Our Farm

Aaron Brocken of Harvest Farms

Meet Your Farmer

Aaron Brocken

Hi, my name is Aaron and I was born on the organic blueberry farm I am now regenerating. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time with my Dad at the Earthcare, Richmond’s community garden, and travelling around NSW with him certifying organic farms. I am now passionately dedicated to providing a framework for a local food system that is beneficial for the environment and the community.

A CSA is a way for our community members to directly shape the way they interact with their environment and the food they eat. I think it’s important for people to have the opportunity to be more directly involved in the farm where their food is grown and to have access to good quality, seasonal, local and organic produce.

By investing in the farms, you can co-create, a community based, organic, local food system. CSA projects are in the embryonic stage in Australia. They have been successfully running for decades around the world. For example in Japan it is called Food with The Farmers Face. By subscribing you become part of the global movement towards environmental restorative agriculture.

Community-Supported Agriculture

What is a CSA? 

WHAT IS A CSA?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network, or association of individuals, who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

CSA members, or subscribers, pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they periodically receive shares of produce. In addition to produce, some CSA services may include additional farm products like honey, eggs, dairy, fruit, flowers and meat. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.

Read more about CSA on Wikipedia

 

What We Need & What You Get

All funds raised are used to take the farm to the next level of production so that we can provide more members with quality fortnightly boxes of produce that replace their normal fresh food shopping. The Bilpin farm is perfect for growing your delicious, household veggies while the Mt Tomah farm has well-established berries, figs and nut trees.

Most importantly, a CSA is an opportunity for you to be part of the farm and get to know who is growing your food. I hope you will be part of the farm for years to come as we grow and improve together.

The Impact

For three years Harvest Hampers has been gathering produce directly from farmers and delivering it to people’s doors in a timely and efficient manner. Now with Harvest Farms we hope to provide the next step of closeness to your food and the land.

Risks & Challenges

Of Course there will be challenges, insect infestations, disease, bad weather, etc. but the idea of a CSA is that we are in this together, we share in the losses just as we share in the bounty of beautiful abundance on the good harvest.

How can i help?

There are a few ways you can support Harvest Farms as your CSA: