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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, & "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 three children work on the farm, 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