About CSA and Our Farm

We are a Collective group of farmers and gardeners inspired by the examples of The Catholic Worker, Gandhi, Buddhist teachings, Fukuoka, and many others. The community seeks to create an environment in which everyone can participate in growing, distributing, and eating good quality food. We are committed to service: To our workers, to the land, and to the hungry.

We have a CSA and sometimes food for sale at Wheatsfield Co-op and local restaurants for those who can afford it. We also exchange food for work and/or give food on a sliding scale to anyone who wants to come to the farm. We are not certified organic, but we grow our food according to the organic standards.

The Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) model is a committed relationship between an eater and a grower. You join our CSA for a whole growing season, and we will bring good food to you every week.

Attention! We will not be having a CSA in the year 2013. We're giving our soil a sabbath. We are still doing lots of things as a farm, but we will not be selling shares until 2014.

How Does It Work?

  • May – October – approximately 20 weeks
  • Approximately $20/ week =$400
  • We also can do a sliding scale for those in need, or half shares for those who eat less.
  • In farming, many of the costs are early in the season, and much of the income is at the end, so we ask that when possible, the whole amount be paid at the beginning
  • If you are unable to pay all at once, please contact us by phone and we will come up with a payment plan that works for you.
  • We are also asking our members to volunteer on the farm for 3 hours at some point in the season. If you are unable to work, the share cost increases to $420.

Basic Share
Every week (Tuesday or Friday afternoon) we will deliver a basic box of fresh Midwestern vegetables to your house: Peas, beans, potatoes, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, onion, etc, and sometimes a more daring vegetable for fun. Our survey from last year told us that folks wanted more herbs, so we will include them in the regular box. Sometimes we might have berries, eggs, flowers, or other treats.

Extras (for extra cost)

  • We will occasionally have large harvests of certain crops (tomatoes, greens) that we don't want to burden the people that normally get our deliveries with. If you're interested in a larger amount of certain crops, let us know and we might be able to grow it for you.

Visiting us
We are thrilled to have visitors, whether they are coming to share their skills, to help out for a bit or are just passing through and would like to meet us and eat a few meals with us! We should be out here on the farm from about April to October. Tuesday, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the days we are almost always available. Please call first and we will make sure someone is on the farm and not off running errands or wandering in the woods by the creek.
In the wintertime we may be able to host visitors too. A friend of ours has offered us rooms in her house for a few months and we are able to accommodate a few guests there, so feel free to call about that if you are coming through Ames and would like to stop in.

Mustard Seed Community Farm
366 W Ave.
Ames, IA 50014
515-460-1467
mcgarya@yahoo.com

Directions to the farm
We are in Boone co, on W ave, just a half mile south of E18 or 130th St.
In Boone, there are alphabet north/south streets every mile, in alphabetical order, and the east/west streets are numbered.
Here's a map.

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