Meet Steve Tate, who runs Goat Lady Dairy in Climax, North Carolina. Last year was the first year of the farm's CSA. With his grant funding, Steve purchased a deer fence to enclose the farm, dug a deeper well to meet all the irrigation needs, and bought a cooler to store the harvest. Steve learned that he grew way too much food (a better problem to have than not enough), that spinach is a tricky crop to grow, and that deer are very, very clever at getting through even the most secure deer fence.
Learn more about his CSA, why members are expected to work too, where his farming roots came from, and how a single person in a CSA has the power to change the world.
*Steve honors the farm projects that have inspired him:
-The Goat Lady CSA is inspired by Elizabeth Henderson's CSA model. Elizabeth Henderson wrote Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.
-The Simple Series project of the Goat Lady CSA is inspired by John Peterson of Angelica Organics.
The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund (TCRF) assists farmers in developing new sources of agricultural income through provision of cost-share grants. This story is part of a series documenting innovative farmers throughout the state of North Carolina. This program is made possible with support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
Photography, audio, and production by Alix Blair.