CSA stands for “community-supported agriculture.” A CSA is a community of members who support a farm operation, with the farmer and the consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Members buy their shares in advance, which helps cover the farmer’s anticipated costs of the seeds, soil amendments, labor, etc. In return, once a week the members get a share of that week’s harvest, whatever it that may be. Instead of 50 cents (or more) of your food dollar going to distributors and transportation, 100 percent of your food dollar goes straight to the farmer. Your share purchase allows us to employ and educate several interns each year, as well as continue to build the soil and improve our garden.
Joining a CSA is wonderful way to connect with the wisdom and healing benefits of eating in harmony with the seasons, and support the environment and small farmers. We grow all of our produce in an organic manner, doing our best to leave the soil enriched.
Our CSA offers many benefits:
~seasonal produce picked at the peak of freshness
~sustainable farms work in harmony with the land
~food grown locally is less dependent on fossil fuels than food that is shipped from a distance
~using heirloom varieties preserves genetic diversity
~helps to preserve the direct, traditional connection between the farmer and the customer
We provide information and education through weekly newsletters and an open invitation to visit the Farm (please call first, to make sure someone is here to show you around).
To learn more about becoming a part of our 2017 CSA, click here, call Jen Kropff at 717-573-4722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“One thing I love about the fall and winter is that it is a time to give back to the earth from which we have taken so much during the growing season. We’re making black compost out of our vast amounts of weeds and vegetable waste, including those sweet potato vines, plus a hefty measure of manure… Wood ashes and seaweed meal provide a mineral supplement. That’s on the material end.
“There are more subtle influences on the garden, including the stars, the moon, and the emotions we feel as we work the place. Our logo says, ‘Love grows,’ and there’s nothing hippy-dippy about that. It’s the simple truth”.
~ Matt Belmont, CSA Manager