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15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas @ 4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180 (1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.)
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Eden's In the News & On-Line
Featured in Edible Dallas & Forth Worth - Winter 2009
Market Day Feature Story in NeighborsGo - July 2010
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Eden's Garden CSA Farm
We are currently accepting applications for the remainder of our 2014 farm year. We are not a week to week co op delivery business, but a traditional Community Supported Agriculture program.
100% of your membership dollars go directly to support this local, urban farm in Southeast Dallas County
To receive a detailed email about our CSA program, a link to the application and pay pal payment option, sign up here.
"CSA is not just a clever, new approach to marketing. Community farming is about the necessary renewal of agriculture through its healthy linkage with the human community that depends upon farming for survival." - Steven McFadden
WHAT IS CSA?
Simply put, CSA is a unique relationship between a local farmer and local consumers for the benefit of both parties and the local community in which both live.
Farmers form a relationship with you, the community, (instead of a banker), and you form a relationship with a local farmer, (instead of the produce department at your supermarket or a middleman distributor). This win-win relationship assures the farmer a built-in market for their crops, helps stabilize their budget. It provides you with peace of mind regarding your food source and how it was grown. The presence of an in-town farm also has many other benefits to the community.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Eden's Garden CSA asks members to pledge an annual commitment towards the farm's budget and members receive a distributed share of the farm's harvest each week during growing seasons, and pick your own access to the farm year round, as weather permits. Shares are picked up weekly from the farm or our drop site in Lakewood during the White Rock Local Market (at The GreenSpot) each 2nd and 4th Saturday, and at the Lakeside Market (at The Lakeside Baptist Church) on 1st and 3rd Saturdays. (5th Saturday shares are picked up at the farm.)
The CSA model has evolved since it's introduction to the US, and here is an important article from one of the "founders" of the CSA movement in the US. While we respect and understand there are many models of "CSA", ours remains pretty traditional, following some of the original CSA programs from the early days out east. We do not require our full pay members to work, but encourage frequent visits to the farm and have opportunities for helping in various ways, including volunteer days involving farm work if so desired.
WHAT ABOUT THE CO$T?
To spread the annual commitment out over the course of the year, members pay a portion in advance of each upcoming season, breaking up the payment into quarterly $300 installments, (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st) or advance monthly payments of $100. Some members choose to pay a full year in advance and this is acceptable as well.
*(Full season must be pre-paid prior to distribution. Sorry, we are not set up to accept weekly payments at this time, but the annual commitment translates about $23/week for year round access to fresh, local food here at Eden's.)
In an effort to make our food available to anyone seeking it, sliding scale fees/work shares are available on a limited basis each season. Please click here for information on availability and requirements.
Accepted for our new special SNAP Program Weekly CSA Package! Limited Memberships will Be Available Each Year. Inquire Within for Details
WHAT DO WE GET?
Each season we strive to grow a variety of nutritious, heirloom, open pollinated (and always non-GMO), veggies, fruits and herbs, as well as unique varieties of some things you may not find in your local supermarket including native/wild edibles. We try to provide at least 4-5 different veggies or fruits plus fresh herbs each week of distribution. Some weeks will be more bountiful, others will be less abundant, depending on the time of the year and weather. Everything will be harvested and distributed fresh each week and you can expect it to last much longer than what you're used to from the supermarket. During weeks when there's not a sufficient amount for all CSA families to have a full share, coming to the farm and picking your own is offered. You basically have year round access to the farm if you want it.
(Please see our list of FAQ's for more detailed information and policies for our CSA program.)
In North Texas, we grow both warm and cool seasons of veggies, growing virtually year round if the weather cooperates. We grow fresh produce and culinary herbs seasonally, without using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Working with nature using sustainable, natural methods. We call it "Real Food Grown with Integrity". (Because the USDA wants us to pay them to let us call it "organic".)
"We must consider it a scientific fact that you are what you eat. The same molecules that make up the food we consume become the molecules of our minds and bodies. So, unless you are your own farmer, you should choose one as carefully as you would chose your doctor or your pastor. Therefore, it is fitting that farmers, like doctors, lawyers, professors, and pastors, should command a high level of respect and income, commensurate with this level of responsibility. I consider it an honor and a privilege that you have chosen me to be your farmer." Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms
"There's nothing like knowing the person who grows your food, why they are doing it, and what they want you to gain from it...."
Thanks so much for all your hard work."
"I must admit, my taste buds never got too juiced up at the thought of tomatoes. When we picked up our share on Saturday, I couldn't believe the variety of colors, sizes, and flavors! They looked too pretty to eat! (almost)"
"...three years ago, at age 6 he declared war on veggies other than carrots, broccoli or artichokes. That was until last week's visit to Marie's farm! My son ate it all and and declared: "vegetables taste great when you know who grows them and when you help cleaning them."
Watch for an upcoming orientation about Eden's CSA and a farm tour. Kids are welcome, but please do not bring your dog. No Smoking Please.