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Below are some of the more common ones we get. If you don't find your answer here, please go right ahead and give us a call or drop us an email!

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is exactly how it sounds. A CSA represents a partnership between a farmer and the consumers (the community) who purchase agriculture products from the farm. A farm offers a certain number of “shares” or “subscriptions” to the public. The share consists of produce and/or meat products produced on the farm or through contract with neighboring farms/individuals. Shares are sold each year for the various products.

What is a subscription?
A subscription, which we refer to as a “share” is a purchase of a membership in the farm. Membership entitles you to a “share” of the produce. For example, with a vegetable share, you receive a box of vegetables each week for the duration of the growing season. A meat share entitles you to a portion of the meat grown (this varies depending upon the meat – please see the products page.). We call it a “share” because you “share” in the bounty of the farm. We also encourage our members to “share” in the joy of the farm itself! We commonly host educational programs and welcome “field trips” to families wanting to learn about the farm and what we’re doing here. Working shares are also available on a limited basis for those willing to work for their food. (Please contact us if you are interested in a working share.)

What's so special about H.R. Natural Harvest CSA?
Again, we are exactly what our name suggests. Everything in our gardens and all of our animals is/are raised completely naturally. This means no steroids, growth hormones, chemical pesticides, etc. are used here. We practice sustainable agriculture methods, recycle as much as possible and maintain clean, well kept facilities.

What do we offer?
We offer free range chicken, beef, pork and eggs; as well as a multitude of various vegetable products and culinary herbs. Soon, we hope to add dairy products, jams, jellies and fruit! For more info, see our "Products" link on the homepage.

What does "free range" mean?
"Free range" means that our animals are allowed to roam around our pastures, feeding themselves as they would in the wild. Our beef is pastured, and not contained in feed-lots. Our hogs roam the woods and pastures foraging as they were designed to do. Our chickens are out on pasture, either in portable fenced areas (laying hens) or in portable “Chicken Tractors” (meat birds.)

What is "rotational grazing"?
"Rotational grazing" means one type of animal follows another as we move them around the farm. This means that the grass remains in a state of new growth as each animal eats differently from another and each contribute to the soil regeneration in different ways.

How do I become a part of H.R. Natural Harvest's community?
Our brochure and newsletter are free by signing up. Membership Subscriptions/Shares may be purchased in season – although availability is limited. Follow the links to purchase.

What share options are available?
We have many different types of share options. Vegetable options provide fresh vegetables weekly for an estimated 16-20 week period. A separate option is available for those wishing to purchase in quantity for canning and preserving. This option puts your name on a call list, where you will be contacted as quantities become available, and you can purchase all or none. These options, as well as the meat options are listed on the Products page.

Do you use anything to protect your crops from damage?
We use a variety of alternative techniques, instead of chemicals, to keep pests away from our gardens. Scent rags, natural pesticides, scarecrows and crop covers are just a few of the many enviro-safe and eco-friendly practices here.

What are "Heirloom" plant varieties?
Heirloom plants are non-hybrid varieties that produce seeds with the exact genetic traits of themselves.

What are "Heritage" breeds?
Heritage breeds are historic breeds of livestock that have not been selectively bred for commercial production, thereby retaining many of their original genetic traits. These traits are usually associated with their natural habitats and the characteristic adaptations necessary therein. While not as “fast” growing, the heritage breeds of livestock often prove to be hardier than commercial breeds, thereby reducing the need for chemicals to support their health. The meat from heritage livestock is far tastier and often healthier than that of commercials breeds. Heritage livestock breeds are a valuable source of natural genetic diversity that should not be allowed to disappear.

What do you mean by "variety packs" for beef?
This simply means that your share will include some steaks, roasts and a bunch of hamburgers. We do not sell by “front” quarter or “back” quarter – but rather provide you with ¼ of the entire animal.