Danjo Farms

  (Moberly, Missouri)
Saving family farms one farm at a time!
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WHY SHOULD I BE APART OF A CSA?

Here at Danjo Farms we believe that being a part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) farmshare program is good for everyone involved - the family, the community and the farmer.  We like to call this the "three leg's on the old milk stool".

But what is the benefits to the family in a realistic sense? First and foremost, the family members get locally grown produce. Lots of studies have been done that support that locally grown produce, nuts, berries, dairy products, fruit and meats are nutritionally superior to their store bought counterparts.  By growing local, harvesting within a three day period before consumption and keeping travel miles within the community plays a tremedous role in freshness and nutritive value.

I guess I am old fashioned when it comes to eating supper. The ability to have a home-cooked meal, set the table, have good manners and an uplifting conversation is a blessing! They say that a family that "eats together, stays together!" Families are better off for this pratice physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A CSA farmshare demands the family to build meals from what is in season from their weekly offerings in the box or bag given to them by their farmer. So turn off your favorite "electronic device" and turn on the stove and oven. Invite your family to the dinner table. You might find the experience quite surprising!

Third, the family is allowed the oppourtunity to visit the farm where their CSA farmshares are grown.  This gives them a stark look at how we all depend deeply on the "top 8 inches of soil" for our livelihood. That crops have a life cycle that is based on nature and its elements. To see that spring, summer and fall are a part of the cycle of farming the earth with its succeses and failures. The peace and tranquility of walking in the gardens, watching the animals play or just plain fishing in the pond. This brings strength to the human soul and a new sense of freedom to families.

Fourth, the community gets back its food security, relationships are built, Keeping cash flow local and a sense of ownership in what I call "Down Home Common Cents". Too many poeple go through life lonely and disconnected from their communities. We have given away our food security to Big "W"', always importing everything into our communites and transporting all our money into some other community.  So goes the local businesses, our nutrition, and the growth and stability of our local community.

Have you ever been to an "all in one shop" store and not seen a child throwing a tantrum over a twinkee or a plastic toy! I've seen it, experienced it and have had my own kids do it! Not a pleasant experience.  When kids come to our farm to visit, they generally are full of joy and inquisitive questions. The parents are calm and full of interest in the farm, wanting to have a good experience in the country. We laugh, see nature at its best and begin building a better community through friendship and the common bond of eating farm fresh. All leave enriched and fullfilled with the commitment "to do this agian". 

Money comes and money goes, but to see our assets leave our community is downright disheartening and even troubling.  We have a great deal to be thankful for here at Danjo Farms with the CSA farmshare members, who see that we need them as much as they need us!  Much of our welfare depends on the CSA program to be a sucess. This is why it is our "number one priority" when it comes to growing vegetables, berries, fruit, herbs and meats that we market from our farm. We try our best to gain  family and community trust by offering the best we can grow throughout the year. You get the first pickings and the best of the crop in your CSA farmshare every week. I imagine this to be our motto, "to try to do our best and let God do the rest!"

A CSA farmshare progam can do wonders to help regain our local ecomony, our food security and our families health.  Let us all unite in developing a better America for ourselves, our children and those to come in what ever you do! Time to do the chores. Ye haw!

 
 

A RURAL AMERICAN FARMER'S "STIMULUS PACKAGE"

Allot has been said lately regarding "stimulus" packages, how the government can pull us out of "the weeds", and people loosing their jobs.  While I am truly grateful for my off -farm job getting us through the winter and feel disheartened by the great number of jobs lost to American families, the stimulus package they are proposing to pass isn't enough to help the common family. It isn't near enough! We do not need another program to dole out money or benefits to hold us in bondage and debt. And I don't want it to be this way anymore! We need to help each other out of this ressession! This is our version of "stimulus from the bottom up!"

We are working hard to drive our local economy through developing our CSA program, country store of MIssouri products and bolster our fledgling farmers markets. This will help us build a solid, local foundaton we need to suceed on a year round basis and try to become more sustainable. 

