is finally clearing up and drying off.  I have been near a couple Atlantic hurricanes before, but they were rapidly dying.  Sandy was so big that even when the eye was a few hundred miles away, we got a low of wind, and 7.5 inches of rain.  […]

Wow, October Already!

Hello all, and especially future farmers, I guess I haven’t written for three months. It has been a busy time!  Not only do we have a good harvest of apples, pears,   and Asian pears coming in, but it has also been time to repair and repaint the buildings here, and fix some fences, and move […]