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Posted 10/21/2011 12:03pm by Patti Rosenberg.
Bourbon Red Turkey from Autumn Grove Farm
Dear Waverly Farms Friends and Customers,


Thanksgiving is on its way and about 30 family members are gathering at the farm for dinner.  We couldn't possibly serve a Butterball!!  So, I ventured off-farm in hopes of finding a turkey that would meet our standards.   To my delight, I found Autumn Grove Farm near Farmville, VA.  

Bill and Kendall Riggan have been committed to sustainably raising pastured beef and turkey since 2000.   I loved their farm, their principles, and the stunning quality of their Bourbon Red turkeys!  They have tried several breeds over the years and think the Bourbon Red is the best tasting.   I was so excited to find them that I bought three turkeys!

If you are looking for farm fresh, pastured, heritage breed turkeys that are sustainably grown and free of pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and all of the other things that we eschew, please check them out. Their website is:
http://autumngrovefarm.com/default.htm  

Bill and Kendall will begin preparing turkeys soon and will freeze them so they will be fresh for Thanksgiving.  If you are on our list for vegetable deliveries November 19th, and you would like for us to deliver a fresh frozen turkey to you, please order and prepay your turkey directly with Autumn Grove Farm, then let Bill or Kendall know that you would like for Waverly Farms to deliver it to you.  Since I am picking up my turkeys and we are coming your way anyway, there will be no additional delivery charge to you.  

Autumn Grove Farm also sells unfrozen turkeys, but those have to be cooked and eaten in a very few days after processing.  They are also a little more expensive and you will have to pick them yourself up closer to Thanksgiving Day.


Hope you are all enjoying cooler weather!   Thank you again and again for supporting our efforts to raise healthy food.  We wish you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.  

Patti and Stuart

Patti and Stuart Rosenberg
Waverly Farms
938 Elletts Mill Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
214-914-0323
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com 
Posted 5/5/2011 10:57am by Patti Rosenberg.
Dear Waverly Farms CSA Customer,

Things seem to be growing well and on schedule at the farm. We expect to make our first vegetable/egg deliveries to you on Saturday, May 14th, provided the weather between now and then cooperates. If we are delayed a week, I will let you know.

Please make sure that you have emailed your delivery address with zip code; home and cell phone numbers to (patti_rosenberg@hotmail.com).  You should also send a description of a cool, shaded place for us to drop off to in case you are not home when we arrive.  Lettuce, eggs and other produce are very sensitive to heat.  The delivery boxes we've chosen to use will include ice packs, but they will not keep things cool for long in the heat. 

We also invite you to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the farm on Sunday, May 15th from Noon - 4:00 PM.  You may bring your family, of course, and a few close friends.  We will provide grassy, scenic picnic locations and a some fun things to do.  An RSVP with names and ages of the people in your party is required and we encourage everyone to CARPOOL to reduce the impact of traffic on the farm.  Our new entrance is at 2345 Lewiston Plank Rd. (Hwy 723), Burkeville, VA 23922.  Only people who are on the RSVP list will be allowed onto the farm.   

If you would rather pick-up your vegetables and eggs during the Farm Day on Sunday, just let us know and we'll harvest your box Sunday rather than Saturday morning.

Call if you have any questions or special requests. We look forward to seeing you on the 14th and 15th!!

Thank you.

Patti Rosenberg
Waverly Farms
214-914-0323
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com

Posted 3/15/2011 7:20am by Patti Rosenberg.

We pushed the envelope and have completed our Spring garden with over 2,000 feet of vegetables.  Here's what's in store for our CSA members, possibly in early May:

Peas, turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Swiss chard, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, collards, white and purple cabbage, garlic and onions.  Our vegetable garden contains no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.  We fertilize with natural means, including our own composted goat and llama manure t grow the healthiest food for families. 

Posted 11/4/2010 4:51pm by Patti Rosenberg.

We just received 900' of solar powered electric netting.  With it, we will put GOATS anywhere we want to on our farm and our neighbors' farms to eradicate weeds - reducing or eliminating the use of harmful herbicides and artificial fertilizers.  Did you know that today's herbicides are at least 10 times stronger than they were just a few years ago?  And, those clever weeds become resistant to every formulation.  Goats prefer poison ivy, kudzu and other invasive plants over pasture grass.  Field weeds never "develop resistance" to Goats!  Goats love them.  The more the merrier!  The great thing is that while goats are in the field, they fertilize pasture and leave the grass for cows.  By eating weeds out of pastures, our cattle ranching neighbors can reduce costs since goats replace or reduce the need for expensive herbicides and artificial fertilizer.  That makes food safer to eat!  With our new electric netting, we are hopeful that our goats will extend their benefit to the whole community!   If this works, our llama, Mocha, may run for Mayor. 

Mayor Mocha... I like the sound of it!
Mocha, our overly affectionate guardian llama and her goats go to work eating weeds out of a pasture.

Posted 10/29/2010 8:25am by Patti Rosenberg.

In recognition of a generous donation from our cousin, Johnny, we have renamed our premier buckling "Johnny Stone".  He's quite the man, just like his namesake.  Introducing "Johnny Stone" of Waverly Farms:
Johnny Stone of Waverly Farms, our premier Valera Spanish Buckling.

Posted 10/27/2010 10:07am by Patti Rosenberg.