The money people send to us five to two months before the season starts for their CSA farmshares allows us NOT to have to go to the banks for credit to buy the necessary inputs for the farm operation. They trust us to grow fresh, local produce for them by giving us a chance to cut the middleman out (the banker) by reducing costs at the beguning of the season. The relationships we have started to develop with our local families are paramount and essential for a stable, local economy.  CSA famshares also keep the flow of cash in the community by our giving our business to other community businesses .  We like to call this the "three leg's on the old milk stool".

We have seen allot of hard work going into local MIssouri value-added products like honey, pollen, jam, jellies, pickles, BBQ sauce, salsas, relishes, mustards, etc. We decided that we wanted to support these companion farmers devoted to processing their produce, nuts, berries, fruit and meat into great tasting , healthy products. So we are in our fourth year developing and expanding the Danjo Farms "All Missouri Country Store".  To say the least this has been a raging sucess with the public as nothing we have put on the shelf has stayed on the shelf for long.  We are also trying our hand at developing and providing the commuity with our own farm products. The main solution to the problem that we have been working on is puttng together the funding for a certified kitchen with state approval to meet the health and safety regulations and ensure the public a quality product. This is a big step for us but we are getting there! Agian, the locally driven achivements of this states farmer's has allowed us all to be winners - as farmers, families and local, rural communities keeping it close to home!

We have been apart of the nations growing and developing farmers market trend for more than a decade.  This has given us a way to connect with the community, find numerous resources and countless followers and friends. Most all of the markets we have been involved with have flourished into a profitable adventure for us as farmers,  Today we have been given the great oppourtunity to help develop and build our local farmers markets here in north-central Missouri. I believe and have faith that this will be the great foundation and building block of our local communities economy. Although we have some that would like to trap us in the notion that "one farmer, one market, one product produced"  by developing and maintaining farmers markets ran on "A style" rules is the way to go.  We have found out by trial and error an open "B style" farmers market ran for "all farmers, for many marketing angles, and a diversity of products produced" is an enriching and healthy environment as it is managed correctly for the community.  The spirit of community, the security of locally grown food and the attitude surounding mutual support towards the local enconomy, and family life is essential to the survival of the American dream - to be strong, healthy and secure. So buy local, eat local and spend local! 

As Alice Waters of The Edible School Garden program profoundly expressed, and applying it to local economies said, "..(build them) so that they are physically inviting, and inspiring–and perhaps even beautiful–is more important than wiring them for computers. We cannot expect computers to function as a kind of substitute ... Just as agribusiness, processed food, and supermarkets fail to provide the benefits of real communities–the kinds of communities that are nurtured by small-scale local agriculture, home-cooked family meals, and farmer's markets–the virtual classroom can never replace the real classroom in creating a socially responsible public (and local economy needed)."

STIMULUS - The way it works for us sustainable, small-scale home-grown farmers, the local families that support us and the community we live in, play in and love. We are uniting to take back what is rightfully ours -the freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness we all diserve!


 
 

This is our time! - keep it local, grow it right, give back to your community!

This is our time! We have found that we are truly blessed being here on the farm.  Allot can be said for clean air, quiet walks and bright stars at night.  Yet the most peaceful feelings that we have found is the security in growing our own food, raising our own livestock, helping our nieghbors and seeing our boys grow. Having the ability to dream and develop our farm into a sustainable, locally-based family business today is truly amazing. 

And it is happening  - one family farm at a time! The grass-roots economy, community networks and local agriculture is catching on by storm because people can weigh its value in their own lives and families.  We are living healthier, securing our finances and staying connected to each other with true purpose.

The times are tough for allot of Americans! I wonder if most people haven't really gotten off to true beaten path of humanity - family, community and supporting the farmer. Being an Iowa farm boy in the sixties and seventies meant going to town once a week, helping do the chores with grandpa and finding mom to see what was for supper that night.  We had barn dances, roller skating midnight madness, and the State Fair! But most of all was helping each other as a family to can vegetables, put up jam and peaches and slaughter the hog and fat steer in the fall to fill the freezer. We took care of each other and our nieghbors. We spent our money at the "mom and pop" grocer and "five and dime" store on the square in town keeping secure and fed together. Americans need to get back to the farm and small communites in rural America and revitalize the spirit of community.

These are the traditions that we are teaching our family, our friends and our nieghbors- to keep it local, grow it right and give back to your community!

 
 
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