2021 Summer Shares are now for sale!  We sold out last year so please don't delay in making a deposit

2021 Great Greens Giveaway Drive Thru March 27th from 12pm to 4pm

Hello friends and neighbors, 

We will be distributing a free bag of greens and have some root veggies for our Summer CSA members on Saturday, March 27th from 12-4pm. Hopefully next spring we can celebrate with our u-pick greens event again, but this year we will be giving out healthy, life sustaining greens and roots as an appetizer for the Summer CSA! 

Here is the basic information: 

You arrive, stay in your car, and put on a mask. Most important. 

We will stay 6' from every car and square away payment details. If you paid for your summer share via Paypal or sent a check in the mail we can move on to a veggie transfer. You can also pay for the share with check or cash at the event. If you would like to purchase additional carrots or beets at the event you can pay with cash, check or Paypal us when you get home. 
If you've signed up already for the Summer CSA or sign up at this event with a check or cash you can park in our parking lot and we will give you a free bag of greens from our greenhouse! We will also have 8 lb bags of carrots and beets for sale for $15, but we need to limit the sale of roots to one bag of each root vegetable per share. These bags will also be brought to your car and we are not taking preorders for roots. 

  Please sign up before the event! 

  This 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 also 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 post dated checks, or by paying online via Paypal. 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. 

Do you know someone that is food insecure? Community members? Church members? 

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 to make fresh, seasonal produce accessible to all community members regardless of income. If you are WIC or Food Stamp eligible, HFFA gives you the option to purchase a weekly share of the harvest at 50% off. Single parents with children under five are eligible for an additional subsidy. Please email info@healthyfoodforall.org or call 607-272-2292 for more info. 

Free hat incentive! 

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. Hats can be picked up at the start of the season in June. 

Spread the Word with a quick click 

Are you on Facebook? We have an event on Facebook for our Great Greens Giveaway.  If you could help us spread the word we would appreciate it very much. Word of mouth is the best advertising..or in this case friend to friend on Facebook. 

We hope to see you at our event and hope you all wash your hands, get out in the spring sunshine, and share a smile with your family and friends. 

Farmer Paul

 

 

 

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. 

 

The Farm

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.

 

SHAREHOLDERS

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.

 

 FARMERS

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.

 

SOIL

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.