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More than Local, Beyond Organic, Community rooted!

i Aug 18th 10,447 Comments by

The Community Farm of Ann Arbor is still accepting Commitment Forms for farm shares for the 2015 growing season! Join today to get your share of every morsel! 

To Sign Up:

1) Take note of the different share options on the ‘Commitment Form’ and payment plans available.

2) Fill out the Commitment Form, send it in, and begin your adventure in sacred agriculture.

3) See you at the farm on your scheduled pick-up day!

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One share includes spring harvests, summer harvests, fall harvests, some flowers, fresh herbs, U-pick crops, garden plants and a special Grand Finale distribution.

Since 1988, the Community Farm of Ann Arbor has held a special place in the local food community. Join us, and find out why.

To join, fill out the Commitment Form and send it in with your deposit to:

The Community Farm of Ann Arbor
P. O. Box 8353
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8353

For a personal introduction to the farm and to ask more specific questions, an email to CommunityFarmInfo@gmail.com will put you in touch with one of our members, or you can call our farmers, Annie Elder and Paul Bantle, at (734) 433-0261.

The Community Farm of Ann Arbor is located at 1525 S. Fletcher Rd. Chelsea, MI 48118. To find the farm (driving directions and map), click here.

Give a little, Get a lot

i Jun 2nd 10,793 Comments by

Did you know that when you make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to Chrysalis that you are helping us bring Sacred Agriculture to communities that might otherwise not have such access to such an experience?  Below are examples of how your dollars are best spent at Chrysalis:

You Give…

  • $10 pays for outreach and demonstration materials
  • $50 pays for lunch for a field trip for 20 children
  • $75 pays for one grant application package
  • $100 pays for one farmer to visit a classroom to prepare for a trip to the farm
  • $300 pays for a whole field trip package: farmers, apprentices, and a morning of amazing experiences for 20 children.
  • $1,500 pays for one farmer to attend a two-day conference

You Get…

Any donation of $10 or more entitles you to the benefits of membership, including:

  • Invest in the health of the earth and support the educational mission of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor
  • Receive a bimonthly newsletter with information on biodynamics and Chrysalis activities
  • Receive discounts for educational events open to the public or members
  • Access to biodynamic activities like stirs or horn burying
  • Access to occasional social events
  • Participate in decision making at Chrysalis meetings—following the practice of the Community Farm, Chrysalis is governed by the consensus of its members at membership meetingsChrysalis is tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3), and donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
  • *Chrysalis Donation/Membership Form*

Biodynamic Agriculture 101

i May 3rd 10,614 Comments by

 

Bio=Life Dynamic=Active.  Biodynamic Agriculture is a farming practice that embraces life’s activities to produce exceptionally nutritious and flavorful food. From the tiniest micro-organisms out to the cosmic reaches, biodynamic farmers strive to embody the idea that everything plays a part in our health and well-being. Biodynamics is a spiritual. ethical and ecological approach to creating a diverse and balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility from within the farm itself to the extent possible (see diagram below).

A Healthy and Good Farming Practice

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Healthy Compost Healthy Cows
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Biodynamic methods were first described by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925, an Austrian-born scientist and philosopher) and have now spread to all continents on thousands of farms, vineyards and home gardens. Community Supported Agriculture, like the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers in an effort to create not only ecological but also social and economic sustainability. While homeopathic preparations made from manure, minerals and herbs nourish the soil, the community of farm members are socially and spiritually nourished by their commitment to tend the earth in a kind, honest and joyful way.

Biodynamics is more than just holistic agriculture. For those who practice it, biodynamics cultivates an awe and reverence for the fact that our earthly existence is interwoven with the entire universe, creating the right mood for healthy thoughts and actions. We grow delicious produce, and so much more!!  Check out our upcoming events for workshops on Biodynamic Agriculture.