Super Farm! A Collaborative CSA

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CSA Member Agreement for 2017

Farm Contact Information:

Harvest Moon Organic Farm:

Farmers: Kyle Goedde and Rita Robinson

601 Rt 206, Suite 26-328

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

harvestmoonfarmCSA@gmail.com

Green Duchess Farm:

Farmer: Jessica Isbrecht

397 New Centre Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

greenduchessfarm@gmail.com

Farmer Meg’s  

Farmers: Meg Paska and Neil Despres

160 Hartshorne Rd

Locust, NJ, 07760 *New farm located in Hillsborough, NJ

meganpaska@gmail.com

We, the farmers, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and flowers 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 Collaborative CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farms and you, our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food at a market, our customers become “subscribers” to our farms and receive a portion of our harvest each week, available for pick up on site.  We are three farm businesses that have chosen to work together to better offer a full range of products to our customers. This cooperative model allows us to focus our production on what we can do well so that our businesses may become more profitable in the future. Customers will reap the benefit of a more diverse array of high-quality products.

 About Us

To better familiarize yourself with our farms, we recommend that you visit our websites and check-in with us on social media.

Harvest Moon Organic Farm (vegetables and herbs)

www.harvestmoonfarm.net

Instagram: @harvestmoonorganicfarm

Green Duchess Farm (pasture-raised pork and chicken)

www.greenduchessfarm.com

Instagram: @greenduchessfarm

Farmer Meg’s (seasonal cut flowers, goat’s milk soap and free-range eggs)

www.megpaska.com

Instagram: @farmermeg

Our CSA operates during the market season from late Spring to early Autumn. Here’s the way it works:  

There are three account sizes for vegetables, two options for flowers and two for pasture raised meats to choose from:

Harvest Moon Farm Vegetable Shares:

-$300 (5% DISCOUNT -Your season will start with $315 in your Harvest Moon Account)

-$500 (10% DISCOUNT -Your season will start with $550 in your Harvest Moon Account)

-$700 (10% DISCOUNT -Your season will start with $770 in your Harvest Moon Account)

Farmer Meg’s seasonal flower and goat’s milk soap market share:

-$250 (5% DISCOUNT- Your season will start with 262.50 in your Farmer Meg’s account

-$425 (10% DISCOUNT- Your season will start with 467.50 in your Farmer Meg’s account

**free range eggs are in limited availability and will only be made available to members who select this option exclusively.

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Green Duchess Farm pasture-raised pork and chicken share:

-$500 (5% DISCOUNT)- Your season will start with $525 in your Green Duchess Account

-$800 (5% DISCOUNT)- Your season will start with $840 in your Green Duchess Account

Each week you choose the quantities and types of vegetables and flowers from what is available at the farmers’ market stand. You also choose when to use your account; you could spend it all at once, or spread it out through the season.

Your vegetables, flowers and pasture-raised meat are available to you at the the following farmers markets: Sea Bright Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 2-7p.m., Duke Farms Farmers Market on Thursdays from 11-4 and Asbury Fresh on Sundays from 11-4. A finalized market schedule and directions will be emailed out closer to the start of the market season. Most markets begin in late May or early June and continue into early Autumn.

Benefits of a market share model:  

As members you choose only the vegetables, flowers and meats that you and your family will use. This means easy planning to prepare food for picky-eaters and no food waste from vegetables unpopular with your family. Enjoy the flexibility of skipping a week while on vacation or picking up extra items if you have a larger family or guests in town. You are also welcome to use your credit at any of our markets

The Products We Expect for 2017

The chart below outlines some of the vegetables, herbs and other products 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 can affect actual production.

