"CSA" Stands for Community Supported Agriculture
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Community-Supported Agriculture is a direct partnership between farmers and their community. Members buy a share of the harvest up front, before the growing season begins, and then receive a weekly bounty of vegetables between May and October.
Homestead Organics Farm has partnered once again with Loyal To Local Agricultural Cooperative as part of their multi-farm CSA program, and will be contributing fresh vegetables, grains, and meats.
This model is important to us because:
Providing our community direct access to FRESH, LOCAL, AMAZING TASTING food matters!
The CSA model immediately creates a supportive relationship between us, the farmers, and our members that is unique to how food can be purchased. We have a direct connection to the people that are benefiting from our food, and who are supporting our business. In a climate where we are less informed about where our food comes from, this type of relationship is vital. In a short time, trust and commitment between farmer and member can grow immeasurably.
The funds received ahead of the season allow the farm to operate in the months that no income is generated through sales and enables the farm to buy seeds and equipment. Being a small organic farm is challenging, so the CSA model allows the business of growing food much more sustainable. The farm supports the families and, in turn, the families support the farm.
Our CSA provides our members the choice to pick up their share on the farm, where they get to experience the farm, farmers and the beautiful surrounding landscape first hand. Our on site pick up includes a farm stand, self serve eggs, House of Ferments krauts and kombucha, and a petting zoo for the kids! Loyal To Local also offers 2 others pick up sites located at Mill Creek Farm in Corvallis and Wildwood Brewery in Stevensville.
It is affordable! Each week our shares are abundant! We offer our produce below farmer’s market and organic grocery store prices. Feed a family of two for $19.50/weeks and a family of four for just $32.75/week! Our Additionally, Loyal To Local offers the option for people to pay in 2 installments if paying for the total share up-front is prohibitive.
In addition to the traditional vegetable share offered by most programs, our multi-farm CSA is able to offer meat, grain, cheese, fermented food and beverage, and flower shares, as well. Partner farms include Mill Crick Farm, Missoula Grain and Vegetable Co., Tucker Family Farm, Living River Farm, Moose Springs, and House of Ferments.
Families get to try new produce and recipes! They take home new foods in addition to the common staples each week. A weekly newsletter will also be included with your box, sharing recipes and more.
~ CSA: What to expect ~
Welcome to the Cultivating Connections weekly summer vegetable share! As a member of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, you and your family will receive a weekly share box of fresh, certified organic veggies and farm treats.
The CSA starts Tuesday, May 28, and continues every Tuesday until October 8! You will need to pick up your share at Homestead Organics Farm between 2PM and 6PM. Homestead Organics Farm is located at 175 Skalkaho Hwy., about three miles south of Hamilton. (If this time frame does not work for you, we can arrange a self-serve pick up, please call.)
The produce and farm treats in your weekly CSA box are being grown by local high school students participating in the Cultivating Connections Youth Farm Internship program! In addition, the interns are growing produce and managing the weekly CSA share box production for the Loyal to Local Cooperative CSA program. By becoming a member of the Cultivating Connections weekly vegetable CSA, you are directly supporting youth education and community building. Your CSA share cost pays the interns to learn about farming and allows our program to donate 15 CSA shares within our community. Thank you for your support!
When picking up your weekly CSA share box, we invite you and your family to roam the farm, visit the goats, feed the pigs, and have fun together outside.
We look forward to seeing you every Tuesday, starting on May 28th! If you have any questions, please call me or visit with me at the first pick up. Thanks for being part of this wonderful community and for sharing healthy, local food with your family. See you May 28th from 2-6PM!
Cultivating Connections Director
owner/co-operator of Homestead Organics Farm