Learn about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Support Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our firm 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 12 weeks, from May 13, 2018 to July 29, 2018. You will generally receive 6-8 items of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs or a combination of the above, equivalent to one grocery bag of produce each week. Strong Roots Healthy Farming will deliver your freshly harvested produce straight to your door, or you can pick up your share of freshly harvested goods from one of our drop-off sites.
Strong Roots Healthy Farming believes in growing food naturally: no chemicals, artificial fertilizers, or harmful pesticides. We believe nutritious food comes from strong organic matter in the soil and a little bit of help from mother nature. (A balance of sun and rain always produce a few good crops.) We use worm castings, local horse manure, and organic compost to build our top soil. We use fish emulsion and worm casting tea as fertilizer. And we use Neem Oil, Diatomaceous Earth, Essential Oils, Nematodes, interplanting techniques and our greenhouse to help deter pests. Our promise to you is that we will not spray our produce with man-made chemicals.
Our 2018 Expected Crops
The chart below outlines some of the vegetables, fruits, and herbs we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production.
Kale, Salad Mix, Beets, Carrots, Kohlrabi, Radishes, Cilantro, etc.
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash, Chard, Jalapenos, Microgreens, Mint, Thyme, etc.
Tomatoes, Peppers, Okra, Eggplant, Watermelon, Basil, Chives, etc.
Sharing in the Risk
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 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 the crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready to harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may cover for a crop loss by buying it from other local farmers. This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure. The last option is for Strong Roots Healthy Farming to extend the CSA season beyond its initial 12-week time frame.
2018 Membership Fees
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 and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
Please note that Strong Roots Healthy Farming can only accept TEN seasonal shares in 2018. These spots will be allotted on a first come on a first serve basis.
The chart below outlines the 2018 membership options.
$300 – 1/2 bushel of fruits, vegetables and/or herbs
$150 – 1/4 bushel of fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs
$30 – Weekly 1/2 bushel of fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs. You select your weeks.
$15 – Weekly 1/4 bushel of fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs. You select your weeks.
Our 2018 Spring CSA arrangements are now full. Please check back in with us in the fall.
The chemicals we are putting into the ground are killing our biodiversity and consequently the nutrition that exists in that biodiversity. Our soils can no longer produce the kind of fruits and vegetables we need to survive. That is why Strong Roots is building its backyard with worms, compost, and good old horse manure. The things our grandparents did are the things we should be doing.