Though located just outside of Hastings in Barry County, Sandhill CSA farm is delivering shares to the Grand Rapids area beginning June 13. For $300, shareholders receive a healthy portion of organic produce every week through the end of October—and shares are still available. Farmers, Scot Miller, Jenn Seif, and Ron Irvine, also offer meat and poultry shares for an additional cost. A Seeds of Justice “sowing group,” Sand Hill CSA serves as working group of Grand Rapids’ Institute for Global Education (IGE).
Like most CSA (community supported agriculture) farms, Sand Hill uses the proceeds from shares bought in the spring to cover the costs of growing. CSA shareholders get more than good food, they become educated about healthy eating habits and become part of a more sustainable food system.
Unlike other CSAs in the area, Sandhill has a specific focus on food justice. Ten percent of their produce is given away to families with income challenges. Their long-range goals include being able to provide free food shares to these and other people in Barry County who have limited access to healthy foods. Also, the farm hopes to be able to mentor micro-farm start-ups throughout Barry County.
For information or to purchase a 2014 share, contact Farmer Scot at email@example.com or (269) 792-9183.