We manage our farm with an understanding that the soil and ecosystem is the basis for the food we produce. We rely heavily on cover crops to improve soil health and reduce weed pressure. Cover crops are crops that can either fix nitrogen, produce lots of organic matter to cycle nutrients from deep in the soil back to the soil surface, provide nectar for pollinators, or cover the ground quickly to outcompete weeds. We usually try to mix multiple species together for the additive benefits. Cover crops and rotations are the basis of our farm ecosystem. When we started managing the farm last year the organic matter was 1.4% which is relatively low. We are hopeful that with dedicated effort we will see that number climb over the years.
We manage pests first through cultural practices including rotation, variety selection, and netting. We complete thorough scouting to know what the problem is so that if we need to spray we do it when the pest is most vulnerable. We always select the least harmful product available and we only use materials certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
For irrigation we used both drip irrigation and overhead sprinklers. In 2018 our irrigation was pond fed but we are now blessed with a high yield well which we hope to use more next season.
We also are beginning to put in place additional infrastructure to produce more winter greens in unheated tunnels. We plan to have a propagation greenhouse, 2 small tunnels that we will move around in the field throughout the year, and we are planning to construct a permanent high tunnel next season.
Nutritionally dense, harvested fresh, long lasting, new flavors. Joining a CSA allows you to try new delicious varieties that you won’t find in your local supermarket. Each week you’ll get vegetables of the highest quality. Standard in each share will be greens, alliums like onions, garlic or leeks, root vegetables, herbs, and a slew of flavorful seasonal vegetables for you to enjoy.
Variety - We are planning to grow over 50 types of vegetable crops and for the most part many varieties of each crop. Please see this link for our produce calendar by crop with projected monthly availability. There are certain staples like lettuce and arugula that we want to have as options every week, other crops that will run in summer months of July through October, and other crops that like the cooler temperatures in the spring and fall.
Members Only - access to our Pick Your Own Field, gather flowers for your table, pick fresh vegetables with other members. Get to know your farmers- Jesse and Julie, and be a real part of our local food shed. Got questions about how to prepare or preserve an item? Just ask! Your farmers are well versed in vegetables - big time foodies (especially Julie)!
Engage - Strengthen your local food system by engaging in Membership. Keep your food dollars local. Walk the walk! We are a small farm entering our second season and committed to using environmentally sound practices on a historic piece of farm land. Your membership helps sustain our business in it’s startup phase.
Add on at our Farm Store - Our Farm Store has our Honey, Pesto, and Seasonal Prepared foods made fresh in our certified commercial kitchen.
Vacation - We all need it sometimes. If you are away, can’t find someone to take your share, and can’t pickup Monday or Tuesday tell us 1 week in advance (the pickup day before) and you will have the option of a double share the following week.
Full Share at $650, $100 Commitment Fee due by April 1st with signed agreement on our website .
If you are interested in joining but cannot afford the price please contact us directly.
If you are able to invest over $650 we encourage you to do so and we will put any extra money into a fund to buffer the cost of a member who cannot afford the full share.
$100 due by April 1 to reserve your membership
Installments available: $200 by June 1, $175 by July 1, and $175 by September 1
Help us recruit and save!
If you are a current member and you recruit a new member to join you will receive $25 off on your membership dues for every new member that mentions your referral.
You pay $26 per week but you will typically receive $30 in spending power each week (that’s a 15% discount each week). Our CSA is done in a Farmers Market Style meaning that our Members can choose the produce you want in the amounts that you want. We will have monetary signs on each type of produce (as we typically do at the farmer’s market) and you will simply put the produce you want in your bag until you have counted up to $30 of produce. When necessary we will have a quantity limit on vegetables that are in short supply and high demand so that nobody misses out on a special item. We will always try to have at least 10 items to choose from each week and any over abundance will be shared so that you have the chance to preserve the harvest through drying, canning, and freezing.
531 Kyserike Rd.
High Falls, NY 12440