Brookwood Community Farm

Our CSA

How to Join the CSA

In January, enrollment or renewal is open to members from the previous year.  By February, it is open to the public.

  1. Go to our online store (highlighted below)
  2. Renew or become a member.  Membership benefits listed HERE
  3. Select your preferred options for shares
  4. Make payment

Payment

We accept payment online and by check.

If you have registered for shares, please make an initial payment of at least $200 to hold your spot.  At this time, for new registrations, your balance will be due in 30 days or before the start of your CSA pickups … whichever comes first.
If payment of your balance represents a hardship, please email us – president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org – in order to set up a payment plan. We also have some financial aid available – please contact us for more details.

Purchase 2019 Shares Here

The Community Supported Agriculture Concept

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) refers to a model of farming in which farmers sell harvest shares directly to people in the local community. The CSA represents a direct connection between consumers and farmers, and a shared commitment – shareholders commit to the farm for the season, sharing in the risks of unpredictable growing conditions and the benefits of abundant harvests of sustainably grown food. By paying for a share of the harvest up front, members provide farmers with a secure customer base and resources to invest in seeds and supplies. In exchange, farmers commit to doing their utmost to provide their shareholders with the best quality and most nutritious food around. The CSA builds community and connects people with the source of their food. At Brookwood Community Farm there are numerous opportunities for members to get involved with growing and harvesting produce and for getting to know each other.

What’s in a weekly CSA Share?

Brookwood Community Farm grows a wide variety of crops, planted in succession to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables. We offer separate spring, summer and fall CSA shares. Farm members can sign up for one, two, or all 3 shares.

The Spring 2019 CSA Share (May 26 to June 22) runs for 4 weeks. This share features early crops that can tolerate cool weather and grow quickly including many greens.Weather permitting, the share will include pea tendrils, sunflower shoots, spinach, salad mix, broccoli raab, lettuce, chard, kale, arugula, garlic scapes, peas, cilantro, radishes, bok choy and other vegetables. Quantity and variety generally increase as the spring progresses. There are generally 5 or more items in the weekly pick-up. The cost of the Spring Share is $105.

The Summer 2019 CSA Share (June 23  to Sept 28) runs for 14 weeks.  This share has the entire range of production. It begins with greens, beets, peas, cucumbers, and summer squash. It continues through the middle of the summer with greens, tomatoes, onions, green beans, eggplant, herbs, carrots, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and more. The share finishes with early fall favorites including winter squash, carrots, kale, and more greens. There are generally 8-9 different items in the weekly pick-up. The cost of the Summer Share is $405.

The Fall 2019 CSA Share (September 29 to November 23) runs for 8 weeks, finishing the week before Thanksgiving. This share features a mix of cool season crops including winter squash, onions, roots (carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, radishes), brassicas (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, greens), and other greens. Many vegetables are sweeter after late fall frosts. There are generally 8-9 different items in the weekly pick-up. The cost of the Fall Share is $235.

PYO

In addition to the items in your share, there are Pick-Your-Own (PYO) opportunities during the season. PYO gives members the opportunity to go out into the field and personally harvest their food. The PYO produce is in addition to the produce items in the tent.

Herbs are available for most of the season; additional offerings include peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers and husk cherries. These PYO opportunities can increase your share value, by adding 2-3 items to your weekly share if you are interested!

Share Size

The size of the share is usually appropriate for an “average household of 4”.  We strongly suggest that individuals who do not want a whole share to consider SPLITTING their share with a friend or neighbor, but the responsibility for working this out is done independently and only one family/person should pickup the complete share each week.

Half Shares

Brookwood is offering Half Shares for each of the seasons.  A Half Share will be the same quantity/value of vegetables as the weekly full share, but will only be picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK, during the season, as assigned by CSA manager.

Spring Half Share: (2 pickups during May 26 to June 22) $58

Summer Half Share: (7 pickups during June 23 to Sept 28) $223

Fall Half Share: (4 pickups during September 29 to November 23) $131

Half Share pickup weeks are assigned by the CSA manager. Please indicate an even/odd week preference when signing up by leaving a note on your order. The Half Share calendar is here.

Pricing

The CSA share cost is based on the value of the produce that will be distributed during the season and provides members a slight discount of the market value for paying in advance and sharing in the uncertainty of the farming season. Produce is valued at retail prices/levels. The produce in each weekly share will vary depending on growing conditions, but should include a variety of seasonal crops each week.

