Naturally Grown Produce
All produce from The Homestead is Certified Naturally Grown. This peer-based system evaluates our farm and growing practices to ensure our produce meets the same standards as organically grown food. Visit www.naturallygrown.org to learn more about the Certified Naturally Grown program.
The Homestead strives to bring fresh, local, naturally grown produce to the people of Central Iowa. We grow more than 30 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs on our farm outside Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Once a week, our shareholders pick up, or are delivered, a basket of fresh produce harvested that day.
We strive to grow not only Midwestern garden staples, but heirloom and unique varieties as well. Below is a list of some of the crops we are growing.
Summer & Winter Squash
What is a CSA Program?
A CSA, (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a way for individuals or families to create a relationship with a farm and the people that grow their food. Each member of our CSA receives a weekly basket of fresh produce throughout the growing season, which is typically 16 to 20 weeks. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become shareholders of the CSA and receive their share of the weekly harvest.
Buying locally grown produce through our CSA program means you are:
- helping employ individuals with autism
- investing in the local economy
- living green by purchasing food that was grown with minimal impact on the planet
- decreasing your carbon footprint by minimizing the distance your food travels to your plate
- living healthy by purchasing food that was grown naturally without the hazardous chemicals used by many in the food production industry
The Homestead makes weekly produce deliveries to shareholders. Delivery charges are extra and vary based on how far away your home or office is from The Homestead farm. Shareholders can, of course, stop by the farm and pick up their weekly produce if they prefer.
Buy a Share Today
Members have the option of purchasing a single share membership for $450 or may elect to purchase a double share membership for $850.
A single share is designed to supplement fresh fruit and vegetable consumption for 1-2 person households. A double share is designed to supplement the fruit and vegetable needs of a 3-4 person household. It may also be useful for those 1-2 person households that eat more vegetables than most or who use food preservation for longer term use.
During the season, pick up at the farm is available for membership. Delivery is available to home or businesses for an added fee. Drop sites are also available in the Des Moines metro area. Please contact us for delivery options.
Occasionally the farm produces additional fruits and vegetables for sale outside of the membership shares. Contact us if you wish to receive email updates for special pricing on items as they become available.
To purchase a share or learn more, call The Homestead at 515-967-4369, email Farm@TheHomestead.org, or apply online.