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Scott and Kathy Mor
Green Earth Farm
8308 Barnard Mill Rd.
Richmond, IL 60071
Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes virtually the community's farm. The farmers and the consumers provide mutual support by sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Typically, members or "shareholders" of the farm pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production as well as being environmentally sensitive. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests.
By direct sales to community members who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, farmers receive a fairer price for their crops, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing. By purchasing produce directly from the farmer, crops won't be compromised by third party merchandising.
At Green Earth Farm our goal is to provide healthy, organically grown produce, poultry and eggs. All our produce is for a limited local membership which is "first come first served." Every year we allocate a certain number of acres to be farmed, based on traditional sustainability practices. The number of acres to be planted determines how many shares will be offered that year. Green Earth Farm serves as a center where people can aquire their local grown foods, and learn how to live healthier lives through good nutrition and healthy life choices.
With ever-increasing attention on the fragility of our planet caused by factory farms, overuse of pesticides and other environmental poisons, more and more people are getting back to the practice of eating locally grown foods, in season, produced by responsible caring farmers that utilize natural farming methods.
We also raise chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks, all naturally free range and totally hormone and antibiotic-free. Our eggs come from chickens who are allowed to roam free all day, eating the natural forage of the land that helps promote the healthiest and most nutrient dense eggs. All our animals are heritage breeds. These are the generations old traditional breeds. No genetically altered or "man improved" breeds are raised on our farm. We believe that even though they take a little longer to raise and it's more expensive to do so, we shouldn't skimp on the elements that are essential to health. After all, "we are what we eat!"
The growing season is approximately 16 weeks or more (from June to October). Our members will pay one set price for the entire season of bounty. Each week you will come to the farm and receive a box of whatever has been harvested that week. One box should feed a family of four. If you need more than that, you can buy a share and a half.
Those who need less can go in with a friend and share or purchase a half share. If you don’t live close to Green Earth Farm, get your friends and neighbors to join also, and you can take turns making the trip to Richmond (Call us to find out about other drop off spots).
In case you aren't able to pick up your share any particular week, you can give it to a friend or a neighbor, or we will donate it to a local food pantry.
Every farmer has his favorite crops, but most CSAs strive to offer a diverse selection of spring, summer and fall produce that will appeal to the majority of consumers and provide a plentiful box of delicious vegetables during the 16 or so week growing season. The majority of Green Earth Farm's produce are heirloom vegetables. Just like our heritage animals, heirloom vegetables are grown from seeds that have been handed down through generations -- and have not been genetically enhanced, altered or modified. These are the vegetables that grandpa used to grow.
We plant 100 different varieties of vegetables and herbs to create the ultimate medley of produce for the season.
Basil , Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage , Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garden Pea, Garlic, Hot Peppers, Lettuce, Melon, Onion, Onion-bunching, Parsnip, Peppers, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Salad Greens, Snap Peas, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnip, Winter Squash, and many more.
We have been asked a lot when to expect the harvest of the different varieties. Obviously we can only give a general projection and the final result will be up to Mother Nature. We can say this much, we try to plant a huge variety of vegetables, usually in excess of 100 different varieties.
We stagger our plantings to make sure that the whole harvest period will yield a plithora of vegetables, and we will all get to trully experience produce that is fresh and eaten when it is intended to be eaten.
We want to thank you for being a part of something special. The idea behind our farm is to offer an innovative and community-based solution to the most critical environmental, social and economic challenges we must face. We hope that our attention to detail and our love of farming shows through in the food we share. Vegetables are at their most nutritious when freshest, and your share will always be harvested the day of pickup or delivery. Feel free to call or stop by the farm and get close to your food again!
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