High Five Farm
VEGETABLES + HERBS GROWN IN CENTRAL KY

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Farm — Fresh — Local

High Five Farm is a vegetable and herb growing operation committed to offering healthy and accessible non-certified organically grown produce to central Kentucky. We are guided by our beliefs in simplicity, community supported self-sufficiency, service, and ecological stewardship. In 2021 we are entering our 2nd season! Try our produce, available through our sliding scale CSA program and local farmers markets.

Farmer's Markets

Find us at the Franklin County Farmers Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

CSA

Try new things at home! Our community supported agriculture program members enjoy weekly bags of farmer’s choice in-season veggies and herbs.

Ecologically Grown

We use growing practices that not only produce healthy, delicious food but also enhance the natural ecology around us. We never spray harmful pesticides or herbicides.

Seasonally Available

Currently offering fresh produce spring, summer, and fall! Enjoy vegetables at their peak flavor and quality!

The Farmers and the Farm

Chelsea and Alex portrait

High Five Farm is operated by Chelsea “Chelly” Barbour (she/her/hers) and Alex Rickman (he/him/his), two lovebirds who started this farm business in 2020. Alex enjoys country music, playing chess, and cooking. Chelly loves sending postcards, wildflower and tree identification, and tidying up. The farm dogs, Skeeter and Kira are bad workers, but excellent for morale! The name High Five Farm celebrates teamwork, community cooperation, and recognition of challenging physical work.


While we grow our produce following organic guidelines we are not currently certified organic growers. Organic certification is a long and expensive process that may or may not make sense for us in the future. We instead ask our community to trust our methods and transparency, and if you have any questions about our practices, just ask! Or come see for yourself!


Most of our farming practices are non-mechanized and rely on work by hand, as we try to minimize the use of fossil fuels on the farm. We rely on cover crops, locally sourced horse manure compost, and hay for our soil fertility instead of petrochemical fertilizers. We try to disturb the soil as little as possible in order to maintain a high soil organic matter content, reduce erosion, and retain water more efficiently. Floating row covers, insect netting, landscape fabric, and an intricate crop rotation are all utilized frequently to keep weeds and pests at bay instead of spraying insecticides and herbicides which inevitably will harm the ecosystem in and around the farm. Not only are we farmers, we aim to be stewards of the land that we live on and want to see it flourish as much as the crops.

High Five Farm operates on a low budget. We are slowly and steadily building our business using minimal infrastructure and simple equipment. Farm dreams include raising hogs, egg-layers, poultry, rabbits, and flowers in the next few seasons.


While we are currently operating as an LLC, we hope to shift to a cooperative/collective model as we connect with more folks in KY. We are seeking partners. We don’t know what this will look like exactly, but we do have ideas. We hope to work with people in our community interested in radically cooperative business strategies like community land ownership, consensus-based decision making, equipment sharing, skill trades, and collaborating with other growers to offer many different products.

We serve these cities!

Louisville

Louisville

CSA: self-service pick up

Lexington

Lexington

CSA: self-service pick up

Louisville

Frankfort

Franklin County Farmers Market
CSA

Louisville

Versailles

CSA

High Fives from Our Shareholders

We are living in a time in which a committment to eradicating systems of inequities and oppression is more crucial than ever before. Because of this, I will always choose High Five Farm and their dedication to agricultural and food justice. Their community-centered, collaborative values are so important. Bridget K
We love the High Five Farm CSA because we like knowing that our veggies aren’t sprayed with dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals. We also love the fresh-from-the-farm taste. The flavors of the tomatoes and sweet potatoes remind me of my childhood when my grandfather had a garden in his back yard. Eating healthier is easier when it tastes so delicious! Carol R
A big hooray for Chelsea and Alex’s High Five Farm CSA! This was my first time belonging to a CSA and I was very impressed. The weekly emails were so informative with photos of the weeks veggies, plus recipes to boot. High Five Farm is my choice from now on for the best vegetables grown in Kentucky. Debby K

Join Our CSA Today

Enjoy 18 weeks of 7-10 fresh vegetables and herbs, grown by us for you!
Current season: May - September

The CSA model works well for folks who are excited to try new things! In 2021 we’re growing: Arugula, Basil, Beets, Beans, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Carrot, Cilantro, Collards, Cukes, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onion, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Scallions, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squashes, Zucchini, Herbs, and Flowers.


Members of a CSA program are enthusiastically opting into the inherent risks involved in farming. Not every crop we attempt to grow will be a success. You will share in the failures and successes of the farm, thereby genuinely supporting local small agriculture.


We use a sliding scale payment plan. You will choose which payment you can reasonably afford. Use the guide below to honestly evaluate your income and assets and choose a payment plan that’s right for you. Folks interested in our CSA may pay weekly or a full season payment, however the full 18 week season commitment is requested. A deposit to secure their spot in our CSA.

Learn more
about sliding scales and how they work!

Option 1

$30 / week

*or $540 full season payment*

Consider this rate if some or all of this list applies to you

  • I comfortably meet my basic needs (housing, food, utilities, transportation)
  • I am employed or do not need to work
  • I have expendable income for personal pleasures
  • I own my home or my rent is less than I can reasonably afford
  • I have money in savings
Sign up now

Option 2

$25 / week

*or $450 full season payment*

Consider this rate if some or all of this list applies to you

  • I may stress about meeting my basic needs (housing, food, utilities, healthcare, transportation) but generally am able to pay my bills
  • I have regular paychecks
  • I have some expendable income for personal pleasures
  • I own my home or my rent is affordable
Sign up now

Option 3

$15 / week

*or $270 full season payment*

Consider this rate if some or all of this list applies to you

  • I frequently stress about meeting my basic needs (housing, food, utilities, healthcare, transportation)
  • I am unemployed or underemployed
  • I have to choose between basic needs and life pleasures
  • My rent or mortgage is not affordable
Sign up now

This guide was adapted from Alexis J Cunningfolk. Learn more here.

Free Vegetable Fund

Access to fresh and healthy food is a basic human right. During our inaugural season, we were able to offer ⅓ of our shares at no cost to families seeking assistance accessing fresh produce. This effort was achieved through community crowd sourced funds. Let us offer FREE produce again this season by contributing today.

Venmo:
@highfivefarmky

MEMO:Free Vegetable Fund


Checks mailed to:
9335 McCowans Ferry Rd
Versailles KY 40383


MEMO:Free Vegetable Fund


Cards:
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We strive to engage with our community generously, kindly, and honestly. We always welcome and encourage feedback and promise to receive it with gratitude.

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