Welcome to Sweet Land Farm
2018 Summer Shares are now available!! With new 1/4 payment PayPal options this year. Check out the Summer CSA Page!
Great Greens Giveaway this Saturday March 24th, 1-3pm
Come out to the farm on Saturday, March 24th from 1-3 pm to pick some fresh greens! If you've signed up already or sign up at this event you can head into one of the greenhouses and harvest one bursting bag of greens (bring your own shears or scissors if you have them). If greens aren't your style, you can fill part or all of your bag with winter roots (carrots, potatoes, onions, beets, rutabagas, celeriac, turnips, etc). We will also have produce for sale if you want more than one bag!
If you can sign up before the event that is even better!
That gives us a chance to do some accounting and early sign-ups help us with cash flow and our general piece of mind. Your support early in the season helps cover the cost of seeds and supplies for the year. You can purchase your share by sending a check for the whole season, multiple postdated checks, or by paying online. Visit our website for pricing and the Join Form. If you've been a member just look over the join form for payment dates, etc but you don't need to fill it out this year. We also have shares available through the Healthy Food For All Program.Healthy Food for All is a farmer-driven initiative that partners local CSA farms with Cornell Cooperative Extension to make fresh, seasonal produce accessible to all community members regardless of income.
Support a rebuild in Puerto Rico
We are doing a special promotion to get 100 signups by our Great Greens Giveaway on March 24th. We will donate $5 for each sign up before the Greens Giveaway to Hammerstone School's GoFundme campaign to help the reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico. The crew, consisting of two of our CSA members Maria Klemperer-Johnson and Julie Kitson, will be leaving for Puerto Rico on March 2nd. If you can send in a payment before then it would be even better. Maria from Hammerstone School built our timber frame entry way and our road side sign. We have also vacationed in Puerto Rico in the past together with Maria and that island means a lot to us. We look forward to supporting their campaign.
The crew and I are very excited for this season and are hoping that you help spread the word about our Summer CSA. Again, as an incentive to sign up new members, we will be offering a free hat to anyone that signs up someone that was not a member last season. Just have them put your name down on the Join Form.
2018 Two Adult Household Share
This year's base price for the 2018 Season is just over $25 per week.
Weekly distribution of richly grown produce of your choice in a Filled Sweet Land Farm bag. You pick and choose the vegetables each week that go into your bag.
Itemized vegetables including tomatoes and garlic.
Access to u-pick crops like strawberries, raspberries, kale, chard, peas, beans, flowers, etc. Most of the u-pick crops become unlimited! When we say unlimited we mean it!
Invitation to farm events
An invitation to come to the farm for family or personal recreation - walks, picnics, etc.
A Sweet Land Farm bag for new members
Why Sign up again?
More flower varieties!
More salad mix options!
A few new varieties like red napa cabbage,etc....
ad because you want to keep your food local and keep a real connect to the land you live in.
Every year a couple of CSA members come to help us with the Greens Give-Away. If you would like to help please email me! This should be fun.
This is a one-time event, if you miss it there are no make-ups. You may send
a friend in your stead.
OTHER CSAS HERE ON SATURDAY
Wide Awake Bakery (Bread Share), Black Pearl Creamery ( Sheep Yogurt Share), and Wellspring Forest Farm ( Mushroom Share) will be representing there CSAs that will be at Sweet Land throughout the 2018 Summer CSA. We are very excited to have them at the farm to compliment our produce. Check them out!
We hope to see you there!
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
This model of farming is designed to provide a close connection between the farmers, the land and a community of shareholders. The farmers feed the shareholders by providing weekly produce. The shareholders financially support the farm and become an integral part of small scale, local agriculture. CSA is a life-affirming movement that redeems our interaction with the earth by providing a structure within which we can personally determine the way we want our food to be grown and distributed. The community farm is a place to rekindle our vital connection to our food and the land on which it is grown.
Sweet Land Farm is located in Trumansburg, NY, an area rich in farming history and now enjoying an agricultural revival. The native soil here is deep, dark, and luscious. Sweet Land Farm shares property boundaries, a spirit of cooperation, and pleasant neighborliness with a certified organic grain farm.
A third of Sweet Land’s acreage is in annual vegetables, with an acre or so in perennial and bi-annual fruit, and the balance is in cover crops. We believe that the backbone of a healthy, thriving farm is healthy, thriving soil. To accomplish this, we rotate annual crops with cover crops. The cover crops are grown, chopped, and tilled back into the soil to add organic matter back to our soil and capture and recycle nutrients for the crops we harvest and eat.
At the beginning of the season, shareholders pay a predetermined rate, and receive fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit weekly. As CSA members, you will know exactly where your food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown. Members can come out any time and pick flowers and tomatoes with their children, or show them carrot tops sticking out of the ground. The shareholder has the satisfaction of taking an active role in preserving farmland and supporting the rare breed of family farmers. By supporting organic agriculture, your are supporting a farm that does not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
A CSA is a farmer-friendly model. The farmer develops a stable, long-term relationship with reliable customers. This economic model benefits both the consumer and producer in its’ stability. This makes it easier for the farmers to plan yearly crops because they know what, and how much product their customers want. Additionally it allows the consumer to plan their food budget. The CSA model also enables farmers to do most of their marketing in the slow winter months, so that when the growing season rolls around they can spend more time producing excellent produce. It provides the farmers with a viable business, an essential element in sustainability.
Don’t forget the soil that’s growing all this bounty! Healthy soil grows healthy plants, and healthy plants grow healthy people. Just as plants grown on rich soil have fewer diseases, pest and growth problems, people who eat this nutritious food experience radiant health. At Sweet Land Farm we rotate our crops into land that has been cover cropped, allowing pest and disease cycles to be interrupted and to allow roots, earthworms and soil microbes to create a rich crumbling soil structure.