Update, March 24, 2020: So far all is more or less normal on the farm. The two of us that are working are maintaining appropriate social distance (not too difficult in the field), and we’re thinking through simple ways to allow for good social distancing during pick up if we’re still at that point when distributions start in May.
Spring and summer CSA shares are fully committed right now and we’ve started a waiting list in case any spaces open up. We still have a good number of fall season shares available. If you’d like a spring or summer share go ahead and sign up for it (see below) and that will automatically put you on the waiting list.
We’re accepting sign-ups for the 2020 CSA season! See the sign-up section below for details on how to join our CSA.
What a membership includes:
- Pre-harvested shares of fresh local produce weekly from mid-May through mid-November
- Free access to additional pick-your-own herb, cut flowers and vegetables
- Free access to a large collection of seasonal recipes and tips on cooking from Katherine Deumling at cookwithwhatyouhave.com
- A deep discount at our farm stand during pick-up hours – and credit at the stand (new).
- A connection to the actual people and ground where your food is coming from.
How it works:
- We grow the produce, harvest it and set it out farm stand style.
- You come once a week to pick up your share
- You can also take advantage of pick-your-own herbs, cut flowers and vegetables and our onsite farm stand with extras.
- Share pickup location is at the farm: NE 55th & Killingsworth – Mondays or Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm with extended pickup until at least 8:00pm (Holiday hours may vary – see below)
For 2020 there is a one time $5 registration fee plus the price of the season or seasons you would like to pick up:
- 5 weeks of spring for $95 – May 18 to June 17
- 13 weeks of summer for $315 – June 22 to September 17
- 9 weeks of fall for $215 – September 21 to November 19
New this year: every CSA membership comes with $1 per week of credit at the farm stand which can be used at any time during the season.
– If you sign up for just the spring CSA season you’ll pay $5 to register plus $95 for the spring season for a total of $100 and with that you’ll receive CSA shares for the 5 weeks of our spring season, plus $5 credit at the farm stand.
– If you sign up for the full season your bill will be $630 and you will receive $27 in credit at the farm stand.
To sign up and reserve your CSA Share for the 2019 season please read our member agreement and then fill out our simple online sign up form. We’ll confirm your sign up and send an invoice within a few days. If you don’t hear from us within a week please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check on the status of the share.
Payments can be made by check, card, Paypal, cash, or SNAP.
Reasons to become a member of the farm:
- Eat fresh, tasty vegetables on a regular basis
- Be more connected to your food, your community, your place, and the seasons
- Reduce the miles your food travel, have more of your food dollars go to the people who grow and harvest them and fewer go to driving them long distances and storing them before they get to you.
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture farm is a great way to do all of these things and more! Joining a CSA is a bit like investing in the farm for the year, which is not without risk. Each growing season has its unique challenges. Sometimes a crop may fail due to weather or pests other unforeseen conditions, and sometimes there may be a ‘bumper crop’ with greater bounty than expected. We are committed to growing a diversity of produce throughout the season to the best of our abilities, buffering against the occasional mishap. The farm has been producing on this land since 2010 and Josh Volk has over 20 years of experience growing for CSA members so this is not a new endeavor.
What’s in a share?
The best way to understand what is in our seasonal shares is to look back through the photos and descriptions of all of the shares from the previous years on our Instagram or Facebook pages. We post and photo and description every week, and we try to also post predictions for the following week and any news about the farm.
For lots of details on how the pick up works please see our member agreement.
We focus on growing varieties that are delicious, productive, and resilient in our climate. Often this means heirloom varieties or varieties that have been bred locally by trusted vegetable seed breeders. We try to grow special varieties, some of which you might not easily find in grocery stores.
What are the farm’s growing practices?
CNF (Cully Neighborhood Farm) uses ecological and sustainable methods. We don’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We use organic practices such as cover cropping, crop rotation, purchasing organic seed, etc., but we are not certified by a third party so by law we cannot label our practices organic.
Will there be add-on items?
In the past we’ve worked with Terra Farma to provide an egg add-on. Additional add-on items may be possible (TBA).
What if I go on vacation?
Vacation weeks are a great time to introduce your friends and family to the CSA! Have a friend pick up your share while you’re away, or if you can’t find someone else to pick up let us know and we’ll donate the share to someone who can use it.
What about holidays?
Memorial Day and Labor Day both fall on Mondays and on those weeks we move our harvests and share pick-up days to Tuesday. July 4 is observed on a Friday this year so no changes there. For 2020 we don’t anticipate moving any other harvest days, but it does happen occasionally for unforeseen reasons. If you’re taking a holiday on another day you can request to have your share picked up on the other harvest day that same week (i.e. swap Monday for Thursday, or Thursday for Monday). We can usually accommodate a small number of these changes with at least a couple of days advance notice.
Can I volunteer?
The short answer is yes! We’d love to foster more member involvement, both in the fields and with organizing events for other farm members. If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch: email@example.com
Can I buy your produce if I’m not in the CSA?
During CSA pick-up hours we usually have a small “farm stand” with surplus harvest from the day. CSA members can purchase extras at a discounted rate and other members of the community are also welcome to come and purchase from us. In the past some of our produce has been available at the Cully Farmers Market (Thursday evenings from June – September on NE 42ndAv near Alberta) and we hope that will be the case again in 2019.
How many people will a share feed?
Depending on how much you cook at home, and how many vegetables you use a single share might feed a family of four, or an individual. We strive to create mixes each week that complement each other and will create multiple meals, maybe even feed you for the whole week.
Do you offer half shares?
No, but you can find a neighbor or friend to split a share with. We may be able to help with this if you can’t find someone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be put on a list of folks who want to split a share.
Why Join the Cully Neighborhood Farm CSA Program?
Nutrition – Cully Neighborhood Farm is committed to growing nutrient dense food by properly balancing the nutrients in the soil. We add organic soil amendments, compost, and cover crops to improve the soil health.
Sustainability – We are a small-scale farm working to decrease our ecological footprint. We do this by growing food inside the city, working with human-powered tools whenever possible, sourcing our inputs as locally as possible, picking produce fresh to reduce the need for on-farm refrigeration. We provide habitat and food for birds and insects in the city, and a bit of open space and beauty for all of our neighbors. We envision a future in which every neighborhood has a number of small urban farms providing a connection to healthy, sustainable, local food and meaningful, local work for residents.
Connection to Your Food – Want to know where your food comes from or how it’s grown? You’ll be able to talk to your farmer directly and visits to the farm can be a fun and educational experience. You will find that you are eating what’s seasonally available, tasting the seasons of the farm and your bioregion. We hope the faces that come with this local food will also encourage you to think more about the faces and production practices behind the food that you get from other places.
Sustainable income for the farm – The CSA model help smooth out the financial wrinkles of farming. It also establishes a direct relationship between growers and eaters.
More info on the CSA concept can be found here.
For questions about the CSA, CSA payments, CSA pickup schedules, volunteer opportunities, or employment, please contact: