community supported agriculture in South berwick, maine
About the Farm
We are all connected to the land in some way, and we all know how important and vital our scarce farmlands are in this community. It is a privilege to live where we do on a land ideally blessed with fine, nearly rock free Maine soils. We also see it as a responsibility to continually build upon these healthy soils by keeping them biologically active and sustainable for us and future generations. Only then can we provide the healthy, locally grown food we all desire.
The land of Old Fields Farm has sustained families from the 1650’s to 1968 in mixed agriculture and husbandry. The land then lay fallow for thirty years, and slowly over the years sections have been cleared. First converted back to hay, and now in intensive vegetable and fruit production. Our work continues, you know it never ends, as we strive to realize a verdant and prosperous farm.
Farming, community, and markets were central to this farmland for hundreds of years. In the past, communities looked to their farms for a source of sustenance. And now, once again they look to farms to provide them with a known, healthy source of food. This only makes sense to us, because as a community supports agriculture, local farms support their community. This link to our past, and our love of farming on this land, is why we have established this CSA for local families and restaurants.
Our core philosophy for the farm is to grow nutrient dense produce to ensure high quality. While diversity is important in what we grow, the land, our crop rotations, the microclimates and slightly different soil types determine what we grow, and in what quantities. Subsequently, the land and our farming methods are central to how we realize these goals for the farm.
Feeding and nourishing the soil by incorporating minerals, composts, and green manure cover crops with minimal or no tillage is our organic process. These practices keep the soils biologically active and nutrient balanced. By working within the carrying capacity of these soils, and with these farming methods, we are able to grow nutritionally rich fruits and vegetables. We use different testing techniques (primarily the Brix system) to guide us to increase nutritional quality in our produce.
As owners of this Farm, you can appreciate how deeply we view our responsibilities as stewards of this land. Thank you for your interest.
Hope Murphy and Brad Christo