Classes: until weather warms and the pandemic subsides, classes are largely offered online through Zoom. Check out our Facebook page to learn more about upcoming classes on a range of garden and food-related classes! Classes are free, but donations to our cause is always welcomed. See classes page.
Class topics in winter 2021 included planning your 2021 garden, growing culinary mushrooms at home, a class on backyard grains, and one on growing shoots. Early spring classes have in 2021 and likely in 2022 will include a class on raising food on your patio, deck, or balcony. As spring progresses, we’ll talk more about soil, soil testing, and preparing soil for gardening. More coming soon! We also may offer classes on storytelling and outdoor self-care. Does yoga on the farm sound of interest to you?
Internships: Bushelcraft Farm is proud to announce it is launching an internship program for high school students in early 2022! We will take on up to five high school students from Elkhart County. This offering is made possible with the help of grant funding from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and other supporters. We are still looking for individual donors, corporate sponsorships, and others who want to support our cause.
An application to the internship program can be found back on our home page.
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares: our 2020 season enabled us to offer a summer program (May-Aug) of 14 weeks of produce pick-up for households who invested in our efforts up front. We also offered a 14-week program in the fall from early September to early December. In 2021, Bushelcraft Farm offered summer CSA May-mid August, then a fall CSA program Aug 31-Dec 7th, with on-farm pickups on Tuesdays 4-6pm. Contact us by email if you want to sign up or to get more information about the 2022 season (email email@example.com), or download the flyer and the CSA agreement documents below to see 2021 documents. **2022 CSA is still under planning, as we are about to launch an internship program that may change the details of the 2022 CSA to involve more youth.
Not familiar with ‘CSA’? This model of agriculture centers on a direct relationship between a farm and households who enter into a relationship that shares the risk of growing food. Households ‘invest’ in the farm up front and repaid with weekly installments of produce each week–whatever is in season. The farm–in this case Bushelcraft Farm–is supported by participating households and can purchase seeds and supplies up front. CSA participants are not only supported with super-fresh produce on weekly basis, but are given up-close opportunities to learn about farming and receive weekly information about the farm, recipes and tips on how to prepare and eat a wide range of vegetables, herbs, etc that are in season (and sometimes includes unfamiliar or ‘forgotten’ foods) and can volunteer on the farm, as well. The idea is to build community around agriculture and local food!
Volunteering: Come visit us on site and get your hands literally soiled! Even during the pandemic, there are ways to work with others with social distancing outdoors while conversing and building connections. Such activities can range from wheelbarrowing compost and woodchips to weeding, watering young trees, harvesting veggies, and maintaining tools and equipment. Not able to help with physical agricultural activities? We can also use help with volunteers to hang up signs, translate in Spanish, promote our events on social media, and staff classes and events!
Tours and field trips: though this part of our offerings is just now coming together, Bushelcraft Farm is happy to coordinate tours and field trips on site to those interested in getting outside in the fresh air. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our offerings on this front, we aim to further coordinate and explore safe possibilities in 2022, while being in close contact with our local health department guidelines and approval.
Contact us if you’d like to connect about what we have to offer! E-mail director Jon Zirkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.