100% Community Supported Agriculture!
I am excited to announce that for 2017, Hand Picked Farm is going to realize my original goal of being a 100% CSA driven farm. This decision matches my vision for the farm and is more in line with the life I have built around being a father, husband, and farmer.
Our land is small, but becomes more productive with each season. Constant additions of rich mushroom compost, broadforking the 1+ mile of beds that we have, keeping as much soil covered in plants as possible, and amending the soil with minerals as needed has been, so far, a successful regimen.
Not to say this isn’t a lot of work, but it get’s easier every year. Fences are already put up. Permanent beds are already shaped. Instead of spreading 4″ of compost, I can get away with 1-2″. The broadfork moves much easier in ground that is has already seen. My hands become faster and systems become more efficient.
The eternal optimist in me is still running things, and 2017 is looking to be another great season!
In the popcorn, summer heat.
Posted on: October 10, 2016
Gearing up for 2016
Hand Picked Farm is growing! For the 2016 season we are enrolling 70 shares in our CSA. This is a big jump, as we had 35 this year.
I had initially applied for a loan for a few key pieces of equipment to help our expansion. That loan was unfortunately denied, but the farm grows on!
If you ever were on the fence about joining, now is the perfect time. With the loan out of the picture, it is important to have a lot of our capital early to ensure we can procure all the needed supplies and have time to build more infrastructure for next season and beyond.
Posted on: December 11, 2015
Swiss Chard with Beans and Pancetta
Posted on: June 9, 2015
Swiss Chard and Potato Soup
Kale with Pesto Polenta
Grilled Pineapple with Mint and Honey Glaze
Pickled Swiss Chard Stems
Braised Bok Choy