Fairhaven Farm Membership
Do you want to be more intimately connected to your food source and directly support local farmers? Become a member of our farm and share in the bounty! As a farm member, you'll receive weekly deliveries of fresh produce or fresh-baked bread directly from our farm. We deliver for vegetable and bread shares during the summer months (typically mid-June through mid-October).
Our Farm Philosophy
Through our livelihood as farmers and stewards of the land we hope to create a happy, healthy community in an environment of shared abundance and beauty! We are committed to growing according to organic standards because we care about the health of our environment and the health of our customers. Our produce is grown without the use of any harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Maintaining soil health and fertility is our highest priority because we believe healthy soil produces healthy, nutrient-rich food. We are a relatively small-scale, family farm and because of this, we are able to focus on the quality, beauty and flavor of our products versus the quantity produced. At Fairhaven Farm we favor unique, specialty and heirloom produce, but also grow many well-known, family-friendly standards.
Community is at the heart of our farm. We operate under the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model: a unique partnership between the farmer and the consumer in which customers share the risks and rewards inherent in farming. As your farmers, we agree to deliver a weekly sampling of our best seasonal produce, and you agree to share in the farm's success, and occasional crop failure due to due to weather, insect invasion or any other unforeseen circumstance. We take steps to avoid or mitigate such failures by using organic growing practices, building and maintaining soil fertility through compositing and cover-cropping , establishing permanent raised garden beds and utilizing low-till methods so as not to disturb the life in our soil, and relying on crop rotations to avoid pressure from plant diseases and pests. These measures, combined with our carefully-calculated planting schedule, help ensure that we'll have a variety of vegetables available each week for our members.
CSA membership is a key component to the sustainability of the farm. By pledging your support at the beginning of the growing season you are helping ensure that we can successfully plan for a whole season of abundance. Members can expect to receive high-quality, sustainably-grown food from farmers they know and trust and the farmers are directly supported by their community. It's a win-win.
We are an open farm. Members and guests are always welcome to visit us, meet their farmers and see where their food comes from. Let us know if you'd like to schedule a farm visit. We'd be happy to show you around!
Meet Your Farmers
John has spent the past decade in two places; kitchens and vegetable fields. He got his start working as a prep cook at a fine dining restaurant in his hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and became interested in farming when he moved to Duluth for college in 2008. While studying anthropology he was assigned several research projects dealing with our own local food system. This eventually landed him a job on a CSA farm near Wrenshall, where he would spend three seasons learning how to grow great veggies. John founded Fairhaven Farm in 2014 and for two seasons he operated his own micro CSA on borrowed land while also working as a baker at a local bakery and had a solid stint as a prep cook at Northern Waters Restaurant. He's now working as a full-time farmer and loving every minute of it. He believes the best food, hands down, comes from the best and freshest ingredients. Farmer, Baker, Chef. This is who you want growing your veggies!
Emily considers her childhood to be part of her agricultural training — whether it was helping her mother in the garden or just digging in the dirt making mud pies — she was getting early lessons in agriculture. Emily parted from her rural home near Bemidji, Minnesota to enjoy artistic pursuits in the big city, while her gardening instincts simmered on the back burner. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2005 and worked various graphic design and art jobs, before shifting her focus back to the dirt. In 2009 she completed a full season farming internship at a small-scale organic CSA farm (DreamAcres) located in Southeast Minnesota where she gained a thorough understanding and love of the farm’s process from seed to harvest. After this experience she knew that farming would be the counterpoint to her creative livelihood. In 2011, Emily completed the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association Farm Beginnings course, where her farming dreams began to take shape. Despite not owning farmland, Emily launched her "micro" urban farming venture in 2012, growing microgreens, herbs and edible flower garnishes for the Duluth community. Aptly named for it's size, Pocket Farm operated on just 300 square feet of vertical growing space in the south-facing windows of Emily's apartment. Now, having teamed up with John on their beautiful new farm, Emily has more room to grow and flourish.
Pick Up Locations:
Our CSA delivery day is Wednesday. We typically deliver shares between 2 – 4 PM. Shares can be picked up at your chosen drop site each Wednesday afternoon/evening.
At the Farm
Get your veggies straight from the source!
5818 Munger Shaw Road, Saginaw, MN 55779
Glen Avon Church
2105 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55812
Adeline Inc. Salon
1132 E 9th Street, Duluth, MN 55805
1924 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806