2014 Vegetable/Egg CSA
19 weeks of fresh veggies and a dozen eggs or home grown sprouts from our farm, delivered to your doorstep June thru October. Read more and signup below…
“The weekly deliveries of vegetables from your farm were an absolute delight in our lives this year. How lucky we are to enjoy food that is lovingly grown and harvested. There was never a time when I ate food from your farm that I was not 100% conscious of its life giving quality. And knowing that your family are the growers gave me complete comfort in eating. Thank you!” ~2011 CSA member
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a collaborative relationship between the farmer and you. The customer buys a share of the harvest up front and receives a weekly delivery of fresh produce throughout the growing season. CSA membership is an excellent way to support local agriculture and to provide wholesome, affordable food to your family and friends, while supporting the larger mission of our farm. We are offered a total of 46 shares in 2013, and will be offering approximately 60 in 2014.
How do I Sign Up for the CSA?
Soul Fire Farm
1972 State Highway 2
Petersburgh NY, 12138.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, though a percentage of shares are reserved for members using EBT. Returning CSA members who apply by January 13th are given preference.
#2. Send your deposit of $100 via mail or Paypal. (Please add $3.40 if using Paypal to cover usage fees.) Make your payment online by using the “Pay Now” button at the top of the page, or send us a a check to Soul Fire Farm. The deposit reserves your share. Balance in full is due by April 13. No deposit is necessary for customers using EBT. If we cannot accommodate your application, your deposit will be returned promptly in full.
Why Join Soul Fire Farm CSA?
Love Your Health: You will have access to fresh, nutrient dense food all summer long. Share healthy eating habits with those you love. With a CSA, you get a great value on good food. Additionally, our CSA is high protein – you get a choice of a dozen eggs or a quart of bean sprouts each week. Regardless of your income, our CSA has an affordable way for you to participate.
Steward Mother Earth: Support a farm where the farmers take care of the land, nurture the soil, and conserve energy. In addition to being Certified Naturally Grown and adhering to the Farmer’s Pledge for sustainable agriculture, our farm practices are designed to minimize fossil fuel inputs such as tractor use. Eating local also means you reduce the number of miles your food travels to get to your plate.
Contribute to Social Justice: Soul Fire Farm is committed to making real food available to everyone, dismantling systemic racial and economic injustice in the process. We accept EBT, reserve a portion of our shares for low income families, and offer free educational programming for urban youth. We also share sustainable living skills, as far as Haiti and Brazil, and as near by as Troy, Albany, the Berkshires, NYC, and the Hudson Valley. Your participation supports this work for a just food system.
Convenient: Doorstep delivery is included for most neighborhoods in and around downtown and North Central Troy, and for the Mansion, South End, and Arbor Hill neighborhoods of Albany. See deliver map. Centralized pickup is also available at Tech Valley High School, Rensselaer, Woodland Hills Montessori School, North Greenbush, and at our farm, in Grafton. Inquire with the farmers to see if you are within the delivery route.
NOTE: We are adding another week this season. Increased costs for shares reflect an slight increase from last year, as well as the cost for an additional week.
Wednesday Delivery: For customers living in the downtown Albany and Troy, we deliver to your doorstep on Wednesday afternoons during the CSA season. All other customers can pick up at one of the centralized sites, or coordinate with another family. You will need to designate a safe, shaded place for us to leave your share in the event that you are not home when we deliver. Inquire with the farmers to see if you are within the delivery zone.
4 months of Food: Wednesdays, mid June – late October (19 weeks). Each share will contain your choice of eggs or sprouts plus 7-13 varieties of seasonal vegetables, enough veggies for a family of four or two vegetarian adults. We grow over 75 varieties of veggies. At peak harvest time your share will have enough to preserve some for the winter. See our 2013 harvest calendar to get a sense of what was in last year’s shares.
Sliding Scale Fee: The full cost of a CSA shares are outlined below. This represents a range of $22-$40 per week. In all cases, the price is lower than what you would find at your local natural foods store for the same items, and essentially wholesale costs. We ask that you choose to pay according to access to financial resources. If you need help determining what level is suitable to pay, please read this excellent document on sliding scale and economic justice. We accept EBT (food stamps). We do not offer half shares, but encourage you to cooperate with another family.
EBT/food stamps: $418 ($22/week)
Low-income: $456 ($24/week)
Middle-income: $494 ($26/week)
Upper-income: $570 ($30/week)
Support our work/contribute towards a low-income share: $608 ($32/week)
Soul on Fire/You love us!: $760 ($40/week)
Optional Work Trade: CSA members who volunteer for 5 hours on the farm will receive a free fall harvest box of vegetables in November. Depending on season and weather conditions, this box will contain winter squash, potatoes, garlic, onions, cabbage, and other storage crops.
Gatherings: Throughout the season, we will have potlucks and skill shares open to our CSA members. Additionally, you are welcome to come out to the farm to take a walk through the fields and woods, feed the farm animals, and enjoy the fantastic views. Our farm is open for visits, all season. We especially love kids and integrate them into everything that happens on the farm.
Contact us with any questions you have about the CSA. Our email is soulfirefarm AT gmail.com or call 518-229-1339 (cell).