CSA Sign-Up is now! Don’t wait!!
If you are considering becoming a member of We Grow for the 2018 season, please don’t wait. This is the first season we are not increasing our membership numbers. Jump to our CSA sign-up page >>
It is spring here at We Grow, but the winter is dragging on. Coming into the third week of April, we have gotten a major dumping of snow breaking records and the temps are still too cold to start any major planting in the high tunnels. Trays and trays of transplants are growing in the greenhouse, waiting on Mother Nature. When spring does finally break, we will be ready.
Harsh winters are good for organic gardeners. A deep freeze can help kill troublesome insects and diseases. It will also destroy weed roots that were cultivated to the surface last fall. The slow melting of our heavy snow pack will replenish our water table. The increasing organic matter in the fields with retain moisture until the plants need it most, in the heat of the summer. And in some ways, the cold weather is keeping us from jumping the gun and putting a bunch of transplants at risk for a cold May, which we have fell for in years past.
As we enter our fourth season with plans to expand our offerings, we plan to capitalize on what went well for us last year. Brassicas like broccoli, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts did very well. Potatoes and squash were both significantly more productive as well and we finally harvested an abundant crop of sweet corn. Moving into the larger field was a challenge as we were breaking new ground and suffered in the cold, wet spring. Beans and onions really struggled, but this year should see improvements in production as we continue to build our soil and take more steps to keep the deer out of our growing areas. We will also wait for better weather to sow those warm crops. Trying to get in early doesn’t always pay-off.
2018 CSA farm memberships: We are now accepting 2018 shares. Please go to our CSA member sign-up page for our membership form and details.
What is We Grow
We Grow LLC is a produce farm in northern Taylor County providing pastured heritage breed pork and free-range broiler chickens along with a wide-array of in season vegetables grown without the use of synthetic inputs in a community supported agricultural (CSA) system. We choose to use only organic certified, non-GMO seeds. We sell weekly garden shares, direct off the farm during the growing season and at the Medford Farmer’s Markets on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. We are currently undergoing USDA organic certification.
We are offering large, small and end-of-season shares to the public as well as our pre-purchase vouchers for the 2018 growing season which gives you farm member priority and first chance at the produce we grow. Produce that remains after our members crates have been filled goes to the farmers’ markets in Medford.
In a CSA system, consumers pre-purchase shares of produce that will be distributed throughout the growing season. There are a variety of share options based on your needs. The pre-purchase not only allows the grower to determine how much to plant, but also provides the capital needed early in the season to get the crops in the ground.
The first step in planning the coming season is to know how many farm shares we are growing for. That is why we ask you to sign-up in advance so we can plan. In reality, we plan much farther in advance than a few months. We plant our garlic in October and our cover crops for the new field spaces in July. Not to mention, we have to pick rock and prep fields all spring to get it ready for those cover crop.s No wonder it is difficult to put a price on each tomato or broccoli head. That said, we set our goal for a number of farm members each season and allow folks to sign-up until we reach that goal. Please don’t be afraid to get your name on our list for next year.
Why We Grow
We Grow food following USDA organic rules for many reasons. First and foremost, we plan to be USDA certified organic. Second, we are extremely passionate about good tasting, healthy food. We also believe that food grown without pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals should be available locally and within the financial means of those who live in the area. Not to mention, using only organic certified seeds ensures we are reducing our impact on the environment through the purchases we make.
Food grown in high intensity agriculture operations thousands of miles away is not a sustainable food distribution system.
The farm to table connection benefits the consumer by providing the freshest food with the minimum carbon foot print created in transport. At We Grow, our sustainable growing techniques ensure that each year we will be able to maintain the same level of production without the input of chemicals or genetically modified seed.
And when you buy from a family operation, your money stays in our area.
We Grow Memberships
You are considered a member of our farm when you join our CSA at any share level. Aside from getting the freshest vegetables possible from a local family-farm, benefits of your We Grow membership include:
• First you-pickers. Members will be notified and scheduled ahead of the general public for all you-pick opportunities. This will include green beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. When you sign-up, you can select text notifications, email messages or a phone message in regards to you-pick opportunities you wish to take part in.
• Add-ons. Members can let us know if you would like to add-on to your share based on availability of produce not included in your share. We will deliver to the farmer’s market or to your pick-up location.
• Part of the farm. Members will receive weekly newsletters in their shares with recipes and information about what’s in their box as well as what’s happening on the farm. Get to know your farmer!
• Farm events. Our goal is to host events, but we need feedback from our members to plan what you want. Is there something else We Grow can offer our community in terms of an event? We currently host an annual farm-to-table dinner, pumpkin pick event for all members, work mobs with potluck meals on the farm and some field walk events. Plans are underway for the coming season events and we look forward to hearing your suggestions as we grow to suit our customers demands. Get the dates and learn more about on farm events >>