We, the farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Becoming a Part of Our CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for 25 of weeks, from June 3rd to November 22nd. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce. You will generally receive 8-10 pounds of produce. The exact amount of produce each week will vary depending upon the growing season, the weather, etc.
Our Growing Practices
Cropsey Community Farm uses organic and biodynamic growing practices. We strive always to build the soil rather than deplete it, leave the land in better shape than it started in, grow nutritious food, and be part of a healthy ecosystem. For more details on our mission and methods, please see our website, http://www.cropseyfarm.org
Sharing in Commitments and the Risk of Crop Failure
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of produce however, may vary from week-to-week/month-to-month/season-to-season due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows: If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time, without effecting future shares. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks.
Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, and health food stores. We balance priority of the CSA with our other markets. This allows us to select a consistently full and diverse share to our customers while avoiding over-delivering any one product. When production of our CSA segregated crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we handle the surplus by selling it at the farmers market, to our restaurant buyers, etc. Please note that we produce some items exclusively for our other outlets. You may see our products at the farmers market, restaurants, and in the health food store that you will not receive in your CSA share.
Picking Up Shares
You are responsible for picking up your share each week and observing the pick up guidelines which are as follows;
-Bring your own bag and leave the containers.
-Pick up your share within the timeframe stated.
-Be respectful of surrounding property.
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 location and procedures to your substitute. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to a charity, food pantry or sold at the farmers market.
We take the safety of your food seriously. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed, equipment and cover other expenses before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment. A share cost is $750 and two payment options will be available. You may pay your membership fee upfront or choose to pay in three installments of $250. All installments are due prior to the fist pick up on June 3rd. We would prefer you to pay a lump sum up front; as in incentive members who choose to pay upfront will be offered a small share the week prior to the season start.
Communicating with the Cropsey Community Farm Team
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our phone number is 845-634-3167. The best times to reach us are Tuesday through Friday from 3-5pm. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every month, we will email an update giving you information about the crops available that month, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.
Although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. We will contact members via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.
To purchase a share, please click HERE.