Our biodynamic 15-acre garden operates as a 200 member CSA (which stands for Community Supported Agriculture). We offer shares in the garden at the beginning of each season and shareholders receive their portion of the harvest each week.
We offer a 24 week share. Members can choose to purchase either a full or partial share depending on their personal needs. A full share is designed to feed a family of about four; a partial share to feed a couple, or a veggie loving individual. The cost for a full share is approximately $750 and a partial share is approximately $430.
In the garden we grow a diverse seasonal mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and berries and also tend a small herd of mixed livestock (sheep, goats, donkeys). Our head gardener, Todd, and his wife, Mary, oversee this enterprise with a crew of over 10 gardeners (including individuals with special needs, apprentices, service volunteers, and interns). We are deeply committed to the use of biodynamic methods, which allows us to strengthen our fragile ecosystem as well as provide food of the highest quality to our local community. Activities in the CSA include plant propagation, greenhouse management, pruning, crop cultivation, harvesting, tractor and equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation, livestock management, composting, and making/using the biodynamic preparations.
The season begins in the greenhouse in early February. We grow transplants from seed (some of our own seed) then move on to the outside garden work in mid to late March to sow the first crops, make compost and address general spring clean-up. April and May are spent cultivating the fields and transplanting the greenhouse starter plants and further direct seeding the necessary crops. By the beginning of June we’ve begun harvesting and shepherding our CSA activity. As fall arrives we are making the biodynamic preparations and sharing this activity with other gardeners in the area. November brings the main summer season to a close with much stored away in the root cellar for the winter months. However, our work continues on through the winter as we plan and prepare for the season ahead, fix tools, repair fences, and collect manure from local farms to make compost for the coming season. And so the cycle continues.
Farm education is a really important aspect of our work and adds a whole other dynamic of meaning to what we do. We often host school groups or training programs. We work simultaneously with people who have many different abilities, backgrounds and ages, including disabled adults, full time apprentices, day volunteers and teenagers from the city.
Learn more about us and our harvest at our blog at http://sankanaccsa.com/.
We warmly welcome new members, although we do have a limited number of shares and most of our CSA members continue to renew their membership each year. Please email us at SankanacCSA@gmail.com for more information or to request a share.