2014 marks the 10 year anniversary for Houston's first Community Supported Agriculture Farm: Home Sweet Farm in Brenham. A time to revisit the work and the communities that we serve.
|Farmer Jenny, Fall 2013|
Each year we have adjusted our CSA to meet the demand, adding new dropsites and developing a farmers cooperative to increase local food variety for our members. Supporting over a dozen family farms, we supply fresh produce, pastured chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, artisan cheese, honey and hand-crafted artisan foods all sustainably raised in the Brazos Valley! Its been an exciting adventure as we mentor and support others in their farming dream by developing this new market place.
|Flooding in 2009|
Over the last two years, the local food economy has slowed down for us and many small farmers in Texas. After growing every year, by 2013 our Houston CSA Membership dropped by 50%. This definitely makes us reevaluate the program. With the drop in CSA member commitment and the weaker economy, we need to scale back what we are doing by focusing on a smaller supportive membership base.
In 2014, we will be consolidating routes and limiting our CSA Membership to full share members. We have decided to not offer 1/2 shares at this time as it is essential for our farm to prioritize full share members in order to make the CSA work financially. Our 2014 CSA Members will have the option for more local food variety and provisions delivered each week with their vegetables. Our goal is not to serve more people as we have in the past, our vision is to serve a core group of members more food with better service then ever before.
|Horse Farming in 2008|
We also want to complete our commercial kitchen on the farm which will allow us to capture any loss of produce by canning, pickling and eventually offering prepared meals and a soup share to our members.
Like always, all of our goals for the farm and work is made possible by our CSA Members! Its amazing that our family has been able to pursue this dream to be a successful small family farm. Its an unusual story and an inspiration to many who want to go down the same path making fresh, clean, righteous food available to our community. We can't express enough our gratitude for the constant encouragement that our members bring to us each season. It makes it all worth it, and we thank you all for your continued support.
Yours in the local harvest!
Farmer Brad and Jenny