Nitty Gritty Farm News December 21st 2010

Happy Holidays from Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm on this shortest day of the year.

We have been enjoying having a “real” winter this year with piles of snow all around the farm. It does make doing farm chores more difficult, but it is so beautiful. This fall we reinforced all of our hoop houses with inside bracing and a good thing we did as the first and second snow falls would have collapsed the houses if not for the bracing.
The last of the summer livestock – the pigs – finally went to the butcher the second week of December, so now we are completely pared down to our winter livestock.

Reba and Mac, the cow and calf have a triangle of neat little paths from their hoop house to the hay feeder to the water bucket.

The goats all poke their heads out of their poly yurt and only venture onto their paths when the grain and hay make an appearance morning and evening.

The sheep seem not to care one way or another about the weather, as long as the corn and hay continue to fill the feeders every morning. The chickens have pretty much holed up in their coops, the older Black Stars laying fewer eggs in their third year and the new Auracanas increasing their numbers of beautiful blue eggs as they all begin to lay.

We added a new critter this fall – a beautiful palomino Quarter horse for Robin. Her name is Tess and we already love her.

With electric water buckets and tank heaters for all the critters, our chores only involve carrying water buckets to fill tanks but no chopping ice. And with all of the livestock winter pens in a row, chores are quite easy – even after another big snowfall.

The seed catalogues have begun to arrive and dreams of lush tomatoes and carrots and broccoli dance through our heads. We have also already hired our first two full time summer interns – so we are excited about the 2011 season.

If you are looking for last minute Christmas gifts – what about the gift of a CSA share? We’d love to help you out with that gift – just let us know.

Take care, enjoy the snow, stay warm, dream of fresh veggies and Happy Holidays.
Robin and Gigi


Use the addresses to google or mapquest or look up the drop site from your particular location. Keep in mind that the folks at the drop sites are volunteers, allowing us to use their space (and in some cases, their homes) as drop sites. Be nice to them. We couldn't do this without them. If you have any questions about your share etc., you should ask us, not them. They have enough to do....as do we all. All deliveries occur on Thursday afternoons. Approximate drop site times are listed below each location. The end times vary but you should pick up your share as early as possible. Look for the NITTY GRITTY DIRT FARM DROP SITE signs at your delivery locations along with lists to check your name off when you pick up, and a description of exactly what you should take.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm
10386 Sunrise Road (Cty Rd 9)
Harris MN 55032

35 north past North Branch to the Harris Exit. Turn Right.
Go into Harris, cross RR tracks to stop sign. Turn Left
Go 2 blocks to County Rd 9, also called Sunrise Road. (at Heartbreakers Bar) Turn Right. Farm is 4 1/2 miles out on left side of road. Look for Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm sign.
Shares available from 3:00 to 6:00

United Theological Seminary 3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton MN 55112
694 to Silver Lake Road exit. Go south to 5th and turn west (right). Go three blocks to UTS. Follow driveway (left) to the maintenance garage at the far north end of the parking lot. Shares available after 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Pilgrims United Church of Christ
8801 Rice Lake Road, Maple Grove MN 55369
Just off of Weaver Lake Road across from Rice Lake Elementary School. Use main church door. Shares available from 3:30 to 6:00.

Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
NW corner of Cedar and Riverside. Park on Riverside or
in lot behind the cafe.
Shares available after 3:15 PM until 6:00 PM

Vincent Avenue
3646 Vincent Avenue North, Mpls MN 55412
1/2 block north of 36th Ave N, and 2 blocks south of Dowling. Park on the street. Shares available after 3:30 until 6:00 PM

Additional drop sites may be added as shares are sold. Drop Sites are subject to change but plenty of notice will be given and alternate sites will be within close proximity to the original drop site.


Robin Raudabaugh & Gigi Nauer

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm

10386 Sunrise Road

PO Box 235

Harris MN 55032

(651) 226-1186


Also Nitty Gritty Goods Wool CSA
Robin Raudabaugh

We are a 15 acre Community Supported Agriculture farm providing a wide variety of fresh, organically and sustainably grown vegetables, fruit, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. Located one hour north of the Twin Cities, we deliver to several metro locations. We are intentional about our organic and sustainable farming practices which include (but are not limited to): maintaining soil health through green and animal manures, compost, mulch, cover crops and crop rotations; Organic Pest Management to naturally monitor, prevent and control insects and other pests; maintaining animal health and well-being through the use of portable and loose housing and pasture rotations. Owner/operators Robin Raudabaugh and Gigi Nauer provide over 30 years experience in fruit, vegetable and livestock production, education and customer service. Our primary goal is to build community, relationships and personal health and well-being around good food and the intentional living that creates it. We’d love to have you join us.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this either.

Not every day is like this either.