Monday, April 22, 2013

Michigan Backyard Farms brings fresh to 'your backyard'

Jerry Holcomb
Jerry Holcomb, owner of Michigan Backyard Farms & CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has opening for more shareholders for the 2013 season. 
He started the program to serve a growing demand for fresh and local produce. Community Supported Agriculture is where farmers sell shares of their projected garden harvest.
Holcomb also offers the option to tend shareholders’ own backyard gardens.

He just planted kale, spinach, three kinds of lettuce, arugula and radish.
Over the last 20 years, CSA’s have become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Typically the share consists of a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the growing season. Some farmers offer the share owners the opportunity to work on the farm and pick their own produce.
  Local CSA's charge between $320 to $600 per share for about a 15-week growing season with an average of about 200 pounds of fresh produce per year, according to Holcomb.
“My pricing will be competitive for the same produce. Additionally, the customer will either have an existing garden section that may need updated or a section of the yard will need to be converted to a mini-farm. This cost will be evaluated in person on a backyard by backyard basis,” said Holcomb. For information, email Holcomb at or visit on Facebook at Michigan-Backyard-Farms-CSA

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