I am a member of a Bountiful Harvest Farm because I feel being a shareholder of a local farm it is one of the most radical things we can do today. It is radical to make a commitment the more sustainable farming practices that help ensure there will be a bright future for our grandchildren: clean air, drinkable water, and fertile soils. It is radical to help make small-scale, organic agriculture more viable on our beautiful Iowa landscape at a time when cheap food at the cost of our own health and the health of our land is the norm.
Though being a shareholder has big upfront costs, the value far outweighs the simple dollar cost of the food items. Being part of community-supported agriculture has huge payoffs in terms of health benefits, the unparalleled quality of the product, the joy of being connected to growers and of helping me to live by my stated values.
What sets Bountiful Harvest Farm apart from other options is that it partners with other local farms to provide a greater variety of products including fruit like apples, cherries, and blueberries, and offers add-on options for eggs and dairy. I love that for those who are interested, there are opportunities to visit and volunteer at the farm, making me feel more connected to the beautiful land that my veggies come from.
Have I mentioned I love my growers? Angie, who manages the farm, always has a big smile for you no matter how fierce the day's hot sun or cold winds have been. If she isn't playfully heckling you for your personal shortcomings, she's encouraging you to take another armload of bulk kale. 😂😂😂