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We’ve Moved

4 Apr

We've Moved

Howdy,

We’ve moved to a new website. Howdyfarm.tamu.edu. Learn more about the spring CSA at the new website.

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The journey to create our Howdy Farm Sustainability Center begins…

15 Feb

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Howdy Farmers visit Reclaimed Space in Austin – good stuff!

New Website Coming…

13 Feb

In the meantime, stay connected:

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Howdy Farm will be at Aggieland Saturday – 2/16 – so come see us!

13 Feb

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What the Appropriate Portion Size?

1 Feb

Many of us tend to underestimate the amount of food we eat and tend to overestimate the recommended portion sizes for many foods. For example, try pouring out your usual portion of pasta and measure it! Then, compare it to the label portion size. Chances are, you’re eating two, three, four or more times the amount on the label.

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If you are confused when reading a food label, try relating the portion size of a serving to everyday items. It is an easy way to visualize what a true portion size looks like.

  • Woman’s fist or baseball—a serving of vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist
  • A rounded handful—about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta – this is a good measure for a snack serving, such as chips or pretzels
  • Deck of cards—a serving of meat, fish or poultry or the palm of your hand (don’t count your fingers!) – for example, one chicken breast, ¼ pound hamburger patty or a medium pork chop
  • Golf ball or large egg—one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts
  • Tennis ball—about one half cup of ice cream
  • Computer mouse—about the size of a small baked potato
  • Compact disc—about the size of one serving of pancake or small waffle
  • Thumb tip—about one teaspoon of peanut butter
  • Six dice—a serving of cheese
  • Check book—a serving of fish (approximately 3 oz.)

Eyeball it! Take a look at the recommended serving sizes on the new USDA MyPyramid Food Guidance System. Get out a measuring cup or a food scale and practice measuring some of your favorite foods onto a plate, so that you can see how much (or how little!) a ½ cup or 3-ounce serving is. This will help you “eyeball” a reasonable serving!

Portion sizes for children

Children need adequate calories to meet their needs for growth. On the other hand, portions that are too large could lead to overeating or seem overwhelming.

Serving small portions to young children is often the best way for them to learn to eat only until satisfied, instead of overeating. Start kids off with less and encourage them to ask for more if they’re still hungry.

source: mattovermatter.com

 

Dosatron Donation

19 Nov

Lela Kelly from Dosatron International Inc. has donated a 14 GPM model dosatron to the Howdy! Farm. This product will help our greenhouse production and allow us to fertigate effectively. Thank you Dosatron International. Go check them out: www.dosatronusa.com

Howdy Farm Fall Fundraiser 2012

11 Nov

This fall we are doing a memorabilia fundraiser. We will be taking pre-orders for one month because we don’t have the funds to place the order ahead of time. At the end of that time, we will contact everyone via email to arrange payment. You can fill out what you would like to order on http://bit.ly/RPpHyq or submit the order form below.

Windbreaker Jacket. Sport-tek Port Authority Raglan Maroon. 35$. 

Canvas Bag. 15$

T-shirts. Cotton. 15$

 

Bumper Sticker. Probably 3″ X 5″. 8$

 

Pathology Issues with Field Vegetables

2 Oct

Today, Texas A&M University Extension Plant Pathologist & Professor Dr. Tom Isakeit dropped by the Howdy! Farm to check out some of our plants and help with disease diagnosis. He diagnosed Powdery Mildew and Downey Mildew, which are fungal diseases, on our Cucumbers and some Cantaloupe. He diagnosed Squash Silverleaf, a disease vectored by the Silverleaf whitefly larvae. We also have a severe caterpillar infestation. This week we will be spraying Spinosad, an organic insecticide, to combat the catepillars. This application will be followed up with a BT insecticide application in 3 days. The silverleaf disease will set the squash back in terms of yield but other than that they will be fine. The cucurbits (melons + cucumbers) are a large concern. We will begin spraying with the organic fungicide Copper Sulfate and will apply an application once a week. The fungicide will not kill the infection but merely keep it at bay.

Feel free to reach out to Dr. Isakeit @:

118A LF Peterson
979-862-1340
t-isakeit@tamu.edu
http://plantpathology.tamu.edu/people/faculty/dr-thomas-isakeit/

Texas A&M Howdy! Farm in-the-news

28 Sep

We’ve received some great press lately about life on the farm. We were featured on TAMU Times and the Battalion too!

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Campus farm sprouts student involvement

The Howdy! Farm — an Aggie student run and operated organic farm on West Campus — is growing a vision for the future of A&M to enrich student’s time spent at school.

Howdy! Farm is an experimental learning lab established in 2009 by Brady Grimes, Class of 2012. Grimes wanted to create an environment that offered hands-on experience in agriculture and felt there was no avenue to administer sustainable agriculture in a classroom setting. The farm’s goal is to promote organic research in the state of Texas, connect people of the local community to their food source, serve as a location for hands-on learning and help make A&M a more sustainable campus.

Through the Aggie Green Fund, the Howdy! Farm received a grant in 2011 for $50,000, and this past spring received an additional $96,000. With this new money, the Howdy! Farm is hoping to implement a new plan to involve a larger part of the student body with interaction in agriculture through the creation of the Howdy! Farm Suitability Center. The grant describes a project that would be designed by students in the College of Architecture and constructed by students in the Department of Construction Science for use by all Aggies.

Lindy Reese, senior English major and Community Supported Agriculture director, said the farm is in a transition phase and hopefully will expand within the next couple of years.

“The directors are working on a project to expand the students’ views on the Howdy! Farm,” Reese said. “The farm is an experience all students can take part in.”

The Howdy! Farm directors envision the farm to be something that is part of the Aggie experience for students, not just for horticulture or majors dealing with agriculture.

Matt Weintrub, senior horticulture major and Howdy! Farm field director, said there is a vision for the future of the farm: expansion.

“We have a vision for the Howdy! Farm to create a board and expand the farm’s resources and people,” Weintrub said. “It’s my hope that it can ultimately become an interdisciplinary program for students that spans from different majors ranging from marketing to poultry science.”

The academic adviser for Howdy! Farm — a position currently held by Kevin Crosby, associate professor of horticultural sciences — would serve as chairman of the board, consisting of professors from multiple departments, in hopes that they would assist the students in relating subjects and curriculum into hands-on experience at the farm.

Bubba Lamolinare is the AgriLife extension adviser responsible for teaching the student directors the day-to-day aspects of running a farm. The existing student directors would take control from this point on and would keep the farm running along with interns and other students.

The farm has possible plans in the works to build a student living and learning community on West Campus, where the Howdy! Farm would become an integrated part of the project.

“The Howdy! Farm could one day become the West Campus grassy knoll with a white picket fence surrounding the area,” Weintrub said. “The students have given us a huge investment up to this point to create this incredible experience, which I think is important that the farm remain accessible on campus for future generations of Aggies to come.”

The Howdy! Farm also has a new project this year known as the CSA, which operates like a co-op farmers market. Students can sign up to receive produce between the months of October to January for either an eight or 12-week period.

Students, such as senior horticulture major Page Hamby, is currently taking a class at the Howdy! Farm. Hamby said she values the opportunity the farm has provided.

“The Howdy! Farm has given me some hands-on experience that has really sparked my interest in horticulture,” I’m glad A&M has such a mentoring experience that I could be a part of.”

BOX: To learn more about how to sign up for CSA and the Howdy! Farm, students can visit their Facebook page at TAMUHOWDYFARM or go to http://www.studentfarmblog.wordpress.com.

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Howdy! Farm at Texas A&M

20 Sep

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