Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Our Growing Practices
- No synthetic herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers
- We use a system of cover cropping, crop rotation and composting to keep our soil fertile and full of life!
Cost of CSA Share
Cost: $545 plus 30 hours of volunteer time, or $695 without volunteering. We charge everyone the full amount upfront and refund $150 at the end of the season if 30 volunteer hours have been completed. We will refund $5.00 per hour of volunteer work up to 30 hours. Payments
can be made in as many as three installments and are due March 15th, April 15th, and May 15th. Payments can be made by check, cash, Visa or Mastercard.
How long is the season?
26 weeks from the first full week in May through the month of October. There will be no CSA prepared for July 5th since the staff will be off for the July 4th holiday. Wednesday CSA members will receive their last CSA box on November 1st.
What is in a share?
This year's CSA will include:
How much is in a share?
Generally, the amount of food is good for a family of two. This depends, of course, on how many meals are prepared at home. Our goal is to include about $18.00-22.00 worth of vegetables and some in-season fruit in each weekly share. Due to the unpredictable nature of gardening, we do not always meet the $18 goal, especially early in the season before the growing season is in full swing, but we try to make up the difference throughout the season.
The 2016 average share amount was $18.86. We do NOT offer half shares. Some of our members split the food weekly with a friend, or find someone with whom to share the CSA and arrange to pick up on alternate weeks. Please let us know if you are interested in sharing with a friend. We do keep names of people who want a CSA partner, and we might be able to help you connect.
New in 2017
In addition to other new types of produce, we are excited to grow popcorn in 2017!
- We are adding an “Up for Grabs” box during CSA pick-ups. This is a basket placed next to the CSA boxes on pick-up day where extra veggies will be located. For example, if we have a surplus amount of one item, we will put the extras in the box, and you can take it if you would like more of that item! If you receive too much of a veggie or if you receive a veggie you don’t care for, you can place it in the box, too. Take what you want, leave what you don’t. Our goal is for members to adjust their own shares and control how much excess they receive.
- All of our CSA letters and recipes throughout the season will be available in an online resource for you to access, instead of paper recipes in your box.
- Reducing the number of shares from 40 to 35 to better ensure quantity and selection of produce for our members.
- We are going to try growing a small area of sweet corn.
Detailed Description of Gorman Heritage Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
This detailed description of the CSA program at Gorman Heritage Farm is for informational purposes only and is not a guarantee of enrollment in our CSA. Please contact Barb Liphardt at email@example.com for more information and enrollment opportunities. Thank you for your interest and support.