Meet the Farmers
Farmers Rebecca Graff and Tom Ruggieri began Fair Share Farm in 2003 on land that has been in Rebecca’s family for 4 generations. Both left their jobs in 2000, looking for a way to promote community, sustainable agriculture, and healthy eating habits as their livelihood. Twelve years of building the soil and community support has produced a healthy farm that is able to provide for a 100+ member CSA.
- We maintain and build healthy soils through biological farming practices that include: cover cropping, compost application, extensive mulching, rotating crops annually, rotational grazing, and reducing tillage.
- The nutritional value of food produced at the farm is preserved by practicing careful post harvest handling methods including: washing and cleaning of produce, storage of produce at appropriate temperature and humidity, and training of workers on proper food handling practices.
- We irrigate our fields from an on-farm surface water pond using a 1400 watt solar panel system and a Grundfos submersible pump.
- Our greenhouse is passive solar design, partially earth-bermed and containing over 50 black barrels filled with water for heat storage. This design reduces heating costs during late winter and early spring when we are growing our transplants.
- The electric power for the farm is Missouri wind power purchased through the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative’s Green Power Program. Since 2004 all electric power purchased for the farm has been associated with this program. This has accounted for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions for the farm of over 400,000 lbs since January 2004.
- Our Allis-Chalmers G tractor has been converted from gas to electric power. It is powered by a 48-volt battery pack that is charged through power provided by our electric co-op’s Green Power Program.
- We reduce “food miles” by selling produce locally and donating CSA shares not picked up to local food pantries.
- We manage our fields to create beneficial habitat for wildlife and encourage diversity.
- Our passive solar greenhouse, solar-powered irrigation system and electric tractor all serve to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint.
- We conserve natural resources by reducing erosion and pollution of air, soil, and water, through responsible farming practices.
- We reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, GMO’s and chemically treated seeds
What We Grow (2018 List)