update – October 24, 2018 – We are currently full and we’re finishing up our fall CSA season! If you would like us to let you know as soon as we open sign ups for the 2019 season please put your name on our mailing list by clicking on this link. For reference, in 2018 we started taking sign ups in February and we filled up just before the start of the spring season in May. Keep reading below to see how that process worked, it will likely be very similar in 2019.
We’re now accepting sign-ups for the 2018 CSA! 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 every week from mid-May through mid-November (more details below)
- Access to additional pick-your-own herb, cut flowers and vegetables (more details below)
- Access to a large collection of seasonal recipes and tips on cooking from Katherine Deumling at cookwithwhatyouhave.com
- A connection to the actual people and ground where your food is coming from.
How it works:
- Share pickup location is at the farm: NE 55th & Killingsworth – Mondays or Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm (extended pickup until 8:00pm).
- CNF 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.
- We grow a wide variety of vegetables including: arugula, basil, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, celery, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, escarole, fava beans, fennel, garlic, green beans, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, pac choi, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, scallions, shallots, summer squash & zucchini, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and winter squash.
- 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.
- Cost is $625 for the full season from approximately May 14 until the week before Thanksgiving in November. Or, new this year, sign up for just the season or seasons you want: 6 weeks of spring for $125; 13 weeks of summer for $290; 8 weeks of fall for $220
- To reserve one, or multiple seasons of shares, we ask for a $125 deposit and completion of a short agreement form.
- Payments can be made by check, card, Paypal, cash, or SNAP.
To sign up and reserve your CSA Share for the 2018 season please read our member agreement and then fill out our simple online sign up form.
We’ll confirm your sign up and and send an invoice within a few days. See the cost section below for more details on the share prices. If you don’t hear from us within a few days please e-mail email@example.com to check on the status of the share.
Reasons to become a member of the farm:
- Decrease the distance your food travels
- Eat nutrient-dense, fresh vegetables on a regular basis
- Be more connected to your food, your community, your place, and the seasons
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture farm is a great way to do all of these things and more!
More Details about the Farm & CSA
Cully Neighborhood Farm is pleased to offer our 7th season of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Become a member and enjoy ~27 weeks of fresh, seasonal, very local, and sustainably grown vegetables directly from our NE Portland farm. CSA is basically a way for eaters to directly connect with the farm. CSA members pay in advance for the farm’s produce. Then each week the members receive a portion of the fresh-picked produce. We have space for 62 CSA memberships this growing season that will include a wide variety of vegetables. We grow on less than 1 acre in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland using organic and ecological practices. You can find the basics about Cully Neighborhood Farm here.
For all the nitty gritty details of being a CSA member, read our Member agreement here – CullyNeighborhoodFarmMemberAgreement2018 . Much of that information is also contained in this page so keep scrolling down to find out more.
When, Where, What, and How
Pick up your shares each week at the main farm site (access through the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church @ 5520 NE Killingsworth). Your pickup will be either on Monday or Thursday depending on your preference and availability. Pickup time is 4:30-8:00pm. The CSA will start in mid-May and go through November.
At the CSA pickup we set the produce out on tables farmers market style with signs telling you how much of each vegetable to take. Bring a bag to fill and start on the left – we put the heavier items there – selecting your share of the vegetables from each category (we’ll have extra bags on hand if you forget). There’s a check off sheet to let us know you’ve picked up your vegetables. After 6:30pm, remaining shares will be bagged and the pickup area will not be staffed, but you can still pick up your produce until 8:00pm.
There is just one share size. Each week the share will include about 5-10 different vegetables, fewer at the start and end of the season, more during the peak of production in the late summer. We grow 100+ varieties of about 40 types of vegetables and herbs. If you are just one or two people that don’t eat many veggies, you might want to find a friend or neighbor with whom to split the share (we may be able to help with that – see the sign up form). If your family falls into the voracious vegetable eater category you might consider getting two shares. See below for more information on estimated quantities. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions about the amount of food to expect.
Here are some example shares for you to get a sense for the approximate quantities planned for the shares in different parts of the season. The photos are of actual shares (which always differ a bit from the plan!)
Early June: 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch kale, 1/2 lb green onion, 1/2 lb peas, ½ lb radishes, 1 head pac choi
Here’s an early June share from 2017:
August: 2 lb tomatoes, 0.5 lb eggplant, 1 lb carrots, 1 lb summer squash, 1 lb cucumbers, 1 bunch swiss chard, 1 lb fresh onions, 1 head lettuce
An actual share from August 2017:
October: 2 lb potatoes, 1 lb sweet peppers, 1 bunch collard greens, 3 lb winter squash, 1 lb celeriac, 1 bunch beets, 1.5 lb leek, 1 head escarole
Here’s an actual share from October 2017:
Our online newsletter archives detail the shares that were given out each week for the past few years. You can read back through those to get a better sense of what we distributed to our CSA members in the past, it should be similar this year.
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 breeders. We try to grow special varieties, some of which you might not easily find in grocery stores.
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. Between the three main growers on the farm we have over 30 years of CSA growing experience, and the farm has been producing on this land since 2010 so this is not a new endeavor.
For all the nitty gritty details of being a CSA member, read our Member agreement here: CullyNeighborhoodFarmMemberAgreement2018
This year’s membership costs $625 (this works out to about $23.15/week for 27 weeks). A $125 initial payment is requested to hold your spot.
To sign up and reserve your CSA Share for the 2018 season please read our member agreement and then fill out our simple online sign up form. We’ll confirm your sign up and and send an invoice within a few days. If you don’t hear from us within a few days please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check on the status of the share.
If you have SNAP/EBT, you can pay for CSA with SNAP funds thanks to the Portland Area CSA Coalition. Please write to email@example.com to inquire.
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.
Will there be add-on items?
In 2017 we worked with Terra Farma to provide an egg add-on, which we hope to do again. 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. For 2018 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to have at least one gathering at the farm during the summer or fall for CSA members. Please let us know if you might be interested in helping to organize this.
Can I buy your produce if I’m not in the CSA?
In the past some of our produce has been available at the Cully Farmers Market (Thursday evenings from June – September on NE 42nd Av near Alberta) and we hope that will be the case again in 2018.
Can I apply previous farm credit to this year’s CSA price?
Yes. Please contact email@example.com for details.
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.
For questions about the farm site, volunteer opportunities, or general inquiries, please contact:
Cully Neighborhood Farm
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.