How our CSA works
We grow, harvest and deliver an array of fresh, organic produce through our CSA program each week of the summer. Subscribers pre-pay for a share of the harvest, providing the farmers with start-up capital at the beginning of the season. In turn, our subscribers get a selection of our freshest produce each week of the season.
Subscribers pick up their boxes from one of many pick-up locations across the Lower Mainland.
For the 2016 season we are offering the following share options:
- Early Bird Share: We have a limited number of early-bird shares available. These early season shares will likely be delivered twice in May and once in early June. Contents will be largely greens and rhubarb. Only one size available.
- Main Season Share: Running 16 weeks, from mid-June to the first week of October, this share features the best of our summer produce, ranging from berries and rhubarb to leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, field vegetables and root crops. You can subscribe to a full or half share.
- Extended Season Share: This share runs an additional 8 weeks, providing you with continuous local, organic produce from mid-June through to the end of November. You can enjoy fall and winter crops such as squash, brussels sprouts, onions, cabbage, beets, parsnips and radicchio in addition to the main season produce. You can subscribe to a full or half share. You can also choose to add a season extension to your share at a later date (availability permitting).
- Fruit Share Option: We source fruit from a number of trusted organic farms in BC to provide a fruit share option for your CSA subscription. For 14 weeks you can receive some of the best organic fruit in BC: cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, grapes, melons, pears and apples
Other features of our CSA program include:
- Online subscription, payment and account management. You can sign-up and pay online and change your delivery location through our secure, online system. Credit Union members can pay through their online banking bill payment option. Payment by credit card (Paypal) and cheque are also available.
- A web store: Add items to your delivery -- extra produce, case lots of fruit for preserving, hazelnuts, herbs and goat meat. We've made it easy to make the most out of your subscription, by making extra items available when they're in abundance. This feature is only available to our CSA subscribers.
- Early payment incentives and instalment payment plans. If you sign-up and pay in full by 28 February, you get 5% off your subscription price. Payment in 2 instalments gets a 2.5% discount. Payment in 5 instalments is regular price. The choice is yours.
- A weekly newsletter. Learn about the process of growing food and life on the farm. Our weekly newsletter keeps you plugged into where your food is coming from. Plus, you can connect with the farm through Twitter and Facebook as well.
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What is Community Shared Agriculture?
Community Shared (or Supported) Agriculture, or CSA, is a system of farming that brings farmers, community members, and agricultural land together into a mutually beneficial relationship. Community members purchase a “farm share” for the growing season, which entitles them to a weekly share of the harvest throughout the season, delivered by a farmer they know and trust. This commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer the bounty of the land, as well as some of the risks and pleasures of production. Our CSA members receive a wide variety of fresh and nutritious produce grown organically on our farm and delivered to a convenient pick-up site. CSA members have the joy of knowing where, when, and how their food is being produced and become connected with and participate in local agricultural cycles.
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What to expect in 2017
In 2017 we will continue to focus on the diversity and quality of our crops. Our CSA is recognized for its freshness, quality and variety on a weekly basis.
Our CSA has some special features:
- Option to put your subscription on hold during the season. You may put your box on hold for up to two weeks while you are away or if you need a break. We will issue a credit to your account that can be used in our online store for adding items to your box. You also have the option to donate unused boxes to a social housing agency or refugee resettlement group we work with. You can also have someone else pick up your box - and you can change your pick-up location through your online account.
- Do you plan your time away in advance? If you let us know your holiday dates by 1 June 2017, we will reduce the cost of your subscription for those dates.
- Downtown, Yaletown, Gastown and West End deliveries are done by shift urban delivery (cargo bike delivery service). You can choose to have your box delivered to your workplace (if you work downtown), to your residence for a small fee.
What we grow
Fruit and Berries: Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Apples
Leafy Greens: Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Kale, Collards, Sorrel
Field Vegetables: Cabbage, Squash, Fennel, Green Onions, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Fava Beans, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Corn, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Melons (when we're lucky)
Root Vegetables: Beets, Carrots, Sweet Onions, Cooking Onions, Rutabagas, Parsnips, Potatoes
What we don't grow
Despite our best efforts, there are some things we can't grow in a temperate rain forest. Crops that require intense heat and dry weather such as tree fruit (cherries and peaches, for example), field tomatoes and peppers are not suited for our coastal climate. Our tomatoes are grown in unheated coldframes to protect them from moisture and to help increase their growing temperature. Nonetheless, it is hard to imagine a BC summer without the taste of incredible fruit grown in the Interior. Because of this, we offer a fruit share option to our subscribers. The fruit share contents are sources from other organic farms in BC.