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The Food Farm is a certified organic farm located in Wrenshall, Minnesota, 30 minutes south of Duluth. The farm offers summer, winter, preserving, and egg shares, enabling our members to receive fresh local food most of the year. Our weekly summer shares are delivered to 16 locations in Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Esko, and Wrenshall. Some of our produce is also available at the Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth Grill, Chester Creek Cafe, Mount Royal Market, OMC Smokehouse, Spirit Creek Farm, and other outlets.
At the Food Farm our passion is providing high quality food for our CSA members, a sustainable livelihood for our farmers, while improving the productive capacity of our land. This is possible by cooperating with the natural and human communities to which we belong, and unleashing the creative power of human imagination.
The farm is owned by Janaki Fisher-Merritt and Annie Dugan, and operated by Janaki, John, Dave Hanlon, Karin White, Teri Sackmeister, and a hardworking cast of seasonal employees and volunteers.
We believe strongly in strengthening our community of farmers, eaters, and citizens. We do this through farm mentorships and education, hosting field days, giving workshops, participating in local democracy as elected officials and board members, putting on the Free Range Film Festival each year, and supporting organizations that strengthen our food system. Our direct CSA community runs the gamut from a great network of site hosts, volunteers, farm crew, cheerleaders, core group members, and members who simply make the commitment to eat good food!
This network is strengthened by formal events like our annual Food Farm in the City/Rutabaga giveaway in February and our Summer Farm Gathering in August, but even more so by the interactions of members at their pickup site, with neighbors and family when they give away extra produce, and share partners when they open their box of goodness each week. In these times of fragmentation, hyper-individualism, distraction and instant gratification, the simple act of making a meal from raw ingredients that come from a specific place is a radical act, and one that we feel is profoundly necessary to repair our relationship with the earth and each other.
All of our vegetables are certified organic by MOSA, and grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. The practice of organic agriculture nurtures the farm as a natural organism. The goal is to establish and maintain an optimal balance of animal, plant and human activity in a self-sustaining system. Wholesome and delicious food is a product of these practices. Our laying hens are not certified organic, though we do use organic feed and do not use GMOs, hormones, or antibiotics. We welcome members to visit the farm to see how your food is grown, and the people that do the work. Please call first to make sure someone is here to show you around!