Community Supported Agriculture
Wakeman Town Farm is pleased to offer two CSA programs to our community:
Stone Gardens Farm, in Shelton, CT, has returned, and this year, we are proud to announce Patti Popp's Sport Hill Farm, in Easton, CT! Both farms offer the best in local seasonal produce, conveniently delivered to Wakeman Town Farm.
Sign up for your share today to support the Farm and bring home a bountiful supply of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables for your family.
Stone Gardens Farm
Spring Greens CSA starts on April 26th. Shares are still available at www.stonegardensfarm.com. Pickups are Thursday at the Farm from 12 noon to -7pm for 6 weeks.
Half Shares $350.00 for the season with a one time site management fee of $25. Pick up is 12-7 on Tuesdays at Wakeman Town Farm. Season runs June 5th- October 30th.
Full Shares $600.00 for the season with a one time site management fee of $25. Pick up is 12-7 on Thursdays at Wakeman Town Farm. Season runs June 7th - November 1st.
For more information or to sign up for a summer share, please visit www.stonegardensfarm.com. While not certified organic, Stone Gardens uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices on their crops. Info on IPM is found on the "about us" page.
Sport Hill Farm
To sign up for Sport Hill Farm's CSA, please click here and fill out the application. The deadline for this year's CSA is March 31st, so better hurry!!
A Message from Patti Popp:
What is a CSA?
CSA is about community: It is about an alternative food system introduced into the U.S. back in the 60’s. The CSA model consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. There are many farm-to-farm CSA’s as well as those who buy produce from big Ag and just box it up and call it a CSA, but ours is in following the original concept. The term often means “Food with a face.” After your involvement in a CSA program, you will look at food differently. Knowing your farmer & where your food came from changes so much. Your CSA share is hand-seeded, hand-weeded and hand-picked fresh within hours of your designated pick up day.
CSA is about health & ecology: Sustainability is the key to farming remaining alive for future generations. Conventional farming methods often use GMO (genetically modified seeds) , extremely hazardous herbicides and pesticides which are harmful to our honey bees, soil as well as our bodies. We are caretakers of the land as well as farmers. Crop rotation, green manure, compost and cover crops all help to nourish the soil and protect our planet from further destruction. We also make our own compost every year from leaves and irrigate some of our fields with pond water which is filled with nutrients. Try to grow as many heirloom crops as possible.
It is in the consumers interest that small family farmers are supported so they can grow the highest quality, most nutritious food while preserving the highest environmental quality soil health. Want to learn more about our current food system? I highly recommend “FOOD INC.” Many of the local town libraries have it for rental or it can be purchased on Amazon. A well made documentary that even as a farmer changed my whole perspective of our current food system.
CSA is about Family,Fun & Learning: CSA’s are about strengthening a sense of community. Most CSA programs provide newsletters to let people know what’s growing in the fields, share recipes, and announce things of common interest or concern along with social events. At Sport Hill Farm we are passionate about education and hold events throughout the growing season for people and children of all ages. Don’t forget to check out our website www.sporthillfarm.com or “like” us on Facebook (Sport Hill Farm LLC) and follow my tweets (farmgal596) to keep up on farm happenings.
Our CSA is not about cheap food, which is usually neither nourishing nor grown with the care of the environment in mind. CSA is about being responsible and reconnecting with ourselves and nature. Unlike modern society, there is no instant gratification in real time farming. Extreme weather conditions, disease, and wildlife can devastate a farm within hours. Involvement in our program is an investment in our farm, taking the good with the bad. This program is not for everyone. We are real time farmers. A weekly pick up can contain from 3-6 varieties of vegetables depending on the season. Your spring share will be lighter than the summer months.
I recommend if you are sharing a share, ALTERNATE THE WEEKS. Also singles or couples may find it overwhelming, our Crop Cash program may be a better fit, but anyone is welcomed at our farm without involvement in any of our programs. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application and return it with ½ payment by 3/31/13 to ensure a spot. Our program takes limited amount of participants.
Below are a couple of shares from previous seasons. We usually start up the first week in June and run 20 weeks from that point til about mid-October for a 21 week span.
CSA pick-up Week 5: (2) Heads Green Romain (1) bag beet greens (1) Summer Squash (1) Zucchini (1) bag broccoli (1) head escarole (1) bunch garlic scapes
CSA pick-up Week 12: ½ dz Sweet corn (2) Summer squash (1) eggplant (1) cucumber (2) sweet bell peppers (1) pint cherry tomatoes (1) bunch swiss chard (5) garlic bulbs
To sign up for Sport Hill Farm's CSA, please click here and fill out the application. The deadline for this year's CSA is March 31st, so better hurry!! CSA pick ups are at Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway.