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Kings Hill Farm

 

Member profile details

First name
Elisabeth
Last name
Minich
Phone
6087768413
City
Mineral Point
State
WI
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Name of Farm
Kings Hill Farm
Farm Bio
We are a certified organic farm located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Driftless Region near Mineral Point, Wisconsin. We serve both Southern Wisconsin and Chicago areas with fresh, organic, sustainably grown vegetables through our CSA, offering your family food that is nutritious and delicious.
 

Farm and Contact Information

Name of Farmer(s)
Elisabeth Minich & Steven Shoemaker
Primary Contact Person
Elisabeth Minich & Steven Shoemaker
Email of Primary Contact
Phone No(s) of Primary Contact
6085884871
Physical Address(es) of Farm(s)
19370 County Road G
Previous Farm Name, Farmer, or Owner
Kings Hill Farm is a unique partnership with awesome land owners dedicated to organic agriculture and Farmers who are able to access land in a time when land prices are at an all time high. We became the managers/farmers of this beautiful land at the end of 2014 and look forward to continuing and enhancing the stewardship and quality that Kings Hill Farm has become known for.
Number of Tillable Acres or Acres in Production
20
Number of Years Farming
10 years between the two of us. Farm has been in production since 2000.
Business Type
  • Partnership
  • Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)
Website Address
 

CSA Information

Number of Years Selling as CSA
5
Number of CSA shares last year/season
225
CSA Share Types
  • Vegetables
  • Value-Added Items
Delivery Areas
  • Chicago Loop
  • Near West Suburbs
  • North Shore Suburbs
  • Northwest Suburbs
  • On-Farm
  • Wisconsin (So.)
Explain "Other" or provide specific communities/neighborhoods served
Chicago Loop (several office buildings)
Oak Park
Maywood
Glencoe
NW Chicago (Edgebrook)
Are you interested in adding new pickup sites?
Yes
If Yes, how many customers would you require to offer a new pickup site? Any preferred locations?
Prefer 10-20 members for new pickup sites.
CSA Seasons
  • Summer (May/Jun-Oct/Nov)
  • Fall (Oct-Dec)
Describe your CSA Share(s)
We offer two size shares a Small Share $20/wk or $400 and a Large share $30/wk or $600. A Small Share is designed to feed 1-2 people and a Large Share is meant to feed 3-4 people. Our Season runs from June through to third week of October, 20 weeks of vegetables. Please visit our website http://www.kingshillfarm.com/csa-share-info for more information about our shares and our share add-on options.

We also offer a one size Winter Share in November & December. Delivered every other week for a total for 4 weeks. More information available in September, or email the farm if you have questions.
Is any portion of your CSA Share(s) produced on other farms?
No
Other (non-CSA) business from farming
  • Farmers Markets
  • Wholesale (Restaurants)
  • Value-Added Products
CSA Payment Methods
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit
  • Online
  • Installments
  • Post-Dated Checks
Do you offer any add-on items from your farm or other farms?
Yes
If Yes, which add-on items do you offer from YOUR farm?
  • Other
If Other, please identify
We are working on getting honey bees set up on the farm. Hopefully for next year we will be able to offer Kings Hill Honey.
If Yes above, which add-on items do you offer from OTHER farms?
  • Maple Syrup
If you selected Other or any of the above items, please itemize farms, locations, production methods
Certified Organic Maple Syrup from B&E's Trees. http://www.bandestrees.com/
Have you ever had a major crop/livestock loss? How did/would you handle it with your customers?
If there was to be a major crop loss - we would do what we could to continue to provide vegetables to our members. If that meant delivering less than intended then so be it. Skipping a week would be preferable - and going an extra week into October with fall vegetables. That said - part of the CSA model is shared risk.
How do you build community between your customers and the farm?
Communication! We feel that even if you are not able to come visit us, through our newsletters and other communications you can get to know your Farmers and your Farm. We welcome members to ask questions give lots of feed back. Members are always welcome to visit the farm. We also visit many of our pickup sites for Meet the Farmer Events in early spring so you can ask us questions, and sign up in person. Sign up for our mailing list on the website to find out about these events. www.kingshillfarm.com
Sample Newsletter
 

Farming and Production Practices

Describe your farming practices
We are certified organic - we strive to care for the land we farm. The farm also has several acres of trees and bushes that attract beneficial animals and insects as well as bird habitat. By being farmers we are stewards of the land.
What organizations, if any, monitor or certify your farming practices?
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Other
If Other, please specify/explain
MOSA
If you indicated USDA Certified Organic, are all of the products in your CSA certified organic?
  • Yes
Describe your pest control practices
Crop rotation! Row cover to protect seedlings, hand harvest of potato Beatles. We may consider some organic certified pest control sprays in the future but in general we are hoping to avoid spray use in general.
Describe your weed control practices
Hand weeding, tractor cultivation, weed suppression with straw mulch, and other mulches, mowing, cover crops to smother weeds and more hand weeding.
Describe your efforts to prevent and treat diseases in your crops
Walking the fields, resources from UW Madison that keep us in the know about disease in our area. Growing resistant varieties, possibly spraying if serious crop damage is imminent, proper spacing and pruning. Crop rotations.
Describe your efforts at enhancing fertility
Right now we are working with Midwestern Bio-ag and doing soil samples to determine what is the right course for the fields. Mainly this year we are going to have about 10 acres in cover crops for organic matter and then some P/N/K applications and chicken manure crumbles.
Describe your seed/plant start sources and practices (including use/avoidance of GMO seeds)
We mainly order our seeds from Johnny's Select Seeds, and also from High mowing seeds. They are both seed sources that are non-gmo. We do not order seed starts. We start all our own plants for transplant.
 

Band of Farmers Pledge

I agree to The Band of Farmers Pledge.
Yes
 

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