Boulder Belt Eco-Farm Farm Share Program

Boulder Belt Eco-Farm Share Initiative
like a CSA only more so...

The Farm Share Share Table for 1-2-14 had the following choices
  • Beets-1 pound bunch as "item"
  • parsnips 1 pound as an "item"
  • Cayenne flakes 1 oz baggies as an "item"
  • Chard 1/2 pound bag as an "item"
  • Kale 1/2 pound bag as an "item"
  • Red and Yellow Onions 1 pound box as an "item"
  • Fresh Parsley bunch as an "item"
  • Collards 1 pound box as an "item"
  • Turnips Small bag as an "item"
  • Garlic3 corms as an "item"
  • Garlic Powder 1 oz sandwich bag as an "item"
  • Shallots 1/4 pound box as an "item"
  • Sweet Potatoes 2 pounds as an "item"
  • Red Potatoes 2pounds as an "item"
  • Baby Lettuce 1/4 pound bag as an "item"
  • Viet Namese Pepper flakes 1/2 oz bag as an "item"
  • Root Parsley 1/2 pound bunch as an "item"
  • Winter squash (butternut, sibley, delicata, buttercup) 6 squash as an "item"
  • Leeks 1 as an "item"
  • Pears 2pound box as an "item"
  • Apples 2 pound box as an "item"
  • Celeraric 2 as an "item"
  • Dakota black popcorn 1/2 pound bunch as an "item"
  • Blanton's Peas 1/2 pound bag as an "item"
  • Dried Blue soup peas 1/2 pound as an "item"
  • Blackberry jam 1 1/2 pint jar Members come to the farm and "shop" from tables piled with freshly harvested produce from our farm. They get to fill their shares with what they want in the amounts they want; up to 6 items per share

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  • We Sell the Best and Compost the Rest

    2014 Farm Share Initiative
    Wanted: Hip and Informed Foodies

    For the past 19+ years we have operated a CSA on our small sustainable farm in Preble County Ohio. We offer our members virtually year round availability of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, all grown on our farm. We grow over 50 different kinds of produce including a lot of heirloom varieties, many from seeds we have been saving for decades. New in 2014 is our 2100 square foot high tunnel that will allow us to grow even more high quality food on less space than ever before. Members also get the rare privilege of seeing where and how their food is grown and thus they become much more knowledgeable about and connected to their food and the farm upon which it is grown. The more one knows about where their food comes from and how it is grown, the less they will have to use the industrial food system as their proxy as to what food they put in their bodies. By eating more locally and supporting local farmers and farms, all of us can have a safer, secure and much more sustainable food system and healthier lives. Joining the Boulder Belt Eco-farm Farm Share Program is a great way to do all of this and more.

    2014 Farm Share Initiative's Nutz and Boltz

  • Spring Session runs May 6 to July 30 is $350 for a share (6 items of your choice)
  • Summer Session runs Aug 12 to Oct 30 and is $350
  • The 2014/15 Winter Share program runs Nov 18 to Jan 29, is $450 for a share (12 items every other week for 6 pick ups)

    On farm pick up only.
    Pick up days are Tuesday and Thursday.
    5pm to 7pm

    We used to do the CSA delivery thing but found that by doing so there was zero connection/community between the CSA members and the farm. We feel that CSA is an amazing way to reconnect eaters with where and how their food is grown. This is perhaps the most important aspect of the CSA idea/ideal. But in order for this to happen the eaters have to come to the farm. So that is why we have on farm pick up only. Plus it allows us to do a market style pick-up where our members get to choose exactly what they want in their weekly share

  • The Crops
    We grow over 50+ different crops including parsnips, lettuce, onions, garlic, carrots, beets, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes (over 15 kinds), peppers, cantaloupes, watermelon, potatoes, Turnips, parsley root, leeks, black popcorn, kale, chard, spring mix, arugula, pears, parsley, savory, cilantro, radishes, celeriac, spinach, spaghetti squash, black beans, etc.. Take a look at our What We Grow Page for the complete seasonal list

  • Shares
    Each week members will receive an allotment of seasonal produce We do a Market Share where we allow our members to construct their own share of up to 6 items for a regular share from tables filled with the day's harvest. How it works is first thing in the morning, before members come to the farm to pick up their food, they will get an email newsletter that, among other things, will have a list of what will be available and will have an idea what they want to put in their share. Most weeks there will be 25 to 35 items, from which the members can choose from the produce laden tables. Members pack their bags and are on their way (unless they want to walk around the farm, go fishing or help on the farm)

    A share should feed 1 to 2 vegetarians (or omnivores who already eat 5+ helpings of produce daily) or 3 to 5 people who are basically meat eaters some of their produce needs for a week
    The shares are seasonal and will change weekly and monthly

  • Other Perks Coming to the farm to pick up one's share is a part of our attempt to reconnect as many people as we can with farms, but it is not enough. We email all our members a weekly newsletter with news of the farm, a list of what is in the share (there are often a few unfamiliar items) and usually a recipe. Read past farm share newsletters here. We have periodic events such as farm to table dinners, farm tours and work opportunities here on the farm. While we do not require work hours as some CSA programs do we do welcome any volunteers who want to help us out.
  • Flexibility
    We have been running CSA type programs on and off (more on than off) for the past 15 years and one thing we have found is that it is best to be flexible. So, unlike some other CSA programs, we do not have 20+ week seasons but rather have broken down our growing year into 12 week sections. This allows members to not be tied down for a long time and possibly miss out on a lot of shares
  • Refunds
    Like many other CSA type programs, we require our members to share the risk of farming with us. Farming is inherently risky, we do what we can to minimize the risk such as planting a wide array of different crops, succession planting, using crop protection such as hoop houses and row covers, not to mention our expertise at growing food crops. So far we have yet to have a major crop failure in 20 years of farming, but it could happen. But if we could make it through the 2012 growing season without missing a week and never shorting our members despite it being the worst growing year in about 100 years, than we can make it through almost any growing season. If the weather makes it impossible to grow crops, we will not be issuing refunds as this is the risk we all take (and while members might be out up to $2000, we farmers will be out tens of thousands of dollars and possibly our home). We also do not issue refunds for missed (forgotten) pick-ups. We will send out an email newsletter each week reminding all members to pick up their share(s) along with other information. If you know that you will not be around to get your share, find a friend or colleague to pick it up and use it in your stead. This way the food will not be wasted and you may well turn another person on to the wonders of being a CSA member

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