The heart of the business model of Gail Taylor’s Three Part Harmony Farm is a 100-member CSA. Click here to read about how Gail found her farm and her role in expanding urban farming in Washington, D.C. Pretty quickly, Gail realized that trying to provide a larger CSA “was just too hard to do alone.” So she and fellow Clagett alum Zachari Curtis of Good Sense Farm and Apiary cofounded the co-op Community Farming Alliance. Soon they were joined by Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals, who had also worked at Clagett. This past year they added Blain Snipstal and Aleya Fraser of Black Dirt Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Gale Livinston of Rainbow Hill Farm in West Virginia is also a contributor.
“There are lots of reasons why I like being in a co-op with other farmers,” says Gail. “It’s hard enough for one person to grow 40 different kinds of vegetables, and herbs, and flowers. And run the seedling business out of the greenhouse in my backyard.” The co-op offers its CSA members vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, honey, flowers, and culinary and medicinal herbs.
Click here to read the full article by Lise Metzger on the GroundedWomen.com blog here.