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RARE EARTH FARM  is located about thirty miles north of Milwaukee off Hwy. 43 in Belgium Wisconsin.

The farm has been dedicated to growing food for individual families by subscription since 1990. CSA, aka “Community Supported Agriculture” forms an active partnership between the farmer and consumer. Funding for the farms entire operating costs are acquired from membership fees submitted  prior to the season’s start.  By participating in the program each member receives an equal “share” of the total season’s harvest. This CSA arrangement fosters community and educates members about the nature of raising and eating seasonal produce in southeast Wisconsin. By choosing to participate members support an alternative to the industrial scale food system.

OUR PHILOSOPHY in growing vegetables and raising livestock on our 20 acres is based upon using methods that are both rejuvenating to our soil, and beneficial in some way to the overall ecology of our farm. With our practices we use little or no chemical inputs for crop protection, and soil fertility. It's a fact that we eat this food too. We estimate some eighty percent of our total diet is the food we grow. Eating food grown naturally has always been extremely important to us.

Although our farm is not "certified organic" most of the techniques and materials we use are in compliance with USDA's NOP (National Organic Program).

Our primary emphasis is organic style farming and is augmented with methods also associated with biological farming. Soil testing, composting, cover crops, adding soil amendments, and integrated pest management (IPM) are all used in pursuit of a better and more natural approach to farming.

With over 25 years of serving as stewards to our land, we sense a great relationship to our soils. We've made a personal commitment in our business to renew and strengthen the association between small scale farmers, the consumer, and our precious earth. Our direct farm source for your favorite vegetables compares to the fresh, quality, nutrient-rich deliciousness of the produce you would harvest from your own back yard garden.

We're always at liberty to share more information about our farming practices. Simply send us an email with your questions.

The Farmers

Gardens were a staple in Steve’s life ever since he was old enough to toddle around on his own two legs. His father introduced him to the art via a backyard garden that provided produce for the whole family.  Eating from a garden continued through college and became a shared endeavor with his roommates.  As vegetarians during the 70s this was the way to go—the items of convenience that can now be found to fit any diet were not available. While the vegetarian lifestyle eventually faded the growing of his own food blossomed, no matter if he was teaching tech. ed. during his early career days or later on working as a mechanical engineer.

Rare Earth CSA’s first season was 1990. It started small, secondary to Steve’s day job, and served mostly friends and family. The interest in CSA grew and full-time farming called strongly to Steve so 19 years ago he quit his corporate job and never looked back. The farm business has always focused on CSA but at times        included wholesale and restaurant accounts plus farmer markets.                                                   

Vegetable gardens were not a part of Debra Jo’s early years. She never imagined becoming a farmer, despite the 8th grade career survey that told her she’d be well suited for it. After spending time as a hairstylist and then working in the medical field, Debra Jo finally dove into the world of vegetable production. A neighboring Belgium, WI farm employed her for two growing seasons, teaching her the basics. She joined forces with Steve once it was realized that she’d be a farmer for life and that Rare Earth needed another full-time farmer.

Debra Jo
Steve
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Our Commitment

As stewards of our land we dedicate much of our time and energy towards building a healthy relationship with our soils. Equally important in our work is building and maintaining a strong connection with the people who eat our food. It is our constant commitment to uphold these values so in order to guarantee our customers will receive the highest quality of produce. 

In a mutual accord with our community of supporters and based on nothing more than  a "handshake", we ask our CSA members to uphold their part of this agreement. The following guidelines are the bonding principles that will assure the survival of the farmer to consumer relationship.

A national charter agreement to unify our cause has been created and designed to preserve, and improve everyone's access to fresh, wholesome, and true locally grown food. Before you choose to become a CSA member decide if you're willing to make a personal commitment in doing your part to maintain our association.

We pledge to uphold our part in this accord. As a member of our farm will you partner with us on your behalf?   

 

             Click here to view Charter Guidlines                                              

 

 

 

 

   
Rare Earth Farm

6806 Hwy KW

Belgium, WI 53004
Phone/Fax 262-285-7070

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