About LotFotL Community Farm
LotFotL is an acronym, standing for Living off the Fat of the Land. On the farm, as in life, everything depends on something else. To live off the fat of the land is to live harmoniously as a member of a greater community, to bask in your role in a system which feeds you so long as you feed it. It is the celebration, and the recognition that you cannot be you without these systems.
We strive to apply systematic thinking to the farm, treating the land like the vast and complex space that it is. In building our relationship to the soil we are placing our bets that if we fulfill the role of stewards and caretakers of this super complex set of interactions, this system will reciprocate and care for us. But even if it doesn’t, even if waves someday wash over our fields, or the sun bakes Earth’s flesh to a crusty and crumbly and lifeless space, we will have acted from this place of intention, and will be better for it. To Live off the fat of the land, then, is simply to live.
The CSA Concept
Community supported agriculture, or CSA, is a means for a direct connection to be made between the eater and the grower.
In the CSA model, individuals become members of a farm. In joining the farm for the season, they commit to buying a share of veggies, which means paying a set dollar amount for the year. The veggie share entitles the member to receive regularly scheduled fresh vegetables grown at their farm over the course of the season. Farmers provide newsletters that keep members connected to the farm, their food, and educate them on how to use it with recipes and storage tips. CSA’s often have events throughout the growing season where members can come and meet their farmer and see the land that nourishes their food.
This model has great advantages for both the member and the farmer. Members get access to a wide variety of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and meats. They get to know their farmer and develop a deeper connection with their food. Members will bask in those really great years, and help to bare the blow of a really tough year. Farmers have the funds needed at the beginning of the season to buy their seeds and pay for their labor without needing to take out risky loans. Being able to directly market to their members also allows farmers to receive the full portion of profit for the food they grow, keeping the small family farm alive and thriving.
LotFotL was 2014’s CRAFT Beginning Farmer of the Year. The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a farmer-led coalition organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in a self-selected geographic region. CRAFT provides farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers.
Meet Your Farmers
Tim Huth owns and operates LotFotL Community Farm and April Yuds is a full time manager year round on the farm. Thank you for being part of our community. We are proud to be serving the greater Milwaukee area as your farmer.