Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

FARM & CSA NEWS


We are expanding! If you are interested in purchasing a share contact seeds.at.city.info@gmail.com!

NEW POLICIES IN EFFECT IN 2014: 
In an effort to align our CSA program with standard business practices, we are now implementing a membership contract this semester. We now offer both semester-based contracts (for faculty, staff and students on campus), and seasonal subscriptions (for community members). Additionally, for faculty, staff and community members, subscription payments are made in full at the beginning of the semester or the season, including any delivery fees added on by the member. This is in line with how many other single-farm CSA's function as it provides the money needed to buy seeds, compost and other supplies, which allow us to grow the produce that goes in to the subscription. Students are still allowed to pay for their weekly shares at the beginning of each month. 


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2012-2103 STATS:

2012-13 was the first full year of production and harvest record-keeping at Seeds@City since its inception in 2008. Records include:
  • Growing over 3600 lbs of produce at our 1-acre farm.
  • Expanding our weekly community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscription program from 5 to 14 shareholders!
  • New direct marketing activities including sales and deliveries to Ripe Market, Alchemy Cultural Fare, The Rose Wine Bar and other local farm-to-table restaurants and markets.
Let's make 2013-14 even more productive! Thank you for supporting Seeds@City and making the continuation of our farm possible!


BASIC INFORMATION


As a community-supported agriculture (CSA) shareholder, you make a commitment to help support a farm by prepaying for a share (portion) of the weekly harvest. Shareholders share the risk of a less than bountiful harvest and reap the benefits of an especially bountiful harvest. Shareholders help the farm survive by insuring consistent income for supplies and maintenance. Our CSA shares contain organically-grown vegetables, fruit, and herbs grown here on campus and picked that morning by City College students, staff, and faculty. 

All proceeds from our produce sales go directly back into the program to support farm maintenance (as the College does not fund any farm maintenance or supplies).

Please email seeds.at.city.info@gmail.com if you have questions, or are interested in subscribing.

THE DETAILS

*Please see notice at the top of this page. Are policies have changed, effective January 2014. Below are the updated details of our new CSA program

**SPRING 2014 SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS**
This semester we are launching our CSA contract! This differs from the way that our CSA program has operated in the past because shareholders will now be asked to commit to a prearranged number of weeks. Shareholders will complete their contract by selecting one of two membership options: seasonal or semester-based.

Semester subscriptions are adapted for members who plan to receive their bags only when the semester is in-session.
Seasonal subscriptions will receive CSA bags over the breaks as well, but a trip to campus is necessary during academic breaks, as our farm stand is not in operation.

Duration:
Our CSA runs for 48 weeks a year (excluding the weeks of Thanksgiving, the last week of December, first week of January & the week of our spring break).

Dates:
Semester subscription: January 16th, 2014 - May 22nd, 2014
Seasonal subscription: January 9th, 2014 - April 30th, 2014
Members who begin their membership later in the semester can chose one of the above membership options and their payment for the remainder of the semester will be pro-rated.

Cost:
Up-front cost for semester subscription: $360 for new members (Students with ID are still welcome to make monthly payments)
Up-front cost for seasonal subscription: $320 for new members (Students with ID are still welcome to make monthly payments)
Members who begin their membership later in the semester can chose one of the above membership options and their payment for the remainder of the semester will be pro-rated.

Members may pay using cash or checks made payable to Seeds@City Urban Farm. We cannot accept credit or debit cards. Payment can be made in full at our farm stand location, at the first farm stand of the semester. Students may choose to make monthly payments, as long as they present a valid student ID at the farm stand. For students who select this payment method, each month's payment is due the first Thursday of the month and payment varies based on the number of Thursdays in the month (so, from $80 to $100 per month). 

Bags:
New members will be charged a one-time $20 deposit which provides two durable, reusable bags. We'll always have one of your bags ready for you filled with your share. If you choose to discontinue your subscription, you'll receive your $20 deposit with the return of your bags. 

Pick-Up:
Every Thursday between 11:00am-12:30pm
In-semester - Pick up at the farm stand between the Learning Resource Center and "C" building at Curran Plaza.
Out-of-semester (winter break and summer) - Pick up at the main farm.

Office Delivery:
We can deliver to your campus office for an additional $10 service fee/month. Please email seeds.at.city.info@gmail.com if you'd like to set up a campus delivery.

Contact Information:
We often send emails, newsletters and other announcements out to our CSA members. Please assist us by providing us with a valid email that is checked regularly. Also, in case we should have to contact you for another reason, please provide us with an alternate means of contact (phone call, text, personal email, etc).

Join the Wait-List:
Not quite ready to join the CSA program but think you might like to in the future? Please join the mailing list by contacting seeds.at.city.info@gmail.com to sign you up. You will receive an email to notify you when a space opens, and if you are ready to join at that time, we will start your subscription!




last updated 2/8/14