THINK SPRING!

In addition to getting your garden projects going with an order through Fedco Seeds, we strongly encourage you to think about investing in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share this year — especially since there are so many great ReVision solar champion farms in our region today!

CSAs establish a direct relationship between a farms and customers — in late winter/early spring, CSA members sign up and pre-purchase a season’s worth of the farmer’s harvest, usually at a discount vs. the rates expected at the farmer’s market. This gives farmers the benefit of income at a time of the year when they need it, and members the benefit of cost savings, but also, more meaningfully, members become part of a farm’s community — sharing rewards with farmers, and helping protect them against risks.

CSA specifications vary from farm to farm, but the most common option is a summer share which consists of some combination of vegetables, fruit, and/or herb crops, flowers, etc. Shares are picked up on the farm or at a satellite location, while some farms can even offer home delivery. Whichever your selection, you’ll receive your shares from roughly June to October — as well, many farms now offer winter CSAs, and specialty shares such as meat or seedling shares.

A radical transformation of our food system is an integral part of our society’s larger transition from a top-down, centralized fossil-fuel based economy to a distributed, community-oriented renewable energy powered economy. CSAs are a fantastic model for supporting that transition. There are CSAs in every corner of our region – Western Massachusetts to Downeast Maine – and far too many to include here (though organic farming organizations such as MOFGA, NOFA-NH, and NOFA/Mass do a great job at it).

If you don’t go the route of a CSA membership, good old-fashioned farmers’ markets are also great places to discover our solar-powered farm friends, and many restaurants and natural foods stores purvey solar-powered farm products, too. Here we’ve compiled a helpful (and growing!) compendium of the farmers who we’ve had the delight of being able to partner with to install solar at their farms:

Maine

Wolf Pine Farm, Alfred
Bar Harbor Farm, Bar Harbor
Beech Hill Farm at COA, Bar Harbor
Orange Circle Farm
, Berwick
Blue Hill Blondes, Blue Hill
Blue Bell Farm, Bowdoinham
Six River Farm, Bowdoinham
Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick
Spring Day Creamery, Durham
The Apple Farm, Fairfield
Villageside Farm, Freedom
Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport
Oaklands Farm
, Gardiner
Georgetown Island Oysters, Georgetown Island
Two Coves Farm
, Harpswell
Hope Orchards, Hope
Little Ridge Farm, Lisbon Falls
True North Farms
, Montville
Fairwinds Farm, Oxford
Broadturn Farm, Scarborough
~Broadturn Flower Shop, Portland
Kennebec Cheesery, Sidney
3 Level Farm
, South China
Two Loons Farm, South China
McDougal Orchards, Springvale
Dow Farm Enterprise, Standish
A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Sumner (fiber CSA)
Whatley Farm, Topsham
Full Circle Farm, Vassalboro
Mook Sea Farm, Walpole
Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren
Farmer Kev’s, West Gardiner
Tarbox Farm, Westport Island
Hamilton Farm, Whitefield
Morris Farm, Wiscasset

New Hampshire

Giovagnoli Family Farm, Boscawen (A Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs farm)
Stout Oak Farm, Brentwood
Serendipity Farm, Campton
Three J Farms, Danbury
Saddleback Mountain Farm, Deerfield
White Gate Farm, Epping
Dartmouth Organic Farm, Hanover
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, Kensington
Coppal House Farm, Lee
McKenzie’s Farm, Milton (Going solar in 2019!)
Riverview Farm, Plainfield
Jewell Towne Vineyards, South Hampton
Barker’s Farm, Stratham (Going solar in 2019!)
Meadows Mirth, Stratham

Massachusetts

Middle Earth Farm, Amesbury
Farmer Dave’s, Dracut
~Farmer Dave’s at Brox Farm, Dracut
~East Street Farm Stand, Tewksbury
~Hill Orchard Farm Stand, Westford
~CSA pickups all around Northeast Massachusetts, from Quincy to Gloucester
The HERB FARMacy, Salisbury
Smith’s Country Cheese, Winchendon

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