Duke Campus Farm CSA - Fall 2018
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farming model that builds a partnership between farmers and the people they feed.

As a Duke Campus Farm CSA member you become a stakeholder in the farm, committing to share in the harvest, both in its unpredictability and seasonality. In return, you receive a weekly share of high-quality, sustainably-grown produce that’s harvested hours, not weeks, before delivery. You can feel confident that your food dollars are supporting good land stewardship and hands-on education in sustainable agriculture.

As Duke Campus Farmers, we are committed to growing the best possible fresh produce and helping a new generation of young people to catalyze positive change in the food system. CSA membership provides us with a steady market independent of yearly seasonal fluctuations.

Farmers and members both have the opportunity to get to know, understand, and trust the person on the other end of the food chain. Our farm is right down the road (across the street from the Carolina Friends School), and you’re welcome to come visit us, work with us, or just watch your food grow during our community work days, Thursday and Sunday afternoons, all fall long.

Duke Campus Farm CSA, The Details
This fall season, we are offering a single CSA option that is 10 weeks long and runs from the second full week in September through the second full week in November. Our weekly CSA box will feed 1-2 serious veggie eaters or 2-4 folks who cook more occasionally. You're welcome to buddy up with a neighbor or co-worker who might like to share the season's harvest with you. There's no limit on the number of folks who share one CSA membership. Additionally, you may send anyone in your stead (spouse, child, friend, etc.) to pick up your box any given week.

One 10-week share costs $250, payable in one check installment made out to Duke Campus Farm and mailed to Duke Campus Farm c/o Saskia Cornes at FHI, Box 90403, Durham, NC 27708. We are unable to offer electronic payment for the Fall CSA.

Each member will choose one pick-up location where they will find their box every week for the full subscription. Pick-up options include:
---> FRIDAYS at Smith Warehouse between 12:30-4:30pm (Bay 2, Room 242)
---> TUESDAYS on farm any time after 12pm (4934 Friends School Rd. across from the Carolina Friends School)
***Likely to add TUESDAY at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) pick-up, if at least 12 folks sign up!***

Each pick-up day is capped @35 total members to ensure even harvest for optimal plant health and productivity. You'll be notified if you're on the wait list for a given pick-up day.

We grow and harvest with our specific membership count in mind, week by week, so we’re not able to make up missed shares at a later date. We cannot switch pick-up locations from week to week for individual members (i.e. we are unable to make up a missed Tuesday share on a Friday.) This policy helps us ensure consistent, high-quality, equal shares for every person every week.

If you recognize you will be missing a pick-up and have no one to retrieve in your stead, please let us know. We harvest boxes specifically for our member count. Each prepared box counts as farm capital.

We do share your sadness when you miss a pick-up. We invite you to stop into a community workday - any Thursday and Sunday afternoon from 3-5pm -- where we send volunteers home with a taste of 'seconds', or perfectly-delicious, if cosmetically imperfect, surplus produce.

What can I expect?
We grow a mix of old favorites and harder-to-come by heirloom vegetables. Expect 5-6 crops per box over the course of the fall season. The 'fall' CSA season yields produce which falls generally into 3 general categories: 'late-summer's best' (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra as long as they last); 'leafy greens' (salad mixes, kale varieties, lettuce heads, arugula) and various 'roots' (carrots, turnips, radishes, etc.).

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