About the Farm

Second Wind CSA at Four Winds Farm is a 55-member Certified Organic vegetable CSA.  We use a sustainable no-till farming model to produce delicious and wholesome food  while also having a positive impact on the earth.

 

PEST CONTROL: We use the most reliable, least dangerous method of pest control there is: a plant-positive approach.  We grow the healthiest seedlings we can, plant them into rich, high-organic matter soil, and monitor frequently for pests.  Row cover is a major pest control tool on the farm.

NO-TILL:  For over twenty years, Four Winds Farm has focused on building healthy soil by using permanent beds that get a healthy dose of compost every year and are never plowed.  Without needing to plow, we can drastically cut down on tractor-usage, which is the major cause of soil compaction and other long-term problems.  The soil at Four Winds has been able to develop strong, healthy microbial populations that support plant health.

ORGANIC CERTIFIED: A lot of farms out there have great growing practices.  We believe in actually being certified because it both ensures a known level of ecological care and it also supports the burgeoning organic certification system.  Organic stands out among other certification systems because it utilizes third-party professionals to judge the farm’s practices.   Read more about our NOFA certification here.

SUSTAINABLE FARM OPERATIONS: We believe in sustainability and have minimized our footprint by using solar power, limiting tractor usage, and integrating animal systems to cut down on off-farm inputs.  Several farm vehicles are veggie-oil-powered, and we source what few off-farm inputs we use (horse manure, straw, and hay) from farms just down the road.  When it comes to seeds, we use only organic-certified, non-GMO, and majority heirloom seeds.  Using heirloom seeds helps counter a rapidly depleting global seed diversity, while allowing us to explore a wider range of old favorites and new flavors.

HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WAY WE GROW?: We’d love to talk with you and answer any questions.  Please contact us at secondwindcsa@gmail.com or call Allison at (724) 986-9219.  Thanks – we’d love to have you as a part of the Second Wind CSA community!

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2 responses to “About the Farm

  1. David

    Hi there,

    I’m interested in coming to help on the farm during the weekends of the coming months. I’m presently living in NYC but I have experience working and living in smaller communities.

    I’m a 35 year old able bodied male. I’m a social worker/therapist and an overall pretty cool spiritual being.

    I know winter is nearly here, so if need any help preparing or if it’s easier to come during grow season. I’m open to both.

    Thanks so much for reading this. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    David Mancuso

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