Genuine Faux Farm

 

 

 


FESTIVALS and EVENTS


Dates for 2014 are set! Mark your calendars.


Iris Fest

May 31

 

Summer Harvest

and Heirloom Tomato Tasting

August 30

GF7

September 27

 

GFF Food Bank Month

June

Granary Mural Painting Days

Prep Day - July 26

Mural Day - August 9

See Tom Sawyer Days page

GFF Plant Sales

Cedar Falls: May 16 & 23

Waverly Farmers Market: May 10 - June 7

Tripoli: TBA

Tom Sawyer Days

 

GFF Ten Year Tenure Celebration

Throughout year, see description

Great Turkey Pickup

October 23

All events will be held under most weather conditions. Notice will be sent if cancellation for other reasons is necessary.

Who can attend?

We do not limit attendance to CSA members. There are numerous "honorary" CSA members and you may be able to count yourself as one. This list includes persons who have helped on the farm, purchased our poultry or produce and those who want to support what we do with your presence. If you are not sure if you are included in the invitation, ask us! It is likely that we'll just extend the invitation to you. Families with children are most welcome. In all of these cases, an RSVP telling us that you plan to attend is appreciated for planning purposes.


IRIS FEST


May 31 (Saturday)

4 - 8 pm

(optional volunteer time 2-4 pm)

 

A meal at the farm

The spring Iris Festival occurs every year at some point near Memorial Day, the time of year that is supposed to be the typical peak iris bloom. Since we have been here, there have been no typical growing years, so we get what we get with respect to the iris flowers.

Volunteer Time

There has been interest in volunteering prior to the festival in the past, so we will make it official. Starting at 2 pm, we will have volunteer tasks available for those who are willing. These tasks may include setting up tables, mowing our lawn where people will gather, prepping drinks, setting up recycling and trash containers and maybe planting something in the ground if the weather is anything like 2010 or 2013.

Festival Time

The Iris Fest begins at 4 pm. People may put munchies out, but the potluck begins officially at 5pm. The farm will often provide some sort of food to supplement the potluck, but this changes from year to year. We may announce that we will provide meat for the event (like a GFF turkey!). Depending on the year, we may have a grill available to those who want it, but you should ask before you make that assumption., .

What to Bring

Bring something to pass (salads, snacks, maindishes etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. We strongly suggest you bring lawnchairs. We have plates and silverware to serve forty to fifty people, but it doesn't hurt if you bring your own table service in case we exceed that number.

What You Get to Do

If you have a lawn game that you wish to share, bring it along. We typically set out whatever lawn games we have. There is also sidewalk chalk for the artists and frisbees for the athletic. We also encourage other, more sedentary games if people show interest. Tours of our farm (guided or not) will be provided for the interested. Usually, we will have young birds to view and there are friendly farm cats that will gladly run away from your children. Weather permitting, we will start a bonfire and there are often s'mores if we hear there is interest from those attending (one of the reasons an RSVP helps us!).

RSVP

Please contact us if you plan to attend. Tell us how many will attend and whether you will be there during volunteer time. If there is anything we need to know to make this a positive experience, the RSVP is an excellent time to make it known.


SUMMER FESTIVAL and HEIRLOOM TOMATO TASTING


Maya and Chickens

August 30 (Saturday)

4pm - 9 pm

(optional volunteer time 2pm-4pm)

Despite the picture at the top of this page, our Summer Fest is normally too warm for snow - so don't worry too much.

Our Summer Harvest Festival has been a staple just before school starts or just after school starts, depending on the year. The weather is usually quite nice and it is a good way to issue in peak harvest season. Come to see how the farm with much of its crops going at full tilt. We will also harvest a number of our heirloom tomatoes and give all of you a chance to taste test them. Don't think they have different tastes? Now is the time to find out.

Volunteer Time

There has been interest in volunteering prior to the festival in the past, so we will make it official. Starting at 2 pm, we will have volunteer tasks available for those who are willing. These tasks may include setting up tables, mowing our lawn where people will gather, prepping drinks, setting up recycling and trash containers and other tasks we can't hope to anticipate until the day approaches.

Festival Time

Our summer festival gives everyone a chance to see what the gardens look like when they are bursting at the seems with produce. The long summer days give us plenty of light to view gardens, feed turkeys and play games. We start the festival at 4pm and usually encourage the beginning of dinner around 5pm for those who have children or need a schedule for such things. The likelihood of a bonfire at the Summer Festival is higher since winds are often lower in late August than they are at the end of May.

What to Bring

This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. By this time in the season, we will have zucchini and summer squash. We expect to be able to grill some of these for you to try! If Mother Nature is willing, we may also have some other items (like watermelon?!). It simply depends on what the season brings us. Note: we have a single gas grill on the farm and a charcoal grill. We may or may not set these up depending on interest and willingness of people to help watch them.

Touring the Farm

We will make it a point to lead tours throughout the gathering for the interested. You will have a chance to see for yourselves how our farm works. The turkeys and ducks are much more interesting now that they're a bit bigger.

