5/5 Spring Work Party and May Pole Dance 11am-3pm
There will be work projects for members and tours of the farm starting at 11am (we have germinated seeds in the fields!!!). At 12 the first pizzas will come out of the earth oven. At 12:30 we’ll dance the Maypole. Projects and tours will continue until 3. Amazing Ann Arbor musicians Rob Crozier (local jazz bassist) and Kelly McDermott (lead singer of Nessa) or one of her students will be providing music for the Maypole dancing at 12:30 (we are so lucky!).
The weather should be beautiful. Mayday is always a fun and beautiful way to greet the farm after a long winter. Bring children, friends, and family!
4/1 Annual Easter Egg Hunt 11am-1pm
Current members, friends of the Farm, and their guests are invited to spend Easter morning at our annual Egg Hunt! Eggs and other festive treats will be hidden around the farm, and there will be a scavenger hunt for the older children. This is a wonderful time to introduce someone new to the farm! There will be fresh baked treats on hand and a wonderful community for fellowship! This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather. There is a suggested donation of $5 per child. See you at the Farm!
1/6 Three Kings Stir
Saturday, January 6th 1pm-3pm on the Farm
Gather on the Farm on a quiet Winter’s day to stir the gifts of the Magi into water to spray around the perimeter of the land. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh ground on Midnight of New Year’s Day will be stirred for an hour by all who attend. The spray is intended as a gift and a promise to the Spirits of the land and the unseen forces present on our farm. We offer these precious items in gratitude for the Earth’s blessings and a promise to work the land in reverence and harmony with all the beings in the ecosystem.
Please dress for the weather as the stir is done outside.
1/10 Winter Annual Meeting
Wednesday January 10th 6pm-8pm
Rudolf Steiner Lower School Art Room 2775 Newport Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Meet the New Head Farmers!
Refreshments provided, but also treats to share are welcome!
This is the most important meeting of the year! We need all current and prospective members on hand to discuss and approve the 2018 budget, share prices, and other important matters in this inaugural year of our new farm team. We are governed by the consensus decision making process where each member gets an equal voice and vote on proposals. We must come to decisions that we can all live with in order to move forward. Its important to have many perspectives in these conversations, as that is how we keep the farm relevant to its members and vibrant in the community. We hope to see you there!
12/9 Steiner School Winter Festival
Support the New Farmers, workers at the CFofAA and other local artisans this holiday season by shopping at this event! Our table will feature wreaths, woolen art and accessories, jewelry, macrame plant hangers, wooden cutting boards and spoons, and various other items. Come early and bring the family to participate in all the events. Located at the Rudolf Steiner Lower School 2775 Newport Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
12/20 Cow Caroling
Saturday December 16th 5pm-6pm
Come share your favorite holiday carols and other beloved songs with the creature friends in the barn.
All are invited. Members, please bring your friends –the more the merrier!
Please dress for the weather as the barn is unheated. Bring flashlights, your lovely voices, refreshments to share, and if you can: copies of your favorite songs to sing.
The cows and goats would love you to bring treats of apples, carrots or cabbage
12/31-1/1 Three Kings Grind
Sunday, December 31st 11pm-1am (Jan. 1)
Karen’s House, Chelsea
Join us as we gather at the turning of the year to prepare a sacred gift to Mother Earth and the Elemental Beings. The gifts of the Magi: gold, frankincense, myrrh are ground into a fine paste. This precious paste will later be stirred and cast around the perimeter of the farm. This is a lovely and reverent way to spend New Year’s Eve.
Call Karen to RSVP and to get directions. (734) 475-7451
Final Regular Distributions
This Wednesday, October 25th, is the final regular Wednesday distribution and Saturday, October 28th is the final regular Saturday distribution.
Everyone, whether you picked up Wednesdays or Saturdays, must come to the GRAND FINALE on Saturday, November 4th from Noon-4pm for the final distribution of the 2017 season!
The Grand Finale distribution is an exciting time to gather the last of the farm’s bounty, celebrate the harvest, support the farm workers’ crafts, and bid a farewell to the Farm for the Winter months. All of the crops are brought out of the fields and distributed amongst the members. This is a huge amount of food that will last all Winter, if stored properly. Please bring copious amount of crates, bags, baskets, etc. to gather your share. This is also a great time to support our community and purchase local handmade items made by your fellow community members! Items like farm honey, wreaths, salves, woolen items, pizza, hot sauce, Waldorf dolls, and candles will be on offer during the Grand Finale. Please park on the West side of Fletcher to the North of the curve as you did for the Fall festival. This reserves the parking spots near the barns for those with mobility difficulties and expectant mothers.
