6 Acre Farm, CSA
A charming little red and white storybook house used for shareholders to pick up their produce greets visitors who enter 6-Acre Farm in Camas. Owned and operated by Paula and Scott Korell, this is the second year for their CSA and the fourth year at this property though Paula has always had a garden. Providing shares to others seemed the way to go for them so they researched the idea and put together a business plan. Operating a CSA farm also gives a venue for their three children to participate in a very real way, making it truly a family-run business as the years pass. Some crops are grown in raised beds which are made primarily of lumber recycled from old barns. To help ensure pollination of the crops, they have two hives of honey bees to do that very important work.
Last year, they offered ten shares but decided to reduce offerings this second year to ensure the continued high quality. They are serving a total of 12 families with the seven and one-half shares this year with some families sharing a single share. More shares may be offered in future years but they are want to ensure "the balance stays good." Paula said, "Our contribution is to the health and well-being of our family and the community." Their food is grown naturally and offers the benefits not found in the grocery store in that it is fresh with the shareholder being able to visit the farm and see how their food is grown. Additionally, it is affordable to the average family.
The traditional foods found in most gardens are offered by 6 Acre Farm but with different varieties of those foods and some new items to add depth to the baskets. The 2009 season started the first of June and runs 16 weeks to the end of September. Eggs are also available for those who wish to purchase them.
Recipes and herbs included with shares help teach people to cook seasonally. Paula said that people's palates are numbed by the sugars and salts in our diet. Learning to cook seasonally and naturally can help reduce reliance on those unnatural additions common to our food and open an entire new eating and tasting experience while helping to improve health.
Paula stated the favorite part of being a CSA farmer is when the families come to get their produce. The children can play and run in the open space and visit the chickens as well as see how the food is grown. She laughs as she adds, "taking extra dirt with them."
Visitors are welcome, but please call for an appointment and driving directions.
Contact Information6 Acre Farm, CSA
1036 S.E. 283rd Avenue
Camas, WA 98607
Paula and Scott Korell