Updates on Covid-19: 3/21/2020- At this time, we are still early in our production year. But already we are thinking about the months and growing season to come, and how best to cope with cornavirus. Our youngest son, Isaac, is in a high risk category do to his serious medical and heart condition. This has made us take all the sanitation and isolation guidelines very seriously. Thankfully, we have several weeks before our first market to see how things develop, and hopefully see the virus contained. We are using this time to review our farm processes, on-farm and at market, to take any necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
-At this time, we are on a pause from accepting CSA workshare or farm volunteers. -We are adding additional sanitation practices for harvest, post harvest handling, and market. - While we intend to be at market starting in May, we are planning for the possibility of online sales for most/all crops (not just the plant sale). - We have revamped our plant sale with a focus on self- reliance and crop yields. Think 'Victory Garden' for the modern age.
Thank you for supporting our farm and the local food system! We will keep you updated about any changes or developments.
4/6/2020- The State of Michigan has now deemed all plants, even vegetable starts, as “non essential.” This will have some impact on how we proceed with our plant sale.
Will Earthkeeper still be growing garden plants? Yes, fortunately we can “work from home,” because our farm is our back yard. We will not be asking any employees to come to work to help with the plant sale.
Will Earthkeeper still be selling plants? Yes, the order prohibits in person sales, but we can still sell online.
How will I get my pre-ordered plants? The plants will be ready in mid to late May, about seven weeks from now. It looks like our best option will be either a “no contact” pick up on-farm. Or, if needed, we will deliver the orders. At this time, we are not permitted to sell plants or do a plant pick up at Fulton Street Farmers Market.
Will Earthkeeper be selling plants at market? No, at this time we are not permitted to sell plants at market. We are offering pre-order only. We will keep you inform of any changes.
What impact will this have on Earthkeeper’s availability of plants? We highly recommend you order your plants as soon as possible. If we can’t sell extra plants at market, it is possible that we will be growing less to try to cut costs. Yet, there maybe more demand for plants since the large commercial greenhouses maybe closed. I really have no idea.
Will Earthkeeper still be growing vegetables, wheat, and elderberries? Yes, farms producing food are deemed as “essential.” We still plan to sell these crops at the Fulton Street Farmers Market and through pre-order on our website.
We are deeply grateful to the amazing community of local-food-loving folks that support the farm. We are working hard everyday to make sure we have clean, fresh food for your family.
At Earthkeeper Farm, we grow food sustainably, using only natural, chemical free, and biodynamic growing practices. We strive to create a balanced farm ecosystem, which naturally keeps disease and pests under control. Biodiversity, environmental protection, building healthy soil, and commitment to a local food system are a few key elements of the farm.
We grow Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, garden plants, elderberries, and wheat (fresh milled at market).
We have vegetable plants in a variety of crops and types. Pre-ordering is required.
Earthkeeper Farm Kent City, MI Rachelle@earthkeeperfarm.com 616-403-0526
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