Farm Operation: NACF leases its farm property to Simple Gifts Farm (SGF) which operates an organic CSA on the site. NACF selected Simple Gifts Farm because of their commitment to sustainable farming practices and their strong interest in engaging with the community.

Simple Gifts Farm is a partnership of Jeremy Barker-Plotkin, who specializes in vegetable production and David Tepfer, who oversees the SGF's livestock operation. Both Jeremy's and David's families live in houses adjacent to the farm and play important supportive roles. David's partner Marcy Lowy is a veterinarian and Jeremy's partner Audrey Barker-Plotkin is a forestry researcher at Harvard Forest.

The CSA operation has been highly successful and now serves roughly 300 households each season. A winter share - of root vegetables and greenhouse grown salad greens - was added in 2008. Eggs are available year round. The chickens, like the other livestock, are moved around the farm over the course of the year, so that the entire site benefits from increased soil fertility. Meat from the pigs and lambs raised on the farm is also available for purchase at CSA pickups.

NACF & SGF: It is confusing, having two entities with the word farm in their names - North Amherst Community Farm and Simple Gifts Farm. Why are there two entities in the first place? What is the difference between buying a CSA share from Simple Gifts Farm and making a donation to North Amherst Community Farm? Here are the answers.

NACF is a non-profit, community organization that purchased the farm in order to prevent its development into a housing subdivision. When you make a tax deductible donation to NACF, it helps us to maintain and improve the farm property and to create interesting farm-related programming for the community.

SGF is the for profit farming operation that leases the farm from NACF and produces healthy, organic vegetables and farm raised animal products. When you buy a CSA share you are buying fresh high quality food and supporting local farm families and their business. Here is a link to the Simple Gifts Farm website.

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