As taken from the Maximum Yield website: The term microfarm, sometimes expressed as two words: micro farm, is used to describe agriculture that is done on a smaller scale in urban and suburban areas. As the name suggests, microfarms typically operate in small land areas of five acres or less.
Microfarms are some of the best types of gardens you can build because they are helpful, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and a great way to increase agricultural output in our modern lifestyle.
Commercial microfarmers often focus on high-dollar specialty crops because they don’t produce large enough quantities to provide staple veggies like lettuce or tomatoes. As a result, they almost always sell to niche markets. For example, microgreens are an excellent crop choice for microfarms, as are mushrooms, garlic, and herbs. Aquaponics also make nice microfarms because they make a good use of space, combining fish and plants in one system.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a form of subscription farm where the consumer has a closer connection to their food and the gardener.
Most community supported agriculture (CSA) farms specialize in organic produce, but there are some that do offer raw cow’s milk, goat's milk, or eggs. Some CSA farms even offer organic meat such as beef, chicken, or pork. But the advantage of community supported agriculture remains the same: fresh, healthy farm goods offered directly from the farmer.
MaximumYield explains Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) CSA farms operate in a number of different formats, but the concept is the same. Some CSAs offer a subscription only, meaning that either once a week or once a month, available farm products are delivered to the subscribers.
In CSA farms that offer dairy or meat, a subscriber can sometimes become an investor in the livestock for a share of the milk, meat, or eggs.
CSA operates in a number of different formats. There are those that are strictly subscription based, where a box of available produce is delivered for a designated fee, or they can be more interactive by involving the subscriber in the farming process.
With this form of CSA, subscribers receive a reduced rate for farm participation in the form of volunteer work. Through this form, a subscriber is able to participate and be hands-on during the growing or farming practice.
Your CSA bag should include 6-8 vegetables that are most in season for the time. These can include any of the following: radish, turnip, greens, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, melon, pumpkin, squash, onion, leeks, garlic-- what have I missed? Any vegetable you can grow in a summer season, we give a go! In addition, several "small batch specialties will come to you each week. These may include: chive blossom butter, homemade breads, scones (savory and sweet), jams, chutneys, pies, pestos, and other fresh made goods using produce from the Micro Farm!
The model of a CSA stresses "community" buy in. Our success is your success, but also, our failure is your failure. We will do our best in growing your goods. And have a track record of success with our harvests. However, some years, crops do fail. In these instances, the value of that loss will be made up with the sharing of a more abundant fruit or vegetable. With all that said, if something does go terribly wrong on the Micro Farm, your pro-rated amount can be reimbursed.
Small batch specialties on the Micro Farm include canned, fresh and home baked items using what is available on the Micro Farm that given week (or the week before). Items may include compound butters, pestos, salsas, jams, baked breads, scones, muffins etc, and can even include farm fresh eggs, home made candy or maple syrup if our season is abundant enough!
As a former teacher, one of my biggest goals is to offer classes on the Micro Farm. This summer one lecture series for adults will be made available. "Bloom Where You are Planted" will be held Wednesday nights in the month of July and half of August. Click here for more details!