NEW Flower PYO share

The Flower PYO Share will start the week of June 30 and ends the week of September 15.  Each Flower PYO Share participant will be able to visit the fields to select and harvest their flowers 10 times during the 12 weeks that the share is active.

Flowers this year will be annual cut flowers, especially sunflowers and zinnias, as well as larkspur, bachelors buttons, sweet peas, nigella, rudbeckia, china asters, snapdragons, celosia, and ageratum.  Cost $100.

Egg Share

The Egg Share is each week or every other week receiving a dozen or more local, well raised eggs from small farms.  Would you like to test the waters with a Winter Egg Share?  The regular Egg Share could start up again  with our CSA.  Interested in any of this? Please go to THIS FORM to read more and put your name in!

Fruit shares

In addition to the vegetables grown at the Brookwood Community Farm, we offer CSA members the opportunity to purchase an additional fruit share, with fruits provided by local growers.

The 2019 Summer Fruit Share begins the week of June 23rd and runs for 14 weeks. There will be lots of variety in this share. We are hoping to include strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, and melons. Quantities will typically be a quart (or 2 pints) of berries or 3-4 pounds of tree fruit. The fruit will be sourced from local farms and we will share information with you about the farmers who grow the fruit and their growing practices. The growers we source fruit from are usually not organic, but they do IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which means that they spray pesticides at a lower rate than conventional growers and only when they need to. The value of the share will vary from week to week but it will even out over time and we aim to give you 10% more value than you pay for. You must have a 2019 farm membership to participate in the fruit share program, but do not need to have a Produce Share.  Cost $165.  Half Share $91 picked up on an assigned, every other week basis.

The 2019 Fall Fruit Share is all about apples! You will get a great deal with both quantity and variety of delicious local apples, pears, and cranberries. You will generally get about 4 pounds of apples and pears a week.  The share runs for 8 weeks from September 29-November 23. The fruit will be sourced from local farms and we will share information with you about the farmers who grow the fruit and their growing practices. The growers we source fruit from are usually not organic, but they do IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which means that they spray pesticides at a lower rate than conventional growers and only when they need to. The value of the share will vary from week to week but it will even out over time and we aim to give you 10% more value than you pay for.  Cost $97.  Half Share $55 picked up on an assigned, every other week basis.

Financial Aid Policy

Brookwood Community Farm aims to support the participation of members from all income levels in our community. We offer discounted shares to qualifying members. Brookwood Community Farm will evaluate discounted share applications from individuals/households and provide subsidies to those who qualify. To qualify, an applicant would have an annual income below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, we will consider Individuals/households who may not meet this threshold, but are experiencing financial hardship due to extenuating circumstances (recently lost job, for example).

If you feel like you qualify for a discounted share, please submit your CSA application and make a note in the comments that you are applying for financial assistance. We request that if you would like to be considered for financial assistance, you email or mail us a copy of your most recent tax form with your income data, or provide an explanation of your situation. Please email it to Cathy at president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. If you do not file taxes, please contact Cathy directly to discuss other documentation options.  We try to help as many individuals as we can.

If you do not qualify for financial assistance, we may be able to offer you an extended payment plan. If you would like more information, please contact Cathy at president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org.

CSA Pickup

All CSA members come to Brookwood Farm for their weekly pick up.  Bring re-usable bags or containers and gather your own produce from the CSA tent. The harvested crops are set out in bulk and members are instructed on the amounts of each to take.

Members are welcome to organize pick up groups where neighbors take turns going to the farm to bring home a group of shares.

Each member chooses a pick-up day when they sign up and must come on that day throughout the season unless a change is approved by the CSA manager.

  • Single week switches must be requested through this form: https://goo.gl/forms/m5IrdPDndVr3b6W02 by MONDAY of each week.
  • IF you cannot access the form, please email csa@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org
  • Last-minute switches are discouraged. Please arrange for a friend or neighbor to make your pickup if you find that you cannot.
  • Half Share week switches must be approved by the CSA manager.

The pick-up times are:

  • Tuesday, 2pm to 6:30pm
  • Thursday, 2pm to 6:30pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 1pm.

Volunteer Work

Because this a community farm that depends on volunteer labor to keep up with chores and harvesting, and because we want our members to get involved, we encourage share-holders to volunteer in the growing season. Additionally, a limited number of work-share opportunities allow members to trade approximately 5 hours of labor weekly (harvesting or working otherwise) for those who have more time than money and want to pay for a CSA share in “sweat equity”. There are a limited number of work-share positions so please contact Farm Manager Sara at sara@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org if you are interested in one of these spots.

Purchase 2019 Shares Here