-Josiah Venter, CT NOFA Journeyperson
With the 2014 CSA season coming to an end, Ro-Jo Farms of Bethany has several highlights to share with the farming community. We had a very successful growing season with fortey CSA members in New Haven, Hamden, Bethany and Woodbridge getting fresh produce delivered to their door along with a handful of restaurant sales in New Haven and Hamden.
Starting in June, seniors from The Hopkins School participated in their week of community service projects by helping Ro-Jo Farms remove rocks from one of our fields and by transplanting summer squash and nightshades. During the month of July, Ro-Jo Farms paired up with Solar Youth, Inc., offering a CSA share in exchange for work days. Needless to say, these two groups helped us achieve our goal of creating educational opportunities with local youth at the farm.
In August, Ro-Jo Farms was lucky to be featured in The New York Times. Our photo
accompanied an article that discussed the challenges of small scale farming. Take a look for yourself here…
Food donations played a major part of our 2014 season as well, with over 1,000lbs of produce going to the CT Food Bank!
Organic Certification from Baystate Organic Certifiers is pending but we’re feeling very optimistic about the process.
Ro-Jo Farms is located at 327 Litchfield Ave in Bethany. For more information visit their website at http://www.ro-jofarms.com/