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Jen Shaffer
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  • Clifton Park, NY
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
Fill in the blank:
City girl that traded her Jimmy Choos for a pair of Birkenstocks and a big, floppy sunhat.
A bit about me:
I'm the Farmer Babe for a local CSA in the Capital District (of Albany, NY). My significant other (the Humble Farmer) and I grow over thirty varieties of heirloom vegetables using reverent, responsible farming practices. Beyond the farm, I'm a writer, avid blogger, and social worker.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Brussell sprouts with garlic, bacon, and parmesan cheese...oh boy, were they yummy!
Currently reading:
"Growing Lavender: A guide for cooler climates" by Christine Moore
Currently listening to:
The Humble Farmer, who is sitting next to me at his computer, click his pen while he reads an online article.
My latest DIY project:
Planning a "trial" herb garden for the upcoming CSA season.
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Lettuce put our Heads Together

During my ever vigilant countdown to spring (March 20th, respectively), I'm filled with thoughts of the first crop of veggies to sprout on our farm. Lettuce, of course, is always in abundance during those first precious weeks of the season. In honor of one of the most overlooked and undervalued vegetables, I've written the following…


Posted on February 25, 2010 at 12:39pm — 4 Comments

Food with a Farmer's Face on it

The concept of Community

Supported Agriculture was born from many hungers – hungers for safe,

nourishing food, hungers for healthy rural landscapes and communities,

hungers for connection in an increasingly far-flung and disconnected

world. Specifically, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began in

1971 when a group of women in Japan recognized

their hungers for a healthy environment, economy and family and sought to satisfy these

hungers by forming a… Continue

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:41pm

A Chance Encounter with a Humble Farmer

So, this is the story of how I became the faithful Farmer Babe to our Humble Farmer. Thinking it best to start from the beginning, before I begin to blog the actual physical work that I (and we) do on the actual CSA property and the commitment that we have to our CSA family, this story starts with the chance encounter of two people that fell in love and decided to raise chickens (and vegetables) together using reverent, environmentally-sound, natural practices.

Online dating can be… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:22pm — 3 Comments

Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 2:24pm on February 4, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Jen, would love to read your next blog post!!

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