Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began over 25-years-ago as a way for farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers. Rather than simply purchasing our food, you become a “member” of our farm by paying for your share of vegetables at the beginning of the season. In return for your membership, you receive a weekly share of seasonal produce. By joining our CSA you are agreeing to share in the risks of crop failures and benefits of unexpected yields with us and other members.
Therefore, by becoming a member of our CSA you are supporting the core values and programs of our non-profit farm and helping to change the way we think about, purchase and eat food. We currently operate farms at Candy Lane Elementary and New Urban High School. As a CSA member, you directly support the good work we do at these schools.
Schoolyard Farms’ CSA is also unique because our shares are sized individually, allowing you to design the ideal share for you or your family. One share is enough for one person who eats a moderate amount of vegetables in a week (about 5 small bunches of vegetables). If you eat a lot of vegetables, we recommend two shares per person. For a family, we recommend 3-4 shares, etc.
We are dedicated to managing the land responsibly and ecologically. That means we don’t use any chemicals, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. We avoid disturbing the soil as much as possible by farming by hand, implementing conservation tillage systems when needed, planting cover crops and planting “wild” perennial spaces. We manage pests through crop rotations and integrated pest management systems, including pollinator buffers that serve as habitat for beneficial insects. We have decided not to be certified organic because the costs associated with the certification are too great for the size of our organization.
You can expect 5 small bunches of vegetables like these each week:
Early Summer: Tender greens (arugula, mizuna, spinach and much more), small roots (french breakfast radishes, hakurei turnips), snap peas, green garlic, cilantro, etc.
Late Summer: Heirloom tomatoes, asian eggplants, sweet and spicy peppers, crisp summer squash, bunching onions, basil, head lettuce, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.
Fall: Nutty storage squash, potatoes, storage onions, garlic, beans, carrots, parsnips, celeriac and we’ll return to the flavors of the greens and small roots from spring that love growing in cooler fall air.
Decide how many shares you or your family will need and multiply by $275.
We will be accepting all payments in full. However, if you need to pay in installments, let us know and we can arrange a payment plan.
We accept SNAP as a form of payment! SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (and was formerly called Food Stamps). If you would like to purchase your share using SNAP, let us know when filling out our CSA Application and we will contact you to discuss how using SNAP with a CSA works.
If you, or anyone in your household, was NOT a member of any CSA in 2015 and you would like to use SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) to pay for your share, you may qualify for our the Double Up Food Bucks* program! Double Up Food Buck doubles the purchasing power of CSA members who pay with SNAP by up to $200 a year! Double Up Food Bucks provides matching money to Schoolyard Farms, making CSAs more affordable while helping farmers earn a living. For example, an Individual Share normally costs $275, but will only cost you $137.50 with Double Up Food Bucks. You would make an initial payment of $50 in cash or credit and five monthly SNAP payments starting in June of $17.50. If you would like two Individual Shares, that would normally cost $550, but with Double Up Food Bucks will only cost you $350, and so on!
If you are eligible for Double Up Food Bucks and would like to purchase your share using SNAP, let us know when filling out our CSA Application and we will contact you to discuss how the Double Up Food Bucks program works.
*Double Up Food Bucks are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are only available if you, or anyone in your household, was not a member of any CSA in 2015.
The 2016 season runs for 20 weeks from June 13 until October 28.
We are offering three pick-up days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and five pick-up locations this year. Choose the day and location that works best for you!
Tuesdays or Fridays:
3:30-5:00pm Schoolyard Farms at Candy Lane Elementary in Jennings Lodge, OR -or-
5:45-7:45pm The Warrior Room in Milwaukie, OR -or-
6:15-8:15pm SE Portland near SE 18th and Stark -or-
6:30-8:30pm NE Portland near NE Tillamook and Williams
3:30-5:00pm Schoolyard Farms at New Urban High School in Oak Grove, OR
Due to the size of our farm, little less than one-acre, we rely on the funds from our CSA members to operate. All funds are spent on farm supplies at the beginning of the year, therefore we are unable to refund any shares you may want to cancel during the season. Should you need to cancel, it is your responsibility to find someone to take on your share for the remainder of the season.
If you are unable to pick up your share on your designated pick-up day, please find a friend or family member who can pick up for you. We are unable to put shares on hold for you. If your share remains at the pick-up sight for more than 24 hours we will donate it to a person in need.