Signing up for your CSA

We know agreements are boring, but we really need to you to read this. We’re serious! You’ll find that it has lots of important information about what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you! You may decide after reading this that a CSA is not for you – that’s important to know before you sign up.

CSA Agreement

We at Fractal Farm wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. The following 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 our 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 runs for 18 of weeks, from May to September. Shares 17 & 18 will likely arrive on the same week. We will be taking a week off around late July or early August, and we will let you know in advance about this. Members are responsible for showing up at the pick-up site each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce.  You will generally receive 6-8 portions of vegetables, equivalent to one to two grocery bags of produce.  Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.

B.  Our Growing Practices

The farm is not currently certified organic, but becoming certified organic is our long-term goal. In the meantime, and as part of an effort to achieve this goal, we will be researching and implementing the relevant standards to the best of our abilities.

C.  The Products We Expect for 2019

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.

Month Harvested Expected Crops
May to

June

Arugula

Broad Beans

Chard
Head Lettuce
Kale
Mizuna
Pac Choi
Peas
Radish
Salad Mix
Salad Turnip
Strawberries
June to August
Basil
Beans
Beet
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Chard
Cilantro
Cucumber
Dill
Eggplant
Fennel
Garlic
Head Lettuce
Kale
Kohlrabi
Parsley
Pepper
Potato
Salad Mix
Scallion
Summer Squash
Tomatillo
Tomato
Zucchini
August to

September

Arugula
Basil
Beet
Carrot
Chard
Cilantro
Dill
Eggplant
Kale
Leek
Mizuna
Melons
Onion
Parsley
Pepper
Potato
Radish
Salad Mix
Salad Turnip
Shallot
Spinach
Squash
Tomatillo
Tomato

D.  Eating Locally and Eating in Season

Eating locally means eating in season. This might mean that some of your favourite vegetables will not be available at certain times of the year the way they are at the grocery store. There will be no tomatoes from California and Mexico in the spring, but there will be more than enough come August. You’ll get lots of greens in the spring, and there will be a few weeks when you’re just going to have to throw some of those green beans in the freezer (…or pickle them!).  While this can be hard, know that you are contributing to a more sustainable food system. Eating locally means that your vegetables have a lower carbon footprint, support smaller scale sustainable agriculture, and contribute to Canadian food security. What’s more, your vegetables will be more fresh and delicious than what you can find in the store, too.

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 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. 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. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farmers.  This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure.

B.  Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

When crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we will handle the surplus by seeking other distribution routes. We may experiment with new varieties of vegetables, so that we can increase diversity. These crops will be distributed as equitably as possible but all members of the CSA may not receive all items.

C. Never Wasting Food

It takes a great deal of work to grow sustainable produce, and there are many who would enjoy it, who we can pass it on to. Even if we can’t sell the food, we will ensure that it goes to someone who needs it. When members don’t pick up their share without letting us know in advance, it often results in food being wasted. As part of this agreement, we ask that you commit to letting us know if you can’t pick up your share in advance, so that we don’t waste food.

Section 3.  Picking Up Shares

You are responsible for picking up your share each week from Britannia Community Services Centre, in Vancouver. The regular pick up day will be Tuesday. In September, pick up will switch to Sunday. There will be one week off around late July or early August. This may change due to unforeseen circumstances, but we will always let you know in advance.

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

  1. Bring your own bags or box.
  2. Pick up your share between 4pm and 7:30pm.
  3. Follow parking rules in the area.
  4. If you or a substitute cannot pick up your share, you must let us know at least 24 hours in advance.

Failing to follow these rules may result in your being barred from the CSA in future years.

If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If there is a period when you cannot pick up your share, you must let us know at least a day in advance.

We take the safety of your food seriously. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating and refrigerate as appropriate.

Section 4.  Member Fees

By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fee provides us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment. The Fractal Farm share price for 2019 is $550. 

You will be asked on the following page to mark your preferred method of payment. By clicking below you are agreeing to pay the membership fee for the share. All payments are non-refundable.

Section 5.  Communicating with Us

Once your membership is confirmed, we will send you our phone number and email address. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that during the summer 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, or dissatisfaction with your share.

We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our email distribution list and Facebook group. Please read your messages from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. You will also receive updates with your pick-ups, giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, and other farm related news.


 

The 2019 CSA is currently sold out.

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