Welcome to our first post! We are hoping to provide a space to provide more regular updates and important information about your produce and our farm. Since this is our first post, let’s start at the beginning.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Essentially, it’s a term used to represent a program where a member of the CSA receives a “share” of the farm’s produce in exchange for a fee received at the start of the season. Members are subsidizing the farmers costs to get to the weekly harvest.
At Kellner Back Acre Garden, our members receive chemical-free produce in their weekly share. We also have organic raspberries and asparagus, and from time to time, the shares also include other products that our friends have created using our products. For example, last year we offered teas from Sweet Willows and bread from Natural Harvest. We have several convenient drop-off locations throughout Green Bay area and members can always pick up at our farm. We encourage members and friends to tour our farm or even volunteer their time in harvesting, weeding, or planting.
What are the benefits of a CSA?
The biggest benefit to members is receiving local, farm-fresh produce. Your produce is much fresher than that at a store and the carbon footprint to get it from the field to your table is significantly reduced when it comes locally. In comparison to paying for organic or chemical-free produce from the store, or even from the farmer’s market each week, the cost of a share divided by the number of weeks members receive a share is oftentimes much cheaper. (For example, Kellner Back Acre’s full share works out to $30 per week.)
In addition, because members receive a share of the entire harvest for that week, individuals get exposed to vegetables they may not otherwise use. (Don’t worry; we’ll give you ideas each week how to use those “new” vegetables!) Many people like to know where their food is coming from and this can be particularly beneficial to children, who are likely to be more apt to try to new things they saw harvested or grew at the farm they can visit all the time. And any current member will tell you, this is Nancy’s passion – showing people how her farm works and giving them an opportunity to feel part of the process.
How can I sign up?
Kellner Back Acre is accepting members now for the 2015 season. You can sign up here.