Underground Farm & Learning Center
- Emphasis on the non-GMO seeds and transplants,
- Using organic fertilizers like bone meal, cottonseed meal, good compost, fish fertilizers.
- Using organic methods and approaches when using pesticides (we use some BT (look it up) and some Dawn dish soap and some safer Insect sprays (all OMRI approved, look it up).
- sustainable for the farmer/ got to make enough to have a living, as well as a life,
- sustainable for the customers, delivering healthy plants for building healthy humans
- sustainable for Mother Earth and the soil, feeding the soil and microorganisms and wormies and critter that sustain life in the soil.
Where to get UFLC’s produce:
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions
- Our Farm Stand, at 1586 Hwy 101, Beaufort
- Coastal Community Market in Beaufort
- Friendly Market Produce Stand in Morehead City
- several area restaurants
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Opportunities for 2017
Underground Farm currently uses the model of CSA as a marketing tool - we offer a multi-week subscription to the crops being harvested at their peak of freshness for your prepayment and our promise of partnership with our customers.
Typically boxes worth roughly $20 are packed and delivered the same day to either Beaufort or Morehead City or are picked up at the farm, either weekly or biweekly.
This CSA represents a membership in our farm and we reward you with fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers. Plus - a weekly CSA offers you one free ticket to our farm dinners, Yum!
UNDERGROUND FARM & LEARNING CENTER Is a PROUD CHARTER PARTNER OF CSA DAY
- Farm members buy directly from the farm or group of farms. There is no middleman.
- The farm provides member families with high quality, healthy, nutrient-dense, fresh and preserved, local and low fossil-fuel food or fiber, filling the share primarily with products grown on the farm or, if purchased from other farms, clearly identified as to origin.
- Farm members commit to the CSA, sharing the risks and rewards of farming by signing an agreement with the CSA and paying some part in advance, even as little as two weeks for those on Food Stamps.
- The farm nurtures biodiversity through healthy production that is adapted to the rhythm of the seasons and is respectful of the natural environment, of cultural heritage, and that builds healthy soils, restores soil carbon, conserves water and minimizes pollution of soil, air and water.
- Farmers and members commit to good faith efforts for continuous development of mutual trust and understanding, and to solidarity and responsibility for one another as co-producers.
- Farm members respect the connection with the land upon which the CSA grows their food and strive to learn more and to understand the nature of growing food in their locale.
- Farmers practice safe-handling procedures to ensure that the produce is safe to eat and at its freshest, tastiest, and most nutritious.
- CSA prices reflect a fair balance between the farmers’ needs to cover costs of production and pay living wages to themselves and all farm workers so that they can live in a dignified manner, and members’ needs for food that is accessible and affordable
- Farmers consult with members, take their preferences into account when deciding what crops to grow and communicate regularly about the realities of the farm.
- Farm members commit to cooperation with the community of members and to fulfill their commitments to the CSA.
- Farmers commit to using locally adapted seeds and breeds to the greatest extent possible.
- The CSA seeks paths to social inclusiveness to enable the less well-off to access high quality food and commits to growing the CSA movement through increasing the number of CSAs and collaboration among them.