Medway Community Farm Member Agreement 2017 

Medway Community Farm

50 Winthrop St

Medway, MA 02053

www.medwaycommunityfarm.org

katie.bekel@medwaycommunityfarm.org

We, the 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 the 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.  

Our CSA offers a variety of vegetable share sizes and season choices as well as egg shares and PYO options.  Members are responsible for showing up at the farm during their assigned pick up time to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce and/or flowers, eggs, etc.  Please read the description of share options at the bottom of this section. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.  Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3.

B.  Our Growing Practices

Medway Community Farm, Inc. believes in the organic, local food movement.  By using sustainable, low-impact methods that were the inspiration for this project we are contributing to our local food supply and improving the global food system.  We have chosen not to apply for organic certification, but will still use soil enhancing and resource conserving methods to grow our produce and flowers.  We will never use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on our farm.  We encourage you to ask questions and invite you to come to the farm and observe how we operate – we believe everyone should know more about how their food is grown.

To learn more about our growing practices please visit our website and under the FOOD tab read our extended Agriculture Statement or email our Farm Manager, Katie Bekel: katie.bekel@medwaycommunityfarm.org

  1. The Products We Expect for the Growing Season

The chart below outlines some of the vegetables we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production.

Harvest

Months

Expected Crops

Spring Share

Arugula, Salad Mix, Baby Lettuce, Lettuce, Chard, Kale, Sweet Turnips, Scallions, Leeks, Radishes, Baby Beets, Baby Carrots, Baby Bok Choi, Tat-soi, Spinach, Herbs

Summer Share

Arugula, Radishes, Sweet Turnips, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Peas, Scallions, Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Carrots, Beets, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Bok Choy, Cucumber, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes, Beans, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Melons, Watermelons, Tomatillos, Swiss Chard, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Parsnip, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Winter Squash, Rutabaga, Turnips, Herbs, Beans

Fall Share

Arugula, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, Kale, Sweet Turnips, Scallions, Leeks, Onions, Radishes, Beets, Carrots, Celery Root, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Herbs, Potatoes, Winter Squash, Broccoli, Rutabaga, Sweet Potato, Turnips, Brussels Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Escarole  

2017 CSA Share Options

Spring Share:

8 weeks, beginning April 25th, ending mid-June

Tuesday or Thursday Pick Up- Every week

Cost: $230 with Credit Card, $220 with check or money order discount

Description: The spring share includes many greens and lettuces, plus some herbs, spring onions and scallions and small root crops like sweet turnips, beets, radishes and carrots. People who love fresh vegetables, “juicers” and seasoned local foodies will love this share.  Spring greens are particularly delicious and lush in New England, and a great way to fill your diet with nutrient dense foods after a long, cold winter.

Summer Full share:

15-16 Weeks beginning June 19th, ending beginning of October

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday Pick Up- Every Week Pick up

Cost: $510 with Credit Card, $500 with check or money order discount

Description: The Summer Full Share is for people who love fresh, warm weather crops. This share begins right when, peas, spring broccoli and carrots are in full force, with zucchini, cucumbers and beans soon to follow. The share will also include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, fennel, lettuce, kale, chard, beans, potatoes, beets, radish, sweet turnips, salad mixes, arugula, bok choy, kohlrabi, scallions, onions, melons, cherry tomatoes, husk cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, and more. Many of the summer vegetables can be enjoyed both raw and cooked, and we try to provide a wide variety of vegetables each week.

Summer Partial Share:

15-16 weeks, beginning June 19th, ending beginning of October

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday Pick Up

Cost: $310 with Credit Card, $300 check or money order discount

Description: The Summer Partial Share is for people who love fresh, warm weather crops but don’t have a lot of time to prepare meals at home, or have a small family, or who just want to give the CSA model a try. See “Full Summer Share” for produce availability details.

Fall Share:

10 weeks, beginning Tuesday, October 10th, ending first week in December

*****This share will be an every-other-week pick up*****

We will distribute 2 weeks worth of vegetables each pick up.

 Tuesday or Thursday pickup

Cost: $300 Credit Card, $290 check or money order discount.

Description: The Fall Share, new last year, is a great share for people who love roasted vegetables, soups, fresh salads and/or who love to cook. The share will include many root vegetables including carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, turnips, onions, rutabaga and parsnips, many greens including kale, chard, spinach, arugula, mustard greens and bok choy along with leeks, lettuce, salad mix, winter squash, celery root, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli and the last of the summer treats, like mini sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplants and tomatillos earlier in the share.

All Vegetable Share Memberships include Friend of the Farm Benefits.

Pick Your Own:

Any day of the week (you do not have to pick on your CSA pick up day)

Dates: 3rd week of June – 3rd week of September (approx 12 weeks)

Cost: $60 if you are adding this to a CSA Share purchase, $70 if you are purchasing a stand-alone PYO Share.