June 

Arugula, Radishes, Lettuce, Pea Shoots, Spinach. Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets, Culinary Herbs, Fresh-Cut Flowers: Poppies, Snapdragons, Spring Wildflowers, Pasture-Raised Chicken and Pork, Free-Range Eggs, Goat’s Milk Soap

July to August

Beets, Carrots, Asian Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Culinary Herbs, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Summer Squash, Freshly Cut Flowers: Dahlias, Zinnias, Scabiosa, Lisianthus, Sunflowers, Free-Range Eggs, Pasture-Raised Meat, Goat’s Milk Soap

September and October

Collard greens, Kale, Swiss Chard, Culinary Herbs, Lettuce, Arugula, Radishes, Hot and Sweet Peppers, Turnips, Potatoes, Onions, Winter Squash, Asian Greens, Freshly Cut flowers: Dahlias, Sunflowers, Amaranthus, Free-Range Eggs, Pasture-Raised Meat, Goat’s Milk Soap

Section 2.  Our Shared Commitments

A.  Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure (PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY)

We promise to do our best to provide you with bountiful offerings 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.  By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members.

We want shareholders to feel good about their experience with our farm so we will do all we can to ensure that each market offering is abundant, fresh, varied and of the highest quality.

Picking Up Shares

Pick-ups will take place at the following farmers markets each week from approximately early June to October: Sea Bright (Wednesday 2-7), Duke Farms (Thursday 11-4) Asbury Park (Sun 11-4).

We will be following a market share model of distribution, meaning that you will be able to shop from the market stall as opposed to being given a specific assortment of produce and flowers each week. This way you can take what you are most likely to use and enjoy.

The planned market start and end dates will follow in an email closer to the start of the season. Please add these dates to your calendar. All credits must be used by the end of the market season.

Section 3.  Member Fees

By selling market shares in advance of the growing season, these fees help to reduce the burden of up-front costs for the farmer, ensuring a more abundant growing season.

Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and to cover the cost of labor. We appreciate your commitment to our businesses. Place a check next to the share type you would like from the list below.

Market CSA Offerings (check all that apply)

Harvest Moon Organic Farm market share

{   } $300 for $315 value  {   }$500 for $550 value  {   }$700 for $770 value

Farmer Meg’s flower and goat’s milk soap market share

{   } $250 for $262.50 value     {   } $425 for $467.50 value

*eggs also available on first come, first served basis.

Green Duchess Farm pasture-raised meat share market share

{   } $500 for $525 value     {   } $800 for $840 value

Section 4: Payment

I would like to pay via:  

Check: ________

Cash:_________

Credit Card (All major cards accepted with 3% fee): __________

Venmo:_________

Payment information:

At this time, we are requesting that payment be issued to each farm to reduce complications in our record keeping. Please issue payment accordingly:

All vegetable share payments should be made out to Harvest Moon Farm, LLC and mailed to the address above. Credit card payments will be invoiced via email.

All flower, egg and goat’s milk soap payments should be made out to Farmer Meg’s, LLC and mailed to the address above. Credit card payments will be invoiced via email.

All pasture-raised meat share payments should be made out to Green Duchess Farm, LLC and mailed to the address above. Credit card payments will be invoiced via email.

Section 5.  Communicating with Us

The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our emails and mailing addresses are listed above for each individual farm. 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, changed to your pick up schedule 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. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every month we will email a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that month, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.

Please print and complete this form and either present in-person or mail to the above address.

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

Name:___________________________________________________________

Address:_________________________________________________________

 

Phone:___________________________________________________________

 

Email:___________________________________________________________

Members of the CSA will have a credit on file maintained by the farmers. One aspect of CSA is that members support their farmer by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, crop failure, etc.) and the rewards (exceptionally fresh vegetables, the bounty of a good season, unique crop varieties etc.). CSA farmers purposely plan for such contingencies; the farmers use growing techniques that protect the harvest to minimize risks and optimize rewards. On the whole, members will have access to a diverse array of farm produced goods in plentiful amounts at designated market stands at a discounted rate. I understand this principle and agree that there is no guarantee on the exact amount or type of produce that will be available at markets at any given time. It’s advised that members come as close to the beginning of market time as possible for the best selection.

By participating in the CSA, I am supporting the local farmer as well as more equitable food distribution, and I am helping to create a more environmentally and economically healthy community.

Signature:______________________________________________

Date:_______________________________