Plough & Stars CSA Membership Agreement 2018
We, the community of Plough & Stars Project, in partnership with the Farm School, wish to provide fresh, local, sustainably-grown food and you, our neighbor, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Becoming a Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between farmer and customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of a farm and purchase a share of the farm’s harvest at the start of the growing season. Our CSA runs for approximately 20 weeks, from mid-June to late-October. Our CSA is a market-style CSA. Each week, members will have the chance to choose a predetermined number of items, usually 8-11 items. Depending on the veggie in question (and the point in the season), an ‘item’ might be defined as:

• A pint or quart of something (blueberries, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, strawberries)
• A generous bunch (greens, carrots)

• 1-2 pounds of something (eggplants, cukes, slicing tomatoes, peppers, onions)
• A head of cabbage or lettuce

• 1/2 lb of salad mix

• One melon

The Products We Expect for 2018
Availability of certain crops is determined by season. Early in the spring, an abundance of salad greens (arugula, kale, lettuce) will be available. Mid way through the year, fruiting crops (tomatoes, eggplant and peppers) make it into the mix and in fall, many the storage crops (winter squash, cabbage, onions) arrive. We rotate through more than 100 varieties over the course of the summer and strive to have roots, greens (cooking and salad), alliums (onion family), herbs, fruiting crops and a specialty items (heading veggies like broccoli) at every pick up. The table below outlines many of the main vegetables we are planning to deliver and when we expect them to be available in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests and other variables will affect production.
2018 availability
Pasture Raised Eggs and Meat
Members will be able to choose from a section of Farm School pasture-raised meat and fresh eggs available á la carte available during weekly pickups. All beef is grass fed and finished Red Devon. In summer, the herd is rotationally grazed on our pastures. In the winter the cows eat haylage (pickled hay) from neighborhood fields. All pigs are pastured in our forests and fed non-GMO/pesticide free grain and food scraps from organic veggie fields. All eggs are non-GMO and free range. Laying hens nest in a mobile coop on wheels that moves amongst pastures, where they range freely. In addition to grass, food scraps, and insects, our hens enjoy GMO-free grain and scratch.
Flower Shares!
This year, we're excited to offer market-style shareholders the opportunity to add a weekly bouquet of fresh and vibrant seasonal flowers to their share. Flower shares will run for 10 weeks (July-September). Blooms will be lovingly grown by Sage Seed Flowers, operated by recent Learn to Farm graduate Stacy Entel. See what’s being grown for the shares . Follow Stacy's adventures in flower farming at and get in touch with Stacy at She'd love to hear from you!
Picking Up Your Shares
Members are responsible for picking up their produce each week from our house at 75 Capen St. in Medford, during the designated pick-up hours of 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Tuesdays. We will send you a weekly email reminder and notify you of the vegetables we'll have on hand. Please bring your own reusable bags to distributions. If you cannot pick up your share, we ask that you arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. If all else fails, we will do our best to accommodate a late pick up. Shares that are not accounted for by Thursday of the same week will be donated.

We take the safety of your food seriously and pre-wash most of your produce. However, some crops store better unwashed such as eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, onion and garlic. For your added protection, we recommend washing all produce before eating.

Member Fees
A share in Plough & Stars 2018 CSA can be purchased for $790 ($810 for a split share). We’re happy to accommodate folks who’d like to break up their membership into two payments, as long as the final payment is received by May 1st. Neighbors are welcome to split a share but there will be certain items that may be difficult to divide (see below). Once harvest season begins (June), all fees are non-refundable and must be applied to year in which they were collected.
An VERY IMPORTANT Note about Splitting Shares
Our weekly share is designed to feed a family of 4 (with 2 kids) or 2 veggie-happy adults (like us). If that feels like too much produce, you’re welcome to split a share with a neighbor. This could mean you alternate weeks picking up your produce, or you can split each distribution down the middle. If you choose to do the former, understand that some items may not be available on two different weeks. If you choose the latter, know that certain items may be difficult to divide (ex. a pint of snap peas, an eggplant, etc). Those who choose to split a memberships MUST be pick up their shared produce at the same time and may not be able to choose duplicate quantities of the same item (two servings of cucumbers may be okay. Two bags of arugula may not). We can help match members seeking half shares but unfortunately can't help with coordinating your weekly pickups.
Though it is not mandatory, we hope people will consider hanging out with us for an extra 3 hours over the course of the season by helping run a CSA distribution or plan a harvest party. Volunteering is a great way to get to know each other and many hands make your neighbors very happy.
Communicating With Us
We encourage all of our members to become active participants in the CSA Program. You can do this by staying up to date with the newsletters from the Farm School and keeping in touch. Communication is critical! Please reach out to us with any comments, suggestions and concerns. You can reach us through the website, by email – and - or by phone – 617-852-4109 (Erik) and 617-590-3889 (Dina). Or just stop by the house - we’re neighbors after all! We will do our best to respond as soon as possible.

Your Agreement *
I believe in supporting, locally grown, pesticide-free produce and want to ensure that it remains available in my community by becoming a shareholder in Plough & Stars Project's CSA. I understand that Plough & Stars Project and the Farm School will do their best to provide the sustainably produced vegetable varieties they have planned for at the times they estimate. However, as a shareholder in both the bounty and the risk, I understand that nature ultimately decides what I will receive and when I will receive it. By checking the box below, I understand and agree to all the in this agreement.
Member Information
Membership Level *
Flower-share Add-on *
Need Help?
Would you like us to help pair you with other neighbors seeking to split a share?
Member Names *
(include all in the household who may be picking up your share)
Your answer
Partner's Name
(Only if you are splitting a share)
Your answer
Member Email Addresses *
(include anyone who'd like to receive the newsletter - separate multiple emails with a comma)
Your answer
Contact Phone Number *
Your answer
Member Address *
Your answer
Intersted in volunteering?
I'm willing to volunteer three hours over the course of the season to: (check any that apply)
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