About our CSA
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) : partnership between you and your farmer. The CSA members provide a guaranteed market and the farmer supplies weekly shares of seasonal produce.
Our CSA is grown using organic (not certified) practices, a little bit of sweat and tears, and lots of love. We hope that we can bring the best, local, ethically grown produce to our community. Through low/no till, regenerative and mindful practices we strive to create a dynamic relationship between the earth, our products and the consumer. It should be a symbiotic relationship!
The fine details.....
The CSA season runs for 20 weeks, beginning early June through November. While we do our best to accurately set the start date, we sometimes need to adjust, due to factors outside our control that may affect the readiness of our crops. We are planning to start our season on June 7th. We will contact you at least one week before to confirm.
10 weeks (ever other week/bi weekly)
Members of our farm get the opportunity to share in the abundance of everything we grow on the farm. With that opportunity, there are some risks associated with our growing season. We are committed to minimizing those risks, yet some risk always remains. We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The exact quantity of produce may vary from week to week due to forces outside our control, such as extreme weather, insects or other production factors, despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share in the risk of crop failure with us and our other members.
In the unlikely event of a crop failure, we have the following solutions in place. If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your box with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any products in some weeks. Should this happen, we will directly contact our members as soon as possible to discuss options for remediation. However, it is unlikely that we would be able to refund memberships in part or in full, as each member’s investment is used to fund the season’s expenses. Please take this into consideration when joining the CSA.
Our mission is to provide fresh, seasonal, local veggies to our CSA Members. We believe that people should have a relationship with their food - one that gives back to you, while also restoring and nourishing the land. Our farm is different from other farms in that we combine permaculture practices with classic production models. We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We use compost purchased from Allwood and aged animal manure as fertilizers, as well as physical barriers and crop rotations for pest and disease deterrents. Some of the seeds we use are certified organic, and some are not, depending on availability, cost and performance. In practice, this means that we prefer to use organically certified seeds, as they carry traits that work well in our farming system, and choose them whenever possible. All materials used are OMRI certified.
Payment for CSA memberships and add-ons are collected up-front at the time of signup. This allows the farmer to use your investment to fund our growing season. For low income families or those who may need to make special arrangements, please contact us directly to talk about options. Farmer’s Right to Cancel If payment has not been received in full at sign-up, and no other arrangement has been agreed upon, we reserve the right to cancel your membership and open the spot for someone else on our waitlist.
-SNAP- (receive up to 50% of your share through the double up food bucks grant program)
~Payment plans available!~
Picking Up Your Share
You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your pick-up location during the allotted time.
*There will be no pick-up July 4th*
*There will be no pick-up August 29th*
Pick-up locations are listed below:
The Farm: 9400 NE 134th St. Vancouver WA - Wednesday Evening
The EarthSpace PDX, SE Portland - Wednesday Evening
NE Portland- Personal Residence near NE MLK & Skidmore (address will be emailed to members) Wednesday Evening
You are responsible for observing the pick-up site rules, which are as follows:
- Pick up your share within the timeframe stated.
- Be respectful of the hosts’ property and follow any additional rules posted at the pick-up location site.
- If you cannot pick up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are
responsible for explaining the pick-up procedure to your substitute.
-If unforeseen circumstances arise, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will try to accommodate for
emergencies if we can. Shares that are not retrieved within the designated pick-up time will be forfeited for that week and donated to a local food bank.
Community Supported Agriculture reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer through the investments
made by members in advance of the growing season. Your membership fees provide us with the money to fund the purchase of seeds, equipment and labor for the season, and we appreciate your commitment.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We do our best to minimize the amount of packaging and waste we create. We ask that members bring their own bags to pack shares into during our market style pick-up. Most things will come bunched or loose. We would love to be completely plastic free, but have yet to find a good substitute for our salad greens. This will be one of the few items that we still bag in plastic.
Communicating With Us
The best way to reach us is via email. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and
reference “CSA Question” in the subject line. We will do our best to respond quickly, but keep in mind that we’re
usually outside growing your food!
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is having a relationship with our food, the land, and one another.