Welcome to Hog’s Back Farm
Shares will be available for the 2017 season in January. Please send us your email and we will let you know when shares are available.
Hog's Back Farm is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, where members purchase a share of vegetables and, each week during the farm season, receive a bountiful box of fresh produce straight from the fields. We pride ourselves on producing fresh, clean, healthful food picked at the peak of flavor and nutrition. Our farm is Certified Organic by MOSA so you can rest assured that we grow your food without the use of any chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. We use cover crops, rotations, compost and ingenuity to produce your food in a way that's healthier for you and healthier for our community.
When you join Hog's Back Farm you become a part of our community, and can get as involved as you like. Simply pick up your share and read the weekly newsletter, come and visit the farm and help out on one of our field days, or volunteer to be on our steering committee. We're excited about the coming season and look forward to growing a great experience for your family this year.
There are more options for your local food dollars than there have ever been. We are all making a difference when we vote with our food dollars. Why should you support us here at Hog's Back Farm?
- Experience. 2016 marks our 14th season of growing for our CSA members. We have the experience and skills to bring you a wonderful season of veggies.
- Quality. We are obsessed with quality at our farm and it shows. Our produce is picked only when ready and handled with care. We quickly cool and refrigerate it until it's packed into your share box for delivery.
- Certified Organic. Farms that are Certified Organic are inspected by a third party and verified that our practices are in keeping with the National Organic Program. The only real way to avoid GMOs is to buy Certified Organic.
- Direct Connnection. We don't have managers and supervisors and office personnel. We keep our operation at a size where I, as the farmer, can communicate directly with you, as a member. Because of this we may be more expensive than some other farms that can take advantage of large-scale efficiencies, but maintaining our member's close connection to the farm and the food is an important part of our farming philosophy.
- Carbon Footprint. Our food is grown a thousand miles nearer to you than most of the produce on the grocery store shelves, saving thousands of gallons of diesel fuel each year. We use reusable plastic totes for distribution, many of which have been in use since we started our farm, saving thousands of pounds of wax boxes from the landfill annually. In August 2014 we flipped the switch on our 20kW solar array and now all refrigeration, irrigation and other electrical use on the farm is provided by the solar panels. You simply cannot find produce that comes to you with a lower carbon footprint than what we grow.
- Beneficial Habitat. The widespread threats to bees in our environment are particularly poignant if your livelihood depends on pollination like ours does. We like honey bees, but we really love our native bumble bees and other pollinators. In order to encourage these populations we have twice as much acreage devoted to prairie restoration as we do to vegetable production. Providing native plants for native bees is one of the best things we can do to keep bee populations healthy and our crops pollinated.
Shares for 2017 will be available in January. If you're already a member you can check the status of your membership below by clicking on the link to update your membership. You can also click on Newsletters to receive our weekly in-season newsletter in your email even if you're not a member.