CSA & POULTRY HOW TO BUY
Our farm specializes in producing high-quality, sustainably grown vegetables, herbs, fruits, eggs, and poultry. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the heart and soul of our operation.
In order to give members maximum choice & flexibility, this year’s CSA will feature eighteen (18) weeks of customized market-style shares from mid-June through mid-October.
In this new model, members pre-buy a dollar amount of produce that does not depend on a rigid weekly schedule. No need to reschedule around vacations or busy weeks when you don’t plan to cook as much. Come pick up your veggies the weeks which work best for your family.
ONE SEED FARM ABOUT OUR CSA
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Community members show their support of local farms by signing up for CSA shares, a.k.a. “memberships”, and sharing the benefits and risks with the farmers themselves. Together we get to experience healthier landscapes, eat nutrient-dense food, build relationships with our community, and help sustain the livelihood of our local economy. We offer an 18-week Market-Style CSA from mid-June through mid-October.
While choosing to eat the entire local, seasonal “rainbow” promotes health and sustainability, we want you to get the food you want and know you will use. So this year, instead of offering pre-packed CSA boxes, we’re offering “market-style pick up” where members come to the farm and make their own selections. Just like going to the market! We will have an information board describing what quantity is available for each item.
- CSA pick-up day is Wednesday, 3:30-6:30pm
- Also available at each weekly pick-up: fresh, pastured eggs – $5/doz.
When you sign up for our CSA, you pay for your share in advance and, in return, receive a regular supply of fresh produce throughout the season. There are benefits for both sides in this model: farmers get money at the time of year they need it most, and patrons get to take advantage of the bountiful growing season. In our new CSA model you pre-buy a dollar amount of produce that does not depend on a rigid weekly schedule. Now there is no need to re-schedule your pickups when on vacation or in busy weeks when you don’t plan to cook as much. Come pick up your veggies the weeks which work best for your family. The amount you spend will be deducted from your pre-paid account. We hope you will enjoy this added flexibility.
- Full Share $585 – 16 weeks worth of produce
- Half Share $325 – 9 weeks worth of produce
- Personal Share $200 – 5 weeks worth of produce
- From July – September (harvest dependent) we plan to offer pop-up weekend farmstands, also open to the public
- CSA members can apply for rebates with participating area HMOs
GET YOURS! SIGN-UP FOR OUR CSA
Whole poultry will be available starting in June through October, with a couple of changes this year.
- Production will be based on pre-orders. A classic “lean farm” technique is to only grow what people want to buy (simple, right?!)
- There will be a point-of-sale system at the farmstand for credit card payments. You can pre-order up to 10 whole birds each month!
PASTURED POULTRY PAQ PROBABLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We believe it’s important to know what your food eats, because not only are you what you eat, but you may well be what your food ate.
Ready order? Go to Poultry Pre-Order Form
Our chickens are raised organically, and we use absolutely no herbicides or pesticides anywhere on the farm. From the first week of life, they graze on pasture with access to seeds, grass, clover, dandelions, and insects–things that birds naturally eat– and their grain rations are certified organic. They also enjoy fruit and vegetable scraps from our own organic garden and from a local grocery store. Not all store scraps are organic, but it’s such a shame to waste it, so we offer some to the chickens and compost the rest. Chickens love melons, tomatoes, peaches, pears, plums, apples, carrots, turnips, radishes, cabbage, lettuce, and berries.
Our chickens live primarily in moveable coops called chicken tractors to protect them from predators. They are moved to a new patch of pasture three times a day. In addition, on most days, we open the door and let them free range–while we watch for free-range foxes and birds of prey–at least twice a day. They run, flap, scratch, and peck.
Yes. We took a course on clucking as a second language. O.K., we didn’t do that. Of course, it is impossible to know if another being–even another person is truly happy. But they sure look happy. If you have ever seen a chicken eat watermelon or browse a patch of clover or catch a moth or roll around in the dust, you will know what we mean.
Certified organic grain is more than twice the cost of non-organic grain and we want to support other businesses who commit to growing crops without poisons or synthetic (fossil-fuel-derived) fertilizers. Mostly, we charge more because we are committed to happy chickens. We think happy chickens should be raised in conditions that approximate nature as closely as possible while keeping them safe from non-human predators. Unlike common warehouse chickens, happy chickens are raised in small batches. It’s a lot of work to raise happy chickens.
Good question, which we get asked frequently. It definitely takes a shift in thinking. And it takes honesty. In our culture, we shield ourselves from the honest reality that all organisms take sustenance by ending the lives of other organisms. We buy parts of animals that no longer resemble the whole animal. We even tell ourselves that we are kinder to animals by not eating them. This may be flawed logic. Show me a hundred-acre wheat field and I will show you millions of dead animals–gophers, foxes, raccoons, possums, mice, frogs, turtles, snakes, birds, worms, not to mention–because it’s easy to forget–countless insects. At One Seed Farm, we pay tribute to the animals who sustain us by treating them kindly while they are alive and by selling them to people who care about that.
No, we transport them to a facility where they are humanely processed. It’s a two-hour drive each way, but that’s OK. As one of our farmer friends says, “it’s their one bad day” of a good life.