2017 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. This years garden will be managed and farmed by Anne LeFever who comes to us with over 25 years of gardening experience. Anne is offering a 19 week share as well as an abbreviated Fall Share starting in October.
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. 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. A vegetable share will typically feed two adults or a family with small children.
WHEN ARE BASKETS AVAILABLE? Baskets are available weekly from the week of Friday, June 2 through the week of Friday October 6, a 19-week season. Shares will be available for pick-up on Fridays at the Telluride Farmer’s Market (for a small addition fee) or here at the farm. We will also be offering a fall share starting in October.
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 $535, one of the most affordable boxes in our region. 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, 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 and grass-fed lamb, go to the same “Meat Order Form” link.
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.”
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? Friday is distribution day with pick up here at the farm from 10-6 or at the Telluride Farmer’s Market for a small delivery fee.
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? Right now we have do not have any special events planned. That being said, this is your farm and we welcome you to visit almost anytime. Please do call ahead just to be sure.
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 toxins, 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit our web site, www.indianridgefarm.org or contact us through email firstname.lastname@example.org or over the phone (970) 327-0336, or come by for a visit. For specific questions regarding the vegetable part of our CSA please contact Anne LeFever at (720) 556-4121.