Five Cardinals Farm is expanding production by extending operations year round to keep up with current demand and tap into new markets.
100% of $10,300
Funded on 07/23/2021
Meet the Farmers
Chris and Allyson Boop are first generation farmers. Chris grew up on a conventional farm in central Pennsylvania, exposing him to the typical monoculture systems dominating U.S. agriculture. This upbringing compelled him to stray away from convention and create a sustainable farm ecosystem focusing on holistic and regenerative practices. This vision did not come into fruition until after baby number three, Emilie, was born. Both Allyson and Emilie experienced some minor medical issues that required a lifestyle change. It was at this point that they began prioritizing healthy eating and growing their own food. In 2019, this passion grew into a dream of operating a self-sustaining farm to feed her family and the local community.
Five Cardinals Farm his since grown into a small, yet successful regenerative farm operating under a CSA model. With a mission to grow holistic food, share knowledge on healthy living, and create a welcoming community centered around food, Five Cardinals Farm believes that local small-scale farming plays a crucial role, spanning the health of the individual, the community, and the environment.
Sustainable & Regenerative Practices
Five Cardinals Farm works with nature instead of against it. They prioritize the health of their soil and cultivate the land using a holistic approach that employs the following techniques:
Cover cropping adds organic matter into the soil and, when combined with no-till practices, improves soil health, retains soil carbon, and enhances plant growth
Building and applying organic soil amendments through the composting of crop residues and the integration of animals on the land provides a natural fertilizer for this chemical-free operation
High crop diversity and companion planting aids in ecosystem health and pest control
Once animals are integrated into production, a holistic farm management plan will further contribute to soil health and improve the fertility of the land
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