La Nay Ferme.
La Nay Ferme is a farm in Provo created for year-long crop growth. Continue reading
For most farmers, the planting season is just beginning. But one farm in Provo has been growing crops since last fall.
The farm La Nay Ferme grows not just during normal farming months, but they aim at creating fresh and local food in Utah County on a year long basis.
Clinton Felsted is the creator of La Nay Ferme. From geothermal greenhouses to high tunnels, he used this past fall and winter to research and experiment with different techniques to find this year-long success.
Felsted said, “Who knows where this one farm will go and what happens with it. But I think it’d be wonderful if the community was very involved.”
The farm is using a concept called CSA, otherwise known as community supported agriculture. This allows the public to purchase a share of the farm and in return the owners will grow and deliver a bag of fresh produce to them on a weekly basis.
Farm manager Barbara Fuller said, “Every week we will fill up that bag with fresh produce. We’ve structured the CSA around salad packs so every week they will have fresh greens with complimentary fruits and vegetables.”
For those who can’t afford to purchase a share of the farm, Felsted gives them a chance to come up and volunteer at the farm in exchange for a bag of food.
“A thought that I’ve had is that maybe if people would come and work and there was food provided for their labor that would be a wonderful way to help people”, said Felsted.
Felsted also created the La Nay Foundation. As the farm becomes profitable, he plans to use the profits to provide the community with gardening classes, seminars and other projects this summer.
The farm currently works with Guru’s in Provo, and is looking to expand to other places as well. For those interested in purchasing a share or volunteering, you can visit their website at lanayferme.com.
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