ecological farming and old fashioned living in southwest ohio

FAQs

Do you have an on-farm store?

No, we do not have a store at the farm that is open to the public.  We offer pre-ordered items for pick up at the markets and on-farm here. You can also join our mailing list to find out other happenings on the farm.

Are you Certified Organic?  Why not?

No, we are not certified organic, but we don’t use chemicals of any kind and we focus on building our soil.  Here are some reasons why we choose not to be certified:
1) We view our customers as our certifiers, since we sell directly to families who come to the farm once a week.  We prefer to build personal relationships with people.
2) It’s expensive to be certified organic. 
3) It’s a lot of paperwork.
4) Since Certified Organic is a federal term that is defined by the government, there are constantly corporate agriculture lobbying groups that are trying to change what Certified Organic means.  A group might petition the National Organic Standards Board to be able to use a certain pesticide on their apples.  Over time, this means that organic is becoming more and more diluted.  We’d rather develop a personal relationship with our customers than participate in a program like this.  We don’t use synthetic chemicals in our every day life (some might think to the extreme!) or on our produce.

What’s with the name?

We love to read all sorts of books.  But we really love the brilliant character of Huckleberry Finn.  So we named our farm after him.  This quote by Huck Finn sort of embodies how we feel about what we do:  “I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it.  I been there before.” 

What do you recycle?

We recycle clean egg cartons – meaning broken eggs were not placed back in the carton.  We will also reuse the green paper berry boxes.  In February and March, we will reuse newspaper.  That is all we can re-purpose at this time.  Please do not leave us any plastic berry containers or plastic 1 pound greens containers – they will be put in the trash.

How did you get into farming?  Were you raised on a farm?

You can read our stories of how we both got into farming here

Do you ever do speaking engagements?

We occasionally do speaking engagements during the slower times of the year.  We do charge a fee depending on time and topic.  Send us an email for more information.

How do CSA credits work?  What will I receive each week?

We operate our CSA with a credit system.  You will initially purchase a certain amount of credits to spend however you see fit each week.  It is like shopping at a store, except you are using credits and tallying your purchases on your own.  What you spend each week and what you take home are up to you, with the exception of certain items that may be limited depending on the time of year.  For example, we might have to initially limit the amount of tomatoes each person can take because they haven’t hit their stride yet, but the next week the limit may be lifted.  If you run out of credits, you can always add more (with the same discount given as originally invested).  There is no reason to “save” credits, unless it is for your own budget.

What if I spend all my credits before the season is over?

The initial share amount is really just a minimum investment in our farm.  You can always purchase more credits.  You will be given the same discount as your initial share purchase (Example: Let’s say you start with a half share and spend all your credits. You may want to reload $100.  On your board we would write $110, because we added an extra 10% in credits).  There is no need to save your credits until the end of the season, especially because they do expire, and you can always add more.  Ideally, you will love our food so much that you’ll want to add more credits.  Any new credits you purchase can be rolled over into a Winter Share.

What if I can’t make it during official pick up times? 

We expect our members to pick up a variety of foods at least once a week.  It’s okay if you need to go out of town, we understand.  We are flexible about when during the week you come and pick up, but keep in mind that we have official pick up times to make it easier for you to shop and to ensure that the freshest produce and widest variety are available at specific times.  Beginning in the spring we will have two farmers markets where you may also pick up produce.  During the farm markets, no produce will be left in the shop.  See our calendar of availability to figure out the best times to shop.

When will meat be available?

We have quite a bit of meat available most of the time.  Check out our pre-ordering option.

Do you sell chicken breast/wings/legs?

We do as of 2016!  

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