FARM SHARE FAQ
Here are some frequently asked questions about farm shares.
- What is a boarding fee?
A boarding fee is a monthly fee charged for keeping an animal fed and cared
for. This is usually associated with a milk share.
- Which farm share is right for
Every farm is different. What is a 'better' farm share depends on what you
want. Some offer more flexibility, some require work (which I imagine
would create more community), some offer eggs and meat as additional
purchaseable items, etc, etc. A good thing to do is contact the farmer and ask to speak to other share owners. I did that a few years ago when selecting my first CSA.
- I don't know whether certified
organic vs. organic methods is worth the extra cash. Doesn't it usually just hike up prices when farms get certified because it costs them an arm and a leg? Most of these small scale farmers
are in it for the love of the farm and their customers and won't be
putting nasty chemicals on their crops. That said, organic certification
is a process that makes sure you know exactly what you're getting. One
farmer's "organic methods" could be different than anothers.
- What is the difference
between certified naturally grown (CNG) and certified organic?
There are a number of differences, outlined in
this FAQ; they include who does the certification inspections and the
size of the farm targeted.