As your farmer, I am committed to helping to build our community, providing fresh and healthy food to you and being a responsible steward of the farmland and our ecosystem. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model is an innovative way for you to receive fresh vegetables each week and be a part of the Deri Farm community. Healthy vegetables come from healthy soil. Using organic farming methods, I am not just restoring the nutrients in the soil, but improving its quality for our future.
-Justin Deri

CSA Farmshares

Community Supported Agriculture

From a letter to CSA members from Justin Deri on March 1, 2017:

Thoreau wrote in Feb. of 1857, "What is hope, what is expectation, but a seed-time whose harvest cannot fail, an irresistible expedition of the mind, at length to be victorious?" Yet for the past two months, with gravitas I have ruminated on how to cultivate the seed I planted almost 10 years ago, Deri Farm. Operating a CSA farm is a source of tremendous joy as dozens of families (185 families at our peak) visit the farm each week to enjoy the beauty, flavor, and nutrition produced in this difficult soil; however, the deep challenges of being the sole manager of a mixed vegetable farm can overshadow that bounty.

So, it is with sadness and reservation that I have decided to end the CSA at Deri Farm. I do not know what a future season holds, for it is possible a CSA could be restarted. I plan to continue growing vegetables on a much smaller scale and tend to the soil. Improving the soil, reducing the weed pressure, and tidying the farm is an investment in the future of this farm. This season, I may grow enough to have a small farm stand or direct wholesale to local restaurants. I will keep you posted, should that happen.

I am so grateful to have had a supportive community of vegetable enthusiasts. Many of you have been customers from when I started on North Rd. Thank you to all of you for your support in the past. As I look to the future, it is time to plant a new seed and begin a new garden.