the csa!

most likely, this is why you visited this blog, so i better talk about the csa. csa means community supported agriculture, and is a popular way to access  great fresh local vegetables and more.  members pay up front and receive their shares weekly or monthly for the whole growing season, as well as gain the opportunity to do some farm work, learn more about farms and how they work, and build community. fellow workers farm is offering a share in the medicinal herb* harvest.  there will be 6 monthly pickups beginning in may 2009 and ending in october 2009.

there are currently 3 pickup sites-germantown community farm in germantown, wild hive farm bakery in clinton corners, and on the farm in pine plains. i am willing to add an additional pickup site if there is demand, and potentially to deliver to nyc once a month. we offer sliding scale payments, payment plans and 2 work shares.**

we are not certified organic at this time, but i strongly encourage you to come out here and poke around, you won’t find pesticides or herbicides. i am strongly opposed to their manufacture, use, or even the thought of them.

there are options for you to customize your share from a list of what is available each month, and we will offer farm tours, classes, plant walks and a midsummer member potluck. additionally, you will receive a pamphlet of herbal information and a monthly newsletter. wow!

so what are the options? monthly, you can choose to receive:

*basic share-two 1-oz. seasonal tinctures, one 1-0z. seasonal infused oil or salve, two 2-oz. bags dried tea herbs. $150.00-$200.00

*family share-two 2-0z. seasonal tinctures, one 2-0z. infused oil or save, two 4-oz. bags dried tea herbs. $250.00-$300.00

*deluxe add-on will add each month one additional 1-oz. tincture of your choice, one custom infused oil or salve, one garden gnome botanicals skin care product, and a plant. $100.00-$150.00 or one-time only for $30.00.

this makes a great present. individual items and various gift bags can be ordered. call or email for details-fellowworkersfarm@gmail.com or traci 518-398-1491. i can send you the form to sign up, answer your questions, or get you flyers to help distribute!

i would also like to find herbalists who would like a source of high quality local medicine, and work together to develop a special practitioner share. please share your ideas on how i can best meet your needs in the future.

*”herbs” being shorthand for medicinal and/or nourishing herbaceous plants, trees, fungi, rocks, etc.

**(sliding scale: you decide what works for your financial situation.  payment plan:  we work together to come up with an idea that works for both of us. work share: you do some work on-farm to pay for part of your share. it’s negotiable, and you must apply.)

the land, and why we are here

so, the land…we are stewards of this piece of land, 72 hilly and wooded acres, owned by a small group of antiwar/activist elders. the idea of sanctuary is a driving point here-a place where plants and animals under attack from development can rebuild their communities. we do value native plants but-i hesitate to get my panties in a bunch over “invasives”. the most invasive species i’ve encountered is humans! so i strive to use and understand both natives and nonnatives and i will not poison the earth in a panic over purple loosestrife or barberry or japanese honeysuckle taking over. just as no person should be called illegal, no plant is either.
the woods-i try to work with the woods rather than clearcutting fields, and we can often be found traipsing though the trees, stalking wild mushrooms, kids and dogs in tow. we’re mushroom people, weirdos who will comb the forest floor for hours, hang off a cliff for some milkies, make a human pyramid for chicken of the woods. little is better than a full basket of black trumpets or a big hen(maitake) for dinner. the point is…edible and medicinal mushrooms are a important part of our farm.
ok, so what else? the plants! we are planting wonderful woodland medicinals such as goldenseal, ginseng,bloodroot, black cohosh, solomon’s seal. the many smaller gardens include perennial medicinals, useful “weeds”, many different types of fruits and vegetables. i especially love elderberries. this spring i am adding a lot of black haw, sea buckthorn, vitex. there is a lot of lobelia in the garden which i encourage and spread around. the hops vine needs some company, so more will be added. i’m very keen to learn more about our native lichens and which contain usnic acid.
and trees-some of our most important medicines come from trees! willows and aspens, birches, black cherry, white oak,white pine, cottonwood, mulberry, cedar. the recent ice storm gave us a lot of fallen branches to practice debarking.
and finally, the education. we look forward to leading and hosting as much education as we can! plant walks, seed saving, herbalism, fiber arts, music, fermentation….the possibilities are virtually unlimited.