Our CSA is full for the 2012 growing season.
What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between farmers and their communities. Members buy a share in the farm early on the in the season, to help with crucial seed and start up costs, and then receive an allotment of produce every week. As the farmers, we will provide fresh, responsibly-grown produce at a reasonable price, and information about the crops we’re growing and how to cook and preserve them. As the community, you will provide support for us in a number of ways, not just monetarily, but also by volunteering your time on and off the farm, and through your understanding that as a CSA member you are buying into both the risks and rewards of growing organic vegetables. We hope to organize several work days for our members, and to illicit your help to pick some of your own harvests (especially time-consuming crops like beans). Off the farm, we hope you will help us by cleaning some of your own vegetables and taking time to experiment with foods that perhaps you haven’t cooked or eaten before. A CSA share is more than just a farm stand in a box, it represents a more holistic connection with your food and where it comes from.
Why have we chosen CSA to sell our produce?
As a small farm, the ability to plan our harvests throughout the entire season means that we can grow more efficiently and with much less waste. We don’t need to throw away produce after a farmer’s market, we don’t need to cross our fingers that enough customers will stop at our farm stand, we can grow a diversity of crops and know that there will be people to eat them every week. Receiving payment at the beginning of the season also puts us in a much more stable place financially. I believe that it is impossible to over-stress the importance of CSA in the survival and success of small organic farms.
In addition, CSA creates a community around our farm. Starting this farm has been a transformative experience for all of us, and we really look forward to (perhaps) sharing that experience with you.