New Roots Urban Farm is entering its 12th growing season, and we would like you to join us by becoming a shareholder! We are offering different types of shares this season (pick-up every week, every-other week, and spring and fall only). They will fill up soon, so be sure to contact us soon! [What is a CSA, you ask? See below**]
Whole Share– Pick up a box of produce every week from Mid-May through October, 22 weeks for $500.
Half Share– Pick up a box of produce every other week from Mid-May through October, 11 weeks for $220.
Spring Share– Pick up a box of produce in the spring only from Mid-May through June, 6 weeks, $150
Fall Share– Pick up a box of produce in the fall only from Mid-September through October, 6 weeks, $150
If cost is prohibitive, please contact us. Food accessibility is important to us, and we are happy to work out other possibilities! Consider splitting the share with a friend. We are able to work out paying in installments as well.
If the cost is still preventing you from joining our CSA, consider volunteering at New Roots. It is a fun and educational way to reconnect with plants and people, and at the end of the day, everyone walks away with some veggies! Email us for more information.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to hear from you soon!
**What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Folks like you purchase a “share” from the farmer, and in return, receive a share of produce weekly throughout the season. Shares usually include 7-10 different types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-5 people. The benefits of this arrangement are plentiful: shareholders get exposed to new vegetables and develop relationships with their farmers and the land by visiting the farm each week, and farmers are able to pay for seed, amendments, equipment repairs, and more, while getting to know their shareholders better throughout the season. Paying the full amount upfront also creates a sense of shared risk, that “we’re all in this together.” If the collards are lost in late summer due to pest issues, we are all disappointed together, but we may all enjoy an abundant harvest of winter squash later in the season.
Our CSA program runs as such: CSA shareholders contribute $550 dollars to the farm to cover the cost of seeds, tools, labor and other expenses. They then come to the farm every Friday afternoon to pick up their share of the harvest. The season runs from the beginning of June through the end of October. This is a total of 22 weeks of fresh produce harvested that day. Each week we strive to have 7-10 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs available. This includes a full range of vegetables (onions, broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, etc), some fruit (strawberries, watermelons, cantaloupe, raspberries) and a wide range of fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, chives, thyme, cilantro…) Shareholders are responsible for picking up their produce between 4-7pm, finding someone to come in their place, or notifying us if they will not be picking up. Our goal is to supply all the produce necessary for a family of 2-4 during the growing season. We encourage involvement of our shareholders on the farm.
Because our mission focuses on food security and urban sustainability, we only accept shareholders that live within 10 miles of the farm. This is not meant to be exclusionary but rather to encourage local food initiatives among local communities. We hope we can be a model to those hoping to start similar projects in their community and we look forward to the day when every neighborhood has their own farm and local food system.