Giving Thanks Day

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Happy turkey day from ARTfarm.

We want to give a great big thank you to all of the people who have made our lives possible and made them better. We are grateful that we have a place to farm, and the tools and supporters to make that happen.

If you are doing some holiday shopping this weekend, consider an ARTfarm gift certificate for your loved ones. We also have beautiful one-of-a-kind monoprints and original artwork available through our gofundme fundraising efforts to rebuild our seedling house and art gallery that were destroyed by Hurricane Maria. We’ve raised nearly $4,000 of the $23,000 needed, GIVE THANKS!!  Visit http://gofundme.com/artfarmllc to donate and get an original piece of ARTfarm art! 

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The farmers have been hard at work on some beautiful art. We are making some botanical and farm scene monoprints and paintings to help us raise funds for our hurricane recovery efforts on the farm.

A special thank you Bob Boyan and our other super farmer volunteers.We’re grateful that there are amazing customers and chefs who appreciate the stuff we grow and the work that goes into it, and regularly buy our produce. We are thankful for the family members and volunteers that have been helping us with removing debris, weeding gardens, rebuilding fences and demo-ing our destroyed buildings.

The farmstands have been very slow, we know that many of our loyal regular customers are off island right now. We are dividing our time between fundraising, rebuilding, and producing food and art, with the hopes that people will come back in a month or so to be here for the holidays and eat our food!

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Our pastured birds eat bugs, weeds and fresh sunflower seeds in addition to vegetarian poultry feed. We hope someday to feed them exclusively from what we can grow on the farm.

Enjoy the holiday season! We will see you soon! Love, ARTfarm

Men Of Industry: Luca and Mike @ Walsh Metal Works Gallery!

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Luca and Mike are both local artists and Men Of Industry on St. Croix. Please come to their exhibition of new works on Friday, April 10th, 2015!

Luca and Mike are both local artists and ‘Men Of Industry’ on St. Croix. Please celebrate their inspiration and perspiration – come to their exhibition of new works on Friday, April 10th, 2015!

Finally! Luca is painting again! An exhibition of new works from Farmer Luca Gasperi and Metalworker Mike Walsh, titled “Men Of Industry”, is opening on Friday April 10th 2015 at 5pm, so save the date!

The boys had a good time capturing the stoic image Christina had envisioned for the exhibition poster. Official ARTfarm Photographer Heather Maynard asked for “Blue Steel” and got some great shots. Let us know if you think we should extend this into a full twelve-month calendar! Here are a couple of outtakes.

Between takes.

Between takes.

We tried a few different locations.

If they decide to start an 80s cover band, this will make a great album cover.

If they decide to start an 80s cover band, this will make a great album cover.

Mike has a James Bond thing going; Luca is doing his Wolverine face.

Mike has a James Bond thing going; Luca is doing his Wolverine face.

Come out to the show and bring your checkbook in case some piece of art moves you! Mike is about to go big, driving his prices up, and who knows when Luca will have time to paint again in this decade!!?

Wednesday ARTfarm FEAST 3-6pm!

ART Wednesday today features a young artist’s celebration of farm vegetables and fruit season on St. Croix. FEAST your eyes on this list of tasty treats to cool you off and feed your inner fruit monster!

Sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, baby arugula, microgreens, cucumbers, yard-long purple beans, early bird (e.g. limited quantities) tomatoes, Italian basil, holy basil, garlic chives. Fruit season is starting, and we’ve got sweet treats: papayas, pineapples, passionfruit, black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit), and from our partner farm Tropical Exotics, another box of MAMEY APPLES!!

Come down South Shore Road this afternoon and visit the ARTfarm!!20140611-144002-52802163.jpg

Pomodōromonsutā at ARTfarm! Get your ninja sword!

The so-called "Tomato Monster" is made up of a farmer, tomatoes, and string beans.

AAAIIIEEEEEE! It's the Tomato Monster (Pomodōromonsutā)! Get your samurai sword and make salsa!!

Pomodōromonsutā is Japanese for Tomato Monster!! Look out for the giant tomato monster! Everything he touches with his Super Organic Power turns into a delicious, juicy tomato! Quick! Get your ninja sword and slice some of these tomatoes up! Hai! HAI! HAI! Domo!!

Today’s stand features: spicy mix, microgreens, arugula, onions, scallions, loads of cherry tomatoes, big tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, Bodhi beans, kale, broccoli leaves, sage, thyme, italian basil, lemon basil, holy basil, chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, sweet peppers, hot peppers, pumpkin, papaya, sunflowers and zinnia flowers.

KiiiiiYAAAIIIIIIEEEEE!!!!!

The Palletteers Visit the ARTfarm

The St. Croix Palletteers group poses at the ARTfarm holding the paintings they created during their visit.

The St. Croix Palletteers spent the morning exploring the ARTfarm and painting the scenery. At the end of their weekly painting session they gather to share their artworks!

The St. Croix Palletteers spent the morning exploring the ARTfarm today. They painted Senepol cows, mangoes, wooden sheds and “junk piles”. A great time was had by all!

The Palletteers have a blog at palletteersofstcroix.blogspot.com. These renegade plein air painters visit all kinds of places on St. Croix and have fun capturing the scenery.

Thanks for the visit!

South Shore Art Produce at Machete Machete

Last night we attended the opening of Nadine Donath‘s exhibition of cyanotype prints, “Not Here Either”, at Machete Machete Gallery, during the last Art Thursday event of the 2010-2011 season.

Donath’s dozens of mysterious, watery ‘photograms’ in hundreds of shades of cobalt blue, were created with tiny snippets of plants and trees from around the ARTfarm and nearby pastures. Viewing the work was oddly personal, it seemed like a family photo album to us.

Donath, a native of Berlin and resident of New York City, has been here on St. Croix for a month. As an artist in residence at Thomas Shelley’s Machete Machete Gallery, she has been producing her own work, giving a workshop on cyanotype printing, and just learning about and enjoying the microcosm of St. Croix.

We purchased two prints. At $100 each, you’d do well to purchase four or six of these beautiful little images and frame them together as a little visual poem of the wilds of St. Croix. Donath heads off the rock this Saturday, but the show hangs through July. Get yourself over to Machete Machete on Company Street on your lunch hour or for one of their hipster movie nights and enjoy this cool blue show.

– Christina

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