- Are you interested in supporting small scale, beyond organic agriculture in Southern Colorado?
- Have you been following along on The ‘Steadcast podcast or our social channels and want to support us as we grow the farm?
- Are you a fan of delicious flavor and getting SUPER-FRESH, beyond organic, local food on a weekly basis for a really good price?
- Are you willing to accept the risk of getting an awful lot of veggies that you’d have to preserve or figure out to cook if this season is awesome?
- Are you willing to accept the risk of getting a lot fewer veggies (or nothing for a week or two) if a locust plague or tornado comes through the farm and wipes us out?
If you answered yes to *all* these, then you may be a good candidate for Community Supported Agriculture share programs. CSA programs share the risks — and the bounties — of small scale agriculture in your community.
And Gray Area Farm is starting such a program this year!
Cost: For $200 / season, you and your family can participate in the first year of our CSA program. Similar programs around the area charge as much as $450-$640. We’re keeping the total program — and the cost per share — low this year because it’s our first year doing production-level quantities. Payment is in advance and non-refundable.
Are you ready to purchase a season pass to our veggies, greens and culinary herbs?
1st things 1st…
- Read and agree to our Veggie Season Pass CSA Program Agreement.
- Check out the list of veggies, fruits and herbs we are hoping to grow this season.
- Email us and hold your spot, then promptly get us a check or use our NEW ONLINE STORE to buy your subscription with a card. Please note that all things considered, we’d like cash or check since card processing knocks us back a few percent. But we’re happy to offer it if it helps your personal financial processes.
Why not just buy a la carte? The “point” of Community Supported Agriculture shares is three-fold:
1) to help your farmer get the seeds, organic fertilizer and infrastructure in place at the beginning of the season,
2) not risk cash flow issues during the season when we should be working on growing the best food for our families by guaranteeing a sales stream, and
3) share the risk of crop failures due to storm damage, drought or locust plagues (it happens) by making sure we can keep the farm up and running to re-plant for the rest of the season or survive to next season.
What you get: If all goes well-ish, you would get a decent-sized box of salad greens, culinary herbs, microgreens, veggies, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and whatever else is ready to be harvested as the season goes on. We’re planning our planting and harvesting schedule to make sure you don’t get ALL THE TONS OF ZUCCHINI all at once. But you will get a lot of zucchini, probably. Or whatever else happens to grow really well.
So if you don’t like vegetables or don’t cook, then a CSA share is totally not for you.
How will you get it: We will have weekly pick-ups on Fridays in Falcon, and Sundays in the Springs. Because alliteration. And because our primary market target this season is the Falcon area (where we used to live) and some of our friends and co-workers who live in Colorado Springs. We will have boxes that the veggies will come in, and you will swap the box out for another one at the following week’s pick-up.
What if…..?: If you’re interested, please contact us for the complete contract. That will answer many questions like what happens if you go on vacation, how to buy extra veggies, how to transfer your share mid-season, etc.
I AM SO EXCITED LET’S DO THIS: Great! Of course you are! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text 719-439-2054 or contact us on our social channels to set up payment. We will be able to take credit / debit / paypal shortly, but kicking it old school like cash or check is welcome in the meantime.