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Seedswell Vegetable Farm

Shareholder Guide 2014

 

Welcome to Seedswell Vegetable Farm’s CSA!  This document will layout how our CSA works- including cost, distribution, items available outside of your share, NEW HALF SHARE INFO, etc. 

 

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is an agreement between you and us, your farmers, in which you pay for a share of the harvest for the season before it starts.  Each member will receive their vegetable share, grown by us, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis throughout the growing season.  This provides us with the capital we need in the winter/spring when income is otherwise low, to insure that we can buy seeds, supplies, etc. when we need them. As we are essentially pre-selling our produce to a fixed number of customers, we can also plan production accordingly, making our farm more efficient. You, as a member of this farm, are choosing to support a local farm, and in turn will benefit from naturally grown, safe, vegetables for the season. You are also purchasing the produce at a rate per pound that is less than the retail cost.  If you are a returning member, and pay in full by November 1st, you will receive a complimentary Thanksgiving share to be picked up the week of Thanksgiving!

 

We will share the risks and the bounty of each season together.  The average share weights from week to week will vary based on the time of the season as well as the weather. While we strive to have a consistent variety of crops, unruly Mother Nature is hard to predict and impossible to control; there are no guarantees in farming!  Since this is our first CSA season we are estimating that spring weights will be around 4-6 lbs and at the height of the season the weights could be around 8-12lbs.  This amount of food usually feeds a family of 3-4 non-vegetarians or 2 vegetarians.  Members benefit from the challenge of learning to eat in season and cooking with a variety of unfamiliar vegetables! You will be able to purchase honey other products that we produce here at the farm as well as fruit purchased from local farmers separately from your share each week as they are not included in the share price.

 

A lot of time and care is taken in selecting the crops that we grow.  We also make soil health in our fields a top priority.  Through ordering organic seeds and the use of cover crops and natural soil amendments, we strive to grow an extremely healthy and tasty vegetable crop for your family to enjoy. Our produce is harvested within hours of your pick-up (except for certain crops that need to be harvested on a daily basis). You can enjoy a peace of mind knowing that we do not use any chemical herbicides, pesticides or non-organic fertilizers on our crops. We do not grow sweet corn, but it will be provided to you (included in the share price) from a conventional sweet corn farmer in Dutchess County. There are no work requirements to be a shareholder.

 

We want our members to have a true understanding of our farm and how their food is grown. However, this farm is a privately owned farm, and as such, going beyond the farm stand and garden is not allowed.  We are very thankful to the Mancini family for allowing us to farm here and we wish to respect their privacy as well as that of the others who live here.  There are also lots of horses on the property.  They are not our horses and we ask that you do not go in the fenced in areas, near the horse barn or pet the horses.  When we have special events where farmers and/or landowners are present you will then be able to travel onto the farm while being accompanied by them.  This is a fully operational farm and can be very dangerous if certain rules are not followed.  We are glad to show you around on farm visits and during special events.  We thank you for respecting the privacy of those who live here.

 

We are looking forward to a successful 2014 growing season.  Thanks for being a part of it with us!

 

Your Farmers,

 

Josh & Ashley Frost

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

AT SEEDSWELL VEGETABLE FARM

 

  • Please park in designated parking areas.
  • When picking flowers from our garden, please make sure you are picking only from the area(s) labeled for picking.  Please do not wander through the garden.  If you are bringing children into the garden, we ask that you keep an eye on them.  Please do not let them wander or run around in the garden.  There are many things they can get hurt on in addition to crops that they can trample.
  • Children are not allowed on or near farm tractors or equipment.  They are very large and heavy machines which can be very dangerous.  You and your family’s safety is paramount. Please abide by this rule.
  • Respect the privacy of those who live at the farm.  When the gate to the farm stand is closed, the farm is closed.  Sometimes the gate will be left open for trucks to come in and out.  If the gate is open, but the farm stand is not open or it is not during CSA pick-up times then the farm is closed.  


