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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Information


           Do you want to make our planet a better place? Save wildlife? Combat Global Warming? Do some good for the neighborhood? Or participate in something exciting, cutting-edge?  Do you wish you could feed your family fresh, organic fruits and vegetables? Ever wonder where your food comes from, or worry what kinds of weird “approved” chemicals were used to grow it?

            We have a solution! Join our CSA today and receive fresh, organically grown produce straight from the Earth! Better for our planet, better for your family! By joining a local farm, especially one on reclaimed land such as ours, you prevent wild lands from being converted into farmlands. By buying organic food, you prevent genetically modified organisms, nasty chemicals, and excess nutrients from contaminating your body and our planet. By using mulch and other soil conserving methods, we prevent run off from contaminating local waterways.

            We are accepting only 20 families/shares each season, so sign up quickly to reserve your space.   If you pay for all three seasons in advance, you will receive a discount. Cash payments are also discounted. Beginning in September 2013, shares may be yearly. Cash discount still applies.

            We aim for 10 to 15 items (fruits and vegetables) per week, also herbs and flowers upon occasion.  One item might be a head of lettuce or cabbage, a bag of baby greens, one bunch of broccoli, radishes, kale or carrots, etc. We think you’ll be very pleased with both the quality and quantity of your share of the garden! Everyone is allowed to work at the farm, either on Saturday to help harvest, or during the week to help with other “chores”. Don’t worry if you think you can’t help! We have plenty to do, even in the AC! Donations are graciously accepted, and donors will be acknowledged in our monthly newsletter, as well as this website.

           We have many, many "jobs" to be done, including planting seeds in the seed trays, raking leaves, potting-up tomatoes, making copies (and other office work).  So don't fear that you may be unable to help- we have jobs for those with strong backs and for those of us of a more delicate nature alike!         

             Keep an eye out for upcoming work parties, too. We really need a lot of help, and you don't have to be a member to volunteer!

            Every month we will have a different class, based on member requests. 

            We no longer require work hours to be performed by members. Instead, we ask for your attendance at 4 out of 9 work parties, which are held once a month alternating between Saturday and Sunday.

            What is a CSA? It is a community of people who come together to provide their families with the very freshest fruits and vegetables. Most of the time, there is a plentiful harvest, and everybody gets a basket full of beautiful groceries worth much more than they cost.  However, sometimes bad things happen.  The weather may turn difficult; there may be too much or not enough rain, it may be too hot or too cold.  Occasionally killer bugs attack. I promise we will do everything in our power to fix the problem. Sometimes in the world of agriculture, despite best intentions, there are total crop failures. If this should ever happen, we will alleviate the problem to the best of our abilities, and replant promptly.

We prepare against this happening in a variety of ways.

We…

1) plant a wide variety of crops.

2) use varieties that have a smaller mature size & faster maturation rates, giving bugs less time to attack.

3) do not group crops together except in certain situations (ex: tomatoes: they like to have foliage touching and vining plants that need trellising; ie beans). 

4) inter-plant each bed with as many different crop families as possible.

5) plant beneficial insect attracting plants, herbs and flowers.

6)    use mulch. Lots of mulch.

7)    have hoop houses, with both sun and cold protection.

8)    choose disease resistant varieties, when possible.

9)    use perennial crops as much as possible.

10)  use additives such as compost, kelp, minor minerals, beneficial organisms (bacteria & nematodes) compost tea & bat guano.

11)   practice good hygiene.


            Please help us make the garden a huge success!               

Thanks for your interest,

Michelle & Becky