Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead

Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead Tobias Whitaker is a food advocate, farmer and bee keeper who details his passion in the blog Seed To Harvest. He also blogs for Grit Magazine and Mother Earth News Magazine.

He would like to inspire you to overgrow the system. Bossy Hen is a small scale sustainable farm located in the Finger Lakes region. We focus on environmentally sound practices with a focus on heirloom vegetables.

Operating as usual

Photos from The Heirloom Gardener - John Forti's post
05/26/2021

Photos from The Heirloom Gardener - John Forti's post

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The American dust bowl of the 1930s demonstrated the ruinous consequences of soil degradation. Decades of farming practices had stripped the Great Plains of their fertile heritage, making them vulnerable to severe drought. Ravaging winds lifted plumes of soil from the land and left in their wake air...

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Farewell to a year way more off-the-rails than this version of "Auld Lang Syne."

12/01/2020

Greetings friends. I am very excited to announce the reopening of Bossy Hen! Our location has changed but the vision is still the same, sustainably raised heirloom produce at affordable prices.

For nearly 12 years Bossy Hen was a small urban farm in Sidney Ny. In the spring of 2021 we will be breaking ground on 3 acres in Freeville Ny which is located near Ithaca Ny.

We will be offering limited CSA shares in our first season at the new farm. Details in regards to the CSA will be posted in the near future.

We would like to thank all of our past customers and look forward to meeting new friends in our new home town! #CSA #localfood #ithacany

Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead
12/01/2020

Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead

Embercombe
11/02/2020

Embercombe

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Gumball is keeping watch in the garlic patch. #gardening
04/06/2020

Gumball is keeping watch in the garlic patch. #gardening

Enough said
04/05/2020

Enough said

“This may be a perfect time for questioning our ways of living. As it is always a good time to return to our roots. Those dark places that hold us so well that we can reach up to the sky.⁣

When is the last time you really looked at the stars, and marveled at the source of elemental creation? This to has long been normal activity, yet with urbanization many are missing out.⁣

What is it to being alive if you are missing these basic connections with the givers of life? Have you ever truly lived, or has your life been as an addict chasing a dream of someone elses creation?⁣

All of Nature is speaking to us. It has long been forgotten that it is normal for us to listen.⁣”


Reed Richard - Orchestra Farm Salt Spring 📸 @sydwoodward_ #saltspringisland #resilience #regenerativeagriculture #permaculture #farm ⁣

After years of having backyard chickens I had finally auctioned my birds off in preparation to move. . . .about a week l...
03/26/2020

After years of having backyard chickens I had finally auctioned my birds off in preparation to move. . . .about a week later things got crazy in NYS. So, for the time being in an effort to be more self sufficient I am back in the bird biz. Eggs from your own hens literally have all your vitamins and minerals except vitamin C. A perfect source of food. #chickens #urbanhomesteading

Garlic is sprouting!
03/25/2020

Garlic is sprouting!

About a month before the pandemic hit we had made the decision to move. Slowly I began taking down raised beds and even ...
03/22/2020

About a month before the pandemic hit we had made the decision to move. Slowly I began taking down raised beds and even sold my chickens. Well it is looking as though the logical thing to do would be to take advantage of the bountiful location my family is in for the time being. The goal is still to move but to be diligent in the present. So , for those of you interested I will continue to document our journey. I hope you find some of the info helpful and at the very least it takes your mind off of more stressful times.

One of the many jobs I began today was pruning one of our dwarf pear trees. This gnarly old tree was fun to wrestle with. In terms of pruning there is an old saying that a bird should be able to fly through the tree without catching the branches. That is about as scientific as it gets with this. 😉

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02/06/2020

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We have been blown away by the response to take part in a CSA program with the Bossy Hen homestead this summer. For thos...
01/22/2020

We have been blown away by the response to take part in a CSA program with the Bossy Hen homestead this summer. For those that have signed up , thank you! We have 1 spot left! If you are curious please feel free to PM us and we can pass the details.

Bossy Hen homestead has some exciting news! We will be offering a handful of CSA shares this spring for residents of the Sidney area! Due to the size of our farm shares will be limited in 2020 as we try to expand our operation. If you are interested in exploring this option please feel free to private message BHH with your email address and we will respond with all available info. Remember, "from our family's garden straight to your table!"

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Freeville, NY
13068

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Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead believes firmly in the ability of individuals to grow and raise their own healthy food, no matter how small their property may be or how unorthodox their techniques. Food and seed security, environment and organic methods are all embraced by the Bossy Hen Homestead. Welcome!

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Tobias Whitaker has been blogging about urban homesteading for nearly a decade at http://seedtoharvest.blogspot.com/ He also blogs for Grit Magazine & the widely read Mother Earth News Magazine. If you have an interest in growing and raising your own food in small urban/suburban environments then this is the place for you!

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