Harrold Country Home CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
We are regenerative agriculturalists. We grow beyond organic, in-season, nutrient dense vegetables, fruits, and eggs. We are not certified organic, but have never applied any "-icides" to our land. We avoid the use of any fossil fuel inputs or fertilizers. Those who used the land prior to us avoided these inputs as well. We also pasture our chickens to give them a full omnivorous buffet, but move them regularly to prevent pathogen build up. We like to mimic and improve what happens naturally.
We are not “farmers”, in the sense of modern day farmers, who grow only one or two crops or raise one type of livestock on a massive scale. We model ourselves on the farmers of yesteryear; those old-timers who raised as much of their own food as they could and sold the surplus locally. Their focus, as is ours, was on raising a bounty of food to be laid by for the off-season and shared with the neighbours.
Our farm works in harmony with nature’s rhythms and designs for nutrient cycling. Our food is grown in soil that is alive with microorganisms. The plants are exposed to adverse weather conditions and pests. As a result, our food is rich in nutrients that heal rather than harm our bodies. If you want your food to be your medicine, and your medicine your food, you want to eat food grown like ours!
Our CSA is a group of local people who purchase an annual membership and commit to one work day. In return, they receive a 10% discount on our produce and eggs. Unlike most CSAs, where you buy a set share and pre-pay for the full amount, we like to keep it flexible so you can get more of what you want and less filler items. Members are invited to come out and visit the gardens, and if they are keen on putting in some sweat equity, getting their hands dirty doing some work. We welcome and appreciate the help and your time spent pitching in can translate into further discounts. We also operate a food scrap collection system where scraps become chicken food and compost rather than rotting in a landfill.
122 Highway 53 RR1
Our vegetables and fruits are available in-season. Some items that we produce in higher quantities (such as raspberries) are available frozen as well as fresh. Eggs are available year round.
CSA memberships are for one growing season. We will send out a weekly email advertising what is available. Members can choose to pick-up their order from the farm or “shop” the gardens to select the items they want. Off-site meetings could also be arranged.
We are also looking into the feasibility of selling at the Woodstock Farmers Market… stay tuned!
WHAT WE GROW
We are always adding something more or trying something new. This year we’re going to give artichokes a try and are putting in some strawberry plants, hardy kiwi vines, grape vines, and a few paw paw trees. We also hope to add some chestnuts and heartnuts into the pasture to make a silvo-pasture for future years.
Here's what we are growing now:
Orchard Fruit (Limited Availability)