Can I visit the Farm before deciding to join one of your Programs?
Actually, we think that you should visit the farm before you consider joining. And, we want to meet you as well. We want to build a personal long-term relationship with you.
What if I can't or don't want to join the program but would like to tour the farm?
Schools and non-profits may schedule farm tours for a flat fee of $50 for groups up to 15 students. Depending on student age, we will require a student-adult ratio that we can discuss during arrangements. Adults not counted in the 15 student count. So, for example a group of 15 students and five adults would be a flat fee of $50. All other tours are a minimum of $25 per hour for groups of up to four, $40 for groups of up to eight and $60 for groups of up to 12. Children may accompany their parents/close relative at no cost. So, for example four adults and four children for one hour would be $25. Payment is due prior to or upon arrival to the farm. You will be required to sign a hold-harmless agreement.
Why does it cost more if I do not pay in full up front?
When we accept your family into one of our farm programs we commit at that moment to purchasing everything to meet your farm program needs-from seed to feed. As we regularly have waiting list, when we accept your family we do so at the expense of another family. We are purchasing your products up front for you prior to them being paid in full. We ask for this small additional fee to cover additional administrative cost due to multiple payments.
How is this a 12 month program if the farm is closed Dec., Jan., Feb., and part of March?
Nevada’s climate is challenging to manage and these months are needed for planning, repairs, rest for the farmer, and rest for your egg chickens. We could artificially force your layers to lay through the winter with artificial lights. However, we think they deserve a break too. At times during the closed months we will contact you about available farm products-this may include eggs. Your meat share may be distributed during the months that the farm is closed.
Why is there a $50.00 application fee?
As with many things people are excited about a new idea - but this is our livelihood and we are growing animals and produce that require planning. It is likely that if you are actually interested the fee will not be a deterrent as it is fully refundable. If it should become obvious our program is not a good fit for you after we review your application we will refund your fee immediately. However, should you change your mind after we have agreed and we have accepted you into the program, but before you have paid for the program in full or part, the fee is not refundable. For all families accepted into one of our programs the application fee is used for administrative set up.
I only want eggs can I do this?
If available, sign up for our egg share only program.
May I cancel my subscriptions after I have paid?
Unless there has been some sort of material change to our agreement with you or provable negligence, which does not include crop failure or a death of an animal due to natural causes, we do not offer refunds partial or otherwise. This is a relationship that requires participation from you that requires you pick up and transport your own food. It requires good communications about your vacation and who will be picking up your harvest, and mutual respect for the farmer and for you the consumer. We promise to Grow For You™ the foods that will thrive and excel in our climate. We promise to you to care for and manage without drugs, antibiotics, hormones or other growth agents your animals as well as treat them humanely with plenty of fresh water, healthy pasture, and food and clean shelter. You promise to pay on time, pick up your harvest, and share the good works of our endeavor.
When do I receive my items?
Spring harvest depends on weather, however we typically begin harvesting greens early and almost throughout the summer, warm weather crops and potatoes and onions begin late summer and early fall, squashes begin mid summer. When you pay for your subscription we purchase the seed, animals, etc. Vegetable harvest is dependent upon your program schedule unless arrangements are made otherwise.
Your meat shares are distributed throughout the entire 12-month program. Occasionally a full 12 month cycle may be necessary for one or more of your meat shares. However, lambs are typically late summer early fall. Pork may be spring or winter, depending on which litter your family is selected for. Beef can be anytime during the program. Turkeys are harvested just before Thanksgiving. Chickens are not a guaranteed part of the program unless you participate in two of our posted harvest dates. Please note, you do not have to kill the animals unless you want to learn to process chickens but there are many other tasks on harvest day that you can help.
Eggs are distributed weekly, typically beginning in March/April - weather depending. Our Hens will lay through Octoberish - also weather dependnet.
Why must I sign a hold harmless agreement if you are promising to grow my food Certified Naturally Grown?
The business of farming is such that without this type of agreement in place many land owners would not allow small farmers to grow on their land anymore because of the risk involved with the few unethical people who might consider taking advantage. This ensure that our farm will live a long and healthy life without being preyed upon by exorbitant insurance costs or litigious individuals.
Any other questions we have not covered here please feel free to email us or contact the farm directly. 775-221-0001