For people, not for profit.
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Starting in early spring 2021 Barbell Farm will have Bees, for honey (probably not able to sell any honey until the fall), Pork, Poultry, Eggs, and Veggies, and we will be offering “Farm Shares” we will have 20 “whole farm” shares available (more on partial shares later). So, you may be wondering what is a Whole Farm Share?
Imagine being able to get all, or at least a significant portion, of your food from local sources? Well, that is what we are aiming to do with our Whole Farm Shares. We will have 20 shares available each which gives you 1/20th of what we produce on the farm we think it should feed a family of 2-4 and includes:
|Product||Farm Total (Annual Goal)||Share (Annual Goal)||Share (Delivery)||Frequency|
Our farm shares are more than just a “food subscription”, we want you to not just know where your food comes from, but also to be part of the process. You don’t have to work the fields, but we run the farm democratically and you will get a say in things like what we grow, and how we grow it too, and of course, if you want to come and check out the farm you are always welcome!
All people have a fundamental right to choice when it comes to what they eat, where their food comes from, how it’s grown etc. Every decision we make is based on our goal of connecting people to their food by making it more accessible, affordable, transparent, and democratic rather than more profitable.
Too much of our capital flows out of local economies and into the hands of international corporations where it is either hoarded or distributed unequally. Whether by banking at local credit unions, or sourcing our feed and chicks, we pay extra attention to every part of our supply chain to ensure that the capital we invest in our means of production stays in our community.
Industrial and centralized food systems are not only ecologically damaging, fragile, but also inherently exploitative. Through careful attention to sourcing, and use of non-GMO feed we take every step that we see to work toward building and maintaining sustainable local food systems.
Every day is a learning process for us. We learn from others, from educators, from our community, but mostly from our mistakes. As we learn, progress, and become more efficient we want to share that knowledge about where food comes from and how it’s produced with our community, not hoard it as a competitive advantage to increase profits.
We take pride and responsibility in our management of the pasture and are committed to ensuring the health of the grass and soil so that it can continue to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and provide a healthy foundation to our sustainable food systems.
We pour hours of care, and love into our animals, and when they are old enough they get to live outside, 100% on beautiful pasture grass, protected by mobile shelters and electric netting.
Farm shares will represent an equal share in the cost, and risk of the various enterprises on the farm (costs detailed out below). As our motto states, we believe that food is for people, not for profit, and you’ll see that reflected in the cost breakdowns below. Your share cost represents the cost it takes to produce, and as such when we find efficiencies and savings those get passed on to you.
Each share costs $2400/year, $300 at the beginning of each season, and $100, month after that.
Each share will represent 1/20th of the total costs (detailed below). In addition to the costs, we are also distributing the overall risk, this is where the deposit comes from, so while we aim to mitigate risks as much as possible…shit happens.
Below are the estimated operating costs for a year on the farm. You may notice that there is no profit, or labor in these numbers. That is not a mistake or an omission, we donate our time and labor, and we are not driven by profits.
If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Treighton@gmail.com.