Pastured Black Angus Beef shares are now for sale.  This beef is raised on grass with a little corn in pasture to keep them manageable.  Our pastures are free of pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers (and as a result they look and perform superbly!).  Our beef is free of growth hormones, preventive antibiotics and will never know what a feed lot looks like.  A quarter share is $5.00 per pound and should yield about 80 lbs of beef (~$400).  A half share is $4.50 per pound and should yield about 160 lbs (~$720).  A whole share is $4.00 per pound and should yield about 320 lbs. (~$1280).  Our beef is cut, packaged and ready for your freezer and delivered in December or January for orders received before November 15th.  Treat yourself and your family to fresh, great tasting, nutritious beef. 

If you would like to buy a quarter, half or whole share, complete the form below and fax it to Patti Rosenberg at 857-233-4171.

Waverly Farms Beef Shares

About our Beef:  Waverly Farms raises select Black Angus cattle on fresh, green Virginia pasture that is never sprayed with pesticides or herbicides.  Our beef are fed a small ration of grain each day to keep them manageable and tasty.  They are sent directly from pasture processing without growth hormones or antibiotics. 

About our Beef Shares:  Friends and family may purchase a share of our Black Angus cattle while they are “on hoof”.  Quarter, half or whole shares are sold by the pound.  Packaged beef is delivered cut, frozen and to you in January, 2011, within weeks of actual processing.  All payments are due prior to December 18, 2010.  Approximate yields and prices are:

  • Quarter share yields about 80 lbs of packaged beef and is sold at $5.00/lb (appx. $400)
  • Half share yields about 160 lbs of packaged beef and is sold at $4.50/lb. (appx. $720)
  • Whole share yields about 320 lbs of packaged beef and is sold at $4.00/lb. (appx. $1,280)

To reserve a share of one of our grass/grain fed Black Angus steer:  Complete the form below and send to: Patti Rosenberg, Waverly Farms, 938 Elletts Mill Rd., Burkeville, VA 23922 or email us with your order: patti_rosenberg@hotmail.com or fax to us at 857-233-4171.

Name: ___________________________________  Telephone: __________________________

Shipping Address: _______________________________________________________________

Billing Address: __________________________________________________________________

Email Address: __________________________________________________________________

Black Angus Beef Share (check one):

 

Quarter ~ 80lbs $400

 

Half ~ 160lbs $720

 

Whole ~ 320 lbs $1,280

 

Method of Payment:
____  Check: Amount enclosed: $__________________; will send later $___________________
____  Lay Away:  Send what you can each month.  Total due no later than 12/18/ 2010.
____  Credit Card  
         Card Number: ___________________________  Exp. Date: ______________  Code: ____

Payment in full is required before delivery.  Our beef is 100% guaranteed.  Since we cannot store beef, any shares that are not paid in advance of 12/18/ 2010 will be sold to others.  Please don’t hesitate to call Patti Rosenberg at 214-914-0323 if you have any questions.  Thank you!

Grass and grain fed Black Angus beef from Waverly Farms.

Posted 10/27/2010 9:53am by Patti Rosenberg.

Mostly my sister Carol, our friend and neighbor Donny Schutt, our cousin Bob Agnew and his friends, and I prepared Waverly Farms to receive 85 guests who were interested in learning about pasture management, rotational grazing and goats.  We decorated a new barn and served dinner to everyone, and put up a small farm stand with quiche, canned goods and fresh vegetables havested that morning.  The combined resources and experts of Piedmont Soil and Water Conservatin, National Conservation Resources Services, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University put on a great seminar!  We learned alot and made new friends.  Luckily, we had 5.5 inches of rain the week before.  The farm looked great!

Farm Tour Announcement85 guests tour Waverly Farms and learn about pastures, rotational grazing and goats.

 

Posted 10/2/2010 7:23am by Patti Rosenberg.

TIME: 4:00-7:30 PM DATE: 10/13/2010

TOUR & DINNER ARE FREE; PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Call Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District @ 434.392.3782 ext. 132 to pre-register by October 7th. 

Emma and Doeling

Nottoway Farm Tour & Dinner

GOATS AND OTHER SMALL RUMINANTS

HERD HEALTH, PASTURE/FORAGE MANAGEMENT, BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES 

FUNDING PROVIDED BY ALTRIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION. PIEDMONT SWCD; PETER FRANCISCO SWCD, ROBERT E. LEE SWCD

 

 

FOLKS WILL MEET AT THE AMELIA-NOTTOWAY Vo-Tech Center.  148 Votech Rd., Jetersville, VA 23083 (434) 645-7854.  Transportation is provided to and from Waverly Farms. 

Posted 8/3/2010 9:12am by Patti Rosenberg.

We searched long and hard to find Mr. Perfect and we are relieved and delighted to say that we have found him... and another.  We have worked hard to maintain a superb Spanish bloodline.  We love the Valera line, but found it hard to find bucks who were not related.  In West Virginia, our new friend Priscilla came through.  She solved the problem by going to Montana to pick up a few Smoke Ridge Spanish to add meat to her Valeras.  They are the perfect marriage of tall, great conformation, meaty and Spanish.  We are delighted to introduce to you our new bucklings, Badger (the dark one) and Angel (the light one).  Our Valera girls are going to love these guys!

Badger is 100% Spanish: 50% Smoke Ridge and 50% Valera   Angel is 100% Smoke Ridge Spanish
"Badger" (at 3 months) is 50% Smoke              "Angel" (at 3 months) is 100% Smoke Ridge
Ridge and 50% Valera.  100% Spanish              Spanish.

Posted 7/20/2010 12:47pm by Patti Rosenberg.

We tried a new experiment... Would Cinnimon and her girls clean up the poison ivy along the road? Indeed they did and enjoyed every bite of it!

Patti and Cinnamon discuss a road cleaning project