The Watershed Institute signed a lease on Monday with the co-owners of Fairgrown Farm to expand the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions in the upcoming season.
Hopewell Borough natives James Klett, 24, and his brother Alex, 28, will farm initially on 12 acres of land on Wargo Road and, if all goes well in the next two years, will eventually expand to 27 acres by 2025. The Watershed acreage will allow access for visitors and expand their seven-acre operations on Aunt Molly Road. Their two farms will produce the yield for their Fairgrown Farm CSA.
Jim Waltman, the Watershed’s executive director, said he was delighted to support the young farmers by providing access to scarce agricultural lands in Hopewell Township.
“We know these two young farmers will be fine stewards of these agricultural lands and continue The Watershed Institute’s commitment to organic farming,” Waltman said.
Fairgrown Farm started selling 2023 CSA shares this week and will offer locations for picking up shares at the small red barn on Wargo Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also will offer Sunday CSA pickups at the Hopewell Farmer’s Market in the Borough, and home delivery for a nominal fee. In typical years, their CSA runs for 30 weeks from early May until Thanksgiving.
“We grew up hearing about how the Watershed farm was a huge part of Hopewell,” James Klett said. “For us to be able to step in and bring new life to the farm is really exciting.”
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