Fresh Herb CSA
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a partnership between community members and a local farm they want to participate in. 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.
Why should I join the Fox Haven’s Fresh Herb CSA?
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.
I will be away during one of the pick-up days, can I pick my share up another day?
Yes, please give us a week’s notice. You can either double up for the next distribution, pick-up on our optional Tuesday or have a friend get your share. Monthly CSA members can arrange with us by email or phone.
What happens if I miss a share without giving notice?
Leftover shares are considered forfeited and will be donated to a community herbalist or organization that can ensure that their harvest is honored.
Where do I pick up my share?
All shares will be available for pickup at Fox Haven Learning Center located at 3630 Poffenberger RD in Jefferson MD. Sunday Pickup is from 12-3:30 pm. Between the hours of 12 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 Monthly CSA will be holding class. All share pickups during this time will be self-directed. 3rd Tuesday pickups will be held from 4-6:30pm.
Are there opportunities to get involved in the garden?
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.
How much is a bundle?
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 generous handful bundle for each herb in their share. Bi-Monthly and Open CSA bundles may vary based on your order and plant anatomy and availability.
How are your herbs grown?
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.
What herbs are offered to the CSA?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org