CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way of sharing our life on The Food Farm by offering people a seasonal share of what we produce. This method of buying organic food, while relatively new in New Zealand, is increasing in popularity overseas. Instead of just buying a weekly box of vegetables you invest in a season on our farm in the form of a ‘share’, at the beginning of the season. You take the risk with us, but also the rewards. You have an intimate connection with the way your food is grown, and support small scale organic farming.
We grow organically. This means we use no chemical fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. We have been certified with BioGro in the past, but while we are only selling a small amount of food and not exporting it’s not economically viable to pay for the auditing process. We are looking at other certifiers currently and will step back into certification when we are able. We grow annual and perennial vegetables. We also grow berries and tree crops. We have a young Food Forest, a traditional orchard and espaliered fruit trees. We have Wiltshire sheep, Pekin Ducks, Wessex Saddleback pigs, Cob500 meat chickens, and Barred Rock and Brown Shaver laying hens. We have Jersey milking cows and honey bees! Where we can we use heirloom seeds which we’ve saved ourselves.
Permaculture is an internationally recognised system of organic agriculture. We design and create systems on the farm that work together harmoniously and efficiently. For example, the food systems we need to visit the most often (such as vegetable beds and the berry enclosure) are closest to the house.