Boulder Belt Eco-Farm Share Initiative like a CSA only more so...
The Farm Share Share Table for 7-24-12 had the following choices
Green Asparagus Take 1 pound as an "item"
Beets-1 1/2 pound bunch as "item"
Scallion 1 bunch as an "item"
Jalapenos box of 5 peppers as an "item"
Chard 1 pound bag as an "item"
Kale 1 pound bag as an "item"
Red and Yellow Onions 1 pound box as an "item"
Fresh Parsley bunch as an "item"
Fresh Oregano Small bag as an "item"
Fresh sage Small bag as an "item"
Fresh basil 1/2 pound bag as an "item"
Fresh Lime basil well stuffed sandwich bag as an "item"
Shallots 1/4 pound box as an "item"
Music Garlic 2 corms as an "item"
Fresh tarragon Small bag as an "item"
Green peppers 3 as an "item"
Rhubarb 3/4 pound bunch as an "item"
Broccoli small box as an "item"
Blackberries 1 pint as an "item"
Strawberries 1 pint box as an "item"
Raspberries 1 Pint box as an "item"
Red White and Blue Potatoes 1 pound box as an "item"
Zucchini 1 pound box as an "item"
Broccoli Raab 1 pound bunch as an "item"
Arugula 1/4 pound bag as an "item"
Cucumbers 3 cukes as an "item"
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 for a small share and 12 items for a large share
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2014 Farm Share Initiative Wanted: Hip and Informed Foodies
For the past 18+ 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 3 to Jan 20 is $500 for a share (12 items every other week for 6 pick ups)
On farm pick up only. Pick up days are Tuesday and Thursday.
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, Daikons, leeks, black popcorn, kale, chard, spring mix, arugula, pears, apples, parsley, savory, cilantro, radishes, celeriac, spinach, mizuna, bok choy, raab, 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 and up to 12 items for a large 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 20 to 30 items, from which the members can choose from the harvest tables. They 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 10+ 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 Farm tours with a pot luck dinner here on the farm. We open our farm to our members (and their family/friends) to walk around and enjoy any time the like. We have a pond stocked with fish if you want to try your angling luck any time. Many of our members do take time when they pick the shares for their group to look around the farm and enjoy the beauty here. While we do not require work hours as some CSA programs do we do welcome any volunteers 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 18 years of farming, but it could happen. But if we can make it through the 2011 growing season without missing a week and never shorting our members despite really horrible growing conditions most of the year, starting with spring floods and going into record heat and drought conditions for 3 months in the summer, 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 $1700, 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. Missed shares will be donated a local Food Bank. 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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