Homefields Incorporated

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Residential Mission:

To create financially secure, long-term homes in safe, family-like settings where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs.

Vocational Mission:

To provide agricultural facilities for individuals who prosper with supported employment; to nurture integration through community interaction; and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism within our community.

Homefields is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)3

EIN: 23-2744180

Farm Program

 

Homefields Farm

Homefields Farm is home to Lancaster County’s oldest CSA program and has created employment opportunities to hundreds of farmer trainees who have a disability or other barriers to traditional employment. We’ve provided over 300 varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables to families like yours for over 20 years.


Elizabeth Swope, Farm Supervisor, and Bradley Hagens, Farm Manger, large and in charge in the greenhouseSign up button2018 Growing Season

We’re looking good for a first pick-up date in early June. Seeds are seedling in the greenhouses and will make their way into the fields before too long. See below for answers to common questions and click the yellow button if you’re ready to get on board. If you’re a full shareholder and bring in a new full shareholder, we’ll give you a $100 discount (and a $50 off goes to any shareholder who brings in a new half shareholder).

 


Trays of green sprouts in dark brown humus

FAQs

What kinds of food can we expect to receive?
Your pickup usually includes a mix of traditional crops (e.g., lettuce, peppers, potatoes, garlic) and a few specialty items (e.g., bok choy, popcorn, long beans). The variety is determined by the time of year and meteorological conditions.

How much comes in a share?
A full share typically satisfies a family of four, and a half share is intended for two adults.

Sounds great, what do they cost?
A full share is $695 for the season, or $29 a week. A half share is $425, or $17 a week.

What if a share is too much for us or if I signed up late?
You and another shareholder can arrange to “share a share” and we can prorate a membership cost. Just ask Bradley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

When can I pick up my share?
During the season, our hours for pickup are: Thursdays, 3:00–7:00pm; Fridays, 11:00am–7:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am–1:00pm.

How long is a season?
The program runs from early June through mid-November. CSA members are permitted to glean from the fields through early December.

What if I go on vacation?
If the Farmer knows in advance, a friend or neighbor is welcome to pick up your share. Or we can donate to a local shelter, if you prefer.

How about those herbs and flowers I’ve heard about?
Homefields Farm has a substantial pick-your-own section of wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables such as hot peppers. These are added bonus items to complement your share.

Brilliant pink flowering artichokeDo I have to pick-my-own?
Virtually all of your share will be harvested, washed, and separated in a central pickup location. But we’re pretty sure you'll want to head into the PYO area to grab some extra goodies.

How about fruit or cheese?
For your convenience, we have relationships with a number of local organizations so you can arrange to pick up shares of fruits, coffees, breads, cheese, and more, right here at the Farm. If you’re interested, contact us for the most up-to-date details.

What’s a CSA anyway?
A Community Supported Agricultural program promotes a direct, personal relationship between families and farmers. The community receives the highest-quality, organic, locally grown food, including unusual and specialty items. The farmer can better plan his growing season and gets to know his program members face-to-face.

Can my dog accompany me in the fields?
Sorry, due to food safety concerns, only service animals in active duty are permitted at Homefields Farm.

Wait, I have another question!
No problem. Email it to Bradley Hagens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it any time.

 

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