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Farm Share = Food Share

Farm Share = Food Share is our version of a CSA Community Supported Agriculture program.

Farm Share = Food Share program - Think about the stories we have heard about the local grocer giving credit. Each day individuals would come in, get things they needed and then at the end of the week they would come in and settle up. What they bought did not matter.

Move to the 21st century...this program is similar but also different.

It's the same in that you spend/choose what you want: if you want 500 heads of broccoli, that's what you can get if it's available (I would need to know about large quantities in advance to be able to plant the right amount). With each week you can make an order on-line based on what's being picked and then pick it up at your local market, or we can, like the old grocer, even deliver (we are working on how this would be done).

How it's different is that unlike the good old days of credit, we need the revenue to plant the crop. So you would pay like a standard CSA box program in advance but in our program you have an account. So why would you do that? There are a couple of reasons: the first is that if you have been in or have looked into a Box program you will know the benefits of getting your vegetables directly from the farm and knowing the farmer. The second is that in our program you have the option to get only what you want. We also ask for input on what to plant which means that you should always be able to get a good selection of produce you like.

Here is how it works:
1 year program - buy-in is $250.00
All members are welcome to come out and volunteer on the farm.

• Each week you will get the weekly e-mail that will look something like this link to place your order.
• Then you pick-up on the appointed day at the location you chose. Delivery can be available with a fee.
How the fees break down.
You get $250 in your account to spend over the season. If you need to spend more it's easy because as a member you can top up your account at anytime.
When you use the "create a box" option, you pick what you want from a list provided. The season should last 16 to 18 weeks or so which will make it easy for you to use up your account. 
If you take the Farmer's Choice Box every, its average value over the season will be $15.00 You can even take the weekly Farmer's Choice Box and then add to it you wish.
We are working on simplifying the system, click here for a basic idea of what the weekly e-mail will look like.
*Like a regular box program there are no carry-over to the next year. With an average weekly order of $15 there will be no problem using up your account. This is so if you are away for 3 weeks an don't place an order you will need to spend extra for a few weeks to use up your entire account.

*NOTE there is no carry-over to the next year.

Events
2016 events were
Spring planting
Canada Day Fireworks and Weeding Fest
Come/Go Fly a Kite Day
Fall harvest

In 2017 we hope to expand on these as well as add a couple more.
And as always members are welcome to drop by anytime, see how their vegetables are grow and lend a hand if they wish.

Delivery Points
At this point we have not confirmed the markets for 2016, but we're looking at serving a 100 km radius. That would cover the East End of Toronto (East and York), the 401 corridor - Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, etc through to Belleville - north to Peterborough and possibly Milton - it's out of the 100 km area but Mom likes her fresh veg.

Our 2016 delivery points were:
Close to the Bone - 929 Kingston Road Toronto ON M4E 1S6
Fairmount Park Farmer's Market - 1757 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Cobourg Farmers' market
And for those in the area you can pick up at the farm.

Download the brochure/regestration form

 

 

   

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