If you're a "regular" CSA member, why not continue to receive delicious, fresh, quality organic produce for use in your holiday celebrations? The following farms are among those that still have late season or holiday shares available [click here for our complete farm list]: Burr Oak Gardens Christensen Farm Clover Bee Farm Crossroads Community Farm Driftless Organics Harmony Valley Farm Keewaydin Farms Kings Hill Farm Meadowlark Community Farm My Fine Homestead Orange Cat Community Farm Roots & Shoots, LLC Scotch Hill Farm Small Family Farm Stoney Acres Farm Squashington Farm Tipi Produce…
County Executive Parisi visits Vermont Valley Farm County Executive Joe Parisi visited Vermont Valley Community Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 23.  As a CSA member of the farm, he was able to see exactly where his share of vegetables came from for the week while discussing the state of CSA and organic agriculture with farmers Barb and Dave Perkins. Vermont Valley Community Farm is a member of the FairShare CSA Coalition and the visit was facilitated by Dane County UW Extension.  
Q&A with Farmer Kristen Kordet of Blue Moon Community Farm Kristen Kordet is the head farmer at Blue Moon Community Farm, a small diversified CSA and market farm in Stoughton, WI, where she grows 40 different organic vegetables and raises pastured meats. After taking an environmental science job out of college that wasn't giving her the lifestyle she wanted, Kristen worked on a farm in upstate New York for a summer, and immediately was hooked. She worked on that farm for two years, before moving to Madison to work on a smaller farm, then eventually…
FairShare farmer Lauren Rudersdorf writes “Why I Love CSA” It's easy to forget the impact of the CSA model and how much your membership truly means to our farmers. This powerful Edible Madison piece written by FairShare farmer Lauren Rudersdorf of Raleigh's Hillside Farm is well worth the read! "CSA is the backbone of our farm and has been since the very beginning...The shares purchased by those first eight members bought the seeds to grow our crops and the cooler to store our harvests in. We love this business model because it gives us all the things I thought farmers could never…
Field Day: Tomato Techniques, Aug. 31 What: FairShare Field Day farm tour and discussion on how environmental stresses may change tomato production techniques. When: Thursday, Aug. 31 2017, 4-6 p.m. Where: Crossroads Community Farm, 4144 County Hwy J, Cross Plains, WI Greater disease pressure, multiple environmental stresses, and opportunities for reduced tillage are leading organic growers to rethink tomato production techniques. This field day will include a full farm tour with a focus on tomatoes. Tour highlights include: SARE research trial comparing green plastic, black landscape fabric, and marsh hay mulch used in no-till tomatoes to a tilled and plastic-mulched control (yield data provided) Use of annual…
Cool Tools in Action 2017 Cool Tools in Action 2017 at Red Door Family Farm provided a forum for farmers to talk about, see, and handle a variety of tools for diversified organic vegetable production. 37 farmers and agro professionals and their families attended, and there were over 20 tools on display. From an antique potato planter to a new Kress finger weeder and everything in between, there were great demos and farmer to farmer discussions. Check out the video below for a recap of this fun-filled, educational Field Day. (Video by Claire Strader)
Cover Crops as Living Mulch FairShare’s Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator, Claire Strader, worked with four farmers in 2015-16 to test two types of clover as living mulch, planted under Brussels sprouts and acorn squash. Cover crops have long been a part of diversified organic vegetable rotations.  Grown to prevent erosion, smother weeds, improve soil structure, add organic matter, and attract beneficial insects, cover crops are not eaten but worked in for the benefit of the soil.  Leguminous cover crops in particular are valuable to farmers because they fix nitrogen from the air and make it available to subsequent crops. Using cover crops as living…
Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship – In the Works! In 2016, FairShare CSA Coalition, in partnership with Dane County UWEX and UW Madison, started working with diversified organic vegetable farmers and the WI Department of Workforce Development (WDW) to develop an Organic Vegetable Grower Apprenticeship, which will soon be the second registered agricultural apprenticeship in the nation. One of the main goals of the apprenticeship, in addition to training new organic farmers, will be to establish relationships between aspiring and established farmers that can lead to mutually beneficial long-term employment, and…
Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16   What: Hands-on FairShare Field Day to handle and discuss vegetable planting and cultivation equipment. When: Sunday, July 16, 2-5 p.m. Where: Red Door Family Farm, 6961 HWY 97, Athens, WI Based on the success of the 2016 Cool Tools field day, we are doing it again at a new location with new tools! See, handle, and discuss an array of vegetable planting and cultivation equipment for all scales. Everything from the humble BCS walk-behind, to the latest Japanese cultivation equipment will be on hand to inspect and test drive. Highlights of…
Faces of CSA "This is our second summer doing market shares, and our third year doing CSA. I like that it supports local farming, and it's a way to eat healthy and incorporate more produce in my diet. It's fun to occasionally get new stuff I haven't tried before." - Ellen Amundsen, CSA member
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