A community farm is a group of people–farm members and growers–who share a vision and a commitment to the health of people and the land. In return for financial and moral support, the farm provides its members with a share of the harvest, as well as a place to find balance, inspiration and renewal.
With full-time farmers Marly Spiecer-Schneider and Aquillon Hettrick, experienced apprentices, student interns, and help from many members, the Community Farm of Ann Arbor grows produce for 180 member families. Each week crops are harvested and brought to the barn for distribution, or our “in-town” distribution location at the Rudolf Steiner Lower School in Ann Arbor (2775 Newport Rd., 48103). Members are responsible for picking up their individual shares on one of the two distribution days. From June through October, members may pick up at the farm on Wednesdays 12 – 6 p.m., or on Saturdays 12 – 3 p.m. The in town distribution is on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm.
To keep our members informed about community events and other information, there is a notice board in the distribution area, voluntary email list, Instagram account and Facebook page. Membership meetings are held at the farm on the third Saturday of every month during the growing season. Social gatherings like the Fall Festival and the Spring Maypole Party help members get acquainted with one another and the farm.
Members are the lifeblood of the Community Farm. Their financial commitment keeps the farm stable regardless of whether it is a good year or a mediocre one. Many members also choose to get involved in the work of the farm. Chores range from transplanting, thinning and harvesting to baking, stitching, hammering and garage sale-ing
The Community Farm of Ann Arbor is based on Biodynamic agriculture and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model of organization. Biodynamic agriculture seeks to work with the life-giving forces of nature. It was introduced by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. The CSA model came from Japan through Germany and Switzerland during the 1960s. Both grew out of a concern for the health of human beings and the Earth. To find out more about them you can visit the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association’s website.