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Our Commitment

Root Down Farm is committed to growing high-quality, nutrient-dense produce and making it available to members of our community at affordable prices. We believe that access to healthy food, grown in a manner that respects the earth and the farmworkers who raise it, should be available to all.

We view our farm not merely a business, but a way to strengthen communities, improve the health of our bodies and the environment, bolster the local economy, and begin to correct some of the damage done by large-scale, chemical intensive agriculture and the processed food industry.

"The distance between producer and consumer, both geographic and psychic, is a prime reason our country’s food system has gotten so out of balance."

We believe it is vital for local communities to develop their capacity to feed themselves without relying on the shipping of vast quantities of perishable produce across the country. The distance between producer and consumer, both geographic and psychic, is a prime reason our country’s food system has gotten so out of balance. Our farm was created in an effort to shrink that distance.

We believe in total transparency around what we’re doing. Nothing we do on the farm is a secret or shrouded from view and we welcome visitors and school groups seeking to learn about what we do.

We are also deeply committed to sustainability, using renewable inputs as much as possible and limiting our reliance on fossil fuels. Our produce is certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. We do not, and will never, use genetically modified seeds or synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

To make our produce as widely accessible as possible, our CSA is priced on a sliding scale. Currently, we are asking members to pay $600 for a share, but if that’s a stretch, members can pay as little as $450 for a share. We also encourage members who able to pay above the asking price (up to $750) to help us subsidize shares for low-income members.

We also regularly donate excess produce to local charities. In 2014, we donated hundreds of pounds of produce to a food pantry in Hartford and to two residential facilities for troubled teens in Coventry, and we expect to do even better in 2015.

Have a question about what we’re doing? Just ask us. Or better yet, come out to the farm and see for yourself.