The Farm

Healthy food grown by you, for you

A primary focus of Creekside Farm is to provide as much grown-on-the-farm food as possible for all residents. Based on their interests and abilities, residents of the farm will have a commitment each week toward supporting the community, with most of these commitments centering on growing food and caring for the land.

Community Garden

A half-acre community garden has been created so that garden responsibilities can be shared to the benefit of all residents. This garden will provide residents with fresh produce each week throughout the growing season and serve as a gathering space to meet and talk with neighbors. Residents may also choose to preserve the harvest so that it can be enjoyed throughout winter.

No chemical inputs will be used in the garden. The goal is to build healthy soil which will suppress weed and pest problems, and grow healthy plants. Healthy soil provides plants with all the nutrients they need, producing incredibly nutrient-dense food for farm residents to enjoy.

Orchard & Edible landscape

The orchard and berry bushes at Creekside Farm will line the roadside as you enter the farm. This will provide both privacy and beauty at the front of each home site. As the plants mature, residents are encouraged to nibble on and harvest the fruits along the roadside. Larger community harvest events can also be organized during harvest seasons.

The location of the edible landscape takes advantage of the open ditch system for water flow on the Farm. The orchard trees and other edibles will line this water collection ditch, effortlessly watering these perennial plants. The plants in turn will allow for water infiltration deep into the soil along their roots, preventing run-off, erosion, and flooding, and ultimately protecting the watershed.

Agricultural Field

The community agricultural field comprises about 6.5 acres of land. The use of this land will depend on the community’s interests and decisions, but some options may be: pasture to support livestock (grazing animals and/or chickens), additional fruit and nut tree plantings, creation of pollinator habitat, beekeeping, additional garden area for larger crops (such as sweet corn, potatoes, pumpkins, etc.), or ideally, a combination of these things.

We are currently working to restore this land, which has been traditionally mono-crop farmed for many years. Using cover crops, animal inputs, and no-till practices, we hope to restore this farmland into a productive, abundant system over the next few years.

How it works

If your interest is in gardening, you may choose to fulfill your time commitment in the garden. In addition to garden work, garden helpers would also create vegetable boxes (much like a CSA box) once a week, that residents can take home. Part of this commitment may involve organizing community events related to the garden, such as planting, harvesting, and preserving days.

How it works

If you are interested in taking care of trees, bushes, and other edible perennials, you can fulfill your community time commitment in this edible landscape. Part of this commitment may involve organizing community events, such as pruning and harvesting days, and preservation workshops. Orchard helpers may choose to coordinate with the garden crew, providing residents with fresh fruit and berry harvests in their CSA boxes.

How it works

Residents who are interested in animals, poultry, and larger-scale regenerative agriculture projects can fulfill their community time commitment in this area. This commitment may involve organizing community events, such as planting and harvesting days. Agricultural helpers would likely coordinate with the garden crew, providing fresh eggs and other crops for resident’s CSA boxes.