2019 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 JOINING INDIAN RIDGE’S CSA PROGRAM?
The CSA at Indian Ridge Farm is unique in that members can choose, over the course of the season, not only a box of FRESH organically grown vegetables and herbs, but also pastured chicken and turkey, raised and processed on the farm, bone broth and pate from our commercial kitchen and eggs laid by pastured, grass-fed layer hens.
New this year is our buy-down or credit style CSA. Similar in a lot of ways to past years with the option of using credit to “buy down” your weekly box. A Buy-Down or Credit style CSA is one where the shares that members purchase are defined by a monetary amount and will serve to afford each member a certain amount of credit that can be used to buy products throughout the program season. This will give you a little more flexibility in what you get on a weekly basis. Please note: The weekly vegetable boxes and turkey sign-ups will not be a part of the “buy-down” program. With the vegetable boxes, you commit to a weekly delivery of your produce box for the entire summer season.
If your buy down membership includes winter storage chickens and you don’t have the freezer space, just let us know and we’ll be happy to deliver the remainder in batches up until January.
WHEN ARE BASKETS AVAILABLE?
The season will run for a total of 25 weeks, beginning Friday, June 7 until Friday, November 22. Buy-down items such as chickens, eggs and bone broth are available weekly from Friday, June 7 until Friday, November 22, a 25-week season. Vegetable boxes will be available for 19 weeks starting on the same Friday, June 7 but ending a little earlier then the “buy-down” item distribution, on October 11. Items from the buy-down menu can be combined with a vegetable 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 $570, that’s just $30 per week, one of the most affordable boxes in our region. Shares of eggs and pastured poultry are priced for CSA members at below retail prices and total amounts depend on the amount of credit you wish to purchase. All members must make a down payment of 33% of their balance with a 5% discount to those members who pay in full. Money may be added to your total credit amount as the season progresses, if you so desire.
HOW CAN I ORDER WINTER STORAGE CHICKEN OR TURKEY?
Winter storage chickens can be included in the type of share you choose. Calculate how many would you like on a weekly basis for the 25 weeks of CSA distribution and, in addition, the amount you’ll need throughout the winter. For example; your family may, on the average, enjoy a chicken per week over the CSA distribution season (25) and would like about 25 more in your freezer for the winter. If so, you’d choose to add credit to your share for 50 birds. Or, if you’re a couple or single-person household and eat a chicken every other week during the CSA distribution season (that’s 10 chickens) and you’d like an additional 10 for storage, you’d choose the 20 chicken option. There’s also a 35-chicken option.
You can also choose what sized chicken you’d like: an Average Bird Share (3.5-4.2lbs) and a Large Bird Share (4.3-5lbs).
Turkeys can also be reserved through our CSA, but these are not a “buy-down” option.
For other meats, such as Lamb, Pork and Stew Birds, go to the “Meat Order Form” on this website, or click here.
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 and images.
WHAT ARE PICK-UP AND DISTRIBUTION PLACES TIMES?
Friday is distribution day with pick up here at the farm from 9-6. Drop off times for other delivery sites will soon be announced. We will have drop-off areas in Telluride, the Mountain Village, Lawson Hill, Down Valley and Ridgway as well as our farm here in Norwood. Contact us if you’d like to have a drop-off location in your neighborhood or town (for example, Ophir) and we’ll be happy to help
IS THERE AN INSTALLMENT PLAN FOR PAYMENT?
Of course, we prefer full payment at time of registration. Full registrations payment will result in a 5% discount. 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 June 20 and August 20. Please contact us if you have a unique situation and need to make other arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M AWAY ON VACATION?
If you have credit for buy-down items, you can simply choose not to order that week. For a vegetable share, you have two options: 1) Donate your basket to a friend, or 2) Donate your basket to a needy family, through the farm (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
New this season are our cooking classes, followed by a farm lunch, to be held later this summer. We’ll show you how to cut-up a chicken, share our favorite way to roast a chicken and teach you how to make bone broth. Specific dates will be published soon. Note: The first 10 signups for our pastured poultry share will receive a free voucher for a cooking class
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. This year your contributions will be donated to the Farm to Community Food Share Program in the Mountain Village. This is a subsidized CSA program for working families
To grow and make available to members wholesome and healthful produce and meats, 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. Signups will be available starting Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit our web site, www.indianridgefarm.org or contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or over the phone (970) 327-0336 and (970) 327-4762, or come by for a visit. For specific questions regarding the vegetable part of our CSA please contact Anne LeFevre at (720) 556-4121.