2019 Green Valley Community farm CSA Membership Agreement
Please read the summary and agreements below thoroughly. The sign-up form follows.
Becoming a member of Green Valley Community Farm's CSA program means signing-up to support the farm at the beginning of the growing season and in-turn becoming shareholders of the harvest, receiving a share of the farm’s harvest of produce each week as well as access to the farm’s u-pick crops, herbs, and flowers. Members also share in the inherent risks of the growing season with the farmers and fellow CSA members — while we plan our harvests to be abundant, members also agree to accept harvest scarcities when they occur.
Your Share Includes:
A share of the harvest: For 26 weeks from the start of the harvest season, you or a member of your share may come to the barn on harvest days to fill up your Green Valley Community Farm tote bag with your choice of freshly-harvested produce. At the beginning of the harvest season, your household will receive Green Valley Community Farm tote bag. (The tote is large — 18" wide x 14" tall x 6" bottom — and can fit from $40 - $70 worth of produce at the Farmer’s Market depending on how you pack it.)This tote bag limits your total volume of pre-harvested produce that you can take from the harvest bins each week.
What you take home is up to you! Some crops will have weekly limits due to the arc of the seasons, or scarcity for other reasons, for example, 1 melon per share per week or 1 pints of strawberries per share per week.
A share of all u-pick fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, preserve and specialty crops : Your share will have access to a share of all the farm’s u-pick crops, flowers, and herbs as well as a share in all bulk preserve and specialty crops. These crops do not have to fit in your Green Valley tote bag. U-pick crops may be harvested on any day of the week, sunrise-to-sunset. We will post limits next to u-pick crops when scare to ensure all members can get some and we ask that members obey certain etiquette when u-picking on farm to ensure healthy plants.
Access & participation: Members are welcome to visit the farm, sunrise to sunset, 7-days a week, to gather u-pick crops, take walks, picnic, or enjoy the open space and are invited to participate in all farm events, harvest parties, and volunteer opportunities.
You will receive a weekly newsletter with what to expect in the harvest, notices on events and news, and stories from the farm
harvest pick-up Logistics:
Harvest pick up days and times: Harvest pick-up occurs on Saturday from 9am - 1pm and Tuesday from 1pm - 6pm. If you are not able to make it to a harvest pick-up day because of travel or other circumstances, you are welcome to send friends or family in your stead. The farm and garden are open for u-picking 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. If you are unable to participate in the u-pick offerings due to illness or injury, please let us know and we will pick for you. Members may fill up their tote bag once a week.
Harvest pick-up location: All produce is picked up and harvested on the farm at 13024-E Green Valley Rd. in Sebastopol, CA.
Start and end date: Harvest pick-up will run for 26 weeks from around early June through November. Each year’s exact start date depends on the preceding winter's rain and usually falls between mid-May and mid-June. For example, in 2017 harvest pick-up ran from June 17th to December 12th.
Membership dues are based on how many adults are going to be eating from your harvest pick-up each week. Do you live with a housemates and share meals with them? They need to be included as an adult in your share. Do you want to share your harvest tote with a friend that you don’t live with each week? You would also be a Two-Adult share. Each adult in a household must be counted regardless of their degree of participation on the farm or vegetable consumption. Kids ride free.
one free-choice bag for a SINGLE-ADULT household SHARE: $800 ($30.77 PER WEEK)
one free-choice bag for a TWO-ADULT HOUSEHOLD SHARE: $1,200 ($46.15 PER WEEK)
one free-choice bag for a THREE-ADULT HOUSEHOLD SHARE: $1,450 ($55.77 PER WEEK)
if you are a four adult household, or if you anticipate your household needing more than one free-choice bag of produce each week, please contact us before signing up.
Payment Schedule: A $100 deposit is required upon sign-up to reserve your spot. Full payment can be made upfront or in three installments. If paying in full, payment is due upon sign-up. If paying in installments: A $100 deposit is due upon sign-up; the first installment is due by April 1st; the second installment on June 1st; and the third installment on August 1st, 2019.
Sharing a share: You may share a share with another household only if you are going to be alternating weeks (for example, two couples alternating weeks, or two individuals alternating weeks). Households sharing a share are asked to not “stock-up” on vegetables for the off week, that would be an abuse of the community farm model. We ask that people sharing a share choose a point person to coordinate payment with us and scheduling within your share. Please let us know if, and with whom, you will be sharing a share when signing up. Groups sharing a share will be charged an additional $12 for an extra tote bag to insure that each household has one.
Share price Assistance Fund : We believe sustainably grown local food and farmland access should be available to everyone regardless of means. If you are able, please consider making a contribution towards our share Price Assistance Fund below when signing up. This fund goes directly to families and individuals who would like to join the CSA but are in need of a reduced price share. To request Share Price Assistance, please indicate so in the sign-up form below.
Refunds: Please sign up for a season membership only with the assurance that you'll be able to enjoy it all year. If you need to cease membership mid-season due to unforeseen circumstances, we ask that you please find someone to take over your share. The reason for this is that your membership dues are used early in the season to pay for the upfront costs (seeds, compost, equipment, overhead costs, etc.) that are needed to plant out the fields and garden and grow the food for your share.
Safety guidelines: By signing below you are confirming that you have read and understood our farm safety guidelines and agree to abide by them at all times while on the farm.
Shared risk: By joining the CSA, you agree to share in the risks of the growing season with the farmers and fellow members. This can mean crop scarcities and even failures. Some years it may mean no strawberries. Some years it may mean a bumper crop of strawberries. By signing up, you understand that your farmers, for reasons outside of their control, cannot guarantee the success of individual crops in any given season and you are sharing in the risks of agriculture with them.
Liability release: By signing below you agreeing to our liability release, waiving Green Valley Community Farm, Green Valley Farm + Mill, and affiliated organizations from any liability for injuries resulting from your attendance on the property or participation in the CSA.
Farm etiquette: By signing below you are confirming that you have understood the spirit of the CSA model of shared harvest and are agreeing to abide by farm etiquette when it comes to picking and harvest share limits.
If you have any questions about the farm or about becoming a CSA member, or would like to schedule a visit, please send an email us at email@example.com.