Fall Festival Gratitude
Thanks to all who came from near and far to make Anne and Paul’s last Fall Festival as head farmers so special! The volunteer efforts were spectacular and the weather was balmy and lovely. We planted a Paw Paw and Elder tree to honor Anne and Paul’s roots in our community, and they passed a shovel through the community to Petar and Marly to usher in a new era of the farm. We ate a delicious pot luck dinner punctuated by Marly’s pizza baked in the farm’s brick oven. Folks hung out until well after dark singing classic farm rounds led by Karen, Anne and Paul.September Events!
The tomatoes have gone to the members as U-Pick for a couple of weeks now, and we are brings in thefirst of Autumn’s Asian greens. This month’s membership meeting at Saturday September 16th from 1pm-3pm at the farm. Remember, you have an equal voice and vote in our consensus decision making process. Attendance at meetings counts toward the volunteer requirement.
Spring has officially arrived! There are seeds sprouting and blossoms opening all over the farm. Join in the celebration of this glorious season with a Maypole dance , farm chores and tours. Being a picnic and frolic in the green grass! It’s a great time to meet the farm.
Its finally warming up to Spring and the Farm is coming to life! There’s so much going on, we hope to see you at one of our April events!
*Sunday, April 2nd CSA Matching Fair 1pm-4pm
*Saturday, April 8th Membership Meeting 1pm-3pm at the FarmThis is an important membership meeting that we encourage all current members to attend. Each member has an equal voice and vote in our concensus decision making process. We will present and approve two new Board Candidates, plan follow-up meeting from previous February and March brainstorm meetings, hear updates on the new Farmer hiring process, and other pertinent issues affecting the upcoming growing season. The meeting will be held at the farm, so dress appropriately for the weather. Volunteer hours can be earned by baking snacks for meeting attendees. See you at the farm!
*Sunday, April 9th Apple Tree Grafting Workshop with Farmer Paul at Argus Farm Stop
Head Farmer, Paul Bantle, of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor will show us how, and attendees will leave with a grafted apple tree of their choice of variety, on hardy rootstock! You can do it!
*Sunday, April 16th Easter Egg Hunt 11am-12:30pm at the Farm
Join us for a community Easter Egg Hunt at The CFofAA! Children of all ages are welcomed to come find the signs of Spring hidden in the hedgerows and budding grasses of our Biodynamic Farm. Dress for the weather and join in the fun!
Annual Meeting and Budget Approval
Sunday, January 15th from 1pm-3pm. Rudolf Steiner Lower School of Ann Arbor.
This year’s Annual Meeting us very momentous. It is Anne and Paul’s final year as our Head Farmers, and we want to make their last growing season a celebratory one. At the same time, we need to balance the budget and evolve the farm to keep it thriving after they’ve retired. But this is where our brilliant community comes in! We must have faith that the solution is within us and bring all our ideas and inspiration to this meeting. There will be subsequent brainstorming meetings, but this one will lay the foundations of the future of our beautiful farm. Every member has an equal voice and vote in our consensus decision making process. We really hope to see you there!
We hope to see you at this beautiful event! We will have a table with farm honey, beeswax candles, wreath so, and other handmade items. You can also reserve your share of next year’s harvest in person!
Bee Day: Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop This is going to be a very special day! Gunther Hauk is so knowledgeable and his passion about Honey Bees is positively infectious. We humans can learn so much from these communal beings that make most fruit, flowers, trees and vegetables possible on this Earth. Its up to us to save them!!
Come visit our table at this fun event full or spectacular local food, drinks, music and businesses. Get some of Farmer Anne’s homemade salt brine pickles before they’re gone! Fun for all ages!
The time has come once again to gather together to support Chrysalis, the educational arm of The Community Farm of Ann Arbor! Join us at beautiful Cornman Farms on September 15, 2016 for a fun-filled evening of delicious local food, live Michigan music from the Billy King Band and Izzy, a silent auction full of local goodies, bonfires, cocktails, yard games and more!
This year’s benefit will help fund the Community Farm of Ann Arbor’s Student Internship Program. This paid internship program brought ten young people onto the farm to learn, work, share, play and grow on the land that sustains them. We at the farm have been invigorated by their energy and eagerness to learn, serve and work. We hope to grow this program in years to come, and every ticket purchased and donation made will go toward this goal.
Tickets can be purchased for the entire evening for a sliding scale price of $75 to $250 (pay what you can sustainably contribute between those two amounts), or $35 for the music portion only.
If you can’t attend the event, but still want to contribute, you can sponsor a young future farmer by paying for their ticket. Just note it in the comments of your online purchase. Other non-specified donations can be made at chrysalisbd.org.
Purchase tickets HERE!
See you at Cornman Farms!
