What Is A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)?
A CSA is a partnership between the farmer and the shareholders. Shareholders pay up front for their produce, which gives the farmer “seed” money to plant, pay wages to farm hands, and purchase materials as needed.
Then, the shareholders come weekly to collect their baskets. There is an understanding that weather, drought, and natural disasters can affect the crops (for example severe drought last year yielded smaller tomatoes, and early frost affected the apple crop). However, the shareholders agree to share in these risks. Shareholders also share in the high yielding crops and sometimes get more than expected.
Community Supported Agriculture 2017
We are now accepting applications for our 2017 CSA garden. Last fall we began developing even more land and hope to offer our shareholders an even wider range of produce from last year.
All of our organic matter comes from this farm. Our alpaca, horse, rabbit, chicken, sheep and goat manures are composted over the winter and sown into the soil in the fall, providing nitrogen and other important elements. We use our own pine needles, leaves, grass clippings to mulch. By using these materials from the farm, we can control and eliminate harmful chemicals. This year we are under review for Organic Certification and will be using organic seeds and transplants to meet expectations. Last year we were approved to the Farmer Nutrition Program and can accept SNAP benefits on the farm.
Membership in the CSA Provides You With Many Opportunities
- Weekly baskets of fresh produce and fruit
- Convenient pick up times
- Freedom to hike our bluebird trail
- Visits with the farm animals
- Free admission to special events and classes
- Special pricing for chicken and turkey
- Options to “pick your own” share on selected days
- *option to include fresh brown eggs for a small charge
This year we are offering a one size share basket. Each week shareholders come to the farm Thursdays and Saturdays) and can pick from a variety of choices. A typical share for each month would be a selection of 5 to 7 of these choices.
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