CSA DISTRIBUTION

 

  • This year’s CSA will begin on June 12th and will end on October 23rd   (20 weeks).
  • Please arrive at the farm during pick up hours only.
  • Please bring your own bag(s) or basket with you as we will not be supplying bags.
  • Pick-ups are based on the honor system.  Although we will try to have someone at the stand, there are times when we will need to run to the field and will not be able to be there.  Remember: if you take more than your allotted share you take away from a fellow shareholder, who will not receive their vegetables.
  • Due to lack of storage space you will only be able to pick up your share during the designated pick up times.  We will be unable to hold your share for you. If you cannot pick up your share that Thursday please make arrangements with a friend, neighbor or family member to pick up your share.  If it is not picked up by the close of the stand then your share will be donated.
  • The BEDFORD PICK-UP time will be THURSDAYS between 2pm and 6pm.
  • You will get an email each week prior to your CSA pick-up.  This will be our way of sharing our week at the farm and will contain a list of veggies that will be harvested that week.  A few helpful recipes and tips for storing your produce will be included in the email, which will also be posted on our website.

 

SPLITTING A SHARE OR PURCHASING A BI-WEEKLY (HALF) SHARE

 

  • OPTION 1: Generally it is best to have one share per family.  If you decide that you think it will be too much for your family and want to split a share, we ask that you find a partner to share it with. If you need help finding a partner, we can help find you one.  We ask that one partner take the full share and split it after collecting your vegetables to avoid confusion.
  • OPTION 2: WE ARE OFFERING ‘HALF SHARES’ THIS SEASON.  You will pick up a full share every other week.  We will make an effort to give you cleaning and storage information to help you make your vegetables last longer.  If you choose this option, you will be assigned week A or week B.  You can pick up on your assigned weeks ONLY!  If you miss your week you will have to wait until your next assigned pick up date.

 

 

 

 

SHARE PRICING AND INFO FOR 2014

 

  • FULL Shares are $725.00
    • A $200 non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot for the 2014 season.
    • We must receive the remaining $525 check no later than January 15th.
    • To receive a complimentary share, RETURNING members must pay in full by November 1st.

 

  • HALF/Bi-weekly Shares are $400.00  
    • A $200 non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot for the 2014 season.
    • We must receive the remaining $200 check no later than January 15th.

 

  • Please make checks payable to SEEDSWELL VEGETABLE FARM.
  • Payments must be mailed to the below addressor dropped off during distribution times.
    • Please note:  the farm stand address is different from our mailing address.  If you mail a check and commitment form to the farm stand address we will not get it!

 

  • FARM MAILING ADDRESS:              Seedswell Vegetable Farm

                                                            P.O. Box 472

                                                Bedford, NY 10506

 

RESERVING A SHARE FOR THE 2014 SEASON

 

  • We anticipate a strong interest in our CSA, but we will only be offering 20 FULL shares and 10 HALF SHARES.
  • Shares will therefore be offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Returning members have until November 1st to reserve a spot and then we will open membership to new members.
  • Shares can be reserved by returning the commitment form included at the end of this document along with a non-refundable $200 deposit. Commitment forms received after we reach the share limit will be placed on a waiting list.
  • We will confirm your placement on either the CSA list or on the waiting list by email.
  • 2014 commitment forms and the deposit can be sent in as soon as you receive this packet (for returning members) and AFTER November 1st for new members.

 

SHARE RENEWAL

 

  • Toward the end of the season we will email a renewal form with a survey.  Your opinions are VERY important to us.  We want to know what your experience as a shareholder was like, and get your feedback; positive and negative- so that we can improve the CSA for the following season. 
  • If you decide to renew your share by November 1, 2014  you will receive a complimentary Thanksgiving share available for pick up at the farm.

 

FARM STAND

 

  • We understand that CSA’s do not work for everyone.  We have decided to have the stand open twice a week for customers who are unable to be members, yet who still would like to buy our produce.

