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Our farm is located in Southwest Wisconsin in the Driftless Coulee Region. We are stewards of 21 beautiful ridgetop acres of land. Our mission as stewards of this small piece of land is to preserve biodiversity, restore soil health, and strive towards implementing a sustainable farm ecosystem. As the number of small family farms in the nation are rapidly disappearing, we aim to nourish an endangered species, young farmers.
We grow healthy food and watch as the soil in which it’s grown in comes back to life after generations of depletion. We take a special interest in soil health and the elemental composition of the earth. Through soil testing and analysis we are learning what needs to be fed back to our fields. Many years before us, essential minerals and organic matter, necessary for healthy plant growth, were depleted from the soil. Once the soil reaches a mineral balance it can be maintained with yearly inputs and cover cropping. When farmers farm with as much of a sincere interest in giving back to the soil as they have an interest in taking from it, the world will be a much healthier and harmonious place to live.
We are passionate about working outside with plants and animals. We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables on our certified organic farm. We raise pastured, rotationally grazed chickens and pigs for meat. We believe that by having rotationally grazed animals on our farm mimics a sustainable ecosystem. The animals provide fertility for the soil, food for the community and help keep the insect populations under control. Each year we plant about 10 more fruit-bearing trees while maintaining small raspberry and strawberry plots as well.
We primarily market our vegetables through our CSA program where our members receive a weekly box of veggies from our farm. From the first week of June until the second week of October we provide ‘shareholders’ with as much food as we can stuff into a 3/4 bushel box. We have fresh Pasture-Raised Chicken for sale in the Fall and our Pastured Pork is for sale by the half amimal by paying a deposite in the Spring on your Sign-Up Form.
Jillian and Adam Varney bought the farm in the spring of 2007 to get back to the simple life and quickly discovered it isn’t all that simple. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make this small, intensely farmed place go ‘round. We are thankful to live in such a beautiful part of the world and are willing to work very hard, often tirelessly so, to keep our little piece of heaven. Our aim is to shorten the gap to consumer awareness of where their food comes from and where it is purchased. We await the day when the majority of the public can, in good conscious, consume a meal and say they know the farmers who raised it. Farmers and communities alike will be closer to achieving economic stability and independence.
What is a C.S.A.?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between you, the CSA member and us, the farmers. Farm members pay the farmers at the beginning of the growing season for a share in the season's harvest on the farm. In return the farm members, or shareholders, receive a weekly box of produce directly from the the farm that is delivered to several designated dropsites. Farm members choose a dropsite that is located near where they live or that is convenient for them to pick up weekly. With the Small Family CSA farm, this is a 20-week program that runs from June through October. We also offer Fall or Storage shares in addition to our summer shares. In addition to each weekly box of produce, members receive an e-mailed copy of our Weekly Dig Newsletter with an short write-up from Farmer Jillian, recipes ideas for the more unusual vegetables in the box, and pictures from the farm that week.
Wholistically speaking, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is as it sounds; the surrounding community to a local farm economically, socially, and spiritually supports the farm and farm community.
To raise a wide variety of organically grown vegetables on a small family farm to supply a 300 member CSA program while preserving a sustainable farm ecosystem. We aspire to produce supreme quality, freshness and flavor in our produce through paying close attention to mineral balancing, organic matter and fertility in our soil.
Through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program we hope to build community by encouraging member involvement in big and small ways either through our very hands-on Worker Share program or through our On-Farm Events schedule each Spring and Fall. We hope to educated and inspire community members to learn more about where their food comes from, how it is being grown and who are the people groing it.
As young, first-generation farmers, we hope to preserve some of the farmer knowledge from our veteran farmers. We recognize the need for farmers who are truely in love with the work of farming and who wish to be responsible stewards of the land.
Pick Up your CSA box of veggies at our designated dropsites in Dubuque IA, Lancaster WI, Platteville WI, Onalaska WI, Viroqua WI, La Farge WI, La Crosse WI, Sparta WI, West Salem WI, Middleton WI, Sun Prairie WI, Verona WI and Madison WI.