2016 May Work Party and Open House
Saturday, May 14th 11:30am-3pm at the Farm
All current and prospective members and friends are invited to attend this lively Spring event! There will be work projects, a May Pole dance, farm tours, and hayrides for all to enjoy! This is a wonderful time to explore the farm, get to know the land, creatures and people who contribute to your produce, and to get in on some of the work yourself! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, and cash or check to purchase beeswax candles, honey and farm cookbooks if you desire. Please dress for the weather as this is a rain or shine event. CSA info and commitment forms will also be available.
See you at the Farm!
2016 Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday March 27th 11am-12:30pm
All members, friends and supporters of the farm are welcome to attend this festive event to welcome Spring at the Farm! Eggs and treats will be hidden around the farm for the littler kids, and Farmer Noelle will lead an exciting scavenger hunt with a prize at the end for the bigger kids. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of $5 or one dozen hard-boiled eggs per child in attendance.
See you at the farm!
Still don’t know where your produce will come from this year?
Meet the local growers at this fun event:
We are looking forward to chatting with you!
Learning to Eat Local: An Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Chrysalis Biodynamic Agricultural Learning Center and
Community Farm of Ann Arbor Present
Learning to Eat Local:
An Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture
Do you have an interest in local food, but aren’t sure where to get started? Community Farm of Ann Arbor wants you be in the know about your food options! This is our version of CSA 101: we’ll discuss the roots of the Community Supported Agriculture movement, the HOW TOs of choosing and participating in a CSA, and some history on Community Farm, the longest-running CSA farm in Michigan.
Ann Arbor District Library Main Branch – FreeSpace
Saturday, March 12th: 2:00 – 3:30pm
For more information:
Community Farm: More than local, beyond organic, community rooted!
Come one, come all!
Chrysalis Biodynamic Agricultural Learning Center is the recently established non-profit educational arm of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor. Through Chrysalis, Farmers Paul Bantle and Annie Elder, along with skilled apprentices and a loving community, foster a love of agriculture and the environment in youth and beyond through educational programs like field trips, classes, and new student intern programs. Community Farm, an 11-acre holistic ecosystem, is Michigan’s first CSA-modeled farm, and has provided 28 years of sustainably grown produce to members, as well as stores and restaurants in the community.
Peas Turn Up The Beet Louder! on October 1st will be a spectacular event, featuring a silent auction, REAL food from the farm gardens, a bonfire, outdoor games, tours of Cornman Farms, and live music from Shari Kane & Dave Steele, Seth & May, and Izzy.
Ticketing to the event is set up to involve as many folks as possible in the fun of the evening. Just $35 will get you into the music barn with access to the cash bar. Tickets to the evening’s full offerings including music, cocktails, appetisers, and silent auction are on a sliding scale between $75 and $250. Pay what you feel you can sustainably contribute. Buy tickets online at the Zingerman’s Events page, or in person at the farm on distribution days: Wednesdays 12pm-7pm and Saturdays 12pm-4pm. A portion of all ticket purchases is tax deductible.
Watch a beautiful video about the event HERE!
We know our silent auction will be featuring goods like The Brinery’s delicious ferments, a gift basket full of Organic Cotton Clothing, and an in-home chef catered feast, as well as much more. Yet, we are very much still seeking eye-catching items, unique experiences, talented services, and beyond to offer for bid.
Call (734) 433-0261 to arrange a tax deductible donation to the silent auction.
If you’d like to chip in, but the silent auction or attending the event just aren’t the right ways for you to give, you can contribute directly to the farm’s funding drive at youcaring.com/peasturnupthebeetlouder.
See you at the Farm!
Fermentation Workshop: Farm Kimchi
With MelRob, Master Fermenter at The Brinery
Saturday, July 11th 1pm-3pm at the Farm
Learn how to make this tangy Korean pickle from fresh Farm vegetables! Its a delicious and healthy probiotic addition to any diet. Each attendee will come away with the basic skills in the fermentation process with which to add their own personal flair AND a jar of fresh, Farm kimchi!
The fee is: $20 for Community Farm of Ann Arbor and Chrysalis members
$25 for the general public.
Call 734-433-0261 to reserve your space.
See you at the Farm!
Come one, come all!
The Community Farm of Ann Arbor is
Springing to Life!
Saturday May 23rd, 10am-4pm
Our Spring party is coming up and its evolved into a hands-on introduction to the farm.
Click on the poster for all the fun things involved in this fun day.
This is the perfect time to get to know the farm and see the blissful place your food can come from. We still have shares available for the 2015 growing season. Spend as much or as little time as you like on the farm during this fun-filled day.
See you at the farm!
