Monday, March 11, 2013

The Farm at Kraut Run

The Farm at Kraut Run and its proprietor, Chris Wimmer, are an integral part of our Sustainable Land Lab Competition team - The Sunflower+ Project: StL. We are integrating techniques he has mastered over 20 years of organic farming practice into our bioremediation project. Tomorrow we will meet with Chris at the farm to review best practices, labor budgets for planting and harvesting and other details.

In the mean time check out their website in the link above as well as these images of the produce and practices of the farm, and finally, scroll down a bit more and get some great info on their CSA Subscription program.

The Farm at Kraut Run markets its produce directly to customers through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program. Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production.  The members purchase a subscription at the beginning of the season which pays for the farms operating expenses, in turn, receiving a weekly share of the farms harvest. Community Supported Agriculture is not about cheap food, which is usually neither nourishing nor grown with care of the environment in mind.  CSA is about each of us being responsible for the food we eat, the farmers that grow it, and the community around us.
2013 CSA
  • Our CSA program begins in the Spring (around the first week of May) and runs for 22 weeks.  Depending on conditions, the weeks may not be consecutive.  We are working to expand our growing season in order to provide quality produce all year.  We will likely offer an extension of our CSA program into the fall/winter of 2013.
  • Each weekly share contains a variety of 8-12 vegetables, fruits and herbs.  We grow, maintain, and harvest all the produce we provide.
  • In most cases, our produce is harvested, washed, and chilled within 24 hours prior to packing.  The produce is then packed in boxes and refrigerated on the scheduled pick up day.  You cannot find produce this fresh at the grocery store!
  • Our farm is managed using sustainable organic growing practices and most work is done by hand in order to minimize our ecological footprint.
  • We grow over 100 different varieties of vegetables primarily from heirloom seeds purchased from small, sustainable farm co-ops.
  • Click here for pricing and contract info