Our organic and biodynamic 20-acre garden, located in Kimberton, Pennsylvania (about 50 minutes from Philadelphia) operates as a 270 share CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We offer shares in the garden to our local community at the beginning of each season and shareholders receive their portion of the harvest each week.
In the garden we grow a diverse mix of seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and berries. Our crew of over 15 gardeners is made up of many people in our community, managers Eliza, Jasper and Erin as well as adults with so-called disabilities, agricultural apprentices, service volunteers and interns. We are deeply committed to the use of biodynamic methods, which allow us to strengthen our ecosystem while providing food of the highest quality and nutritional value to our local community. Activities in the CSA include plant propagation, greenhouse management, pruning, transplanting, weeding and harvesting crops, tractor and equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation, composting, cover cropping, and making and using the biodynamic preparations. We also work with a team of draft horses to plow, cultivate and work the soil. Incorporating training and education on biodynamic farming into our daily tasks is an essential element of our garden with the people of many different abilities, backgrounds and ages who find meaningful work at Sankanac CSA.
The season begins in the greenhouse in early February. We grow transplants from seed and then move on to the outside garden work in mid to late March to plow in the cover crops, plant the first crops and clear the straw away from the strawberries. April and May are spent cultivating the fields, transplanting the seedlings that were grown in the greenhouse, weeding and trellising many of the crops. By the beginning of June we’ve begun harvesting and the CSA begins for the season. As fall arrives we are making the biodynamic preparations, finishing the harvest and cover cropping the fields. November brings the main summer season to a close with much stored away for the winter months. Winter brings a time of reflection as we plan and prepare for the season ahead, fix tools, repair fences, and collect manure from local farms to make compost for the coming season. And so the cycle continues.