Loam Agronomics is in the process of obtaining organic certification. We’re working hard on healing our land from many years of conventional farming and are currently following organic guidelines as laid out in the National Organic Program. We expect to have our full organic certification by summer of 2018.
We want to push ourselves to create a business that creates net gains for the earth and our community. In doing this we consider the impacts that we have on the soil when tilling, on water when irrigating, on wildlife when planting, on people when employing, on our climate when delivering and on landfills when purchasing. We consider these factors in a yearly sustainability audit and push ourselves to develop new techniques each year to improve the impact we have on the world, all while making sure that we have a business that will exist for many years.
We believe in doing right by our staff as well as our customers and the earth. Critical to any sustainable business is a labor model that allows for all of our staff to enjoy a meaningful standard of living. To meet this end, our staff is paid higher than the industry standard, offered Paid Time Off (PTO) and healthcare benefits. While agriculture requires flexibility in the work schedule (sometimes you just have to get those seeds in the ground before a rain, no matter how long it takes!) our staff work approximately 45 hours per week to help ensure work/life balance. We also continue to explore ways to cultivate young farmers to pass the pitchfork to the next generation.
Beautiful and Historic Richmond, Texas is located on the Brazos River just west of Sugar Land. Our farm is located at the very northern reaches of the Richmond area and is sandwiched lovingly right between Katy and Sugar Land. We’re right smack dab on the Grand Parkway, located just South of the Harvest Green community.
We love for folks to come see us, however we’re currently under construction and do not have the ability to facilitate visits. In the future we’ll set aside time each month for trips to farm. Families are welcome (toddlers and grandmas!) and sometimes we’ll even put you to work!
We are happy to entertain your school, corporate or religious group at the farm with a tour of our fields and facilities. Please contact us at email@example.com to schedule a visit!
Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship between farm and consumer in which the consumer pays up front and then receives a weekly box of produce for a designated period of time. We look at our CSA as a sacred pact between farmer and consumer and take the responsibility to grow food for people quite seriously!
Our weekly CSA box comes packed full of flavor and nutrients, namely in the form of delicious veggies, herbs and fruit. Each box includes 8-12 hand crafted seasonal vegetables selected to provide you as much of a diversity for cooking as possible. Boxes in summer tend to be less voluminous and heavier while winter shares tend to be lighter and fuller. While some of our seasons limit our diversity, we do our best to keep the selection fresh and tasty!
There are a number of variables that determine how many people can eat out of one box. These include: how often you cook, vegetarianism, juicing habits and other factors. We recommend that up to a family of four, you start out with one box and add boxes if you find you need more produce.
We believe firmly that a part of the authentic chain of food from farm to consumer is to have as few links as possible. All of our produce was grown lovingly on our 288 acres and while our veggies won’t come with name tags and biographies, you can rest assured that we knew them by sight and touch before they made their way to your plate. With that being said, there may be products in the future that our members would like us to offer that we are not able to produce ourselves (often referred to as “add-ons”). In this instance we will partner with producers that we trust and have verified to offer these products.
We’re focused on bringing you the highest quality vegetables week in and week out. To do our best at meeting that goal we’re placing our energies into quality production and will not be offering customization. Once we’ve nailed down vegetable production and distribution we hope to offer customization as an extra service.
As we said above, we’re focusing on bringing you the highest quality vegetables possible. While we hope to offer add-on products (eggs, meat, etc) in the future, we’re currently spending our energies tenderly coaxing these plants into deliciousness.
Our cardboard boxes are made with a sustainable alternative to waxed cardboard. This treatment allows us to reuse our boxes in a sanitary manner and get multiple uses out of each one before it goes to recycling. For that reason we ask that you transfer your produce from our boxes, into your own bag or box before unfolding and leaving the cardboard box behind.
We currently offer only one size of share. If it’s too little for your needs, you can order multiple boxes. If you’re looking for less, we encourage you to find friends to share with, or explore preservation techniques that will extend the edible life of your produce.
We try to get as many lives out of our boxes as possible. We inspect boxes for structural and sanitary condition before reusing them and they go off to the recycling facility when they’ve reached their useful lifespan. Leaving your box behind at your drop site is a critical factor in maximizing the sustainability of our packaging.
Members receive one box per week of produce.
Our preferred method of distribution is for people to visit us each week at the farm and see the land where their vegetables grow. We, of course, understand that it isn’t convenient for all, so we’ve arranged partnerships with businesses and other locations around the city (referred to as “Drop Sites”) where you can pick up your produce during your designated drop window. When you join our farm you’ll be presented with our currently available options for pickup. We’ll be expanding our Drop Sites over time for increased availability and improved customer service. So feel free to check the Drop Site locations regularly for the location most convenient to you.
We only offer home delivery to residents of Harvest Green, at this time. Harvest Green holds a special place in our heart as we are a part of the larger community. We will offer home delivery to other locations in the future, but are currently focusing our energies on growing the best durn veggies around.
We have a number of locations around town and are always working to expand the list of drop sites that we offer. If you have an amazing business or location that you believe would work swimmingly, please feel free to make a Drop Site suggestion via at firstname.lastname@example.org
Box pickup is a very simple process. For our Drop Sites you simply enter the location during your pickup window, transfer your produce to your own container, fold our box flat and leave. We do also ask that you support the quality local businesses that we have partnered with as Drop Sites. They all produce something great for the Houston economy!
You can always change your pickup location by logging into the member portion of the website and changing your preferences there. Pickup location changes are required at least two days prior to delivery to take effect.
If you know in advance that you won’t be able to pick up your box you can place a hold on your subscription by logging into the member portion of our website. Holds must be placed at least two days before your pickup day. Boxes that are not picked up are donated and will not be refunded.
Absolutely! We love having our members out to the farm to see the green pastures where their veggies graze. Simply chose “On-Farm Pickup” as your location when you are signing up.
If you log into your member account you can put your subscription on hold until you return. Holds must be placed at least two days prior to your pickup day. Boxes that are not picked up are donated and will not be refunded.
Our CSA is $30 a week, but you can enjoy discounted pricing by purchasing 12 or more weeks at a time.
Advance payments cement the farmer consumer relationship that we believe is so critical to healthy food economies. It also provides working capital that allows us to have seeds in the ground and plants growing for future CSA members so that their harvests will be available in a more timely fashion.
We consider the CSA commitment to be critical to our farm’s success and do not offer refunds for canceled subscriptions. We do, however, understand that life happens and sometimes circumstances do not allow our members to continue enjoying our produce. For these situations we are able to offer you the ability to transfer the remaining weeks of your membership to a friend or loved one.
We consider the CSA relationship to be critical to our farm’s success and do not offer refunds for missed boxes/cancellations. If there are no boxes left when you visit the drop site or your produce is not in satisfactory condition, please let us know and we will make it right!
Yes! We know that vegetables can be scary. Whether its an angry aubergine or a “what is that?” moment, we’re here to help! Each week we provide box-based recipes on our blog, Field Notes. We’ll help make sure your veggies last the longest in your fridge and the shortest time on your plates.
We’ll be so sad to see you go. We hope its just life circumstances, if not, please let us know, we’d love the chance to discuss your concerns and address any shortcomings on our end. If you can’t be persuaded, then all you need to do is send us an email notifying us that you’d like to cancel at least three days prior to your last delivery. We’ll respond to confirm your cancellation and let you know how many weeks you have left on your current cycle.