What's a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA shares are weekly or bi-weekly boxes of seasonal vegetables from the farm. We ask that our CSA members pay for their CSA shares before the farming season starts. This helps us plan better for the season and evens out our cash flow. Our members get a better value than they would at the farmers' market or at a natural grocery store. This is type of program helps communities and farmers work together for everyone's benefit. More information about our CSA program here.
What's a Meat Share?
Meat Shares are similar to the Veggie CSA. Members pay ahead of time for a bulk package of meat. We offer primarily lamb and pork, but occassionally have beef or chicken. There are different sizes available depending how much meat your family eats or how much freezer space you have. More information about Meat Shares here.
Do you sell any of your products wholesale?
Yes! Availability of products changes all of the time, but we would be happy to talk to you about your needs. Please note that whole animals will require at least four weeks lead time. Please contact info(at)maitrifarmny(dot)com to get the conversation started.
Are you certified organic?
Our vegetables are all certified organic. All our vegetables (and herbs, fruits, and plants) are certified organic by NOFA-NY LLC. This means that we follow all the national (USDA) regulations for calling our products "organic," and folks from our certifying agency come to the farm at least once a year to make sure we're sticking to them. Basics of the organic rules include: no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides, no GMOs, and a focus on holistic, ecological methods of fertility, weed, and pest control instead.
Our critters are not certified organic. We're proud of the way we treat our hens, sheep and pigs. We want you to know how your food was made: Our hens and pigs are free-ranging on pasture, and fed locally-grown, GMO-free grains. Our sheep are eat primarily grass through our management intensive grazing program with minimal non-GMO grain. We don't use any preventative antibiotics, hormones, or cages, either. There are some logistics for organic livestock that don't make sense for a farm at our scale and we may decide to pursue certification at a later date. Please do not hesitate to ask us about our practices!
Where is your meat processed?
We work with local processors licensed by the USDA. We do not process animals on farm. Food safety and humane animal handling is of the important to us. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Can I visit the farm?
Yes! As a working farm, we are not open to drop-in visitors, but we welcome CSA members, neighbors, and the public during scheduled open-house days and farm celebrations. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming events!