Willow Pond Farm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Would you like to help harvest vegetables and learn more about end-of-season tasks? Willow Pond Farm needs your help on Tuesdays, for 3-4 hours between 9 am - 5 pm, now through late October! If you are interested, please fill out a Volunteer Interest Form.
 

WHO WE ARE

In late 2015, the Southern District YMCA entered into an agreement to manage Willow Pond Community Farm located in nearby Brentwood, NH. A certified organic vegetable production operation, Willow Pond has been serving area families through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program since 2004. The SDYMCA embraces the concept of farming to help meet their mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Willow Pond Community Farm sits on nine acres of conservation land, with approximately two acres currently in cultivation. Seeking to supply at least 60 or more families this year with fresh, local and organic produce, the farm staff consists of a full-time, year round Farm Manager, a full-time, seasonal Assistant Farmer, a part-time, seasonal Farm Camp Educator, and several volunteers. Farm infrastructure includes a shed with wash station, 3 high tunnels and use of a heated greenhouse and tractor. Plans are in the work for a new well and irrigation system this season, as well as an additional high tunnel and a walk-in cooler.

WHAT WE DO

  • Willow Pond Community Farm offers an 18-week CSA program to local families with three convenient pick-up locations: on-farm in Brentwood at the Exeter Area YMCA or YMCA Camp Lincoln.
  • We also will be at the Exeter Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. 
  • In addition to production, we host experiential education programs for youth, including our Farm Camp through Camp Lincoln. 
  • We strongly believe in giving back to our community and another way we try to do this is by donating a portion of what we grow to the local food pantry, St. Vincent DePaul’s in Exeter. 

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

In the CSA model, shareholders pay in advance and receive their portion of the harvest through the growing season. Paying up front enables the farmer to prepare for the season, purchasing seeds, prepping the fields and planting. Invested members share in the rewards of local farming (fresh, nutritious food, knowledge of the production methods, land and farmer) as well as the risks of the farming season. Farming is subject to forces beyond the farmer’s control such as weather (drought, floods, wind), pests and disease.  However, more often than not, the harvest is bountiful, giving shareholders increased value, more for their dollar’s worth and the best quality produce.  Furthermore, joining a CSA affords the opportunity to be part of a community of people nationwide who are taking an active role in supporting local, organic agriculture and improving the quality and sustainability of their local food supplies. For more information about CSAs, visit www.localharvest.org/csa/tips.jsp

Please contact willowpondfarm@sdymca.org with any questions.

Purchase a 2017 CSA Share

TYPE COST  
Full Share $525 REGISTER NOW!
Half Share $350 REGISTER NOW!

To allow for adequate planning of each week's harvest, Willow Pond Farm requires 48 hours to process a new registration.Registration for shares received after midnight on Sunday will not be available for pick-up until the following week. 

SHARE PICK-UP INFORMATION

Willow Pond Community Farm is offering an 18-week CSA program with three convenient pick-up locations:

  • Willow Pond Farm in Brentwood, NH
  • Exeter Area YMCA in Exeter, NH
  • YMCA Camp Lincoln in Kingston, NH

Member share pick-up will be held on Tuesdays at the location you have selected during your registration. Please contact willowpondfarm@sdymca.org with any questions.

Watch us in action

2017 CSA Crop Schedule

A list of the typical crops CSA members can expect throughout the season and an approximate time frame for when they're ready.

Fresh Ideas About Food

A wellness series offered in collaboration with Exeter Hospital and Dig In: Real Fool Solution. With a new seasonal theme each month, local farmers, chefs and other health professionals will provide hands-on demos and tastings for youth and adults.

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.