What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms were introduced in the United States from Europe over 20 years ago. Their inception began out of the need for food security and concern for the rapid urbanization of farmland. We are still faced with these same issues today, reinforcing the need for alternative options for consumers outside of our current food system. CSAs provide a model for consumers and farmers to participate together in rediscovering what has been lost in the past century.The CSA model creates a new relationship between the farmer and the consumer. A community of individuals joins together in a partnership with their farmer to share in the risks and benefits of farming. Members pay their season membership upfront to provide the farmers with financial means and a guaranteed customer base at the beginning of the season when expenditures are highest. In exchange for purchasing a “share” in the farm, the members receive part of the weekly bounty. Members and their families can spend as little or much time on the farm as they wish seeing the vegetables grow throughout the season and experiencing the joy that only a visit to the farm can bring. Weekly produce pickups include a variety of locally and naturally grown seasonal vegetables along with herbs and flowers.
Why should I become a member? Community Supported Agriculture ensures fresh, naturally grown produce, while providing farm security. There is no substitute for farm-fresh food. Produce in stores has often spent days or weeks in transit, compromising its flavor and nutritious value. Additionally, we can avoid all the excess packaging and pollution that goes into long-distance containerized food production. Synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are doing irrevocable damage to our environmental systems and overall health. In contrast, one of the obvious benefits to becoming a member at a CSA is seeing the full, magical process of vegetables growing naturally on beautiful unspoiled land. Being at the farm every week to pick up your share provides an intimate setting to connect with the land, your farmers, and your food. You can be assured that your produce is grown naturally to sustain healthy bodies, and preserve farms and ecosystems. Are you certified Organic? Yes, we are certified organic as of May 2012. We employ farming practices that enrich the soil and surrounding habitats naturally without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or weed control treatments. Using crop rotation, companion planting, cover crops, compost, and minimal tillage, we restore and preserve the soil while reducing the need for insecticides, fertilizers, and fungicides. In addition we manage our resources on the farm in a manner that works within natural systems to drastically limit waste. Organic certification enforces diligent record keeping and imposes strict constraints on the inputs and outputs of the farm. With that said, there are certification regulations that fall short of our standards of sustainability and stewardship. We support the movement toward organic farming completely but for us, it is ultimately about farming and living responsibly. What can I expect to receive?
- Spring - Strawberries, peas, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, cucumbers, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, radishes, spring onions, arugula, spinach, broccoli, beets, and herbs.
- Summer - Summer squash, celery, cucumbers, fennel, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, leeks, watermelon, sweet peppers, hot peppers, herbs and flowers.
- Fall - Kale, swiss chard, collards, green beans, beets, turnips, rutabaga, winter squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, peas, onions, eggplant, lettuce, kohlrabi, celeriac, parsnips, carrots, Asian greens, cabbage, broccoli, herbs and flowers.
- $450=170 credits (average 7.7 credits/week @ $2.65/credit)
- $550=216 credits (average 9.8 credits/week @ $2.55/credit)
- $650=264 credits (average 12.0 credits/week @ $2.46/credit)
- $750=315 credits (average 14.3 credits/week @ $2.38/credit)
- $850=367 credits (average 16.7 credits/week @ $2.32/credit)
- $950=422 credits (average 19.2 credits/week @ $2.25/credit)