Long story short… we grow food and cultivate learning!
Our experience has led us to a farming philosophy and methodology that we think is best for the land we grow on and the customers we wish to serve. Green & Gold CSA works to embody the beliefs behind sustainable, decentralized agriculture: sustaining the soil, sustaining the community, sustaining the farmers and workers, and sustaining our precious and beautiful planet. We strive to be a productive, beautiful business that produces high quality food and enjoyable work. How do we do that?
We focus on diversity in our crop choice: we grow over 40 kinds of vegetables and herbs, as well as flowers and mushrooms. Within those types of crops, we grow over 170 varieties. For example: a tomato is a type of crop; Early Girl and Green Zebra are two very different varieties of tomato, each with their own benefits and downsides. Having diverse crop and cultivar choices allows us to remain financially viable in case of crop loss, and provides our customers with a more varied and nutritious diet.
We focus on biological controls, soil health, and physical barriers to protect our crops: techniques like floating row covers, insect netting, and crop rotation are always in the back pocket of an organic grower. They keep our disease and pest pressure low so our crops can come to market looking great without the help of synthetic pesticides. Low-till bed preparation and natural amendments like compost keep our soil healthy, so that our plants have everything they need to grow big, strong, and tasty. And when these plant-positive methods fail, in an effort to save crops, you may find us picking bugs off by hand, investing in predatory insects, or applying neem oil to our baby transplants.
We focus on hand cultivation and tarping to keep our weeds under control: one reason why organic produce can be more expensive than conventional is because we have to pay someone to keep weeds under control, instead of spraying herbicide to kill them. On larger farms, this often means spending a lot of time on a cultivating tractor. We are not opposed to this, but it doesn’t work very well with our size of farm. Instead, weeds can be smothered with large tarps or sheets of plastic, and can also be killed easily with an arsenal of different hoes when they are very small. The best way to keep weeds from taking over our fields and stealing nutrients from our vegetables is to try to keep up with them!
If you have any questions about how we grow, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our contact information can be found under Where We Grow in the navigation bar on the top of the website. Knowing and engaging with who you get your food from is the first step to a more transparent food system. We also hope to help educate our community and connect them to the land we all live on. Please visit the Events page for more information about on-farm events and classes that you can take part in!