I already buy your food at the Farm Store - why join the CSA?
CSA models offer greater stability for farmers. When folks who eat from the farm join our CSA, it makes crop and animal herd planning much easier, and it gives us greater financial stability throughout the season. Moreover, the CSA model gives us the opportunity to get to know our eaters on a deeper level, and share our experience as farmers. We urge those who love our food to be a part of our CSA.
I've been a part of your CSA for years and was already happy - why all the changes now!?
First of all, thank you so much for your long term support. It is because we have had such a positive experience with our CSA over the years that we feel empowered to make these changes. Read about what we are doing and why below.
I'm missing a week for vacation - what will happen to my share?
For those who will be out of town, you can pick-up a double share during another week of the season, or gift your share to a friend for the week you will be gone. Just let us know ahead of time so that we can help figure out the best option.
I'm busy for this week's pick-up - can I still get my share?
For folks who are busy on a particular pick-up Thursday, but still want their veggies that week, we can pack your share and hold it in the farm-store fridge for you to pick-up at a later time.
I have dietary restrictions; I don't eat nightshades; I just don't like beets! Should I still join?
Yes! Moving forward, our goal is to provide much more choice and flexibility in the contents of our shares. This season, we will still be giving guidelines about what to take, but always looking for opportunities to provide choice for our members. Folks with specific needs actually provide us a great opportunity to experiment with different ways of doing this. In the future, we eventually hope to have a completely 'free-choice' model.
Isn't eating meat 'bad' for the environment?
We don't think so -- in fact, we believe the opposite. But, it's all in how you do it. Large scale, industrially raised meat where animals are kept in CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) has a lot of negative impacts on animal well-being, environmental health, meat quality and nutrition. Animals raised on land, in balance with the surrounding ecosystem have the opposite effect. Our animals are cared for in ways that are consistent with their natural patterns, as part of intact and diverse perennial ecosystems. The resulting meat is highly nutritious and tastes excellent. Learn more about our animal husbandry practices here.
Do you grow all of the food in the CSA?
We raise grass-fed beef and an array of organic vegetables and herbs. We also occasionally include value-added products like pesto, and hope to expand this in the future. For some crops that are difficult to grow on our clay soils or difficult for us to store in our facilities, we source from nearby farms with whom we have a relationship.
What are your veggie cultivation practices?
We grow most of our vegetables in three unheated hoop houses, which allow us to grow year round, even through the coldest of Vermont winters. All of our vegetables are certified organic, which means that we never use synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. We also work at a small enough scale to be able to do all of our labor by hand, and don't use a tractor or any mechanical cultivators to grow our veggies.
This past season we were thrilled to expand our vegetable production into our first outdoor garden, which we created by sheet mulching (adding many layers of) composted soil and wood-chips onto part of our home pasture. This outdoor garden, affectionately known as the "keyline garden", because of it's design which follows the contour of the pasture, has so much organic matter and woody material that it does an excellent job of regulating moisture and providing nutrients to the growing plants. We began by planting vegetables in this garden, but hope to eventually transition to perennials and perhaps even fruit and nut trees, once the soil ecology becomes more ideal for these longer lived plants. In the coming years, we also hope to expand these outdoor "keyline gardens" to weave through our pastures, allowing our animals to graze in between them. For now, we are loving the opportunity to garden outside and to experiment with different vegetables and a different environment.
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