NOTE: This is information from the 2015 CSA program. Please read on to familiarize yourself with Indian Ridge’s CSA program in general. If we can find a leaseholder for the garden, we hope to reintroduce the produce component of our CSA basket next year!
2015 Indian Ridge Farm
Community Supported Agriculture
“Deepening one’s connection to a farm is a gift for the earth and humanity; it guides us toward love and understanding, which gives rise to healing and transformation. This can lead to real change in our society,” Farmer John Peterson
WHAT IS A CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a concept in farming that began in Europe and Japan in the 1960s. In basic terms, a CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farm becomes, either legally and/or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “shareholders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season — distributed in a weekly “basket of goods” — as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. This is an important point: Quantities and items in baskets of goods cannot be guaranteed. The shareholder, like the farmer, is accepting some of the risks inherent in farming. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.
WAHT CAN I EXPECT IN A BASKET OF GOODS? The CSA at Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery is unique in that members will receive, over the course of the season, not only 100 hundred different varieties of FRESH organically grown vegetables and herbs, but also pastured chicken, raised and processed on the farm, organic bread and granola from the bakery, and eggs laid by pastured, grass-fed layer hens. Included in the membership are weekly pick-your-own-flowers. Please be aware that quantities of veggies and fruits in baskets will vary depending on what’s “in-season”. Baskets are generally lighter in the spring and get larger by mid-season and throughout the fall. The core of every share will be the vegetable share, with meat, egg and bakery shares added on. Each week you’ll receive a diverse mix of crops that are in season. While no two weeks are the same, here is an example of a typical regular share in August: One bunch carrots, two summer squash, two cucumbers, one red onion, one head of garlic, three beets, one head lettuce, one bunch swiss chard, two green peppers, and large bag of basil. We’ve been known to give our members too much food, so new this year, we’ll let you “add-in” extra vegetables if you want them and leave out vegetables you personally don’t care for.
WHEN ARE BASKETS AVAILABLE? Baskets are available weekly from the week of Tuesday, May 26 through the week of Sept. 29, a 19-week season. There are two distribution days for you to choose from and members coming to the farm are assisted in coordinating with a “pick-up group” in their neighborhood.
WHAT ARE SHARE SIZES? We offer two share sizes: a Full Share and a larger, Plus Share. All baskets will have a commensurate amount of fresh, organically grown vegetables. Pastured eggs, bread, granola, and for meat lovers, varying amounts of chickens and an end-of-season turkey can be added to your share.
HOW MUCH DOES A SHARE COST? A Full vegetable share to feed two adults or a family with small children for the 19-week season costs $617; the larger Plus Share costs $833. Shares of eggs, baked goods and pastured poultry are priced for CSA members at below retail prices. More pricing details can be found by clicking here.
HOW CAN I ORDER WINTER STORAGE CHICKEN, TURKEY, PORK OR LAMB? To order winter storage chickens, go to the “Meat Order Form” on this website, or click here. If you want more than one turkey or delicious pork and grass-fed lamb, go to the same “Meat Order Form” link.
DO I HAVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR MY SHARE? Each adult member must work two hours on the farm at some point in the season (you can always volunteer more if you wish!). This assists the farm with labor and helps members to understand the process by which they receive their produce. We will need help on a weekly basis with distribution, harvesting, and weeding. We are also looking for someone to help coordinate and plan our workdays and celebrations. These are wonderful community gatherings where we work on larger projects as well as planting and then harvesting our potatoes. Our two workdays are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 and Saturday, Sept. 12. We are more than willing to accommodate any special needs or restrictions you may have, just let us know.
This season, we have simplified your commitment to two hours of volunteer work on the farm. During the signup process, you will be able to schedule a date with a specific project to meet this requirement.
Farmer John says it best:
“The more one takes a farm into one’s heart, the more restorative and transformational will this be for humanity and the earth alike. And the more you are involved with our farm, the more we can get to know you. This will help us to find our way together.”
CAN I TRADE WORK FOR FOOD? Yes. We offer a limited number of “work shares.” At a minimum, work share members are required to work one day a week, four (4) hours per day for the 19-week season. Members have a choice of working in the garden or on Wednesday mornings from 8am to noon to help process chickens and turkeys. Please contact us before signing up for this season if you are interested as space is limited.
HOW CAN I PLAN FOR WHAT’S IN MY BOX? We communicate through a weekly newsletter. Part of your commitment to us as farmers is reading the weekly newsletter. You can find the weekly newsletter through this link. Please bookmark this link; this is how you can stay informed (that makes our lives easier)! Communications include the newsletter, a weekly recipe idea and various announcements about your CSA. Also look for some updates on our web site, www.indianridgefarm.org, esp. “fresh” content provided by our interns.
WHAT ARE PICK-UP AND DISTRIBUTION TIMES? We strongly encourage pick-up of baskets of goods here at the farm. Pickup is on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and Fridays anytime after 10 a.m. Please designate your preferred pickup on the CSA signup sheet. By picking up here at the farm you can also take advantage of “pick-your-own” flowers and herbs. We will help members coordinate cooperative pickup schedules for neighborhoods so that households may only have to do the pickup every four or five weeks. If you are new to Indian Ridge CSA, we will help you join a pick-up group. We strongly recommend that pickup groups be no larger than five (5) households.
WHAT IF I WANT DELIVERY? For a seasonal fee of $125 we will deliver baskets of goods to the Farmer’s Market in Telluride on Fridays. Fees will cover our gas, mileage and extra labor costs. Members are encouraged to pick up their boxes at 10am, before the market opens.
IS THERE AN INSTALLMENT PLAN FOR PAYMENT? Of course, we prefer full payment at time of registration. However, we do offer an installment plan. One-third of the balance is due at time of registration. The remaining balance will be split into two payments, due May 16 and June 27.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M AWAY ON VACATION? You have two options: 1) Donate your basket to a friend, or 2) Donate your basket to a needy family, through the WIC program (we will arrange that). Either way, please let us know through email what you want to do with your basket for a given week.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE PLANNED FOR THE SEASON? Apart from the weekly pickup, CSA members are welcome here at the farm (Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, and 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Fridays after 10 a.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-noon). We will have a spring workday on Saturday, May 9, and a fall harvest festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. We also plan to hold workshops on canning and freezing this year and will let you know when, THROUGH THE NEWSLETTER!
DONATION TO A FAMILY IN NEED: Over the years, because of generous contributions from members, we’ve been able to offer a weekly basket of goods to several families in the region. Please let us know if you want your contribution to go to a particular family or if you know of a family in need. San Miguel County’s WIC program has always given us names of families with young children in our region.
OUR PLEDGE: To grow and make available to members wholesome and healthful produce, meats and baked goods, free from chemicals and other harmful substances, at a fair cost; to care for the natural resources of the land — water, air and the soil —upon which members rely; to offer the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the farm and to share in the community of the members who help sustain it; to help preserve agriculture in San Miguel County’s West End; to help educate adults, children and young people about the importance of knowing where your food is grown, and how.
HOW TO SIGNUP: Phew! You’ve completed the most difficult part of the signup, reading this information sheet. To signup, please click here.