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Families, organizations, communities, and movements are empowered by a deep connection to land, food, and community.
➢ Urban youth organizers have open space and a farm to which they can retreat.
➢ Families and children can learn how their food is produced, where it is grown, and actually participate in the process.
➢ Seasonal gatherings unite diverse sectors of New England’s social justice community.
➢ Refugee elders find solace and empowerment in passing down their agricultural knowledge base.
➢ Food-related businesses are formed and supported, as cooperatives or as fund-raising streams for organizations.
➢ Friends and families make their own jams and pickles.
➢ Bartering goods and services internally within our communities replace meaningless credit card swipes at Walmart.
➢ Everyone develops a greater level of autonomy.
➢ Our microcosm serves as a model for how we can anchor our families, organizations, communities, and movements in an autonomous food system.
To build an inspirational farm and retreat center that can serve as a hub for local food distribution, meetings, events, retreats, and transformative gatherings.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA’s allow consumers to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from the farmer. Every week your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables the farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more. You also share in the rewards and risks of farming. During times of scarcity (due to crop failure, disease, hurricanes, etc) your shares may be small, during times of abundance your shares will be extra large with special offerings.
What do we get in our box each week?
Every week you will receive five vegetable items as well as a half-dozen eggs, if you have chosen the option of receiving eggs. For example, you will get something equivalent to a pound of tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, a pound of green beans, a head of lettuce, a whole watermelon, and a half dozen eggs.
What happens if I go on vacation or cannot pick up my produce?
You can make sure to get all of your produce even if you go on vacation. Just visit this link at any time throughout the season –
How we are making the CSA accessible to low-income families
Why do we have to work one day each season?
Including all the work of starting up a new business and farm, we are running a pretty daring operation offering diversified produce with little farm infrastructure and equipment. Plus, we do extra stuff to make sure we fulfill our vision. This project of building a farm with a social justice vision from scratch will only be sustainable if I get some help, especially with weeding. We also want our CSA membership base to be deeply connected to the land (and the food they eat) and invested in the vision of what this farm can offer. If you really do not have time, an alternative is to find someone else to volunteer for you.
Do I have to attend the Harvest, and do I have to have fun?
Yes. The reason is because this event is part of the whole experience of being a member of Movement Ground Farm. It is one of the physical manifestations of our vision and our values.
Can I choose which vegetables I get each week?
You can choose your own vegetables ONLY if you pick up from our stand at a farmer’s market. By May, we will know which farmers markets we will be at. There, you can just walk up to our farmstand and choose what you wish within the limit of 5 items/week.
For everyone picking up a prepackaged boxed share, you cannot choose which vegetables you are going to get each week. But you can choose if you do not wish to try accept any of my spicy peppers. Please do not make any other special requests – I just do not have the capacity to tailor any more than I am already doing. In the spirit of the CSA, share the produce you do not want with others – and let them know where it came from.
By only getting vegetables that are in season you are guaranteed to be getting what is the most fresh and ripe each week. It’s also a great way to start learning about the seasonality of our foods. After being a member of my CSA, you will know that the cucumber you see in the grocery store in May has been transported from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. It’s probably old, genetically modified, gassed with hormones, sealed in a wax coat, and gone through all the other technological innovative strategies used by the global food industry to continue to provide you your tomatoes in December. A commitment to eat local means to eat what’s in season; it means you will be supporting your local farmer over big agriculture; it means you will be eating vegetables that are not genetically modified or made with toxic chemicals; AND it means your vegetables will have a slightly higher nutritional value.
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