Community Supported Agriculture Farm Salad Share From Formation Farm:
Includes at minimum:
1/2 Pound Lettuce Mix
1/2 Pound Auxiliary Green (Spinach, Arugula, Baby Kale etc.)
1/4 Pound MicroGreens & Shoots (Sunflower Shoots, Vitality Mix, Pea Shoots)
1 Salad Topper (Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Baby Beets etc.)
Delivery Every Week July-October 12 Weeks
Member Agreement for 2019:
3696 Burnside Road,
Sebastopol, CA, 95742,
A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between Formation Farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for 26 of weeks, from April to October. Members are responsible for showing up at your pick-up site/drop-off site each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce. You will generally receive one pound of Mixed salad greens, ¼# of microgreens/shoots and one bunch of salad toppers. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2. The farmers will also have two bye weeks durring the course of the season for rest and recovery. This will stretch the entire length of the season to 28 weeks as these two off weeks will not be included in your 26 weeks of produce.
B. Our Growing Practices
The farm uses regenerative farming practices including biodynamics, natural farming and no-till agriculture. We use no chemical-based sprays or fertilizers in our production. Our growing practices are based on the preservation of life in the soil and on our farm. While we are not Certified Organic, our practices go above and beyond what is necessary to be certified as organic in California.
C. The Products We Expect for 2019
The list below outlines some of the vegetables we will to deliver to you over the course of the season. This list is our best estimate, but weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production.
April to September: Spring Mix, Spinach, Baby Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Sunflower Shoots, Vitality Microgreens Mix, Pea Shoots, Edible Flowers, Sweet Basil, French Breakfast Radish, Baby Red Beets Sweet Japanese Salad Turnips and more.
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 (including fire), insect pressure, 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. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks.
B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
Our farm grows crops specifically for our CSA. When those crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we will handle the surplus by donating it to Food Not Bombs, a charitable organization that feeds the homeless in San Francisco.
Section 3. Picking Up Shares
You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your drop site.
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
1. Bring your own bag 2. Pick up your share within the timeframe stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time. 3. Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property. 4. Follow additional rules posted at your drop site regarding parking/use of certain entrances.
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 cannot pick up your share and let us know two days prior we will donate it. If you wish to change your drop site, you must email us the week prior. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will become the property of the farm and may be donated. We take the safety of your food seriously. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
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. All payments are non-refundable beyond 5/1/2019, the fourth week of the season.
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is email@example.com and we are reachable Monday through Friday. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. 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.
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 short video newsletter giving you information about the crops in your share that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.
By purchasing above, you agree to commit to the Formation Farm membership agreement for the 2019 season. You understand that, although unlikely, the farm may occasionally change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution. You understand that they will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.
Summer Salad CSA Farm Share From Formation
Sliding scale pricing gives us the to opportunity to create economic justice in our community (if adopted properly). The base principle is that everyone should be able to afford life's nasic necessitites, including healthy food and that everyone should be paying a similar proportion of their income for the same good or service. By giving members this option, we are able to make our CSA available at a reasonable cost to people with lower incomes. It also allows for farmers to be paid a living wage. The outline below is a tool that members can use to asses which pricing option my best suit them. Of course, we encourage every memeber to pay the amount that they feel is right for them.
Annual Income Weekly CSA Price
Under $20,000 Contact Farmer Rose for Help Becoming a Member
Consider paying less on the scale if you..
- are supporting children or have other dependents
- have significant debt
- have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- receive public assistance
- have immigration-related expenses
- are an elder with limited financial support
- are an unpaid community organizer
- are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
Consider paying more on the scale if you:
- own the home you live in
- have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- travel recreationally
- have access to family money and resources in times of need
- work part time by choice
- have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)
Thank you so much for you help and participation in our sliding scale payment system. We encourage everyone to pay what they feel is right for them. If you cannot afford any of these payment options contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit to Underground Alchemy, Little Red Bird Botanicals, Third Root, Rad Herb and The Kula Center for their information on slidding scale used in this publication .