Community Supported Agriculture

 


The 2016 CSA registration is now CLOSED.


Please email Brad if you’d like to become a member.

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a partnership between farmers and their customers. Customers become a CSA member by paying for a season’s worth of produce at the beginning of the growing season. Farmers provide a portion or a ‘share’ of the farm’s produce to each CSA member each week throughout the growing season.

How Does the CSA Work?

Returning CSA members must sign up for next year’s share by February 28. In March we will contact those on our waiting list to fill remaining shares. Shares are given on a first-come-first-served basis. One share only per membership. Contact Brad to be added to the waiting list. See our csa signup 2016 for more details about the CSA.

Season: Fourth week of May through the third week of October, 22 weeks in total.

What is in a share: A Large Share or a ‘box’ contains enough vegetables for 4–6 people. A Regular Share contains enough for 2–3 people. Some members split a share or a half-share with other people. You will need to make these arrangements on your own.

Pickup: Pickup: Wednesday at the Organic Farm, 3:00-6:00 pm; or Friday at the Organic Farm, 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

When you pick up your share you will repack it into your own container. Many people use cloth bags or cardboard boxes. If you are not able to pick up your share one week, you are welcome to have a neighbor or friend pick it up for you. Shares will not be held past the set pick up times, and unclaimed shares will be donated to the food bank.

What is included in your CSA share: A diversity of vegetables and fruit each week, such as:

Spring Box – salad mix, baby spinach, radishes, snap peas, cilantro, shallot greens
Summer Box – broccoli, bok choi, kale, bunching onions, strawberries, summer squash, basil, green beans
Fall Box – potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, storage onions, salad mix

You will also receive a bi-weekly Newsletter that provides an update of what is happening at the farm as well as recipes for produce that is in your share that week.

Crop Availability Chart: Availability Chart

Volunteers

It is possible to trade volunteer labor for a CSA share. To receive a Large share you will need to work 7 hours a week, to receive a Regular share you will need to work 4 hours a week. Volunteers are expected to work the entire season. Volunteers are expected to come to the farm at their scheduled time (schedules will be arranged prior to the beginning of harvest) and to enter their hours in the volunteer logbook. The farm has a ‘no pet policy.’

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at the farm. Friday afternoons are the best time to visit since we will be distributing boxes at that time. However we are flexible and will welcome you for visits on other days. When visiting, please check in with a manager before touring the gardens. We can give you important information on where to and where not to walk. When you visit the farm, please be understanding if we are busy with a class and don’t have time to chat. And please leave your pets at home.

Resources

WSU Small Farm Team includes general background information on CSA’s as well as links to regional and national resources.