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Foxtail Community Farm  
The story of Foxtail Community Farm
began in the Spring of 2004, when our family bought  
52 acres of undeveloped hunting and pasture land
and moved to Greenville. That first summer we
camped in tents while we built our farmhouse,
started a little kitchen garden, and sent our oldest son
off to kindergarten. The following spring we offered
our first CSA shares to 15 families - vegetables only,
washed in a re-purposed bathtub under open sky and
delivered to Albany in a hand-built cooler tied down
to our rusty red pick-up truck.

Thirteen years later we are raising food to share with
60+ local families: vegetables, fruit, eggs, chicken,
turkeys, honey & preserves. We have packing and
storage barns, a walk-in cooler, three good old
tractors, multiple  greenhouses and high tunnels,
three beehives, plenty of poultry coops and a summer
kitchen.  We've mentored numerous summer
farmhands, developed partnerships with many local
organizations, and hosted countless festivals, open
houses, workshops and "weeding parties". Our
growth has been purposeful, the work done with our
own hands and guided by core principles of
sustainability, self-sufficiency and community.

Eric runs the farm full time, handling everything
from greenhouse  and field management to animal
care, construction and tractor maintenance. He has a
degree in Agronomy & Sustainable Agriculture from
Cornell University and worked on several small farms
in the United States and Australia before starting a  
small-scale CSA in our former home of Wisconsin.
He  also has worked in commercial greenhouses, the
cooperative extension system, and with the Regional
Farm and Food Project. Rachel is a public health
physician by training who now works part-time in
public health while helping with field work and
animal care, coordinating member communications,
and managing cooking and preserving activities for
the farm. Our teenage sons Malcolm and Garrett
work on the farm part-time, our daughter Clara helps
more every year and the grandmothers help with
weekly harvests and egg washing.

Farming is a labor of love that gives our life shape,
connects us to our community and sustains our daily
living. As we enter 2017  and our 12th CSA season we
continue to focus on making the farm diverse,
productive and sustainable - both as a homestead for
our own family, and as a place where others can
share all that farming has to offer. We invite you to
join us and to make Foxtail your family's farm!
Our Philosophy of Food Production

We are often asked if our farm is organic.  This is
a tougher question to answer now than when we
began farming 20 years ago. Most people are
familiar with federal organic standards, which
prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides
or genetically-modified seeds. We believe that
true organic farming includes and goes beyond
these practices as part of a sustainable
agricultural system that emphasizes local food
production and consumption to support the
health of people, the environment and the
economy. We also believe that farming is more
than the buying and selling of food -  it is about
building connections between people, the land
around us and the food we eat.  As the same
multinational corporations that have long
dominated  conventional agriculture steadily
overtake the organic food sector, we believe these
local relationships and investments are
imperative.

As farmers, we are committed to growing food in
a sustainable, ecologically-sound manner that
goes beyond the federal organic standards - food
that is, to borrow a phrase from Michael Pollan,
"good to eat and good to think". We strive to limit
fossil fuel use, mulching crops with hay instead
of plastic and watering with sprinklers instead of
plastic dripline. We use crop management
techniques like cover cropping, crop rotation,
cloth row cover, beneficial insects, minerals and
organic nutrients.  Our animals are raised
humanely and integrated in growing cycles. We
seek opportunities to educate and actively engage
members and other visitors in our farm
community.

A century ago, most of you would have grown
your own   food. Today most people have lost that
direct connection to the soil. We invite you to
reconnect, and to use your power as consumers
to preserve the values and benefits of local
sustainable agriculture.

Good soil beats all, and if a man can not
grow rich, at least he can grow food
~ Annie Dillard,
The Living