Fresh Herb CSA

About


Fox Haven Learning Center has teamed up with Sundown Herbs, Vital Traditions LLC, and Ravenrock Farms to offer the region’s first Fresh Medicinal Herb CSA.

Our CSA offers a range of herbs from different backgrounds including Appalachian, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal traditions as well as a diverse mix of culinary herbs and spices. Our mission is to provide nutritive and immune supporting herbs, grown organically by hand, for our community members.

Every tradition of people stems from a relationship with plants. In the modern era many of us have lost touch with this relationship. Our lives have been severed from the land. This Herb CSA invites you to reconnect with your roots, deepen your understanding and rebuild your herbal support system.

Through your membership you will also be supporting our work to begin a bio-regionally harvested seed bank, that builds the resilience of our seeds. As our membership grows we will gain the collective strength to begin cultivating rare and endangered herbs and to repopulate our forest land at Fox Haven.

We are pleased to offer three different CSA options, each designed to meet different needs.
Building Your Herbal Relationship is a monthly CSA package with an hour long hands-on class that is best for beginners and community-oriented learners. Building Your Herbal Practice CSA is a Bi-monthly option without classes that speaks to the individual-learner or the intermediate herbalist. Building Your Herbal Apothecary CSA is an open CSA that is designed for clinical herbalist and advanced practitioners, or those herbalist living further away.

We look forward to sharing these herbs with you and your families! Join us!

We are looking to fill an internship position for the Herb CSA. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Lacey at lacey@foxhavenfarm.org

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Frederick, MD | Fox Haven Farm

Shepherdstown, WV | Tonic Herb Shop

FAQ


CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a partnership between community members and a local farm they want to see flourish and provide them with products. By growing herbs we are investing in your health and resilience. By joining our CSA you are investing in our growth, resilience and purpose. In each share you’ll receive the bounty of our land and each season’s gifts.
Fox Haven is unique! We’re a 501c3 Learning Center AND a Certified Organic Farm. We’re honored to have the dual privilege and responsibility of producing high quality, medicinally active herbs and wildcrafted supplements, and providing a space for education and growth. We offer ongoing opportunities for a deepening of your relationship through community garden work days, foraging classes, herbal medicine workshops, community cooking night, plant walks, guest speakers and an herbal newsletter.
Our CSA recognizes that building a relationship with whole plants is valuable and nourishing and we have designed our offerings to meet each member where they are on their journey. From beginning herbalism to advanced herbalism, our shares offer a diverse range of plants to accommodate different comfort levels and skills.
Yes, please give us a week’s notice. If you pick up at Fox Haven, you can either double up for your next month’s share, pick-up on a date selected ahead of time with Lacey or have a friend come get your share. If you pick up at Tonic Herb Shop you can double up on your next month’s share, schedule a time to come to Fox Haven to pick up your share or send a friend to pick up your share on the usual date.
CSA members can arrange with us by email or phone.
Leftover shares are considered forfeited and will be donated to a community herbalist or organization that can ensure that their harvest is honored.
Fox Haven Pickup: Shares will be available for pickup at Fox Haven Learning Center located at 3630 Poffenberger RD in Jefferson MD on the 1st Sunday of the month. Pickup is from 1-3:30 pm. Between the hours of 1 and 2 Lacey will be available to answer questions, chat about herbs and herbal preparations and point you in the direction of where you can visit the plants in the garden. From 2-3:30 the CSA members with a class will be engaged in apothecary fun.

Tonic Herb Shop Pickup: Shares will be available for pickup at Tonic Herb Shop located at 140 East German Street in Shepherdstown WV on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Pickup and class will be held from 2-3:30pm

YES! We hold Share The Harvest workdays throughout the season. We’ll be planting, harvesting, pulling weeds, swapping garden and herbalism tips and soaking in some plant oils and sunshine! We also welcome regular volunteers, interns or day-long helpers to contact us with schedules and interests.
Each bundle retails between $3 and $5. The specific size and weight can vary depending on the herb itself, the quantity we have available and the season. We’ll give you an idea of the herb bundle size when we send you the order form for each week. Monthly CSA members can expect a standard to generous handful bundle for each herb in their share.
We are a Certified Organic farm which means we comply with the OMRI standards when choosing pest control or other management tools. But, raising medicinal herbs is different from raising food crops. While an herbal botanical does have primary plant metabolites (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) it is the secondary plant metabolites (alkaloids, terpenoids, and bioflavanoids, ect) that we seek. Plants produce these secondary plant metabolites when they undergo moderate amounts of stress.
What does that mean? Medicinal plants that are heavily watered, planted in deep compost or otherwise pampered might be lush and green, but may be substantially less potent as medicines and health supplements. At Fox Haven we feed our soil and work to build soil with better structure and draining capacity that is alive with microbes. We let the herbs grow themselves and even encourage a little nibble from an insect or a little period of dryness to prod our plants into producing the volatile oils and active chemicals our members are looking for.
We grow a large variety of herbs from different healing and culinary traditions. Throughout the season we will have an abundance of culinary herbs and safe, nutritive herbs. Stronger medicinal herbs, perennials and forest herbs will have shorter windows and periods of availability. We will strive to have nearly all of the herbs listed on our Herb List available during the year. As we experiment with herbs from outside our region or previous experience, there may be herbs that require multiple years before harvest, may only be grown in small numbers as a trial or may experience crop failure. If you are seeking a specific herb please email lacey@foxhavenfarm.org

Herbs We Grow