Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Beginning Farmer Field

Winter Rye has been planted and last I checked we had pretty good germination. Next season's ASS Farm Operatives we will resume our beginning farmer exchange. The field shown in this image, Arkville 5 is a five acre plot in the village of Arkville, NY. The field will be a collaborative venture between Urban Farmer Ben Flanner, 2 beginning farmers and me. Its time to design the planting schedule, order seeds and get ready!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Stephanie Swain from Delware

checking in with our farm exchange. Stephanie is a structural engineer in Virginia and decided to spend a part of her summer vacation helping us take care of the crops. she is awesome! this is a self portrait of her, doesn't she look happy?

Monday, August 2, 2010

feeding the lambs on the hill

Moo had mastitis and was unable to milk her lambs during her treatment. so, 3 times a day someone had to march up the hill and feed the lambs. here is Dorothea Braemer ( executive director of Squeeky Wheel) nursing our 2 lambs and Andes Sprouts first artist in residence Stefani Bardin.

photo by Stephanie Swain

Sunday, August 1, 2010

re-settlement of our sheep

The sheep were moved out of the barn onto the hillside last week. the new sheep shack was constructed by Erwin and Arthur out of recycled lumber from an old sawmill in Andes.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Andes Sprouts visits Farmer Flanner

Farmer Ben Flanner has created a one acre dream of urban farming. companion planting to max out every inch of this long island city farm is inspiring and delicious. Flanner has planted 1/4 acre of this skyline farm with heirloom tomatoes and a Northen blvd. exposure of sun flowers!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NOISE! 2010

Free103point9 presents

Noise! 2010

a one-day, marathon event, featuring a staggering array of artists and works including performance, sound, moving image, language, and culinary craft.

This year, curators Caspar Stracke, Danny Snelson, and Tianna Kennedy contribute an exciting and expansive approach to the event’s theme—mapping signal innovation, distortion, and destruction from the historical avant-garde to contemporary media art practitioners.

Dinner with/by:
Andes Sprouts Society
Able Brown & Casey Farnum
Forrest Gillespie
Dylan Gauthier
Nasumi collective
Ben Flanner / Brooklyn Grange - the rooftop farm

When: June 26, 2010

Where: Ontological Theater
St. Mark's Church
131 E. 10th St.
Manhattan, NY

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome Maria!

WWOOFer Maria Ugas has joined us from Seattle, Washington for the spring plant season, and is pictured while busy at work weeding pea shoots.

Friday, May 21, 2010

weeding the garlic

in in October 09, folks from Eyebeams' sustainability research group joined us in this field to plant GARLIC . Now this garlic is weed free, thanks to Kara Blossom, Tianna Kennedy, M. Rashid, Jessica Vanniel, Arthur Warren and Jen Warren

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Splendor in the Green

A Fundraiser for Build it Green and Solar One
Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan
(East 23rd Street at the river)

Tickets ($20)

Music, Dancing, and Performances -- Saturday, June 12th, 2010, 6 to 10 pm

Are you concerned with the future of the earth? Do you support renewable energy resources, reuse of building materials and super fine partying by the river? Do you like barbecue, excellent live music and mad green goodie bags? Are you doing anything June 12th?

Announcing the first annual and most fun dance party--fundraiser supporting the great environmental non-profits Solar One and Build it Green!NYC. Come help us celebrate five years in business!

Featured performances by: Amayo's Fu-Arkestra, playing a unique combination of Chinese Lion Rhythms and Nigerian Afro-Beat -- plus a bangin' DJ set by DJ Tony Lowe of Cool Places Soundsystem! Come eat bar-b-cue of beautiful vegetables and special organic lamb from our friends up at the New York area farm Andes Sprouts Society.. There is also going to be a silent auction with incredible dinners for two from fancy restaurants, great green gift items and other things, so come bid on a variety of goods and services and help support the cause!

(Solar One, established in 2003, is a solar powered building where students and residents of the city and the greater metro area learn first hand the principles about energy conservation in their urban neighborhood. Check them out here:

June 12th, 6-10 pm, Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy them HERE. (You can also pick them up at the warehouse in Astoria; or over the phone at (718) 777-0132 ext. 21.

planting celery, celery root, kohlrabi, broccoli

Emily and Arthur in the fields. photos by Kara Blossom

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Farm Hands

Emily Wissemann and Reah Siegel, 18 year-olds, from Hastings-On-Hudson, NY. Emily and Reah are here in Andes for 2 weeks as part of a senior internship project from Hastings HighSchool.

photo by Kara Blossom

ready for work!

photo by kara blossom

Saturday, May 8, 2010

ramp kimchee prep

Jen Warren and Roberto "What the Fox" Lucini putting the AMP in rAMP.
photo by Kara Blossom

Friday, May 7, 2010

potato planting

Planted about a 1/2 acre of the finest austrian crescent and assorted fingerling potatoes.

In this photo, David Turan, from MKNHP, Roberto Lucini, WWOOFER, and John Dalessi, artist.
Photos by Tianna Kennedy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve

We took a break from the fields and joined Dr. Michael Kudish and Dave Turan for a hike through the foreest of the Mike Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford, NY

As a professor emeritus in the Division of Forestry at Paul Smith's College, he has also written four books on the vegetation of the Adirondacks, including Adirondack Upland Flora, The Catskill Forest: A History and a number of articles on forest history of both the Catskills and Adirondacks

The following is an except from “The Catskill Forest: A History” Purple Mountain Press, 2000:

“ …{h}e began a life-long study of the history of these forests, beginning with Vegetation History of the Catskill High Peaks, his dissertation at the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University in 1971. In the intervening 39 years, his study has expanded to include an examination of Catskills soils, climate, ecological personalities of tree species, human disturbance and history, and the history recorded in the rings of living and just-fallen trees. Such examination could push the clock back only 300 to 400 years, the maximum age of the oldest living trees and of the writings of European settlers. In 1994, he realized that tree fossils preserved at high-elevation peat bogs also could be used to reconstruct forest history and that the age of the peat could be determined by radiocarbon dating. Forest history has now been pushed back to 14,000 years”

photos by kara blossom