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Bull Run Mountain Farm
(The Plains,VA)2014 Shares Available Now. Our Community Supported Agriculture share provides fresh honey, eggs, fruit, mushrooms, vegetables and flowers all grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We are a gmo and antibiotic free farm. Bull Run Mountain Farm CSA is the oldest CSA in the DC area. We are also strictly a CSA farm. This is very important to our members. Unlike with a farm that sells to both farmers markets and has a CSA, with us, there is no conflict between selling our best produce at market for possibly a higher price and giving our shareholders seconds, the produce we can't sell at market. With us, our CSA members get the very best we grow. Our CSA shareholders are our market and get the very best we grow every week of the season. We are giving our shareholders an added bonus this season over previous years. We are increasing the length of our season by six weeks without increasing the share cost for the extra weeks. Our 2014 season will be 25 weeks long. Nineteen weeks of vegetables delivered to our pick up spots and six additional weeks of vegetables available at the farm (four weeks before deliveries in May and two weeks after the deliveries at the end of October). While our fields, which are located on the east side of Highpoint Mountain might not be the easiest fields to farm, no one has ever used chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides or grown GMO crops on our land. Our farm is GMO FREE! Our primary fertilizer comes from our pastured flock of 450 pullets, geese and ducks. Our pastured poultry throughout the winter is moved from field to field, eating the weeds and fertilizing the soil. During the growing season we deliberately leave several of our lower fertility fields fallow and use these as the summer home of our poultry. Another important aspect of farming is a continuous source of clean, unpolluted water. This should be one of the first questions you ask when considering a CSA. Where do you get your water? Farms, and especially farms like CSAs that primarily grow vegetables need a lot of water. (remember, most vegetables have a water content as high as 80%. Plants like tomatoes need as much as an inch of water per week to produce healthy fruit). Here at Bull Run Mountain CSA we have two continuously flowing artesian springs that provide, the higher one, 25 gallons per minute and the lower 35 gallons per minute of pure, cool spring water. Because of the upper springs location we do not need to purchase energy to pump the water to our fields. Instead, our irrigation system is powered by gravity. Water from the spring is also piped to our house where we shower, drink and wash with water from the spring. Additionally, several years back we dug and lined a reservoirwhere we store 140,000 gallons of spring water to use for irrigating during times of acute drought. Finally, the excess water flows through a pipe to the bottom of the mountain where we are in the process of installing a microhydro generator to provide our home and farm with electricity. Currently, the water flows into the local stream, Catlett Branch. As Americans we are constantly being taught that a good shopper looks for the lowest price. We haven't set the price of our share to be lower than other CSA's or the prices charged in a grocery store. Our prices represent what it costs to grow and harvest a quality product while at the same time paying our workers a living wage. We don't believe in the Walmart philosophy of lower prices built by taking out of the pockets of the people that make or grow the product. We believe in paying a liveable wage. This year we did increase the price of our shares by 4.5% over our 2012 prices. We came up with that number by looking at the price increases our suppliers were passing on to us. Prices on things like seeds, potting soil, farm equipment, mulch, fencing, flat and literally hundreds of other things we buy each year to run the farm and grow vegetables. Additionally we increased our workers pay by the same amount. We did not, however, increase the amount we make from farming. This coming year we will make the same as we did in 2013. 2013 was great growing year for us, maybe our best. (it seems lately that every year is better than the last and the last one was really good) We are hoping to make 2014 even better.
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