CSA Member Guide

CSA Member Guide


     As the 2017 growing season starts to come to an end, us here at Lisk's Heritage Farm and Ott's Berry Farm would like to express our sincere thank you to everyone who participated in our first year as a CSA.  We learned a lot especially on what to improve and met a lot of great people.  This year, the weather was not what we wanted.  Mother Nature is like that.  With everything the weather gave us we still produced over 3500 lbs of fresh produce and approximately 100lbs of chicken that you enjoyed each week in your CSA Boxes.

     It is never to early to start planning for next year.  We are already in the planning stage for 2018.  We are making more room for raised beds (total will be around 1100'sq ft. for your Lettuce, Radishes, Kale, Herbs (adding almost 20 more), Okra, Brussels Sprouts, Chard, Spinach, Arugula, Carrots, Celery. Beets and Turnips.  We are tilling up a large area for a pumpkin patch for our customers children, planting 50-75 more blackberry and red raspberry plants, our apple trees are finally starting to produce, planting 10-20 more grape vines, adding another 2 dz egg layers, hopefully will have enough horseradish avail, building larger turkey/chicken enclosures and planning on a few other "Things" for our CSA Customers baskets.  We are going to put in a  "Children's" Garden area. Each child/grandchild (6 and under) of our customers will be able to plant their own garden.  They will have a 4x4 area where they can crow and harvest their own peppers, lettuce, carrots, peas and a strawberry plant.   We are awaiting a 16x24 greenhouse in order to hopefully have "greens" and other vegetables ready earlier and later.    With that being said........


      For appreciation of our Customers who were part of our first year as a CSA, we would like to offer you up to $50 off of a Full 2018 CSA Share and $25 off of a Half Share If you sign up and are paid in full by Feb 1 2018.  For our new Customers we would like to offer you $25 off a 2018 CSA share if you sign up and are paid in full by Feb 1 2018.   All Early Bird Customers will receive a chance to receive a free Turkey in time for Thanksgiving 2018.  Contact us for more information about the CSA and our referral program.

Thank you for all of you support in 2017.

Scott and Michele Lisk                     Donnie Ott

Lisk's Heritage Farm                         Ott's Berry Farm


                                                              What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In the CSA model, members of the community pledge support to a farm, with the grower and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. The consumer (shareholder) pays a fee at the beginning of the season in exchange for a regular, weekly share of the harvest. The farmer benefits from the financial support at the beginning of the season and the shareholders benefit from knowing they have a reliable, weekly supply of fresh, seasonal, chemical-free produce. The shareholder understands that the unpredictability of weather, pest problems, and other factors may result in some crops being bountiful while others may suffer setbacks. The CSA model is a relationship connecting the land, the grower, and consumer thereby putting us in closer touch with each other and the land which sustains us.



Benefits of Buying a CSA Share

Why buy a CSA share from Lisk's Heritage Farm? Here are a few benefits:

  • Value of you box.  We looked at a dozen of other CSA's in the surrounding counties and asked ourselves "would we pay for that" and the answer was NO.  We do not charge extra for an "Egg Share" or a "Honey Share" or a "Meat Share" or a "Cheese Share".  Some of the "Others" in the area are charging up to $100 extra for each "ADD ON".  We feel that IF we can include it and if it is available we are going to pass it on to you.

  • Weekly pick upMost all of the other CSA's only have a bi-weekly pick up for their half share customers.  Here you will pick up weekly

  • Location. You know where your food comes from and what’s in it. (And what’s NOT in it.) We avoid using synthetic pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.

  • Nutrition. It’s produce – whole vegetables, fruits and herbs. The rainbow your plate needs for your optimal vitamin and nutrient consumption.

  • Food safety. Produce from Lisk's Heritage Farm is planted, harvested, washed(remove any excess dirt), packed and distributed according to a food safety plan.

  • A connection to the land. You share the risk and reward hand-in-hand with your farmer. You will feel nature’s impact on the quality and quantity of produce you receive in your box.

  • Smart business sense. Your CSA purchase helps your farmer pay for seeds, equipment, fuel, etc. up front at the beginning of the season – and know how much food to plant to supply the total number of shares. This lets your farmer avoid using loans to pay for the inputs up front and then repay them at the end of the season after the produce gets sold, and it ensures farmers don’t over-plant for a speculative market. Translation: CSAs let farmers use the right amount of natural resources to supply a known market, avoiding over-production, dumping and unnecessary use of fuel for plowing, disking, tilling, etc. for food that will never be consumed

  • Food security. When you buy locally, you’re not relying on distribution channels from other states or countries.

  • Community health. When you buy locally, your dollar stays in your community. By buying food from a farmer, your dollar goes from that farmer who buys from businesses in your community.

  • You make a political statement. You are voting with your food dollar for policies that support sustainable agriculture. More importantly, your food dollar is not going to large corporations that source through unsustainable practices

  • Sustainability. Sustainable farmers use agricultural practices that care for the earth (e.g., by building soil health and conserving topsoil) rather than reaping the land of nutrients and natural water-filtering ecosystems.

  • Less time spent at the grocery store. The box contains everything that’s in season – just pick it up and cook with its contents all week.

  • Easy decision-making. Your box of produce eliminates the question of “What should I cook tonight” and now lets you say "What new way should I cook this?"

  • You support your farmer. CSA farmers chose a lifestyle that is not easy and does not bring in excessive income. They typically choose this life in order to care for nature and provide an alternative source of food for their communities – an important responsibility and a way to take a stand and act on these ideas. Your support matters to their livelihood very much.