RSVP

Please contact us if you plan to attend. Tell us how many will attend and whether you will be there during volunteer time. If there is anything we need to know to make this a positive experience, the RSVP is an excellent time to make it known.


GENUINE FAUX FARM FALL FESTIVAL and FETID FRUIT FLING

(GF7)


September 27 (Saturday)

4 - 8 pm

(optional volunteer time 2pm-4pm)

A chance to sit on a tractor

Our fall gathering is usually electric with anticipation for the annual tomato launch. If you don't know what the launch is, you're just going to have to attend and find out. The turkeys are nearly full size and they love to chase rotten tomatoes around. Perhaps, if everyone is nice, Durnik the tractor will come out to play.

Volunteer Time

There has been interest in volunteering prior to the festival in the past, so we will make it official. Starting at 2 pm, we will have volunteer tasks available for those who are willing. These tasks may include setting up tables, mowing our lawn where people will gather, prepping drinks, setting up recycling and trash containers and other tasks we can't hope to anticipate until the day approaches. We may even want some help collecting 'ammunition' for the Fetid Fruit Fling.

Festival Time

This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. We will supplement the feast with some of our fall excess. Note: we have a single gas grill on the farm and a charcoal grill. We may or may not set these up depending on interest and willingness of people to help watch them.

What You Get to Do

Once again, games will make an appearance, as does good food and other spontaneous good things. Weather permitting, we will start a bonfire before dark and there will be s'mores. Can't have a bonfire without those! At whatever point things appear to point to doing it, we will have our annual rotten tomato launch. Weather, tractor and farmer willing - we may hook up a hayrack to Durnik and pull it around for a while.


GFF FOOD BANK MONTH


Month of June

For every hour of volunteer time spent on the farm this June, GFF will donate $10 to the food bank in Waterloo. June is typically the most difficult month for us to keep up since planting, weeding and harvesting are all going strong at the same time. Help us grow food and help those who have trouble with their own food security at the same time.

Tom Sawyer Day

We have scheduled June 14 as a formal Tom Sawyer Day for the month of June. If you would rather be part of a larger group, target this Saturday date to come to the farm.

RSVP and Communication is Very Important

While we realize that you are volunteering time and effort to work on the farm, it is important that you realize that we have to select tasks carefully. In other words, we need to agree with you on times you will work, who will be working and probably what we will be doing in advance of the actual event. Typically, it is not wise to expect to volunteer on Tuesdays or Thursdays (CSA distribution days). And, weather may throw a wrench into the plans, so we need to be able to reach you so you don't make the effort to come to the farm to find out we had to change plans.

What You Get to Do

There is always weeding. But, June is the month where we are trying to do almost everything. Every thing we ask you to do is important, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time. There are always a host of tasks that we want/need to do on the farm that never make it to the top of our priority list. Volunteer time helps us put some of those things into the 'completed' column that might not otherwise have gotten done. It's a good thing.

In addition to our donation to the food bank, you will be given the opportunity to enter your name in our end of season drawing once for each hour you volunteer.

What should you bring?

Bring a water bottle and your favorite pair of work gloves if you have them. If you don't, we have gloves on the farm. Please dress appropriate for work. We prefer that you wear close toed shoes. If you wear shorts, just be aware that the soil gets very hot in the summer and you may end up kneeling in it. You should be prepared and have sunscreen. In fact, it would be wise for you to use it in addition to bringing it along for the ride.


GFF TEN YEAR TENURE CELEBRATION


Celebrate with us throughout the year! I, the Sandman, have spoken.  

Our first year of operation as the Genuine Faux Farm was in 2005, though we did set up at some farmers' markets in 2004. Therefore, 2014 is our tenth season of operation on this farm. We'd like you to join us in celebrating our tenth year. Of course, one way you can help us celebrate is by joining our CSA program and purchasing our products. But, we intend to have various events this year that we hope you will attend.

End of Season Drawing

We will be holding a special drawing during the end of season celebration and you can enter it! In order to enter, you must attend a GFF event or volunteer time at the farm. For each event (non-volunteer time) you attend, you may enter your name once. For each hour of work you volunteer at the farm, you may enter your name once.

One of the prizes will be a free CSA Farm Share in 2015. Other prizes may include t-shirts, the season's largest pumpkin and other ideas we come up with as the season goes on.

GFF Ten Year Celebration Dinner

This dinner is tentatively scheduled for November 7. It is likely that details will not be released until the Fall. We will be holding this event someplace other than the farm to make it easier for you to attend.

Do You Have an Idea or Suggestion

We've got some other ideas in addition to the Granary Restoration Days and our normal yearly festivals. But, as you know, it takes energy and time to make them work. If you've got energy and time to help us make the things on our schedule work OR if you have another idea that would be an excellent celebration for our farm and everyone who has helped make it what it is today, then let us know!

 

3/29/14 updated

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