Address: 879 Echo Avenue, Mechanicsville IA 52306 / (319) 325-3910
About Us / Echollective Farm & CSA History: Echollective is a farming enterprise located 25 minutes from Iowa City, near Mechanicsville. We cultivate 14 acres with a wide array of vegetables and herbs, and sometimes fruit; we specialize in several heirloom hard-neck garlic varieties.We also steward 20 forested acres including a creek and oak stands, which attract the likes of many animals: white-tailed deer, rabbits, coyotes, turkeys, pheasants, a feral black cat colony, and an amazing array of bird species, some of them quite rare.The farm's primary farmers and workers live and work on the farm, and are open to folks coming out to help or volunteer.We distribute our produce to New Pioneer Co-ops, Iowa Cityâ????s finest restaurants, and direct to consumers at the downtown Iowa City Farmers Market.In Cedar Rapids we are featured at the 8th Ave. Farmer's Market and big bi-monthly official Cedar Rapids Farmer's Market. During winter our vegetables can be available at the Grant Wood Farmer's Market, other various markets in the area, and new this year at the Cedar Rapids New Bo Market. Our produce can also be purchased directly online and picked up through the Iowa Valley Food Co-op.We also have a CSA!! Deliveries will be made to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids for the 2013 season. Contact us for more information and for CSA Signup on our website!Weâ????ve been farming for 12 years, always using organic and sustainable practices. We use crop rotation techniques to let the earth rest and replenish itself whilst using cover crops in between seasons and plantings to heal and provide the best soil health for our vegetables. We are not USDA Certified Organic but we strive to fulfill those principles nonetheless...and in fact, we work hard to surpass them in many ways. We like to think we are "Beyond Organic." We select varieties of our vegetables based on their flavor, nutritional content, and uniqueness! Vegetables at supermarkets are selected for their uniformity and their ability to be shipped long distances. You'll taste the difference in our produce! By supporting local farms, you agree to support agriculture and sustainability in your own community. In years of flood/drought, our shares may be smaller; in years of bounty our shares will be bigger. Echollective's broader mission is to support and educate the public about sustainably and locally produced food, renewable energy, green building construction, homesteading knowledge, health through plants and food, and much more. We also conduct hands-on workshops, host internship programs, harvest and market products that make our community healthier.