With hearts full of hope, minds full of vision, and gratitude for being a part of something bigger than ourselves, the staff at ECO are excited to announce our 2020 CSA Season!
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a great way to get fresh, local produce. By joining ECO Farm's CSA program, you also support ECO’s mission for integrating mindfulness and sustainability into our personal lives and community culture. Please read and agree to the following Agreement before becoming a member.
ECO Farm Fall 2020 Share Options:
ECO Farm Community Supported Agriculture Agreement
I understand that I am making a commitment to ECO Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Program. I recognize that farming carries certain risks and there is no guarantee on the exact amount or variety of produce that I will receive for my share. ECO Farm’s harvest is protected by sound ecological and sustainable practices such as sustainable and organic soil improvement, crop rotation and cover cropping, crop diversification,and irrigation not by taxpayer funded, government subsidized crop insurance. I want to share both the rewards and the risks of the growing season along with my fellow Earth Citizens and the farmers and volunteers who make this project possible.
I recognize that it is my responsibility to pick up my share on time, in the location specified and that if I am unable to do so, my share will be donated to local rescues and food banks. I understand that there are no refunds for failure to pick up or for crop failures. I also agree, that if I choose the monthly payment option, that this contract is non-cancellable and that monthly payments will continue to be charged to my payment method until the end of the contract.
Most Frequently Asked Questions about signing up for a CSA
Q: What is Community Supported Agriculture?
A: CSAs provide a direct connection between the farmer, who grows food (produce, animals, animal by-products) and people who eat food. It removes all of the commercial processes between the farmer and the consumer such as transporters, brokers, buyers, and processors. It delivers fresh, non or minimally processed foods directly to you. CSAs hold the promise of clean, fresh food without the trade off of soil and environmental destruction.
Q: What are the Benefits of Belonging to a CSA?
A: By belonging to a CSA, you are taking direct action to improve the health of you, your family, and the Earth. Most CSAs and for sure ECO Farm, utilize organic, regenerative methods that increase the nutritional value of the food you eat while leaving the Earth in better condition than it was found. CSAs give families the opportunity to experience food flavors, quality, and novelty that is not available in the grocery store. ECO Farm gives families the opportunity to learn about where food comes from by providing volunteer, farm-to-table, and educational events.
Q: What are the Risks of Belonging to a CSA?
A: CSA membership says that you recognize the value of fresh, nutritious food and that you are willing to share in the successes AND the failures of the farm. All farming (truly all of life) comes with some risk of failure. Drought, flood, wind, and pest pressures are ever present on the farm and even when we use regenerative practices and give our all to the farm, there will be crop failures. When big mono cropping farms insured by the government with your tax dollars fail, they collect a check. We don’t use that method, because it's not sustainable and has resulted in horrible damage to the Earth. Instead we plant diverse crops, care well for the Earth, use regenerative methods, and use careful scientific analysis to evaluate ourselves. By this method, we know that we will be able to provide for ourselves and our community, even as the environment changes. By accepting the risks of crop failures with us, you help us move towards a more sustainable and secure food system, where everyone benefits.
Q: Is Belonging to a CSA for me?
A: To get the most out of a CSA share, an interest in nutrition, variety, exploration, and novelty is key. CSAs will challenge your flexibility, cooking skills, and creativity and the rewards can be seen in your enjoyment of new foods, new recipes, and the element of surprise. If you have a fairly set diet and need predictability in your weekly menus and you aren’t interested in changing that, then a CSA may not be for you. Also, CSAs rarely meet the food needs of the typical American diet and shopping at Farmer’s Markets may be needed to round out your meal plans. For example, we provide only produce, with eggs, beginning in June of 2020, so if meat is part of your diet, you will need to do some shopping.