Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a food subscription model that allows farms to receive income during the slower winter months, when they are often spending the most money for the coming growing year. Whether you are a customer interested in supporting a local farmer, or a vendor looking to start a CSA of your own, this panel will offer insight from three farmers with years of experience. Questions encouraged!
Farmer / Owner – Rowland’s Row Family Farm
Dani Rowland started in the hospitality industry at the age of 14. Over the next 20 years, Dani moved from waiting tables to various other positions in the front and back of house. In 2010, Dani and her husband began a new culinary adventure … farming. They started at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, NC with just one row of vegetables they called “Rowland’s Row”. Since those humble beginnings, Rowland’s Row Farm has grown into an 18-acre homestead in Gold Hill, NC where the couple raises pastured, GMO free poultry (laying hens, broilers, and ducks), as well as a variety of USDA Certified Organic fruits and vegetables.
Sammy Koenigsberg, New Town Farms; Mary Roberts, Windcrest Organics; Kim Shaw, Small City Farm
A founder of the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, Sammy Koenigsberg has been raising sustainable crops in Waxhaw for over 25 years. Mary Roberts provides organic seedlings, produce, and flowers to growers across the country as well as directly to consumers in the Charlotte area. Kim Shaw heads up a 3-acre farm only 5 miles from uptown Charlotte that has become an important source of high-quality vegetables, fruit, and eggs to local restaurants.