Member Agreement for 2016
By purchasing a share you agree to the following terms/ideas:
We, the 607, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA
A. Becoming a Part of Our Farms
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for twenty weeks, from June through October. A fall extension of 6 more weeks may be bought as as additional share option. Members are responsible for showing up at their chosen drop site each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce and add-ons. You will generally receive $25 worth of vegetables, equivalent to one grocery bag of produce. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.
B. Our Growing Practices
The farms are either USDA Certified Organic or Farmers' Pledge. Organic produce is grown without using specific conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. For more information about organic production please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more. We pay great attention to practicing sustainable farming methods and benefit from rich farm land and an abundance of fresh water sources. We are particularly nerdy about soil health. If you're curious about our farming practices, feel free to talk shop with us any time, or better yet, pay us a visit!
C. The Products We Expect for 2016
Here is the Star Route Farm Seed Inventory to give you an idea of the variety of veggies we grow. This inventory is what we hope to grow this year, but of course weather, pests, and other events may affect actual production.
Furthermore, the 607 will act as a small distribution hub so that we might partner with friends' farms to give you the opportunity to buy product from other small family farms unable to make the trek to the city alone. You may purchase these products as they become available on our website. We'll be sure to notify you as the dairy, meat, eggs and other products are ready, and we'll pop them in your weekly share.
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
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 crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farmers generally/other farms with the same certifications as our farm/a specific farm. This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure. Rest assured, we have all been farming for years and total crop failure is extremely unlikely. However, should we suffer another hurricane....
B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores. We segregate our production for the CSA by allocating separate plantings to the CSA. When production of our CSA segregated crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. Please note that we produce some items exclusively for our other outlets. You may see our products at the farmers market or at restaurants that you will not receive in your CSA share.
Section 3. Picking Up Shares
You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your drop site. Shares that have not been picked up will be disposed of as the site manager sees fit.
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
- If possible, return previous week's bag when your pick up your next share.
- Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.
- Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property.
- Follow additional rules posted at your drop site.
If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If you wish to change your drop site, you must email us. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to the drop site host.
We take the safety of your food seriously. All produce is washed in potable water before it is packed. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating and put frozen products in the freezer as soon as possible.
Section 4. Member 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. If you cannot afford the entire share amount up front, get in touch... we can work something out - slave share?
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. or fill in the contact form on this website. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, changes to your drop-site location, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share. You might also share a recipe, or send a photo, or write to say hi.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every week, we will email a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.
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