Is It Too Late to Join Our CSA?
We get this question a lot. The simple answer is: No, it’s never too late. You can join at any time during the CSA season and your share will be pro-rated based on the number of weeks available. Just send us a message and we’ll let you know what your CSA rate will be for the remaining portion.
When Does CSA Start?
The first CSA Boxes will be delivered during the first week in June. Click here to sign up!
A Little Something About Us
Kirsop Farm has been providing Thurston County residents with quality produce since 1996. As we near our 20th anniversary, you can still find Colin and Genine working the fields for ten hours a day. Though our fields have grown in size, we are still the same small family farm you have come to know and love. Our recent long-term lease with the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust has provided us the opportunity and peace of mind for the next generation. We look forward to feeding your families.
About Our Farming Practices
How we choose to spend our food dollars is a means of voting for the kind of world we would like to live in. When we purchase food grown locally, we not only receive great food, but we begin to change our local landscape. Local organic farms benefit their community in many ways. They contribute to greater local food security and cultural identity, preserve green spaces, attract wildlife, and help circulate money within the local economy.
We love to cover crop more than any other thing! We try to get started cover cropping in June when the first beds are harvested out. We plant a lot of rye/vetch mix. Occasionally in summer, we will do a quick buckwheat cover to beat out weeds and feed the soil. Cover crops do at least two things: feed the soil and compete with weeds, both beneficial to the farm. A really neat thing we can do (now that we are incorporating livestock into the rotation) is run a flock of broilers (meat chickens) across an acre or two and allow them to fertilize the field for us! The broilers live on a field of clover that was planted with their specific tastes in mind.
Soil building is primarily accomplished by planting and tilling in cover crops. We test our soils each year in the fall and amend according to needs revealed. We amend with lime, rock powders and minerals. Our primary nitrogen source is feather meal. No manure, other than that applied directly by our broiler flocks.
We love to make compost. We have a marvelous compost tumbler of farm size that slowly creates a compost that we use for our potting soil mix. We make our own potting soil mix to grow all of our own transplants for the farm. We can not create enough compost to meet the needs of our farm, so we do buy a load or two from a certified organic source.
Our general plan for preparing fields for planting is to plow, then disc, then rototill. We go over the beds again with a bed-shaper that is also a weed flush, sort of a cultivation pass. Keeping weeds under control (down to a dull roar) is our main occupation. Our farm does a few trials each year with WSU around the topic of low-till/no-till methods.
The seeds we choose to grow at the farm are a mix of heirloom and hybrid types. We choose vegetable types that taste good, look good, and grow well in our climate. Some of those types turn out to by hybrid, some not, but never are they GMO.