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Raluca Mocanu and Ed Wazer
253 Maple Road
Storrs, CT 06268
“Grow Your Own Food” Course: December 07, 2013
Who We Are and Our Philosophy
Greetings from Raluca and Ed at Shundahai Farm!
We are a small family farm of 5 acres established in 2009, located 1 mile from University of Connecticut. We picked our name, Shundahai, from the Western Shoshone tribe, because we were drawn to its meaning: “Peace and Harmony with all Creation.” It captures the spirit in which we strive to farm and live. Our goal, in farming, is soil health and soil fertility. Healthy, fertile soil produces healthy food, and healthy people. We do not use pesticides (conventional or organic) or anything that detriments the soil or the environment. We are happy that our children can eat whatever they want right out of the field without having to worry about pesticides.
To affirm these beliefs and practices, we have taken the Connecticut NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association) Pledge. You can read the pledge at our farm, or at the CT NOFA website http://ctnofa.org.
What is the purpose of our farm?
Our 8-year-old daughter, Sena, said: “The purpose of our farm is to teach people about the Earth, so they can help the Earth.” How do we do that? By growing healthy, tasty vegetables, and drawing the connection between healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy people; by having CSA members come to our farm on a weekly basis, see where their food comes from, how it changes with the season, and how it is grown. Our hope is that through our CSA we will help people feel more connected to the land, and encourage them to make positive choices in their daily lives, positive for the Earth and all of us beings.
Why We Farm
"Some of the reasons I decided to farm: to provide the healthiest food possible for my children, to learn to grow food in a sustainable way, to work for something that I believe is positive for the environment, to be with my children more, to be outside more". - Ed
"For me, farming arose as a natural extension of our lifestyle. I farm because I like to cook healthy, fresh food for my family. I farm because I love to be outside, close to the land, and need to feel connected to Nature. I farm because I need to do work which I find meaningful, and I see that people are hungry for tasty, nutritious food. I farm because I am in awe of the mystery of Life and farming gives me a practical and tangible way of practicing my spirituality. Peace." - Raluca