Summer is Here!

NEW FARM INSTITUTE NEWS  Hi friends,The sun is out, and the farm is buzzing! This week, we said goodbye to our class of Junior Farmers: Mrs. Hidalgo’s 5th grade class from the Austin Jewish Academy celebrated three months of farm-based education with a day of chores, certifications, and cake. They made an invaluable contribution to our […]

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Updates From New Farm Institute

Hi everyone, As the weather gets warmer, the farm gets busier! Last week, we were excited to be part of the Sustainable Food Center’s Meet the Farmer program at Gullett Elementary, Pease Elementary, and Magnolia Montessori schools last week. Students at these schools had the opportunity to quiz us about the farm, and they got […]

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Resurrection

There’s nothing like a visiting school group to make the farm come alive. This morning we toured Khabele School kindergartners around the fields and introduced them to horse, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens and Guinea hens. We showed them sustainable systems – spent grain used for feed, drip irrigation used for water conservation, etc. — and […]

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Happy Holidays!

    Ten Christmases ago, our family arrived in Austin to begin our new life as farmers. Like so many best laid plans, this one took an unexpected detour. Instead of moving to the 40-acre farm we had planned to buy in Cedar Creek, we were renting a house in Cedar Park. Instead of roaming […]

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Thank You for Making Farm Camp Amazing!

Thank You for Making Farm Camp Amazing! Farm Camp has come to a close after five glorious weeks of happy campers, rain, renovation and exploration. Here’s a quick recap:Renovations include the upgrades Farmer Jim made to Fort Porky with his ever-changing band of builders as well as the creation of a gorgeous corn hole game.Hopefully, you noticed a […]

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Staff

Rachel Blalock, Farm Camp Manager and farm educator extraodinaire

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Farm to School Kick-off

Six miniature “chicken tractors” sat on display at Green Gate Farms last week. Their designers were fifth graders at the Austin Jewish Academy and they had come to present their prototypes to the farmers. Quirky yet comfortable, these Suess-like houses would make any rooster crow. There was the rambling, two-story Hotel Cluck next to a contemporary […]

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March News Release

March 2014 NFI News

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Farm Camp

During Monday’s Farm Camp we slowed down to see what the farm would present: like a clutch of blue eggs in the wrong place…   and a barn cat enjoying a slow meal (poor geeko). Exploring up high… was almost as much fun as loving on Boo. Here’s to simple pleasures.  

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February 2014 News Release

February Events Include: Family Farm Day(s), Help farmers feed the animals and do daily chores February 8 & 22  (Saturday) 10am-12pm, $10 per person, sliding scale available. Weed Dating Potluck, New to town? Need a break from the bar scene? Come out for your second annual Weed Dating Potluck. Single folks ages 18 to 98 […]

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