Boy, this weather has us itching to get out in the gardens! As many of you already know, we will not be doing the CSA for a few years. Not because we don't like it or it was unsuccessful but because we are moving in other directions. Diversity is very important to us and is part of our philosophy. Due to our diversity we simply can't do it all and do it well. So we had to take a hard look at where we want to be in 5 years.
Our main business is Inspired By Nature, a natural pond and lake restoration company. We have been helping pond owners in our region for 21 years. Land Stewardship and Land Ethics are central to our mission at the farm. Our gardening methods are unique and viewed as hokey by some but the proof is in the pudding and we have shown that. The hugelkultur mounds have proven themselves over and over. When you can grow food for 40 families in an 8o foot mound for 6 weeks - it speaks for itself. We like to do weird things. We love to learn and experiment. Don is passionate about permaculture and we want to create a permaculture food forest. The food forest will take several years of intense planning and planting to come to fruition. A food forest is permanent agriculture, where you have a wide variety of fruit trees, nuts, berries, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual vegetables, and more. The plantings are done in "guilds" where they support and benefit each other - companion planting. Over the course of a season due to the diversity one can harvest all sorts of wonderful food all grown naturally and truly experience seasonal eating. The food forest is our legacy to leave to our community. We desire future generations to be able to experience picking fruit fresh off the vine, to learn that you do not need to use copious amounts of synthetic chemistry to grow food.
To create the food forest will require a great deal of time and we have always told people - we are NOT vegetable producers. We are more like a giant garden.We will also be expanding on our u-pick berries; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a few others. We will never be without a vegetable garden, only now we will just be sharing it with our staff and volunteers. There are several wonderful CSA's in our area that concentrate on vegetable production - this is what they do and they do it well. The funny thing about our fellow CSA Farmers is that we are friendly to each other, offer support and are don't have to be competitive with each other. What a beautiful thing! I will miss the CSA terribly. I love the weekly interactions with our members and honestly, our members have become like family to us. We are incredibly grateful to our members. Many of our CSA members were with us since the beginning seven seasons ago. How do you not miss that connection? Stop out and see us for u-pick berries, workshops or a tour of the farm. The lavender labyrinth is always a lovely walk or check out the serpent mound. We will have several events coming up over the season so stay tuned!
If you are interested in a local CSA, check out localharvest.org for CSA Farms in our region. There are more and more popping up all the time. A few that we are friends with are -
Shared Legacy - they have a drop off at the Perrysburg Farmer's Market
Friendship Farms - near Whitehouse - lovely people!
Rheims Farms - they have a drop off at the Downtown Farmer's Market.