Hometown Farmer - The Good Earth & Al's Local
If you want to be a farmer, it can be hard to get started.
There's equipment and land to buy or rent.
This week in "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," we're going to a Community Supported Agriculture Farm in Lennox, SD, giving a beginning farmer a way to get his foot in the door.
"Asparagus is easy, it really doesn't take a lot of care," said Nancy Kirstein, owner of The Good Earth.
The asparagus is really growin' at The Good Earth.
Nancy and her husband own the farm, in the 8th growing season now.
In that time the couple has learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to growing and weeding.
Right now, Nancy's husband is trying cornmeal to stop the weeds from growing.
"He went and bought all the corn meal he could find and sprinkled it up and down here," said Kirstein, pointing at rows lined with cornmeal.
The two know what customers want, too.
As far as what they don't want? Customers haven't been too keen on okra.
"We tried to grow that for a couple of years," said Kirstein. "We actually did, but it just wasn't super popular."
The knowledge is helping the next generation of farmers, like Alex Hohenthaner.
He's a former Good Earth intern, and now he's being allowed to run his own CSA farm on The Good Earth's property.
It's called Al's Local.
"Land access for young farmers, obviously, is a big hurdle to get over," said Hohenthaner.
This is not only an excellent way for him to get his foot in the door without a lot of the risk, but to get the area used to homegrown vegetables delivered right to your door, too.
"It's kind of an uphill battle, but things are changing pretty quick," said Hohenthaner. "People are liking where there food's coming from."
The Good Earth has about 50 families that are part of their CSA.
They serve the Sioux Falls Area.
Al's Local makes vegetable deliveries to Yankton and Vermillion.
If you want to check out what's growing at The Good Earth or Al's Local.
You can check out their Facebook pages here: facebook.com/The-Good-Earth
And here: facebook.com/AlsLocal/
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