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 we started working towards becoming a minimal till farm and using hand tools for all of our cultivation work.
What is a CSA? 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.
How Does Our CSA Work? Through our Local Harvest storefront your payment into our CSA will be a credit that can be treated like a piggy bank. Local Harvest calls it a “Cash Account.” Every week you will choose what you want in your share (custom share) or choose a traditional share (farmer packed box of 7-10 items) and use your piggy bank to pay for them. Your credit will roll over to the next season if it is not used. However, if you will not be signing up for the next CSA, you must use your credit before the end of the season. Our season will run for twenty weeks, from the beginning of June to mid-October. Our start date in 2021 will either be June 5th or June 12th. In addition to vegetables you will have the option to add on items like flower bouquets, jams, jellies, pickles, eggs and possibly goat dairy shares.
Can I put my box on hold? It is easy to manage your account online. If you are going out of town and would like to skip a delivery, you can do so by simply clicking on the calendar day once you are logged into your online account, and select the day you will be away. Then click the HOLD button and choose whether you would like to hold your delivery or donate it. Each member will be permitted a total of three holds per season. All holds must be placed before 6pm on the Tuesday before your pickup. Unfortunately, we can not take last minute cancellations, but you can opt to have a friend pickup your delivery. If you cannot have a friend pick up your delivery, please contact us and ask us to donate your box. In some cases we may be able to arrange a pickup one or two days later on the farm, but this will be on a special case basis.
Where do I pick up my food? Shareholders will pick up their food at the farm in Cahone on Friday afternoons anytime between 4:30pm to 6pm or have it delivered to Cortez on Saturday mornings. The Cortez pickup will be at the Cortez Farmers Market anytime between 7:30 and 10am. There will be a $2 delivery fee per week for the Cortez shares to help pay for the costs associated with delivering shares into town.
What produce can I expect? Here's what we are hoping to grow 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 firstname.lastname@example.org