No Harm Farm CSA
A service-oriented local farm
- Eat fresh, local food
- Support ecological farming practices
- Volunteer in the garden
- Enjoy member potluck and garden tour
- Make healthy food available to low-income and
disadvantaged residents of Bald Eagle Valley
What is a CSA?
A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a marketing system that
directly links you with your local farmer, eliminating "the middleman"
and increasing the benefits to both you and the farmer. To become a
member you purchase a share in the spring when the farmer’s cash flow
need is the greatest, and in return you receive a weekly supply of
fresh, high-quality produce. It is important to note that as a member
you share the farmer’s production risks as well as a share of the
What do I get?
Your weekly share will include a wide variety of vegetables and melons.
While each growing season is different depending on the weather, here is
a brief description of what may be in your share throughout the season.
The spring shares will consist of cool-season crops such as lettuce,
mustard greens, kale, collards, spinach, snap peas, spring onions,
radishes, beets, broccoli, swiss chard, cabbage... Summer brings
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, summer squash, green onions, beets,
carrots, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, garlic, herbs... In the fall you
will receive winter squash, lettuce, kale, collards, pumpkins, onions,
potatoes, beets, turnips…
Additional items such as mushrooms, maple syrup, and eggs will be
available for an extra charge.
How does this work?
As a member of No Harm Farm you will receive a weekly share of whatever
is ready for harvest that particular week on the farm. You will either
pick-up shares at the farm or at a convenient location on a set day
every week. You will also receive the No Harm Farm newsletter that will
contain information about what is growing along with recipes on how to
How can I make a difference?
No Harm Farm would like to make our healthy food available to low-income
and disadvantaged people in Centre County and are seeking sponsorships
of one or more shares to be donated to families in need and local social
service agencies such as Centre House.
What is the significance of the farm’s name?
No Harm Farm is a not for profit CSA farm located at Ahimsa Village, an
evolving permaculture demonstration site and community resource center
located near Julian, PA (approximately 15 miles NW of State College)
that promotes resilient living, learning, and communication. Our goal is
to make the CSA a socially responsible business with a double bottom
line: an economically successful business that addresses important
community and social needs. The name No Harm Farm derives from our
values of compassionate living with all beings and stewardship of nature
using permaculture systems.
No Harm Farm is a joint project of Ahimsa Village
and the O-An Zendo. The O-An Zendo is a woodland meditation center
located in Julian Woods Community, dedicated to the practice and
teaching of American Zen. Rooted in traditional central Pennsylvania
values of hard work, simple living, quiet contemplation, and helping
neighbors, O-An is committed to serving the local community. No Harm
Farm is part of that effort.
- To grow healthy sustainably produced food for
- To create an income opportunity for low
income and disadvantaged people in the Centre county region
- To provide food to local food banks, women’s
and homeless shelters, and group homes
- To offer a community service opportunity for
individuals in the criminal justice system
- To teach disadvantaged youth and adults
marketable skills so they can obtain permanent good paying jobs
- To teach organic gardening/farming to
disadvantaged youth and adults so they can grow their own food
- To improve the nutrition of disadvantaged
- To make healthy food accessible and
affordable in the Bald Eagle Valley
Contact Kelle Kersten, farm manager, at 814-355-0850 or