Jan 31 2014

CSA News!

Welcome to Lakestone Family Farm!

We are pleased to announce that we are starting a limited number

of CSA shares for our growing season in 2014!

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What is a CSA?

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” – simply put, a farm grows a set number of shares of produce, etc that are pre-purchased for the following growing season. You get a week’s worth of fresh, local produce from us to enjoy every week. members will receive 7-10 items from the garden based on what is ready for harvest. Here is a list of all of the items we grew last year and when they were harvested, to give you a sense of what you should expect.

 

Our farm is certified organic through NOFA-NY certified organic llc - we don’t use any pesticides or treatments that aren’t OMRI approved- and as a result, sometimes you may see a nibble here or there from a bug or a critter. We do our very best to use natural and sustainable methods to reduce insect and animal pressure on the garden throughout the year. we are committed to reducing the amount of chemicals that go into our earth and to increase sustainable growing practices at Lakestone Family Farm.

 

produce shares will begin the week of May 25th 2014 and will run 24 weeks until November. Pickup will be either at the farm or at a location in Rochester near Winton and Browncroft on Wednesdays from 4-7pm. We will offer a limited number of weekly egg shares at $5.25 a dozen for 16 weeks starting in July as well as a share of 12 whole frozen chickens for $5.25 a lb every other week starting in June. For those of you who make juices and smoothies, we are also offering a juicing add-on to your vegetable share for 24 weeks for $275. please check our contract for further information.

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A seasonal membership will cost $625 for 24 weeks of produce, and we will accept a (non-refundable) 50% deposit at any time with payment in full by April 1st. If shares are still available after April 1st we will require a full payment with your signed contract.

If you would prefer to pay the full amount by credit card, just call us and we will set that up with you.

If you would like to join the Lakestone Family Farm CSA, please give us a call at 516-314-8209 or drop us an email at lakestonefamilyfarm@gmail.com to reserve your space!

 

You may download the PDF of our Member Agreement for 2014 and return it to us with your deposit check for $325 at your earliest convenience. payment in full is due by April 1st, and memberships will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. we strongly recommend that you call or email us to guarantee your spot!

 

There is no work requirement, however you are welcome to visit and volunteer at the farm at your convenience- just give us a call and we can set up a mutually beneficial time.

 

Want to learn more about CSA’s? localharvest.org is a great resource, with tips and questions answered: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

 

Of course we are always available for your questions as well!

please call Denis at 516-314-8209 or email us at lakestonefamilyfarm@gmail.com for more information!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Jan 22 2014

Help Wanted!

Employment opportunities at Lakestone Family Farm for the 2014 season

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are looking for motivated self-starters who are interested in the success of the local food movement in the Finger Lakes area of New York.  Applicants must be fit and able to lift fifty pounds repeatedly. Farm laborers will assist in all aspects of Lakestone Family Farm’s production.  Tasks will include but are not limited to:

VEGETABLES: seeding in the greenhouse, weeding, transplanting, watering and irrigation, harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for CSA shares and for market and cleaning and maintaining washing and distribution areas.

CHICKENS: maintaining egg flocks including collecting eggs, feeding, watering, changing bedding, washing eggs and maintaining perimeter fencing.  Meat bird production to include care of new chicks, daily movement on pasture, feeding, watering, harvest, packaging and cleaning processing area and supplies.

 

AVAILABILITY

Interested applicants need to be available from April through November. If you are a student arrangements may be made as more help is needed in the summer months. Most positions will be full time averaging five 7 to 9 hour days per week, with fewer hours in the spring and fall, and more hours during long summer days. There are limited part time opportunities available.

 

COMPENSATION

We are offering $10 per hour to qualified applicants as well as vegetables as they are available throughout the season.

 

TO APPLY

On farm experience is a plus but not necessary.  Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in local organic farming as it pertains to our farm, a resume, and two references to Denis and Patricia Lepel at lakestonefamilyfarm@gmail.com

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