Farm Happenings at Rora Valley Farms
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Farm Happenings at Rora Valley Farms

Big (little) helpers on the farm

Posted on July 6th, 2020
With my wife recovering from her labor our older boys have been spending more time with me and helping around the farm. It’s a real joy to get to work with them! Over the weekend they helped me butcher over 50 chickens and we had a blast! I am so grateful to get to work with them and even if they... read more »

Farming is Not a Solo Sport

Posted on June 29th, 2020
We are so blessed to be able to farm together as a family, but we are also blessed to be surrounded by extended family and friends. Farming is a very social craft and flourishes best when done in the context of a community. During this time of adjustment surrounding the birth of our new twin boys it... read more »

Our Farm Family Grows!

Posted on June 23rd, 2020
We are so grateful to finally welcome our twin boys, Carver Deall Sanders and Booker Van Sanders, who were born on June 18. Thank you all for your flexibility in delivery dates as we worked around their arrival. Our family is looking forward to finally settling in to a new normal and I am looking forward... read more »

Potatoes this week! (and no twins yet!)

Posted on June 15th, 2020
My sons Enoch and Patrick helped me dig the first of our potatoes today! They are so pretty and white and I can't wait to let you try them. This week we have our first harvest of bell peppers and our first available tomatoes as well. I am still staying with Dorothy in Birmingham while we wait for the... read more »

Eating with the Seasons

Posted on June 1st, 2020
In Alabama one of the benefits of the climate is that we can enjoy fresh produce year round. Right now we are close to shifting from the winter/spring season of roots and greens to the summer season of fruits like squash, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. For me eating with the seasons helps me... read more »

Picture-Perfect Veggies vs. Nutrient Dense Veggies

Posted on May 25th, 2020
As the heat of summer approaches the garden comes to life as plants begin taking advantage of the rising temperature and longer days. But with the season also comes some many different bugs and pests that would like to eat your beautiful veggies: flea beetles, vegetable weevils, cabbage worms, horn worms,... read more »

The Benefits of Mulch

Posted on May 18th, 2020
In our market garden we don't plow the soil and we strive to keep a mulch cover. We use leaves, cut grass, and compost as mulches. Mulch provides: an ideal environment for the soil life that feed our plants reduces erosion, enables the penetration of water keeps the soil cool prevents evaporation... read more »

Farming as a Family

Posted on May 11th, 2020
This is a picture of my oldest son Enoch learning to plant carrots! He said he is going to get good at planting so that people will pay him to plant when he grows up. I don't expect all of my sons to be farmers when they grow up but I hope their experience while at home will equip them for whatever God... read more »

Grass-Fed Beef Now Available!

Posted on May 4th, 2020
We now have grass-fed beef available for you to purchase with your farmship share! You can look at the options below your share contents this week and select from a variety of steaks, ground beef, and other cuts. Weights of cuts are averages and may vary slightly.  My father-in-law has raised cows... read more »