We are dedicated to growing the highest quality food we can for our community. And, we want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable picking up food from us in this time of uncertainty. We want our customers to have access to this food as we know that healthy, nutritious, fresh food is a key piece of the puzzle in keeping our bodies strong. So, we came up with the Community Drop Model!
In this model a group of households get together and decide that they want a Community Drop in their neighborhood (or, coworkers get together and get a drop at their workplace). This means that someone who understands the value of getting farm fresh food to their community decides to host the dropoff spot for our CSA. They coordinate with other shareholders and get a discount on their share for hosting the CSA dropoff.
INTERESTED IN BEING A HOST? WANT TO GET THIS DROP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? FOR MORE DETAILS SEE BELOW
HOW TO SETUP A COMMUNITY DROP CSA
STEP ONE: Coordinate with friends, neighbors and family and figure out where your drop spot will be (somewhere shady like a carport/garage). Drops will be considered that are in the regions south of Cahone and along the corridors to Dolores and Cortez. Whoever hosts the CSA Drop will receive a $50 discount on their share.
STEP TWO: CONTACT MICHELE @ 970-403-2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a community drop spot.
STEP THREE: Start spreading the word. We need drops to be either five or ten shares total because of the capacity of our coolers and room in our delivery truck.
STEP FOUR: Once you have five or ten committed shares, have everyone fill out one of the signup forms below (inserting the name of the community drop), send them in to us and you're community drop is a go!
PLEASE COORDINATE YOUR COMMUNITY DROP CSA SOONER THAN LATER. IT'D BE NICE TO HAVE THESE LOCATIONS IN PLACE BY MAY 1ST.
To sign up for a CSA Share via check and paying in full, please go to this link:
Our Growing Practices There's a lot more to growing great food than meeting the Organic Standards and not spraying chemical fungicides, herbicides or using synthetic fertilizers. While its important that we don't do any of those practices, we also do a lot more to care for the health of our soil and plants. By making probiotic solutions and microbiologically rich compost we continue to feed our soil food web which in turn takes care of our plants. In 2020 are also working towards becoming a no-till farm and using hand tools for all of our cultivation work.
How Does Our CSA Work? A produce club, also known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, local based economic model for food distribution that promotes sustainable agriculture as well as the livelihood of local farmers.
This is a program where you subscribe by paying for a share of the farms produce at the beginning of the season. This creates a mutually beneficial relationship between the farmer and the consumer.
It provides working capitol for us to purchase needed materials at the beginning of the growing season and, in return, we dedicate ourselves to growing your produce and providing you with fresh, nutritious, and bountiful vegetables.
SongHaven Farm is the oldest CSA farm in our region, having been in operation as a market garden farm since 2005 and operating a CSA since 2007.
Where do I pick up my food? Shareholders will pick up their food at their designated community drop that they have formed with their neighbors. We will place a cooler in your neighborhood and you will access your food at your convenience from that drop point. This quick and easy pickup is designed so you won't have to come into town to pickup your produce. Instead you will pickup your harvest bag at your neighbors, friend or family members home.
Our CSA Program runs for sixteen weeks, from June 24th till October 7th.
Why sixteen weeks, I see many other CSAs that are longer? The number one complaint from CSA members is that the beginning of the season is full of greens and not much else. Let's face it, growing in our sw colorado climate is not easy and we have a relatively late season when it comes to the staple crops of cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers. At SongHaven we want you to have a positive CSA experience from the first week to the last and therefore we time our CSA to start when we hopefully have an abundance of some of the staple crops you rely on for your weekly needs.
What if I can't make a pickup? Summer is a busy time for folks and sometimes you want to go out of town and just can't find someone to pickup your share. We understand. SongHaven Farm will refund up to 3 weeks of the CSA if given advanced warning by midnight Monday (via email or phone call, no text), that you won't be able to get your share that week. Refund checks will be issued at the end of the season.
However, if a shareholder fails to give adequate advance warning, then that weeks produce and refund is forfeited.
How much food is in a share? Our shares will generally feed two people who value and like to eat lots of fresh, live food. If you are only an occasional veggie eater then our shares may feed up to 3 to 4 people a week.
Shareholders will also have the opportunity to purchase farm fresh eggs and a raw goats milk share after becoming CSA members.
What produce can I expect? Generally the shares will have eight to twelve unique items in the box and the items will vary according to the season. Here's what we are hoping to have in your boxes during this upcoming season:
Beginning of the Season: Butterhead Lettuce Kale Beets Radishes Sweet Salad Turnips Bok Choy Carrots Baby Chard Garlic Fresh Herbs Microgreens Zucchini
Later in the Season: The vegetables listed above plus: Cherry Tomatoes Heirloom Tomatoes Garlic Eggplant Broccoli Onions Cucumbers Peppers Cabbage Parsnips Winter Squash
We pride our selves on growing the main staple crops that most people enjoy eating on a regular basis. Since we are a two person farm that grows all of our crops using hand tools (ie., no tractors in our fields), there are some crops that we choose not to grow - mainly potatoes and lots of cut greens like spinach and arugula. From time to time we may put these into the rotation, however the above list are our main planned crops. And, while we don't plan for fruit in our CSA, if it is a good fruit year and we have an abundance we will gladly share with you!
Thanks for checking out our CSA and let us know if you have any questions! Contact Michele at (970) 403-2895 or email@example.com