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Who We Are
For those who do not know us, Hickory Hill Farm is a local family farm, owned and operated full-time by Garry and Susan Shaw. We are located in northeastern Oglethorpe County, in the community known to locals as “The” Glade”. The farm is a 204-acre tract of land, with 5 acres currently in garden. Our farm has been in Susan’s family since the early 1800’s. We are the fifth generation of her immediate family to work the land on which we live. We raise Black Angus cattle for beef and reproduction, free-range chickens for eggs and meat, one SWEET Jersey milk cow, named Margarida which means “Daisy” in Portuguese,and Hampshire sheep for meat.
We are proud to be Certified Naturally Grown, and in August 2011 we also obtained our USDA Organic Certification. We hope you enjoy our produce and tell others about the benefits of local organic food!
As full-time farmers, we are dedicated to natural growing methods and sustainable agricultural practices. We use only natural methods to grow our crops and to control insects and weeds. We believe that knowing your farmer and his farming practices are essential parts of a healthier and happier life. We are committed to growing healthy affordable food for you and your family!
Where We Are Headed
We are now in our fourth year as full-time vendors at Athens Farmers Market, every Saturday morning from April through December. Additionally, we grow wholesale produce for Bowersville Family Produce, which are marketed and sold through Whole Foods. Each year we have attempted to add a little more diversity to our farm. Last year we added sheep and are currently in the process of growing our herd with future plans to sell lamb. This year we added chickens, and hope to be producing free range eggs and meat by Spring. The newest addition to our farm is CSAs. For you who are asking WHAT IS A CSA? let me explain.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is a relatively new idea in farming, and one which has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s. The CSA concept originated in the 1960s, in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers interested in safe food, and farmers seeking stable markets for their crops joined together in economic partnerships.
In its purest state, a CSA was a farm owned by a group of community members, each of whom had purchased a share of the business. Together these shareholders hired a farmer who raised crops, which were divided amongst the shareholders. If crops were bountiful, everyone ate especially well. The risk of crop failure, however, was equally shared, so the farmer was paid the same in good years as well as lean.
Much more common is the type of CSA in which a farmer offers a given number of shares to a community, typically in the Spring when the farm’s cash-flow needs are the highest. Members purchase a share up front, receiving in exchange a box of vegetables each week throughout the growing season. People who have joined CSAs often speak of the satisfaction they get from being “forced” to eat both seasonally and more widely than they have been accustomed to doing. WE, HOWEVER, HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX by the large families that we serve. So, in order to offer a more flexible form of CSA that fits your needs we have come up with an idea we hope you will like! We will call it a “customize your own box” or “al a carte”.
How Your CSA Will Work
- Unlike a common CSA, you will not purchase shares up front so you will not have to come up with a large amount of money to begin the process.
- You will be asked to make a verbal commitment to purchase a minimum of $20 a week during the summer season and $15 a week during the winter season on a consistent weekly basis. This not only helps us know how much we need to grow, it also allows us to maintain cost-effective delivery systems and therefore keep your cost affordable. However, it is not our heart to put anyone under a hardship so if there is a week that you absolutely can not make this commitment we will understand.
- You may, however, purchase as much above our minimum as quantity allows.
- We will pack your box fresh day of delivery and deliver them to a designated drop point. We are recruiting CSA Coordinators for our drop off points. If you are interested in becoming a coordinator and earn free produce please contact us.
What is a CSA Coordinator
We are looking for people to become CSA Coordinators. If you can come up with a minimum of seven people at $20/box, you will get your box free. Everything above $20 per box that is sold, you will earn a 10% credit – which can be used for that much more in your current box or banked for your next order.
What If One Of My Seven Members Cannot Participate One Week?
If one of your members cannot order due to unforeseen circumstances, leaving you with fewer than seven participants, you will simply owe $3 per member, which is the value of each member.
What Is My Responsibility as CSA Coordinator?
As coordinator, you will designate a drop-off point, and then you will be responsible for coordinating delivery of the boxes however you decide to do so. You must be timely in delivering these vegetable boxes the same day we deliver to you, since we guarantee our produce.
Our Commitment To Our CSA Members
- We are committed to bringing your family the highest quality of Certified Organic produce that we can possibly grow
- We are committed, just as we are to our customers at the market, to your 100%-satisfaction, guaranteed. If you are not happy, please let us know and we will without question make it right either with product or with your money back
- We are committed to bringing your family a variety of local, fresh, healthy products
- We are committed to doing you good as God has done us good for His glory
How Do I Join
To join our CSA simply:
Create an account with us by going to “Sign In” at the top of this page. Fill out the information under “Don’t Yet Have An Account?” please be sure to include your phone number and email address. You are done it is just that easy! We will send you a confirmation email.
Annual Membership Fee
To help us with our overhead costs associated with our CSA, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $15 per household for one calendar year. It is not our desire to place anyone under an added financial burden and we realize the economic stress that some are experiencing, if this places you under any hardship we will certainly be happy to waive the fee for you. Please contact us at email@example.com. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
Visit The Farm
We would love to have you and your family visit our farm. If you would like to do so please contact us at hickoryhillfarmga.com. We would also like to invite you to visit us on facebook www.facebook.com/hickoryhillfarmga or our website www.hickoryhillfarmga.com.
You can pay at time of delivery. Make checks payable to: Hickory Hill Farm
Hickory Hill Farm
Garry and Susan Shaw
1506 Lexington Carlton Rd.
Carlton, GA 30627
Still Have Questions
If you still have questions you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 706-614-1727.