What is a CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and other farm products.
Please review the guidelines and contract for The North Farm Workplace CSA Program.
Workplace CSA programs have many benefits for growers and consumers. Weekly deliveries are made to a single location, making logistics of distribution much easier to manage for the grower. Consumers receive their shares at work, meaning they do not need to coordinate a weekly visit to a drop location, but rather have their produce ready for their trip home. Workplace communities can share ideas and recipes for the week’s contents, and learn together how to create a healthier lifestyle.
How Does it Work?
The North Farm will deliver 18 weekly produce shares to your workplace at a specified time and day from mid-June through late October (weather permitting). The contents of the shares will change weekly as crops mature throughout the season, but will include vegetables, herbs, and occasional flowers. A detailed and entertaining newsletter will accompany each delivery that provides recipes, storage and preparation tips, as well as farm updates.
Sliding Payment Scale
We understand that everyone's financial circumstances are different. We also want to do all we can to make good food affordable and accessible for all people. To help accomplish this, we offer a sliding payment scale. We encourage you to think honestly about how much you are able to contribute and select the option that best suits your circumstances.
In order to make this work, we need to ensure that all shareholders contribute the maximum they are able. This will help support the farm, as well as make this program available to all participants.
Higher Income Level
(suggested household income range - more than $60,000)
Farmer's Share Level
(suggested household income range - $30,000-60,0000)
Lower Income Level
(suggested household income range - less than $30,000)
Weekly boxes are designed with an average value of $20, but shareholders can typically expect to receive much greater value. For example, 2016 participants received 10% more value than what was paid for - this essentially equates to $36.00 of produce for free, or nearly two free boxes!
The North Farm offers multiple payment options to make the purchase of a CSA share easier. Please review the following options and select which is best for you: