About Hand-Dug Hopeful Farm

Hand-Dug Hopeful is a small urban farm in Bend, Oregon. We hand-cultivate  our 8,000 square foot, intensively planted garden space, which fed 13 families in 2010.  We practice minimum-till, non-chemical agriculture, using regionally sourced inputs (for example, our fertilizer comes from a chicken farm in Canby, and our straw mulch from a grain farmer in Culver).

Our low-impact style of farming allows us to feed members of our community nourishing, tasty food while building soil. We realize that soil is the true bottom line of all agriculture.

We operate a fifteen-member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) partnership. There are many variations on the CSA theme, so let us take a minute to explain ours. Our members sign up in winter for the upcoming growing season. You may choose to pay the full fee upfront or to write us five post-dated checks that we will cash once a month. As a member, you assume the financial risk of farming with us; as your farmers, we put our backs and brains to work providing you with food.

Then, in late spring, the fun begins! Once a week, members drop by and pick up a variety of freshly harvested produce.  The selection starts out slowly and includes a lot of greens at first, then picks up steam into the summer months to include a broad variety of vegetables and herbs, and even some fruit and flowers.  This goes on all season until late fall, when we take a couple of weeks off and then bring you back one last time just before Thanksgiving for an extra-big box full of storage crops (like onions, garlic, potatoes and winter squash).

Members can choose to add a half or whole egg share, guaranteeing they’ll receive six or a dozen eggs each week at pickup. For those who do not choose this option, eggs will be available each week on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions about our practices, values, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.  We strive for transparency and believe that as a consumer, you have the right to know everything about how your food comes to you.  Please see the ‘Contact Us’ page for our info.

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