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History of the Farm

Our Community Farm began with a series of conversations and meetings between Trauger Groh, Lincoln Geiger and Anthony Graham in the fall of 1985. Many others in the local community became actively involved as we moved towards our first season

Most CSA’s are seasonal and have a fixed price for a fixed "share in the harvest." From the beginning we went in a different direction.

Firstly, we had a herd of milking cows and we knew that our members would be coming to get milk throughout the year, so we decided to grow large quantities of storage crops to provide vegetables throughout the winter.

Secondly, we decided to sever the direct relationship between the money needed to operate the farm and the produce that comes through the bounty of nature. In order to do this we asked the whole membership to meet the proposed budget by having each family pledge to contribute as much as they could manage. The farmers would then set out the produce so that members could take what they needed rather than taking a specific portion of the harvest.

This system has worked well for us since that time.

  
Below is a document that was originally written by Trauger Groh at the inception of the farm, describing what we called our ‘Aims and Intentions’. This explains some of the ideas that motivated us when the farm began.


AIMS AND INTENTIONS

The community farm was born out of the desire of a group of farmers and gardeners to unite their efforts and their land into one organism in order to serve the local community with biodynamically grown food. The first meetings took place in February and March of 1986 and out of these came forth some basic concepts, aims and principles:

FARMERS
By accepting responsibility for the agricultural use of the land, all members of our Community Farm become ‘farmers’. Either they enact their right to farm directly, by planning and doing the farm work, or they let those members who have the time and skills to do so, farm in their name. Those members who do the planning and farm work on an ongoing basis and as a main occupation, are called the Active Farmers.

LANDHOLDERS
The landholders give the members of the Community Farm the right to use their farmland and buildings. All costs of the property (land taxes, insurance, depreciation, and repairs) will be carried by the Community Farm.

Aims of the Farmers:

1) Spiritual Aims – To farm with methods that make the annual renewal of life on earth possible in such a way that both the individual and humanity at large are free to pursue their spiritual destiny.

To make land-use and working of the land a way of self-education: an education in the sense that a better understanding of nature can lead to a better understanding of ourselves.

To create the farm organism in such a way that it is made available therapeutically to those who suffer from damages created by civilization and from other handicaps that need special care.

2) Legal Aims

To make access to farmland available for as many people as possible through the use of covenants and easements that protect the land from development in perpetuity.

To create forms of cooperation that allow us to separate the financial needs of the active farmers and of the farm from the economic value of the food.

3) Economic Aims

To create a farm that is, as far as possible, a self-contained natural organism, such that with the help of its own natural ecology it reproduces itself better and better, becomes more and more diversified, and needs less and less input of substances and energy from the outside. This will allow human labor to be used as efficiently as possible.

Individual profit through farming is not an economic aim of the farmers.


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 The following formula has allowed the farm to operate smoothly since its inception:

All unprocessed farm produce (vegetables and milk) is available to members free of charge if they meet the proposed budget through contributions over the course of one year. This enables us to sever the direct link between food and money.

Pledges are based on the ability to pay, rather than on the amount of food to be taken. Having made a contribution, the member is free to take as much food as is needed, depending on availability.

Processed goods such as yogurt, cheese, meat, bread, eggs, etc., are sold at a price that will enable the processing costs to be covered as well as creating a fund to cover costs that are not met by the member pledges.

 

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