Welcome to Crazy Boy Farm
Family Friendly Farming: For Our Children and Yours.
We believe that healthy farming produces healthy food, healthy people and healthy communities. That is why we are so passionate about our farming practices. It is not just for us and our children but for you and your family.
Our Community Supported Agriculture/CSA includes sustainably grown fruits and veggies as we transition to organic. We are in our 2nd year of transistion. For information go to the CSA tab in the sidebar to the Left. We would love to have you join the Crazy Boy Farm family.
Thank-you for joining us as we share just a little bit about our family and the journey we are taking together and with you. For more information about us read The Legend of Crazy Boy
Thank-you, your growers, Proeun and Amy.
"We all do better when we all do better." ~Senator Paul Wellstone
I am blessed that I never went to school hungry. In fact all my growing up life I never went hungry. I would get hungry sometimes in between meals but I never missed one.
This was not the case for Proeun. As a child growing up in America he was hungry alot. At 4 he moved from a refugee camp in Thailand to Alabama. A local baptist church sponsored them. They helped them fill out forms, find a place to live and apply for foodstamps. And the family grew. Eventually there would be 6 children in the family and they would share 2-3 eggs among them. My in-laws were masters at stretching food but still sometimes they went out so the children could eat. Proeun told me he loved school--because he got to eat. He even loved it in the summer. He once told me, "Imagine not eating in a couple days then trying to take a Math test, see how good you do."
There is much talk about sustainable agriculture and how it is good for local communities. But we realize that sustainable is only sustainable if it is accessible to everyone.
This weekend we will be at the Mother Earth Festival on St. Paul's westside. I am going to be speaking about CSAs and the future of sustainablity. The coordinator pointed out to me that 50-75% of children of color are living below the poverty line and that for many families CSAs seem an unreachable goal financially much like a new car.
This of course is a concern. In order to be sustainable we also have to have to make money in order to keep doing this work. But with Proeun's background we really wanted to find a way to make it affordable. We were blessed a few years ago to meet a fellow farmer who offered EBT to his customers. We learned how and applied. Last year was our first year accepting EBT. This year we were hoping to expand and reach 25 families but so far only 2 are taking advantage of the opportunity.
We continue to look for ways to make CSA more affordable and strive to keep our quality high and our prices low. If you know anyone who would like to know more about EBT and CSA please pass on our information to them. And stop by this weekend if you have an opportunity.
As with anything in life great partners make all the difference in the world. We have been blessed in our farming journey with some absolutely fabulous partners. I would like to introduce one of those organizations to you--Circle of Healing Arts in Lino Lakes. This will be our 3rd year working with them as a dropsite and every interaction we have had with them has been fabulous.
I talked with Dr. Carol Jillian-Ohana of Cloudwalk Chiropractic, one of the healing businesses housed at the circle,
Me: What is your mission?
Dr. Carol: Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our surrounding community using many healing modalities, nutrition, education and outreach.
Me: Tell us about some of the services offered at the Circle of Healing Arts.
Dr. Carol: We offer: chiropractic, yoga, massage, intuitive readings and classes, Pilates, Thai massage, Tuina massage, Hypnotherapy, Brain Gym, Herbs, Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Nutritional coaching, Foot care and more.
Me: Why do you think that local, healthy food is import?
Dr. Carol: We stress food as medicine. Eating well, eating local, eating healthy. And we nurture relationships with farmers to bring produce, milk, eggs, flowers, fruit, fish etc to our patients/clients.
Me: What is your number one wellness tip?
Dr. Carol: Tips: Breathe in, breathe out. Take time to notice. Be grateful. Fix and Eat real food.
For more information about Dr. Carol go to Cloudwalk Chiropractic or the other businesses housed at the
Circle of Healing Arts
Dr Carol Jillian-Ohana
at The Wellness Circle
7094 Lake Drive,
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
In The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein a tree and a boy become best friends. But as the boy grows his wants grow to. He is no longer happy to just be with the tree. The tree just wants the boy and so she keeps giving and keeps giving and keeps giving until she is nothing but a stump. The boy is now an old man and realizes finally that all he really wants to do is sit. The stump is perfect for that and so in the end the tree is once again happy, giving.
There have always been alot of cultural critics. All of them seem to have solutions. One feminist blogger I read recently was decrying a global "rape culture" and said that she felt that the solution was a culture based on relationships versus power. Sadly she missed the point. For relationships (good solid relationships that stand the test of time--think mother, father, etc.) are really all about giving. Mothers rarely think about what they are "getting" from their children. In romantic relationships there is more of a give and take but really what that means is both partners give and give fully.
Isn't that same loving fully why we love dogs, because their world begins and ends in fully loving.
But sadly giving and serving are not popular. Honestly never have been. But that does not make it any less fulfilling.
I am beginning to realize that my role as a farmer does of course require some taking but hopefully so much more giving. Honestly the land doesn't need me to be healthy as I learned in Back To Eden. But when we give in the way of planting, cultivating and harvesting the land gives us nourishment and I am reminded that my relationship with the land is another integral relationship that requires the same care, giving and serving.