Meet Anton – my CSA farmer, Good Work Farm, Nazareth, PA

Anton Shannon is a partner with Lisa Mistkelly, along with Rocco, pet patroller and customer service official. I found Good Work Farm while searching for a CSA close to my home. For 6 years I had a vegetable garden (50 x 100) which although rewarding, was becoming overwhelming to maintain with the crazy weather (when I started the garden, I began planting in late March; then 3 years ago, it was late April until I could plant). And, then the weeds – they loved this natural, no pesticide/herbicide environment and weather…me not so much!

I was first introduced to the concept of CSA about 12 years ago and I had a half plan with the Rodale Institute CSA in Maxatawny PA. It was a bit far to drive but there wasn’t another one close by. I learned so much about different vegetables through them as well as ways to plant vegetables. However, the distance discouraged me from renewing a second year. That’s when I started my garden. Boy! There is nothing like getting your hands in the dirt and connecting with Mother Nature!

However, since I didn’t want to plague myself with my own garden this year, I searched again for a CSA. I was ecstatic when I found Good Work Farm. Their wholesome produce continues to help me expand my vegetable knowledge and cooking skills. And I don’t have to weed or worry about the rain, drought or rabbits!

Here is a brief view of the Good Work Farm website (goodworkfarm.com)

We farm on a small scale and market locally. We have been growing to certified organic standards for the past six years, but are not yet certified organic. We purchase organic seeds whenever possible. We never use Genetically Modified (GMO/ GE) or chemically treated seeds. We use only organically approved fertilizers, amendments, and materials. We use practices to reduce erosion, build soil fertility, improve soil structure, and encourage soil biology.
We use crop rotations, resistant varieties & organically approved sprays to break up pest and disease cycles.

With all the agriculture chemicals used today, it is so challenging, if not impossible, to find true organic farms. With the air spraying and water runoff, fields near industrial farming are most likely impacted. This was true of my garden…it was an oasis in an area surrounded by industrialized farming. However, my planting with annual rotation as well as enriching the soil made my vegetables as organic- like as I could…even organic weeds!

I am so happy to have Good Work Farm for my vegetables. I am looking forward to fall veggies now…beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins along with spices like basil.

I hope that you will consider a CSA for your family. The fresh, whole vegetables are what our bodies need for good health and the independent farming approach that Anton, Lisa and other small independent farmers use is what helps our soil be healthy.

The picture shown with this blog was taken in mid-August with Anton and the Rodale Institute’s Regeneration Nation bag.