About Our CSA
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture is a wonderful way for a community to support and reconnect with farmers in their area. At its heart, CSA is an exchange, whereby anyone in the community can join a limited membership by prepaying for a weekly vegetable harvest box in the spring, when farmers can use the support most. The farmer repays this act of good faith by providing the group with wholesale prices on the freshest in season produce, and in this exchange, a healthy community grows around local food networks.
How our CSA works
Fill out the CSA registration contact form and we will send you a registration form. Send it back to us filled in, and most importantly, tell us which day works best for you. We have a few options for pickup depending on where you live. Easiest for us is to have you swing by the farm on the day of your choosing, or to have the baskets ready for you at one of the local farmers markets during the summer months. Stop by the market whenever its convenient for you, your box will be ready. You can check out our listings board to see what's happening, and then you can get on with your day! The option exists for us to deliver to your door on our market or restaurant runs if you live along Squilax-Esquilamont road or near one of the market venues. If you live in Salmon arm, this year our weekly delivery will be Friday. If you are living in a neighbourhood or RV park where at least a few residents would be interested in a weekly delivery, feel free to contact us about doing a special weekly delivery to your community.
Once registered, there are two options. A small box will be available at $25 a week and is suitable for 2 or 3 people for a week. A larger box at $40 is available for families or anyone wanting the bulk of their food needs from the farm. The boxes will focus on fresh vegetables, and we will be giving our CSA members first option when some of our limited fruit, egg, and meat supply supply is ready. Options will be available to include medicinal herbs late summer or whenever they are available.
Many of the benefits for the farm are obvious. We have a reliable, local market to sell our produce to, and we can be paid in advance to invest in some of the necessary tools and inventory at the start of the season. We also create a strong network in our local community, and are able to grow at a steady pace.
For you, our supporter, you get a reliable source of life giving, natural food from right down the road, and at wholesale cost. You support us, knowing that no matter what happens in the volatile world of industrial food production, you'll have a healthy sustainable farm down the road to provide for you and your family.
You also help us to diversify, and in the end, this diversity will also benefit you. As we grow, we will strive to provide as many avenues of sustainable food production as possible, so our growth will mean local cheese and dairy products, local edible and medicinal mushrooms, and a diverse range of fruit, berries, and nuts in our sustainable orchards and food forests. In the end, everyone wins when local food networks are strengthened.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to meeting you!