 

 

SAMPLE SHARES

 

Here are sample shares from our 2013 season.

 

MAY (30th)

JUNE (27th)

JULY (23rd )

AUGUST (22nd)

SEPTEMBER (12th)

OCTOBER (3rd)

1 Bunch Broccoli Rabe

1 lb. Tomatoes

8 Ears of Corn

8 Ears of Corn

8 Ears of Corn

1 Bunch of Swiss Chard

2 Heads of Lettuce

1 Bag of Leaf Lettuce

4 lbs. of Tomatoes

3 lbs. of Tomatoes

3 lbs. Tomatoes

1 Bunch of Broccoli Rabe

1 Bunch of Kale

1 Bunch of Garlic Scapes

2 Cucumbers

1 ½ lbs. Cherry Tomatoes

2 Japanese Eggplant

1 Bag of Leaf Lettuce

2 Bunches of Radishes

3 lbs. Broccoli

4 Banana Peppers

2 Cucumbers

1 Bag of Arugula

1 Bunch of Carrots

1 Bunch of Carrots

1 Head of Escarole

1 Bunch of Green Onions

4 Mixed Bell Peppers

1 Bunch of Swiss Chard

1 Bag Yellow Onions

1 Cucumber

1 Head of Lettuce

4 Zucchini

3 Zucchini

1 Bunch of Broccoli Rabe

1 Bunch of Radishes

1 lb. of Rhubarb

2 Cucumbers

2 Yellow Squash

2 Yellow Squash

1 Bunch of Carrots

3 lbs.  of Potatoes

1 Bunch of Chives

1 Cabbage

2 Heads of Lettuce

2 Italian Eggplant

1lb. Mixed Onions

2 Heads of Garlic

 

1 Bunch of Green Onions

1 Bunch of Carrots

1 Watermelon

1 Bunch of Salad Turnips

2 Acorn Squash

 

1 Bunch of Salad Turnips

1 ½ lbs Cherry Tomatoes

1 bag of Arugula

1 Bunch Watermelon Radish

2 Sugar Pumpkins

 

½ lb. of Snow Peas

2 Japanese Eggplant

1 Bunch of Kale

3 lbs. Fingerling Potatoes

2 Japanese Eggplant

 

1 Bunch each of Mint and Basil

1 Bunch of Basil

1 Bunch of Carrots

2 Heads of Garlic

4 Banana Peppers

 

 

 

1 lb. of Red Onions

4 Hot Peppers

 

 

 

 

1 Bunch of Radishes

1 Bunch of Basil

 

 

 

 

4 Hot Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 CSA Membership Commitment Form

 

Member name: ________________________________________________________________

 

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

 

City: ______________________________                   Zip: _________________

 

Email address: ________________________________________________________________

     

 

Please make checks payable to:

 

SEEDSWELL VEGETABLE FARM, LLC.

 

Check number: ________________                       Amount enclosed: ____________________________ 

Full Share: ______     Half/Bi-weekly Share: _______   Full Share splitting with: _______________________________

 

In completing this form and sending this down-payment, I am becoming a member of Seedswell Vegetable Farm’s CSA program for the 2014 season.  I understand that this 20 week season is planned to run from June 12, 2014 through October 23rd, 2014.  My membership means that I am making a commitment to support the farm during the coming year and that in return, I will share in the bounty of the harvest.  I also understand that my deposit is non-refundable. 

 

A COMMITMENT FORM MUST BE ATTACHED AND SIGNED WITH EACH CHECK.

 

SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________________

 

Please mail checks to:

Seedswell Vegetable Farm


P.O. Box 472

Bedford, NY 10506

Farm News

FARM STAND OPEN

Tuesdays (Starting July 1st)

2pm-6pm

Saturdays

9am-3pm

Week 3 CSA Pick Up

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENS

Kale, Head Lettuce, Spinach

ROOTS

 Scallions, Radish

SEASONAL

Garlic Scapes , Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage

HERBS

Basil  

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