In 2018 we are launching our Community Supported Forest Agriculture Program. Membership is an equity share investment that pays a full return of perennial food security. The program enables us to bypass lending institutions by appealing directly to our community. This economic model allows us to focus on a diversity of products from the farm and forest rather than specializing on a few cash crops. Most importantly this approach serves the primary mission of regenerating this magnificent forest towards an enduring legacy of abundance.
Most are familiar with community supported agriculture (CSA), where members pre-purchase shares of the seasons harvest and receive a weekly box of produce. While some CSAs still follow this format, many have moved to an “ala carte” distribution system, where members choose from a list of seasonal offerings which are debited from their prepaid shares. Plant and Gather will distribute by the latter method, offering members flexibility to choose from our expanding list of products along with the educational and recreational aspects of membership.
The seasonal list of products, services and events will be regularly updated in the online Farm Store, through facebook and our mailing list. The variety and quantities will increase throughout 2018 and over the coming years as new crops are introduced and mature. Reflecting the perennial nature of our offerings, member credits do not expire until they are exchanged for farm goods and services in 2018 or any other season in the future.
Members pre-purchase dollar-for-dollar credits that may be exchanged for any combination of:
Seasonal produce, herbs, honey, eggs and value added products
U-Pick and Wild-crafting of herbs, mushrooms, berry, fruit and nut crops
Nursery plants, trees and seeds
Day hikes camping and cabin rentals
Event hosting for your ceremonies, small gatherings and workshops
Permaculture Design consultations for home, farm and business
- Sustainably harvested timber products and firewood
Workshops on forest farming, permaculture and the sustainable arts
Click "Become a Member", you will be sent to the farm store. Select the membership level that is right for you, your family and forest loving friends! You will receive a code that is used to debit purchases made on our website, at the farm or for delivery at a weekly distribution location.
Not convinced by our homespun website with limited pictures that don't come close to doing the land justice?
Register for the next Forest Farm Tour, to see the land and hear the vision from the farmers mouths.
Love the Plant and Gather Forest Farm but not ready to be an active member?
Learn more and donate to the Watershed Preservation Society!
Are YOU into?
Wild and local foods, eating with the seasons, permaculture design, teaching and learning about nature, foraging, birdwatching, healthy living, family camping, food preservation, forest gardening at home, species identification, traditional stone masonry, nature retreats, geology, seed saving, forest healing, old time cooking, native plants, wilderness camping, nature bathing, photography, getting out of town, gaining a new perspective, plant propagation, hydrotherapy, wilderness training, trout fishing, stargazing, appropriate technology, primitive shelters, deep ecology, bio regionalism, primitive skills, Appalachian history, forest stewardship, pollinators, watershed preservation and More?