Description: Pick a variety of small vegetables, herbs and flowers over the course of the summer.  Crops include: peas, beans, mini sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, mini eggplant, tomatillos, husk cherries, zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, dill, cilantro, basil and more. This year we will be experimenting with a variety of strawberries in the PYO.

Full Egg Share

16 Weeks for the duration of the Summer Share

Cost: $96 Cash/check

Description: You will receive one dozen eggs each week.

Partial Egg Share

16 Weeks for the duration of the Summer Share

Cost: $50 Cash/check

Description: You will receive one half dozen eggs each week.

Share Discounts this will assure you do not pay multiple Friend of the Farm fees, which are included in the price of a single share

1 Share (Spring, Summer Partial, Summer Full or Fall) No Discount

2 Shares (Spring and Summer Partial, Spring and Summer Full, Spring and Fall, Summer Partial and Fall, Summer Full and Fall) $50 Discount

3 Shares (Spring, Summer Partial, Fall) $100 Discount

Full Season Share (Spring, Summer Full, Fall) $125 Discount

Section 2.  Our Shared Commitments

A.  Sharing in the Risk of 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, month to month and season to season due to seasonality, extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts.  By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of one crop fails we may not be able to offer it during this season.  This would be an extreme situation. We always plant 25% extra to cover the potential loss due to weather, pests, disease and error.

For example, in 2012 and 2014 when our field tomatoes contracted late blight early in the season we used our greenhouse tomatoes we planned to sell at the farmers market for a premium to fill the CSA shares.  Plus, we planted some blight resistant varieties so we were able to keep at least a few pounds of tomatoes in the shares for most of the regular tomato season.

In 2016 despite an extremely dry summer we managed to provide summer members with 120% of the valve of their initial CSA investment. Our goal is to be flexible enough to deal with any weather/pest/disease issues that may arise. We also work closely with other neighbor farms that share our values, and occasionally trade or buy in produce to provide our members with greater diversity.

B.  Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells at an on site farm stand and at the Medway Farmers Market.  Although production is not segregated, our CSA receives priority. After filling our CSA share with the week’s harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets.  We feel a strong commitment to our CSA members who have made a strong commitment to us, and we do our best to provide abundant shares with great variety.  

Being a Community, not for profit farm on town-owned land we feel it is important to provide fresh, local produce to everyone in the community, even if they are unable to purchase a share, which is why we continue to offer produce through our farm stand and farmers market.  Your membership makes it possible for others in our community to enjoy the benefits of a farm which could not sustain itself without your support, which is why we give the CSA priority.

Section 3.  Picking Up Shares

You are responsible for picking up your share each week.  Please Note: There are a limited number of shares available on each pick up day.   Pick up lists will be filled as we receive these contracts and payments in the mail on a first come, first serve basis.  You will be contacted via email to confirm your pick up day which will be the same each week.

You are responsible for observing our pick up rules, which are as follows:

If you cannot pick-up your share, we prefer that you arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute – you do not need to inform us if someone else is picking up your share.  If you cannot find anyone to pick up for you and cannot make your pick up time please contact Katie via email no less than 24 hours before the start of your original pick up, or your new pick up, whichever comes first.  Please try to limit changes in pickup day during the season.  Remember, we are trying to accommodate over 250 members.  Please understand that if you do not pick up your share on your pickup day and do not give us any notice we can not guarantee there will be a share available for you to pick up later in the week.

Please wash all produce before eating and store properly as soon as possible. And as a good friend always said, treat your produce like ice cream, don’t leave it in the trunk of your car!

Section 4.  Member Fees

By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the organization. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.  In return you will receive produce at a 10% discount off our farm stand retail price.

By submitting an agreement form you are agreeing to pay the membership fee for the share you indicate on your form. 

All payments are non-refundable after April 1st.   We do offer a $10 cash or check discount for shares other than the PYO shares.  Please note that there is a $25 fee for any checks returned to us for insufficient funds.

All CSA members will receive Friend of the Farm benefits.  The only exception is if you are only purchasing a stand-alone PYO share.

Section 5.  Communicating with Us

The best way to communicate with us is via email.  Our email is csa@medwaycommunityfarm.org.  We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, problems with your pick up time, or dissatisfaction with your share.  (We also thrive on positive feedback so let us know if you are enjoying 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. 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 email an update giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.  Every month you will receive the organizations general newsletter.

Section 6. Volunteering @ the Farm

Volunteering at the farm is not required to purchase a share.  However, we offer a $50 discount if CSA members sign up to volunteer for 8 hours during the growing season.  Please indicate on your form if you would like to sign up for this option.