The Charm Farm Whole-Diet CSA
What is a Whole Diet CSA?
Community-supported agriculture, commonly referred to as the CSA model, harkens back to a time when one plot of land provided a whole year’s nourishment for the entire family or community, and eating was an exclusively local act.
Participating in a CSA is a way for individuals and families to feed themselves the best quality local food, all year long with a focus on seasonal eating, by establishing a relationship with the local farmer and becoming a member of the CSA by purchasing a "crop share" of the farm's seasonal produce.
The idea behind a Whole Diet CSA is that not only do you get to enjoy seasonal vegetables, but also a variety of non-produce foodstuffs including farm raised eggs, pastured meat, local honey, homemade bread, and organically grown grains.
What do I get with my Charm Farm CSA share?
The Charm Farm whole diet CSA is year-long, buffet style access to a vast array of foodstuffs produced here on the farm.
Your share consists of organic vegetables and fruit, free range eggs, dry goods and homemade bread on bread day (second week of each month).
The content of each week’s share truly follows the seasons, as everything is grown from seed to seedling, tended, and then harvested on the farm. Everything you will enjoy from your CSA share has been grown with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and we pride ourselves on organic sustainable farming practices. The farm has been certified organic since 2016.
In other words, you can feel really good about eating everything you receive from your Charm Farm CSA share. We utilize our high tunnels and cold storage facilities for vegetables and fruit, so you'll have an array of healthy eats all year round with an emphasis on seasonal eating.
Pastured meats including Charm Farm beef and chicken and Daystar Farms pastured pork, local maple syrup, coffee, olive oil and other culinary delights are available as a la carte every week. These items are added to a tab to be paid on a monthly basis. There is a $100 a la carte deposit for new members that rolls over until it is expended.
How do I become a CSA Member?
Membership for The Charm Farm CSA is open year round. The rate is $100/month for the first adult in a household, each additional adult is $75/month. Payment can be made monthly or quarterly.
Please call or text Mike at (304) 960-0960 to become a CSA Member or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get my weekly share?
CSA pick up is every Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm at The Charm Farm. The CSA building is the green garage on the left as soon as you pull into the farm. Feel free to call Mike at (304) 960-0960 with any further questions.
Weekly CSA Community Gathering
Wednesdays at The Charm Farm..
Coming back home after studying philosophy at Gonzaga University and working at a couple of diary farms on the West Coast, Mike Kwasniewski and his mother, Pam Kwasniewski, began The Charm Farm in 2012 with an emphasis on organic sustainable farming practices, chemical free produce & fruit, pasture-raised chickens, all natural eggs, and grass-fed beef.
Headquartered on the forty acres Mike grew up on, the farm also includes 220 acres of river bottom farmland while another 200 is rented for cattle and hay production. Along with livestock, the farm also raises produce, fruit, field crops, potatoes and eggs. In November 2012, Mike began the whole diet CSA, with on-farm pickups every week.
The cornerstone of the farm is the whole-diet CSA but the farm also supplies restaurants and retail stores, and is a staple at the Morgantown and Elkin's Farmers Markets. The farm's vegetable production encompassed 10 acres for 2015 with growth anticipated for coming years. In addition to produce, they offer pasture-raised chickens, eggs, and grass-fed beef.The remainder of the farm's acreage is in cover crops, hay for grazing, pasture, and field crops.
Join us at The Charm Farm to learn about the planning, labor, and passion that powers a whole diet CSA production. Tour the farm's crops as well as our facilities that allow us to store large quantities of root vegetables throughout the winter.
- Presentations on year-round production and crop storage
- Learn more about the organic certification process
- Walking tour of The Charm Farm with its diverse offerings
- Mechanical weed control and raised-bed culture
- And.... more!
Please call Mike at (304) 940-0960 or email at email@example.com to set up a special tour for your group.