Offerings for 2020:
Each year is a little different. Use the table below to browse through the list of what we're planning to have available this season. Click on a column heading to organize alphabetically by that coumn, or use the search box if your are looking for something in particular.
We are entirely focused on securing the land at the moment, and we can't yet say what our availability will be in 2020. Check back soon!
Is it organic?
We never use any kind of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Our ducks are fed certified organic feed, in addition to what they forage around the property.
We make our own compost from material produced right here in the garden.
In the rare instances in which we bring in nutrients from offsite, we only use certified organic products, or manure sourced from responsible local farms.
While we are not certified organic, our standards and practices exceed those required for certification.
What is "biodynamic"?
"Biodynamic" is a trademark owned by the Demeter Association, which certifies farms. We are not certified biodynamic, though we are inspired by biodynamic ideas and methods and incorporate them into the way we run our garden.
Biodynamic agriculture looks at farming and gardening in an entirely different way than conventional (including organic) agriculture. The garden is seen as an interconnected whole. The gardener strives to strike up a sort of harmonic resonance with the rhythms and patterns that permeate the whole. Biodynamics strives to garden with the earth, not just on the earth. Every action and activity is entered into with the intent of drawing upon formative forces and principles. The material world itself is seen as entirely dependent on and a consequence of these deeper and more fundamental formative principles and forces. While, like any methodology, there can be a tendency to get caught up in dogmatic beliefs and behaviors, the essential purpose of biodynamics is to elicit a personal experience of and relationship with the natural world around us, in the deepest and most reverent way possible. It is gardening with a humble devotion to the wondrous miracle that surrounds us.
- Patterns & Rhythms -
A healthy garden is a unified organism, always seeking harmony and interconnectedness between all of its apparent parts. So too is the garden itself only an apparent part of a larger interconnected whole, this pattern of interconnectedness radiating outward to include the whole of the entire cosmos. A myriad of rhythms permeate this cosmic whole, exerting influences each in its own way and in chorus with each other. Biodynamics strives to align its intentions and activities with these rhythms. Each and every one of us does this already, even if we don't think of it in such profound terms. For example, the daily rhythm of our planet's rotation and the annual rhythm of Earth's dance with the sun combine to create what we experience as the seasons, a cosmic rhythm with which every farmer is intimately acquainted. Other rhythms are more subtle. Many human cultures have been planting and harvesting in conjunction with cycles of the moon for countless centuries, and modern studies have shown some remarkable correlations between crop performance and lunar cycles.
- More about Biodynamics -
The following is quoted from the Josephine Porter Institute's website:
Biodynamic (bio: life; dynamic: pertaining to energy, force or power) agricultural methods were introduced by Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) an Austrian scientist and philosopher. (Steiner is also the founder of Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education.) Through his research he was able to develop an understanding of how the unseen forces of the universe affect the health and growth of plants and animals and, most importantly, the vitality of the soil.
In 1920s Europe, the use of chemicals in agriculture was causing great concern for a number of farmers and soil scientists; especially with regard to its effects on seed viability, deterioration of food quality, and health related problems in both livestock and crops. In 1924, at the request of farmers, Steiner presented a series of eight lectures on these issues, which are now published as Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture. During this lecture series, Steiner gave indications for producing several different preparations to be used in agriculture which are now referred to as Biodynamic Preparations (BD preparations). In addition he gave indications for planting, cultivating and harvesting based on the cycles of the sun, moon, planets and stars. He also taught a practical means of pest control (called “ashing” or “pest peppering”).
A different viewpoint is required when approaching agriculture from the biodynamic perspective. Both in the “conventional chemical” and “organic” approaches to agriculture, we tend to think in terms of substances (or more specifically, chemical requirements that can be met by this or that substance). In chemical-based agriculture, we bring nitrogen to the soil via ammonia or urea, and in organic-based agriculture we bring nitrogen via manure. For phosphorous the substance of choice is super-phosphate or rock phosphate. We are thinking in terms of chemical substances or NPK, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the soil. With biodynamic agriculture and biodynamic preparations, we learn to think in terms of forces in addition to substances. This does not mean discarding all knowledge of soil chemistry; it means we need to go beyond solely the chemical point of view. Just as the effects of the force of gravity or the force of magnetism can be observed without actually being able to see these forces, so too can we recognize the forces that are released though biodynamic preparations.
From the biodynamic perspective, the earth is a living entity which engages in a dynamic relationship with the forces of the cosmos. In order to work effectively in agriculture and gardening, the grower must take these forces into consideration while working with soil, plants and animals. Our ancestors had an innate understanding of the interdependence of all life. They instinctively practiced agricultural methods that biodynamics seeks to bring to conscious understanding and active use in farming and gardening today.
Through the Industrial Age, people have gained greater and greater command of the physical aspects of life and have paid less and less attention to the unseen forces that bring vitality to the natural world. The result in agriculture has been large-scale factory farms and agri-businesses focused on manipulating genes of plants and animals in order to meet goals of increased food production and profits. Biodynamics provides an alternative, sustainable way to bring healing to the earth and vitality to all living things.
Anyone who wants to participate in garden activities or to have access to the Produce Stand must first be a member. This is partly for liability reasons, but also serves as an expression of support for the garden and a gesture of engagement with the community. A nominal membership fee helps to offset a small portion of the costs associated with the garden. Membership lasts for a single harvest season, extends to all members of a household (partners/children/housemates), and includes:
Access to the weekly market (Saturdays 9am-12pm during the harvest season)
Discounted pricing on all of our garden products and services.
Opportunities to participate in group activities throughout the year
Invitation to private garden events (such as Brick Oven Pizza Party, Outdoor Movie Night, Harvest Dinner, etc.)
About CSA Shares
and our twist on the concept:
Many farms these days offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) "shares." We have experimented with various incarnations of this idea, as well. The basic concept is that a community can help to support its small-scale local farms by "investing" in the harvest to come. Individuals in the community buy shares of the upcoming season's harvest, and in so doing help the farmer cover the high costs associated with the beginning of the season. These shareholders or "members" also share the risk of loosing crops such as from harsh weather, pest damage, or other unforeseen problems. When everything goes as expected, the members usually receive weekly "shares" of the harvest — sort of like having a subscription to the farm. Not only is this an altruistic mission on the part of the community to support the oft-overlooked and undervalued benefits that the local farm provides, but the CSA members also receive first pick of the harvest and will often get produce not available to the general public, or at a better price.
A MORE FLEXIBLE CSA SHARE
Pickup as often as you like.
Choose whatever you want.
Take as much as you can use.
After a few years of trying different things and learning about our members' needs and preferences, we believe we have come up with a form of CSA share that is more flexible for you the member, and better for us too! Rather than being limited to a specific quantity of a predetermined variety of vegetables, our Veggie Shares invite you to take as much as you want of whatever produce is in season on that particular day! Our only requirement is that you please take only what you will use, and do your best not to let anything go to waste. And, instead of locking you in to a set schedule every week for the entire season, we offer Veggie Shares in sets of 5, 10, or 15 visits. These visits can happen on any Saturday over the course of the harvest season. If you want to visit the Produce Stand but not use your full Veggie Share, no problem! You are always welcome to shop a-la-carte and save your full Veggie Share visit for another day. We have tailored three types of Veggie Shares based on the different needs of individuals, couples, or families: