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 sixth 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.
TWO MEMBERSHIP TYPES, THREE LOCATIONS
We are pleased to offer three CSA locations for the 2022 year, made possible through our partnership with Blue Light Junction in Baltimore Maryland, and Vital Traditions in College Park Maryland. There are also two different types of CSA membership options, each designed to meet different needs.
Building Your Herbal Relationship is a monthly CSA package with a 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.
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.
Buy A Reparation Share for a BIPOC CSA Member: Add $50 or more to your order
Fox Haven recognizes that our non-profit has played a role in perpetuating systems of racism and colonization through our privilege. We engage in financial and material reparations to communities of color and indigenous peoples and learn from those leading the way to a more just future. We encourage you to join us in this by buying a Reparations Share that can be passed on to any BIPOC person who wishes to receive this form of reparations.
CHOOSE A LOCATION & CLICK FOR DETAILS
Frederick, MD at Fox Haven Farm
Blue Light Junction in Baltimore, MD
Vital Traditions in College Park
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 Blue Light Junction located at 3 West 23rd Street in Baltimore, MD. Pickup and class for Relationship Members will be held from 9:30 -11:30 am. Apothecary Members can pick up their share between 9:30 and 11: 30 am and are welcome to sit in on the class.
On 3rd Sundays of the month shares, will be available for pickup at Vital Traditions located at 4912 Brewyn Rd. in College Park, MD. Pickup and class for Relationship Members will be held from 9:30 -11:30 am. Apothecary Members can pick up their share between 9:30 and 11: 30 am 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
ARE YOU COMPLETELY NEW TO USING HERBS AND WANT TO START SLOW?
Herbal Basics offers a slow-paced introduction to herbs. We’ll cover 10 key herbs and walk you through harvesting and preparing herbs so that you leave with a ready-made product to take home.
WINTER DRIED HERB CSA
Even when Fresh Herb CSA may be at the end of its season, the herbal fun doesn’t have to stop! Fox Haven’s annual Dried Herb CSA to keep you well-nourished during the winter months.
This CSA runs from January through April with online classes every third Saturday from 9 am-10:30 am on Zoom.
A one-time pick-up for all 4 months is available at Fox Haven in Frederick, and at partner locations in Baltimore and College Park. If an in-person pickup isn’t possible, we can also ship the share anywhere in the country (shipping not included).
The Dried Herb CSA is appropriate for budding herbalists and community-based learners. Over the course of the season, you’ll experience over 18 dried herbs that can be used as teas, broths, salts, salves, spice blends and more. Each month you will receive a bundle of 5 dried herbs or herbal blends. The CSA will be accompanied by an hour and a half-long Zoom class where you’ll learn how to prepare your herbs, along with recipes and ideas to try at home.
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