Orchard Farm Organics
Locally grown produce: June through October
for the Princeton-Montgomery area
The CSA model derives from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, on "associative economics" where the producers (farmers) and consumers (CSA members) work collaboratively for their mutual benefit. The first CSAs in this country came from biodynamic farms in the American northeast.
Economic sustainability of the farm is always a challenge!
We strive to keep the cost of shares reasonable and welcome the goodwill and material support of our friends.
We have been grateful for volunteer help on our farm. CSA families often come to work on the land and with their enthusiasm warm our community. Supervised children learn first hand about farming and gain a real sense of connectedness to the earth and the food it provides. Young people from around the world encounter each other through volunteer programs at the farm and often build lasting international bonds while harvesting, weeding, and sharing meals together. Joyous participation through meaningful work builds genuine community.
In addition to the CSA, we offer educational programs; research projects from local institutions of higher learning, workshops in sustainability, nutrition and wildcrafting, lectures and workshops on biodynamic methods, school tours, home school programs, and birthday parties: as well as international and inner city volunteer programs.
To help the farm economically and preserve the harvest, we offer "added value" products of soups, sauces, and pestos for sale to the public from our certified kitchen. In November and December, we create natural holiday wreaths and sprays for the season.
The founders of the farm, Caroline and Robert Phinney, have always been teachers. Bob has been for many years a professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. Caroline a longtime Waldorf teacher, has previous teaching experience in Burundi, Africa, where her love of the earth and farming arose. As educators, they are committed to sharing experiences of hands on farming, care for the earth and the environment and helping children and families to develop in healthy and sustainable ways.
Orchard Farm Organics, 1052 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. 609-466-1365. firstname.lastname@example.org