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The Farm at South Village
At the heart of South Village is a 12-acre organic farm that plays a vital role in connecting South Village residents to local food production, land stewardship programs, open space with amazing views and a seasonal community space for everyone to gather.
Interval Food Hub Partnership
Regarding local food production, The Farm at South Village (FSV) is enthusiastic to announce that we are partnering with the Interval Food Hub to provide their "local food delivery" offering for 2015. FSV will grow additional crops as part of a Farm-Stand and offer exciting pick-your-own opportunities on Thursday pick-up days. Please visit the IFH website to sign up for the summer/fall offerings. Drop off will be ‘under the tent’ as it was last year. FSV will NOT be offering CSA shares for 2015, but we highly encourage past members to sign-up for IFH which sources food from over 50 farms! Sign up is on their website: http://intervalefoodhub.com
Community Stewardship Programs
South Village residents also enjoy a myriad of community stewardship programs. Families join together, on rotation, to collectively help with taking care of the laying hens up at the Farm and receive a dozen eggs per week for each family! Residents can also sign-up to enjoy gardening in rented raised beds as part of the community garden. Opportunities exist for residents to compost their household food scraps and dispose of home yard debris. The Farm at South Village offers opportunities for anyone to help out and volunteer or work trade with the much needed help out in the farm fields and high tunnels. At the peak of summer, there is nothing better, than to hang out under our community space, feed the chickens some food scraps, watch kids run around, get your hands dirty in the soil, take in the view of the lake and surrounding mountains, pick some flowers from the you- pick garden and hear the hawk’s soaring overhead! For more information on the Community Stewardship opportunities, residents of South Village should contact Patrick@AppletreeBay.com
News from The Farm at South Village
For 2015, The Farm at South Village's fields needs a rest from the intense production of the last six years of CSA farming. FSV will take the time this year to improve soils (cover crop and compost), develop pollinator borders/ wildlife plantings and boost community programs. This year FSV will be growing a LIMITED amount of additional produce to coincide with IFH's local food delivery. FSV will set-up a Farm-stand that will offer additional produce and PYO crops for sale during pick up times under the tent. We will send out emails to past members or folks that want to sign-up for a weekly notification of what crops will be available certain weeks to coincide with IFH. Crops to look forward to as part of the farm-stand may include: sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, beans, peas, garlic, melons, pumpkins, herbs, cut flowers, lettuce, kale, chard and more. Thank you to all our loyal CSA members for the past five years and for your understanding of FSV's need to take a rest, rejuvenate and offer healthy practices that work well for the land, the farmers, and all involved!
Farm at South Village – Farm Manager Reese Baker
Reese Baker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecological Agriculture from New College of California. He has made a livelihood as a farmer, educator and landscape designer/builder in Northern California, Vermont and Florida. Reese has worked with a number of successful organic farms producing food for CSA’s, farm to school programs, restaurants, farmer’s markets and retail distributors such as Whole Foods. Reese is also an experienced landscape designer/builder with a special focus on edible landscapes and permaculture. To inquire about his landscaping services, contact him at email@example.com or 802-355-0423.
Common Roots is a non-profit organization based in South Burlington, providing opportunities for youth and other members of the local community to grow and enjoy eating healthy food at home and at school. Members of the South Village CSA enjoy access to a complimentary pick-your-own garden maintained by Common Roots. Learn more at www.commonroots.org