Elder Fire 2012 CSA Program: Almost Everything YOU Need to know about it!

Elder Fire Farm Arts Community Supported Agriculture

                                                                                                                                            Why

Our CSA has sprouted, at last, from nearly a decade long germination process doing radical work towards building a more local and equipped foodshed with a sustainable infrastructure—one that’s good for the people and the land—while acquiring the skills to actualize our personal and shared dreams as a family and community. Being committed to the SW Michigan grassroots effort to co-create, localize, and grow a truly sustainable and transparent food system means building trusting/meaningful relationships between people as producers, consumers, neighbors, and the land, while at the same time transforming the obstacles and beliefs that allow/encourage a disproportionate number of people growing food to the ones consuming. CSA allows us to deepen and develop these connections, as well as become more sustainable on the local level, by sharing some of the responsibilities and the joys of food and medicine production, ultimately bringing us closer to one another and with the land that provides these necessities and more.

How

Indeed, the role we play in this scheme as a community food producer, but also as members of community and as stewards, demands us to be deliberate and intentional with the seeds we plant, the ‘what, where, how, and why’. We seek to make our methods, our values, and the skills we gain from this work as transparent and accessible as we can. Therefore, the plants and plant varieties we choose each year are based on a multitude of factors; organic/heirloom seed availability, hardiness to our zone, choice flavor, visual appeal, storage potential, potential to save seed, nutrient density, disease tolerance, and medicinal properties of plants are all vital in our decision making so that we’re able to grow a diverse range of staple crops and adventurous ones, alongside plants that heal bodies and the soil.

What

Based on obvious and variable seasonal factors, weekly shares will contain carefully selected varieties of vegetables using only organic methods (for instance, cooking greens/kale, lettuces/salad, onions, kohlrabi, cabbage, all sorts of roots, heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, watermelons, muskmelons, sweet corn, cucumbers, husk cherries, parsley, dill, beans, peas, edamame, squash (and more), as well as wild and cultivated fruits, cut flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, and mushrooms (like shiitake and oyster). We’ll share interesting family/farm inspired, seasonal recipes and, perhaps, other surprises along the way.

When

Our CSA is a 20 week program, starting the week of June 10 going through October 27.

Weekly pick up locations are:

Wednesdays 3-7pm @100 Mile Market (@ People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo) or

Saturdays 7:30am-12pm @ Kalamazoo (Bank St.) Farmers’ Market

 

At this point, we have a very limited number of Summer shares to offer for a cost of $350, which breaks down to $15-$20 worth of freshly picked produce each week. Share reservations are made upon receipt of the Member Agreement Form and check(s) made to Elder Fire Farm Arts. Payment can be made in full or with a “down payment” (approx. 1/3 of the total share cost) along with post-dated checks dated for the first of each consecutive month for the remainder of the share cost, ideally being all paid up by the first week of our CSA season so that we’re not having to keep track during the very busy parts of the season. As you may know, this up front investment helps provide the funds/seeds/operative tools/etc. needed for the chance at a successful growing season, it is a model we believe and have participated in for years both as shareholders and as beginning farmers—here’s to the (re)emergence of it all.

Elder Fire Farm Arts

Membership Agreement Form CSA 2012

Name(s):____________________________________________*Phone:____________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________

Email(s):___________________________________________________________________________

Choose your pick up location

 

_____100 Mile Market/Wednesdays/3-7pm(Peoples’ Food Co-op of Kalamazoo)

507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

_____Kalamazoo (Bank St.) Farmers’ Market/Saturdays/7:30am-12pm

1200 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

____Elder Fire Farm Arts/Saturdays/5-7pm/On-Farm Pick Up

10400 S. Gurd Rd, Dowling, MI 49050

 

Your payment plan

Please make checks out to Elder Fire Farm Arts.

Prior to April 1st, please mail to Elder Fire Farm Arts, 470 Egleston, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

April 1st and onward, mail to Elder Fire Farm Arts, 10400 S. Gurd Rd, Dowling, MI 49050

Enclosed is my check(s) of:

In Full ($350)______     OR       Initial Payment of $________with post-dated checks for the following amount $_______ $________=$350

Member Agreement

☯   I will receive a full, weekly share of Elder Fire produce that will vary in size and weight depending on the time of the season.

☯   I agree to support the farmers by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, hail, crop failure, pest problems, etc.) and the rewards (fresh, local, organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, etc. the harvests of a good season). I understand this principle and agree that there is no guarantee on the exact amount or type of produce I will receive in my share. By participating in CSA I am supporting the local farmers (and our foodshed), as well as allowing for more equitable food distribution.

☯   By becoming a member I commit to picking up my share weekly and understand that if I, or a designated other, is unable to pick up my share it CANNOT be saved or picked-up at a later date unless prior arrangements have been made with the farmer.

___________________________________________________________________________

Member’s Signature

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