Amman Farm: Community

Farmers and consumers working together on behalf of the Earth and each other. While the farmer is tending the Earth on behalf of others, consumers share the costs of supporting the farm and share the risk of variable harvests (and also share the over-abundance in particularly fruitful years).

  • Membership in the Agri-Share is based on shares of the harvest. Members are called shareholders and they subscribe or underwrite the harvest for the entire season in advance. Each project handles this relationship in its own fashion. Every farm is different in length of season, crops grown, level of social activities and price they set for their shares.


  • Agri-Share is not about cheap food, which is usually neither nourishing nor grown with care of the environment in mind. Agri-Share is about each of us being responsible. We encourage you to compare prices of the share of our local Agri-Share to the supermarket's "cheap food."


ORGANIZATION: Who Can Help and How

There are typically three groups involved in the farm: the farmers, core group, and consumers.

1~ The farmers do all the actual farming work, and do it the way they see fit. There is no interference from non-farmers about how the work is done. The responsibility of farmers is to make in annual garden/farm plan, grow, and harvest the crops.

2~ The core group consists of 5-12 people, which includes farmers and consumers. The core group makes sure that the food is being distributed and in some cases is responsible for collecting payments, organizing festivals, preparing the budget, paying the farmers, dealing with legal issues, and finding more consumers as required.

3~ The consumers group includes everyone (including farmers). This group's responsibility is to financially support the farm and see that all the food is consumed.

COMMUNITY TRAINING MISSION:

To share the true taste of farm fresh with the surrounding area in a fresh, contemporary way.

Amman Community Farm Agri-Share (ACFAS) also acts as a training center for young people (every age is welcome) who wish to learn the skills of farming and management of ACFAS operations. These "hands-on" trainings are called "apprenticeships."

In addition, ACFAS members often volunteer their time to work in the garden so that they may informally learn about horticulture or other gardening skills.