Becoming a Part of Our CSA
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 Grey Arrow Farm CSA and receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
As a member of the CSA, you will be asked to:
Unable to Retrieve Your Share
If you cannot pick up your share, we suggest that you arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. (We appreciate receiving a text/email/phone call letting us know that you will not be able to pick up your share, particularly if you are unable to send a substitute.) Shares can be picked up at the farm within 24 hours after the delivery time by making arrangements with us. If you need to use this option, please let us know as soon as possible.
Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to a charity or food bank, donated to the pick-up site host, or used in some other manner.
Purchasing your CSA membership in advance of the growing season helps reduce the burden of up-front costs for us. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seeds and equipment before the season starts, and act as an investment in our farm. You then reap the return on your investment throughout the summer as the crops begin to produce and you receive your weekly bundles of fresh produce.
By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of occasional crop failure with us and also to share in the (sometimes overwhelming) abundance. In this way you are supporting your local farm and food producer, and we deeply appreciate your commitment in that.
We take the safety and quality of your food seriously. We harvest as close to the pick-up time as possible, wash the produce (as appropriate) in an outdoor setting and keep the products in a cooler or suitable storage until delivery. We ask that you rinse all of your produce before eating it and put perishable products in the fridge as soon as possible.
Our Growing Practices
Grey Arrow Farm is a certified organic farm. We follow healthy, sustainable growing practices including not using chemical pesticides or fertilizers, using row covers, cover crops, crop rotation, tillage, hand-weeding and strategic planting to manage insects, weeds and disease.
We encourage members to ask questions and to tour the garden to understand and experience how their food is grown.
Payment can be made all at once, or in up to 6 equal instalment payments (via postdated cheques or etranfer). Please select the 'paper check' option at checkout if you wish to pay via etransfer or personal cheque.
FULL payment is required by June 30 in order to participate and retrieve your bundle of goods.