Friday, March 30, 2012

"Community Supported Agriculture" 
      Creating a CSA for Eastern PEI
There are more small organic farms selling directly to customers every year.  We joined a CSA in California back in 1997 and that experience helped lead us to our own farm in Prince Edward Island! This year we're pleased and excited to launch a farm share program of our own.

What is a CSA?

CSA means Community Supported or Community Shared Agriculture.  The model generally is that local customers agree to buy an annual share of farm produce. Shares are then boxed and delivered each week. Payment is made in advance and the farmer then has money to invest in seeds, fuel, labor and production.  Our model is slightly different and follows an example set by Brian McKay and Kathy Ware at Red Isle Farm.

What Does it Cost?

Each CSA member will be asked to pay their first and last week and then week to week for the season. This year we expect our program will start June 23rd and run for 17 weeks. Weekly shares start at $25.00 and should provide enough fresh produce for a family of four. We're specifically interested in serving people on a budget, families, moms and kids and anyone who loves having locally produced fresh organic produce.  We're here to be your farmers.

What Do You Get?

Our goal is to provide things that families (including ours) like to eat in season.  So there will be fresh mixed greens, carrots, potatoes, asparagus, lettuces, chard, spinach, sweet peas, onions, broccoli, summer squash, winter squash, herbs and dried beans.  We'll also have summer favorites like juicy heirloom tomatoes, fresh yellow beans and those delicious cucumbers! We also plan to add fresh organic eggs from our pastured laying hens.

How Do You Sign Up?

A good place to begin is by joining the Dunn Creek Farm group on Facebook.  That's where I'll be updating our CSA members about the farm this year.  Just drop a note and we'll get you going. Or leave a comment on this blog.

There will be more news on this but for now, I'm encouraging you to sign up.  We have a very limited number of CSA memberships available and we'd hate to have you miss out!

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