How it Works
Prior to the onset of the season, our members invest in a “share” of the harvest. Once the harvest begins, CSA members receive a weekly bag of fresh vegetables and an email newsletter detailing the contents of the bag and information about the vegetables, including storage tips and recipe ideas, as well as news from the farm, invitations to the farm for workdays and potlucks and other social events. There are three seasons available this year: spring, summer, and fall. You can sign up for a full year or for specific seasons. We have pick up locations in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.
WHY JOIN A CSA?
There are so many reasons why joining a CSA is a good idea. At its root, our community functions best when all members are in good health and have their needs met. We need each member to be who they were created to be so that the community as a whole benefits. Eating good food is foundational to good health for body, mind and soul. Properly fed beings can do amazing things! There is much truth in the maxim “we are what we eat.”
Participating in a CSA allows members to invest, support, and benefit from a personal relationship with the farmers and the farm. Joining a CSA builds community while supporting the local economy. Members become connected to their food source through seasonal eating and receive the first and best of everything the farm has to offer. This works well for people who like to shop at the farmers market, but may not be able to get there early enough to have everything available. It also works for people who would like to support the farmers markets, but they forget to go, or find the markets aren’t convenient for them.
WHO DOES OUR CSA SERVE?
Sometimes the organic local food movement can be seen as elitist, and we’re firmly against this idea. We think everyone should have access to good, local, sustainably-grown produce. Our CSA has members from all walks of life and income levels–families with kids, retirees, individuals, students, professionals, laborers. Some of our members can afford to pay for the whole year upfront and some of our members need to split the payment into 3 or more payments. Some of our members use SNAP/EBT to pay for their shares. Because the farm has large expenses during January and February (seeds, seedling production materials, repairs, capital improvements etc) when the farm isn’t producing as much for sale, the influx of cash during this time is important to help us meet our expenses.
Some of our members need special arrangements to be able to afford the CSA, and we’re happy to work with them to come up with another plan. If you would like to be in the CSA, and can not meet the posted payment schedule, please contact us about our subsidized shares which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This year over 40 percent of our shares will go to families and individuals with limited financial resources.