2019 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
February 15th, 2019
Thank you for looking into how you can support a local farmer! We greatly appreciate the opportunity to share with you the fruits of our labors.....and this year, we're looking at doing something a bit different. We are searching for a limited number of families that would like to partner with us by purchasing a "Work Share CSA". Beginning mid June- October (20 weeks) we are asking each family to provide 2 hours of work in the Veg Patch each week. You'll be working alongside the Seedpod Family, tending to the very plants you'll be putting on your table each week. In addition to connecting with where your food comes from and learning what it takes to put food on the table, you'll also be harvesting donation shares for low income seniors in our area each week.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) OPTIONS FROM SEEDPOD FARM:
The "Work Share CSA" is only $440 plus 2 hours of work/week for 20 weeks of produce. This is a savings of $100!
Don't have time to work with us on Mondays?......then perhaps the Servant Share is more your style. Same 20 weeks of produce for $500 (a $40 savings). This plan also contributes to providing shares to seniors who find it difficult to access fresh food resources.
During the CSA Season, we also have CSA Sampler boxes available for $27. These are by appointment only.
Starter Kit- Everything you need to plant up your own 4' x 10' bed. $75- Seeds and seedlings as well as a plan. Deliveries to Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia and Vancouver TBD.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your farmers. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing with you our passion to grow ethically-raised produce and animals.
Adam & Julie Gullett
2330 Howard Ave
Centralia, WA 9831
2019 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Agreement
We, Seedpod Farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the Member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm
A. BECOMING A PART OF OUR FARM
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become "Members" of this CSA Farm who receive a portion of the farm's harvest.
Work Share CSA- available mid June- October 2019: MONDAYS 9-11AM
2 hours/week labor required. Families encouraged! Work alongside the Seedpod Family tending the Veg Patch. Bring home a share of the produce each week along with a newsletter and recipes.
Assist in preparing veg to donate to seniors in low income housing who find accessing fresh veg resources difficult.
Servant Share CSA
Pick up a share between 3pm-7pm on Mondays
Also be of Service to our senior neighbors by contributing to the donation shares each week
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY- Pick up a box of the freshest produce available each week
Direct Market Sales-
Our 2019 Heritage Delaware Chicken Egg CSA runs from February-November (or when production wanes due to the hens' natural cycles). Our laying flocks are a Livestock Conservancy Listed Species. These lovely birds are independent foragers, do well on pasture and are a wonderful dual-purpose bird. Save by purchasing a CSA Share of 8 dozen for $34 ($4.25 per dozen) OR $4.50 per dozen. Call for availability.
Vegetables, fruit and honey will be available throughout the season. Check the website to see what's available.
Pasture-Raised Chickens and Pasture Raised Turkeys- Beautiful birds raised with respect on pasture. Cornish Cross chickens will be sold at our Spring Festival & Craft Fair (May 11th, 2019). Turkeys will be available in November.
B. OUR GROWING PRACTICES
Seedpod Farm is a family-run farm located on the banks of the Skookumchuck River in Lewis County, Washington. We believe in being good stewards of our land- and as such are striving to utilize sustainable and naturally grown practices in raising our produce and livestock. Our nearly 22 acre farm is home to a pasture-raised flock of Heritage Delaware chickens and a few hives of honeybees in addition to a generous Vegetable Patch, Orchard, Cut Flower Patch & Pumpkin Patch. We have roughly 18 acres of hay.
We utilize our own hay for our livestock, compost with care and provide our poultry with a locally sourced whole grain diet in addition to all the insects they can find in our pasture.
C. THE PRODUCTS WE EXPECT FOR 2019
The list below outlines some of the 100+ varieties of herbs, fruit and vegetables we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. The following chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests and other events will affect actual production
PRODUCT JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER
Lettuce/Mesclun X X X
Herbs X X X
Kale/Chard/Spinach X X X
Carrots X X X
Beets/Turnips/Cabbage X X
Radishes X X X
Potatoes X X X
Tomatoes/Peppers X X X
Squash/Zucchini X X X
Cucumbers X X X
Corn X X X
Beans/Peas X X X
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. SHARING IN THE RISK IN CROP FAILURE
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of produce however, may vary from week to week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts.
B. SHARING IN THE REWARD OF CROP SURPLUS
This year we will be doing only direct farm sales or donating it to a local food pantry. We may experiment with new varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs or flowers so that we can increase diversity of our offerings.
Section 3. Picking Up Shares
All pick ups will be at Seedpod Farm, 2330 Howard Ave, Centralia, WA 98531.
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
1. Return last week's box every week
2. Pick up your share within the time-frame stated. Produce will decline quickly if not picked up in time.....so please be timely.
3. Be respectful of our drop site hosts' property- Please do not bring your dogs to our farm.
4. We are a family friendly farm- but there are many dangers with equipment ect. Children must be under your direct supervision at all times.
If you cannot pick up your share/ work your hours, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you and/or work your time. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute.
We take the safety of food very seriously. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
Section 4. Member Fees
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, a CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase livestock, seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
Servant Share CSA- $500 -20 weeks of produce available for pick up Mondays from 3-7pm
Work Share CSA- $440 -20 weeks of produce plus 2 hours of work each week in the Veg Patch.
CSA Sampler- $27 per box
Starter Kit- $75 for seeds/seedlings and a plan for a 4' x 10' raised bed.
Membership for the Egg CSA- 8 weeks (1 dozen heritage Delaware chicken eggs per week, $4.25/dozen),totaling $34.00. This is a savings of $.25 per dozen over the direct farm sale price.
Please make checks payable to Seedpod Farm. Please note, there are only a few shares available. Your membership will be secured on a first come, first served basis. All fees are non-refundable after the second week of the growing season.
Section 5. Communicating with us
The best way to communicate with us is via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 360-807-4693 (a land line ergo- no texting). The best time to reach us by phone is between 8-10AM, Monday-Friday. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and are not at a desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or e-mail address as well as feedback or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us, regularly check our website (www.seedpodfarm.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/seedpodfarm). We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every week, we will provide a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news including CSA Member only events.
We look forward to getting to know you- and you getting to know us, your farmer! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.
Please detach and return the below portion with your payment
to reserve your spot-
2019 Seedpod Farm CSA Form
Phone __________________________________________ TEXT? (y/n) Email _________________________________
2019 Work Share CSA- $440 plus 2 hours of work per week in exchange for 20 weeks of produce- mid June- October
2019 Servant Share CSA- $500- 20 weeks of produce
2019 Heritage Delaware Chicken Egg Share ($34 for 8 dozen eggs)
By signing below and including a check I agree to purchase the membership share(s) indicated in Section 4. I understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I understand that they will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement. Please keep a copy for your records
Name (please print): __________________________________________ Date: _____________
Signature: _________________________________________________________________ JLGullett, 2019