The Dirt on Our Farm
We grow food year round, producing the freshest and tastiest Certified Organic vegetables and berries. The food we sell is grown exclusively on our own farm - no reselling and no buying at auctions and calling it our own. We raise all our vegetable plants from seed right here on the farm without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Cultivating our vegetables reqires a very limited use of fossil fuels each year because we farm mostly with our backs in the sun and hands in the soil. Furthermore, we limit our reliance on external sources by making our own compost, refusing to use black plastic sheeting over the soil, and growing all winter in a passive solar greenhouse that needs NO back up heat source.
The bottom line is, we want to feel great about what we do and the quality of what we grow. That feeling is only possible for me if I follow my heart, which tells me that I am a steward of this land - not a dominant force. And I care for my farm based on the understanding that it is what sustains my community and family, not just a resource to be tapped.
When a farmer strives for ultimate control over her farm, she will be disappointed. We aim to work within the natural systems of our land and micro ecology to grow our awesome tasting produce. This way, we're supporting our ecosystem and facing fewer production hardships since we aren't fighting with nature's cycles.
What does this mean in terms of production? Using regular soil tests and constant observation, we keep soil nutrients, micro organisms, and agregates in balance with compost, cover crops, naturally derived minerals and amendments, and don't add them if they aren't missing. Our goal is not to have the hugest of vegetables, but instead the MOST DELICIOUS! Huge can mean flavorless, and big tasteless vegetables, frankly, are a waste of space. We interpret system issues and problems based on what symptoms arise. For example, certain weeds can indicate deficiencies or excesses of nutrients and minerals in the soil. Vegetable crops could exhibit stress, telling us a piece to the soil puzzle is missing. Pest and disease pressure often means a farmer has not focused enough on crop rotation and soil health. The idea is very simple, but the practice requires diligence and a love of seeing the inseperable union of science and nature.
We love food at Everblossom Farm, and whether you're a farm laborer here or an eater of our goods, you'll come to realize that farming is more than just throwing seeds to the ground and reaping a harvest. For us, it's a connection to survival and happiness. And despite some overly challenging days and occassional disappointments, we're rewarded by this place and it's provisions every single day.
Posted by Elaine L. Lemmon :: Monday, October 20 :: 10:35am
I've been reading it everywhere… "Eat more dark leafy greens and fresh vegetables!" It's easy to do with a Winter CSA membership at Everblossom Farm. We have exactly what you need to stay healthy and feeling great in the cold, dark months. Every share comes with dark greens and we even have a specific Greens Share that stands alone or adds nicely to our Frost Protection Standard Share, which is a mix of greens and roots. For ideas of what's included in our standard share, check out Examples of Weekly Shares and scroll to the bottom.
NEW! This year we have a Buy Down Share where you can choose exactly what you'd like, and we'll pack it up and deliver. Also exciting is the news of our new delivery locations in Harrisburg. (Details are coming soon to the website.) A York delivery location is on deck - we just need a few more members in that city. Spread the word about our Winter CSA and we will too. Join us!!!
The Winter CSA begins the first week of November. Our early bird member discount expires if you begin your CSA after November 22, so don't hesitate! If you've already signed on, thank you SO much and keep your eyes peeled for a reminder of our start date and any instructions that might go along with your pick up location or share type. (Buy Down members will get loads of notice and instruction for how to take advantage of this cool new option.)
Our mission is to provide you with superior quality food and maintain our farms environmental and economic health, while respecting the beauty of the physical and spiritual aspects of our farm and community.