Launched in Portugal in 2021, Friends of a Farmer is an initiative to regenerate our soil, awaken the farm and cultivate a community.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A true Community Supported Agriculture project, Friends of a Farmer reflects a mutual commitment between farmer and consumer to support regenerative, small-scale agriculture, allowing us to thoughtfully grow high-quality, seasonal and organic produce without waste. Led by Slow’s master famer Andy Szymanowicz, it includes a weekly subscription farm box brimming with farm-fresh organic vegetables and flowers, all harvested directly from our fields in Meco, as well as community programming on and around the farm.
To celebrate the beginning of our harvest each year, we hold a farmer’s market in the Graça neighborhood of Lisbon, where we share our own crops, all grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides, as well as local and artisanal products from the region. Our wish is to foster a strong bond between our community, the farm and the local producers—to build a farm with you.
THE KNOWLEDGE COMMUNITY
Each weekly farm box includes a newsletter with insights into the growing process, nutritional information about our weekly offerings, best practices for storage, handling and preparation and recipe suggestions to help you make the best use out of the week’s harvest. In addition, we lead tours on the land and monthly educational workshops, from wild orchid spotting to guided tomato harvests, bringing our community into direct contact with the farmers and educating them about regenerative farming, ecosystem restoration, nutrition and holistic health.