A Brief Fox Creek Farm history
(continued) Growing pains: By 2006 we reached the limits of the rented farm and the part-time farming endeavor. Future growth of the farm would require more farmland and most importantly, more time. Fast forward: friends offer us a part of their 100 acre farm for sale. We do the math, and think that with a 120 member CSA we could be farming full-time.
Full time farming: In 2007 we started farming on our new land - we improved the roads, built a barn, dug a well, and installed our own off-grid solar electric system. Raymond also quit his job in Albany, and your family farmers were now truly depending on the land!
Sustainable growth: The 120 member CSA was a great leap from the 40 shares. Steep learning curves, more mechanization, more labor, and more acreage under cultivation. Thereafter, we continued to grow sustainably, gradually adding more pick-up sites and CSA shares. By 2016 the membership grew to over 390 families, who picked up at one of
our seven sites in Gallupville, Delmar, Albany (SUNY and Honest Weight), Schenectady, Altamont and Clifton Park.
On top of that, we ran a 40-share 'Healthy Food for All' pilot project in Schenectady together with SICM. We cultivated more land, added a second irrigation pond, and a second barn, expanding the infrastructure to keep up with the growth.
And where we are today
At this point, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary on our own farm. The size of the CSA is maximizing the use of land and equipment. We are running the economically viable small family farm as we envisioned many years ago.
We've got a strong core of CSA members - some of whom have been with us from the small beginnings. By carefully listening to our members, we continuously adjust our farm plan to meet the tastes of most. And most importantly, with the slow growth in farm size, we managed to keep up
the very high quality of produce we give to our CSA members. We must be doing something right: our membership retention rate is around 70%, which is well above the average CSA farm.
With over 400 CSA members, we are one of the bigger CSA farms in the area.
Fox Creek Farm is located in Schoharie County (Town of Wright), on Fox Creek Farm Road, off Larry Hill. We are about 25 miles (or 45 minutes by car) away from downtown Albany or Delmar, 20 miles (35 minutes) from Schenectady, and 30 miles (50 minutes) from Clifton Park.
Our farm is open to visits by our CSA members any time, and during the season we offer a free U-pick garden with cherry tomatoes, cut flowers, and culinary herbs as a part of the CSA share. You will be awed by the beauty of the farm and vistas - and this working farm is a great way to introduce (grand)children to agriculture. We hope to see you!