The Bellair Farm in Albemarle County, VA has a history dating back to the 1700's. As a part of its current mission to "develop an ecologically sound plan for Bellair Farm so it can be sustained as an agricultural, historic and natural resource benefitting the local community" the Bellair Farm is now offering participation to the community in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
CSA Programs allow members of the community to participate in the support of, and directly benefit from, local farms by purchasing shares of crops to be grown that year. It benefits both the farm and the community as the person purchasing the share in advance gets the produce at about half of the market price. It benefits the farm by allowing them to have monetary resources when they most need them - in the spring when farmers must buy seeds and equipment for the coming season - without having borrow money from lenders. The community benefits by having a direct connection to a local food source, maintaining agricultural land and otherwise providing for a more stable and sustainable local economy.
Bellair Farm's CSA Program comes at a cost of $600 per share. This can be billed wherein the buyer sends in a $100 deposit and then pays off the remainder in two equal installments. Each week the shareholder can pick up their share of the crops either at the farm or on a designated day or time at a market in town. Bellair Farm's plan seeks to provide 360 pounds of produce for each shareholder. From 12-20 different types of vegetables are available each week and you have an opportunity to choose what comes in your weekly share so that you have items you will actually use.
Bellair Farm grows its produce using organic standards and a respect for the land.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.bellairfarm.com or call 434-262-9021.
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