Herb CSA

HERB CSA

“Through the CSA, I’ve learned how to fight off colds before they become infections and have reduced my needs for antibiotics.

– John Kelbel

FRESH HERB CSA PROGRAM

Fox Haven is proud to continue offering the region’s first Fresh Herb Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Our Herb CSA offers a range of herbs from different cultural and geographical backgrounds as well as a diverse mix of culinary herbs and spices. Our mission is to provide nutritive herbs, grown by hand, for our community members.

As we head into our fifth Herb CSA season, Fox Haven is grateful for the partnership of Full Cellar Farm, The Mushroomworks, Open Book Farm, Moutoux Orchard, Swallowtail Farm, Catoctin Quaker Camp, and Ravenrock Farms for growing, wildcrafting or offering their land for wildcrafting and forage to deepen the offerings of what we grow at Fox Haven and offer in our CSA.

NEW TO USING HERBS?

Before you pick up your CSA share, we send out an e-newsletter to explain what herbs you’ll be receiving, along with recipes and other resources to help you make the most of your share. After a season with us, your pantry will be full of homemade teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and vinegars.

THREE MEMBERSHIP TYPES, TWO LOCATIONS

We are pleased to offer two CSA locations for the 2021 year, made possible through our partnership with Larder in Baltimore Maryland. There are also three different types of CSA membership options, each designed to meet different needs.

Building Your Herbal Relationship is a monthly CSA package with a 1-1/2 hr. hands-on class each month. This format is best for beginners and community-oriented learners.

Building Your Herbal Apothecary is a monthly CSA option without formal instruction, suited more to the returning CSA member, individual-learner, or the intermediate herbalist.

NEW! Herbal Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to Herb Processing & Study
Join us for a beginner-level class for learners wanting to take it slow, and get to know specific herbs one at a time. We’ll cover 10 key herbs you’ll get to know through taste, touch, and smell. Through a monthly, 2-hour exploration we’ll practice building a core understanding of herbalism. You’ll learn basic skills like how to harvest, clean, and prepare herbs so that you leave with a ready-made herbal preparation to take home. In class, we’ll experiment with different applications including tea infusions, salves, and infused oils, herbal dips, tinctures, pastilles, and more.

Herbal Basics Schedule

May: Violet Leaf & Chickweed – Cold infusion vs Hot Infusion – Tea Tasting for Energetics, Intro to 6 energetic tissue states but focus on cooling, moistening, and relaxing demulcents

June: Yarrow and Blackberry Leaf – Poultice/First Aid/Topical – Review of Tissue states with a focus on warming, drying, and toning astringents

July: Oats Tincture – Introduction to tonic building plants vs short term acute plants and the concept of nervines

August: Lemon Balm and Passionflower – Sauté or Pastilles – Introduction to the doctrine of signatures and the concept of sedatives

September: Tulsi Tea – Introduction to adaptogens through garden walk

October: Chicory and Burdock – Roasted Root Decoction – Introduction to alteratives and how one plant can have many functions depending on the part harvested

Pricing: $150, must take the entire series

We look forward to sharing the bounty of this season’s herbs with you and your families! Join us!

 

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Price: $50 OFF

In acknowledgment of the fatal injustices committed upon the black and brown community and the health toll this continues to take on folks, we are offering a discount to our herbal CSA for any BIPOC folk who would like it. This offering is meant to be a step we can take at Fox Haven to be an active agent in your healing and thriving, and an acknowledgment of the structures of privilege that seek to undermine that wellness. To receive $50 off your order, use the discount code CSA50 during checkout.

Sponsor a BIPOC Participant: Add $50 to your order

At Fox Haven, we have spent the past few years at Fox Haven intentionally listening, learning, and reflecting on the roles that our non-profit has played in the systems that perpetuate racism and colonization. Our decision to engage in reparations through offering free and discounted membership options for the BIPOC communities and individuals that we serve continues to deepen our understanding and knowledge base, our relationships, sense of humility, and builds trust. If you would like to support this cause, please add the Sponsor a BIPOC Participant offering to your cart.

CHOOSE A LOCATION & CLICK FOR DETAILS

Frederick, MD at Fox Haven Farm
Baltimore, MD at Larder

Frederick Dates at Fox Haven – First Sundays

  • April: Meet and Greet (Sunday 18th 10-12pm)
  • May: Food as Medicine (Sunday 2rd 2pm – 3:30pm)
  • June: Our Protective Skin (Sunday 6th 2pm – 3;30pm)
  • July: Summer Soothers (Saturday 3rd 2pm – 3:30pm)
  • August: Herbs for the Changing Season (Sunday 1st 2pm – 3:30pm)
  • September: Potent Pot Herbs (Sunday 5th 2pm – 3:30pm)
  • October: Root Medicine (Sunday 3rd 2pm – 3:30pm)
  • November: End of the Year Celebration at Fox Haven (Saturday 6th 12pm – 3pm)

Baltimore at Larder

  • April: Meet and Greet TBA
  • May: Food as Medicine (Saturday 15th 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • June: Our Protective Skin (Saturday 19th 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • July: Summer Soothers (Saturday 17th 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • August: Herbs for the Changing Season (Saturday 21st 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • September: Potent Pot Herbs (Saturday 18th 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • October: Root Medicine (Saturday 16th 9:30 am – 11:00 am)
  • November: End of the Year Celebration at Fox Have (Sunday 6th 12pm – 3pm)

What is a CSA?
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.

 

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. 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 or Larder 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.

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?

On 1st Sundays of the month shares will be available for pickup at Fox Haven Learning Center located at 3630 Poffenberger RD in Jefferson MD. From 2-3:30 the Relationship CSA members will be engaged in apothecary fun during the class. Apothecary Members can pick up their share between 2 and 4pm and are welcome to sit in on class.

On 3rd Saturdays of the month shares will be available for pickup at Larder located at 3 West 23rd Street in Baltimore, MD. Pickup and class for Relationship Members will be held from 9:00 – 10:30am 9:30 -11:00am. Apothecary Members can pick up their share between 9:30 and 11am and are welcome to sit in on the class.

Are there opportunities to get involved in the garden?

YES! We are looking for 5 interns per season to work with us. Interns will receive the CSA, holistic education and mentorship. We also hold workdays throughout the season – please email lacey@foxhavenfarm.org to be put on the volunteer list to get weekly emails of opportunities. We’ll be planting, harvesting, pulling weeds, swapping garden and herbalism tips and soaking in some plant oils and sunshine! We also welcome anyone to contact us with schedules and interests. In addition to that, all CSA members are offered a free pass to a scheduled garden tour, please look at our schedule for dates for Garden Tour and Tea Tastings that happen monthly from May – October.

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 if we have specific quantities planned when we send you the order form for each month of choosing herbs. Relationship CSA members can expect a standard to generous handful bundle for each herb in their share.

How are your herbs grown?

All of our herbs are planted, tended and harvested by hand. We never use harsh chemicals, pesticides or practices we feel like compromise the health of the plants or soil. Raising herbs is different from raising food crops. While an herbal botanical does have The herbs we grow have primary plant metabolites (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) it is the and secondary plant metabolites (alkaloids, terpenoids, and bioflavonoids, ect) that we seek. Plants produce these secondary plant metabolites when they undergo moderate amounts of stress.

What does that mean?
Herbs that are heavily watered, planted in deep compost or otherwise pampered might be lush and green, but may be substantially less potent and smell less strongly of say, Rosemary. 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. This means our Rosemary smells super strong!

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