At Second Spring, we started with a simple vision: to create a small, organic farm and CSA that could provide Asheville and the surrounding area with fresh produce throughout the year. Not just the typical growing season of June-October, but every month of the year.
We grow our produce primarily in unheated hoop houses to extend our growing season throughout the year, enabling us to minimize fossil fuel consumption and growing costs.
The use of intensive plant spacings allows us to grow and harvest all of our food with hand tools, rather than relying on a traditional tractor.
We want to stay small so that we could keep a one-on-one relationship with all of our customers and CSA members. We also want to make sure that our food is both grown by hand and affordable for families with low-to-middle incomes.
This is why we do most of the work ourselves, with the assistance of part-time employees (paid a living wage) and interns. We also utilize every bit of available growing space, raise our own food animals, and live minimalistic lifestyles so as to reduce our costs and make our produce affordable to our customers.