A subscription in a Community Shared Agriculture program is a large commitment, both in terms of time and finances. Before you make a decision about subscribing, we would ask that you read these terms and conditions. You will be asked to confirm that you have read this before you sign up for a subscription. The sign-up link is at the bottom of this page.
Our Community Shared Agriculture program is an opportunity to be a partner in our farm operation. It allows you the opportunity to purchase a share of the harvest, bypassing the conventional supply chain and directly contributing to the viability of a small-scale, organic farm in your region. You are supplying a local farm with operating capital at the beginning of the season, when farming expenses are incurred. You are making a choice to invest in a local, organic farm operation -- this is a social and environmental commitment on your part! In joining a Community Shared Agriculture program, you are also sharing the risk of the season with the farmer and other members.
Some things you should consider before signing up include:
Your support early in the season helps the farmer avoid debt. It also allows the farmers to plant crops with a reliable market in mind. In exchange, you receive nutritious, locally grown organic food and a connection to a farm close to your home. We do all we can to assure a full, diverse and wonderful harvest and we have a proven track record for delivering a quality box of produce throughout the season. Nonetheless, certain things are beyond our control, and may reduce yields, create substitutions, or result in complete losses. For example, in 2012 we experienced significant flooding in June and July during the Fraser River freshet (we still managed to deliver boxes throughout the season, but with less diversity than normal). There is an element of risk involved in any CSA program.
It is important to note that a CSA does not work for everyone. Please consider whether this is the right fit for you before signing up. If you would like to speak to us personally before making a commitment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Close to Home Organics Ltd. operates at Glen Valley Organic Farm, a 50-acre certified organic farm in Abbotsford. The fields at Glen Valley Organic Farm are located on the Fraser River floodplain. This means we grow on some of the richest, most fertile soil in British Columbia. It also means that our crops plans are impacted by the water levels of the Fraser River. Close to Home Organics is run by Chris Bodnar and Paige Dampier.
Due to our bioregion, there are limitations to what we can grow. Leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach and lettuce), onions (scallions, leeks, sweet onions, garlic, cooking onions), carrots, beets, beans, cabbage rhubarb and potatoes form the basis of our Main Seasion CSA program. In addition, we rotate herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro), cucumbers, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, fennel and berries in the boxes as weather permits. Our Late Season CSA program will include storage crops such as onions, squash, root crops (carrots, beets, parsnips, sunroots, celeriac) and hardy greens (kale, collards, radicchio, brussels sprouts).
We have a short, often wet growing season on the coast. As a result, our primary CSA share does not include tree fruit or a significant volume of tomatoes or peppers. To offer a more complete option to our subscribers, we are offering an optional fruit share, sourced from other certified organic farms in BC. This will include cherries, apricots, peaches, apples, pears, tomatoes, pepper and apples.
Close to Home Organics Ltd. cannot guarantee the delivery of specific crops at specific times in specific quantities. Our crop availability is subject to weather, harvest timing, labour availability and quality of crops. All of our produce is graded and, with the exception of berries, is washed before packing. We will, occasionally, send produce in our CSA boxes that is blemished or mis-shapen if the crop has grown that way and we would otherwise not have that product available to you; we will do this to avoid waste and to ensure variety in your boxes and we will always explain why something may look different.
Due to weather conditions, your box size might change throughout the season. In particular, box sizes are often smaller for the first two weeks. We make up for the difference by sending you larger boxes later in the season and/or adding an additional box at the end of the season.
We deliver CSA subscriptions in Rubbermaid containers. These boxes are durable (we re-use them) and help to keep your produce fresh from packing through to pick-up. The cost of these containers is not included in your subscription price and remain the property of Close to Home Organics Ltd. Some produce in the boxes is weighed out into plastic bags. We do everything we can to avoid the use of additional plastic bags, while still remaining efficient in our operations.
You are able to pay for your subscription by personal cheque (payable to Close to Home Organics Ltd.) mailed to 8550 Bradner Road, Abbotsford BC V4X 2H5, through online banking (if you bank with a BC Credit Union such as Vancity, Coast Capital Savings, CCEC, etc.) or through Paypal. Using Paypal adds additional fees to our operations; we know cheques and postal services are old fashioned for many people, but sending a cheque helps us keep our costs down and your money stays in the local economy.
If we are able to add other payment options, we will list them on the sign-up page and in this agreement as they become available.
Prior to the start of the season, we will refund CSA subscriptions, minus a $30 processing fee. This fee covers costs associated with establishing your account, processing your payments and processing your refund.
We stand behind our products. We also want the CSA experience to be pleasurable for you If you are unhappy with your CSA box for any reason or if you need to cancel due to a change in life circumstances, we will refund you the remaining value of your subscription.
You may put your box on hold during the season. You will receive a credit on your account for that week. The credit must be used in our online farm store or at one of our farmers markets during the 2015 season. You may also donate your box to an immigrant social housing agency we work with. There is no refund or credit for donated boxes.
If you know your holiday schedule in advance (by 1 May), we will put your account on hold and refund you for unused weeks. We must receive your hold dates by 1 May to take advantage of this option.
We reserve the right to cancel your subscription at any time and provide you with a refund pro-rated to the portion of your subscription that has been unfulfilled.
We use an online CSA management system. We do this for a few reasons:
The CSA management software is provided and maintained by Farmigo.com.
We will never share your personal information with any third party for any purpose other than managing your CSA subscription. To this end, the following parties are involved in managing our CSA program:
As a CSA subscriber, you will get a weekly update about the farm and the growing season, including links to recipes and notes about local food-related events. You will also have the opportunity to visit the farm during the season during an open house. We enjoy communicating with our CSA subscribers and encourage you to maintain a dialogue with us during the season -- we will communicate as best we can during the busy summer months. We also Tweet about our growing season and host a Facebook page.
As a CSA subscriber, you have the following responsibilities:
We look forward to having you as a part of our farming season.
Ready to Join? Click here to visit our sign-up page.