Slow Food Huron Valley’s 3rd Annual CSA Fair
When: Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
Guided Tour: of the Washtenaw Food Hub at 3:00pm
The Community Farm of Ann Arbor will have a table at the CSA Fair again this year. This event is a great way to have a conversation about the farm, speak with a farmer, gather information, and just feel the vibe of the farm in general. This is also a great opportunity to see what our area has to offer in the form of Community Supported Agriculture in general. Stop by and say hello to apprentice, Noelle, and maybe even fill out your commitment form or sign up for our email list. We hope to see you there!
Saturday December 20th 6pm-7pm at the Farm
Come share your favorite holiday carols and other beloved songs with the creature friends in the barn.
All are invited. Members, please bring your friends
– the more the merrier!
Bring flashlights, your lovely voices, and if you can
copies of your favorite songs to sings.
Refreshments will be provided.
The cows would love you to bring treats of apples, carrots or cabbage.
Fermentation Workshop at the Farm
Saturday, October 25th 1pm-3pm
Apprentice MelRob will lead a workshop in which attendees will make several fermented foods and drinks including her famous water keifer and kimchee. Participants will come home with jars of the various foods they’ve made.
$40 for Chrysalis Members
$45 for Farm Members
$50 for others
Call (734) 433-0261 to reserve your space in the workshop.
2014 Community Farm of Ann Arbor Fall Festival!
Saturday, September 13
This year’s fall festival will feature a potluck feast and a member variety show for entertainment! Don’t forget to sign up in the distribution area if you wish to perform. This is a gathering for members only, but members may bring a few friends and family. We only ask that you bring a dish to pass that would feed you and your guests, and that members take responsibility for showing their guests the ways and rules of the farm.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
This is a very special event to help raise funds for the educational arm of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Chrysalis. This non-profit organization was created in order to share knowledge and educate the public about the ways of sustainable, Biodynamic agriculture. Its success directly helps the community and the farm. Check out Chrysalis’s website, and join us if you can for this evening of delicious farm fare (with head chef, Farmer Anne Elder) and fellowship! Remember: there are only 16 spaces available at this dinner, so reserve your spot today!
Member Potluck on the Farm
Saturday July 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm (rain or shine)
Come hang out with other members at this fellowship gathering on the farm! Bring a dish to share and please be able to list the ingredients. This is a free form gathering, and there will be farm family photos, weather permitting. Members are allowed to bring a guest, but are responsible for their behavior while visiting the farm. Remember, this is your farm, too! Have fun!
Annual Spring Work Day and Open House
Saturday May 24th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm All are welcome, bring friends!
On that day the Barn Restoration organization will also be
holding a workshop and be working to restore the Miriam (East Barn) sills. If you
want to participate in that, must register through them.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt (nondenominational)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
11:30 am at the Farm
Join us at the farm for a lovely celebration of Spring’s fertility! Eggs will be hidden in the barnyard for the delight of ones young and not so young, alike. Please notify us if you plan to join in: (734) 433-0261, ChrysalisBD@gmail.com. $5 per child.
Chrysalis Spreads Its Wings!
Saturday April 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Rudolf Steiner High School, Ann Arbor
Join in a “coming out party” of sorts for the Educational Arm of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor: Chrysalis. Education has been integral to the workings of the farm from the very beginning, but within the past few years, a need arose to create a special educational off-shoot of the farm. Chrysalis was formed by the head farmers and other members of the farm with a particular passion for education. The entity obtained 501 C3 Non Profit status last year in the hopes of getting grants and donations to broaden the teaching of Biodynamic Agriculture in the area. Learn more about Chrysalis here.
The evening will feature a dessert extravaganza as well as notable speakers and ways you can get involved. All are welcome. Click the invitation below for complete details of the night’s activities.
“The Influence of Biodynamic Agriculture from the Cosmos to the Soil”
by Community Farm of Ann Arbor farmers and apprentices
Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Are you intrigued by the term “Biodynamic Agriculture”? Do you know a little bit about the practice and want to know more? Do you like lively discussions about agricultural practices that work with nature to produce the most nutritious food while improving the soil at the same time? Well, you’re in luck! The farmers and apprentices of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor will be available for a panel discussion about Biodynamic Agriculture, a method of organic agriculture described by Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s. The Community Farm of Ann Arbor has used this form of sacred agriculture since its inception in 1988 to great success, and the farmers have a wealth of knowledge and experiences they are excited to share. Join in the discussion or just listen. The event takes place at the Rudolph Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. in Ann Arbor at 7:30 pm. This is a free event, but space is limited and donations are welcome. Arrive early and peruse the Anthroposophical library. We hope to see you there!
“Peas Turn Up the Beet” is the Farm’s benefit concert. Michigan’s own Seth and May, and Breath Owl Breath will bring their unique and heartfelt music to help put the culture back in agriculture! There will be some free tastes of the farm at intermission as well as t-shirts for sale. The show is happening at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets are going fast, so visit theark.org to get yours today!