What is a CSA?

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.

Why should I choose Schoolyard Farms?

Our mission to educate youth about health and nutrition through hands-on experience in the garden is made possible by the financial support of our CSA 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.

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.

What are Schoolyard Farms growing practices?

No pesticides, no chemicals, no synthetic fertilizers

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.

What am I getting?

20 weekly shares from June – October of fresh, responsibly and locally grown vegetables.

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.

How much does it cost?

Each share costs $275 for the entire season.

Decide how many shares you or your family will need and multiply by $275.

Payment Options?

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! If you would like to purchase your share through SNAP, let us know when filling out our CSA Application and we will contact you to discuss how using SNAP with a CSA works.

Where/when do I pick up my food?

The 2014 season runs from June until October.

We are offering two pick-up days, Monday and Thursday, and four pick-up locations this year. Choose the day and location that works best for you!

Mondays or Thursdays:

3:30-5:00pm Schoolyard Farms in Jennings Lodge, OR -or-

5:30-7:30pm Milwaukie OR near SE Washington and SE McLoughlin Blvd -or-

6:15-8:15pm SE Portland near SE 18th and Stark -or-

6:30-8:30pm NE Portland near NE Tillamook and Williams

What is Schoolyard Farms cancellation policy?

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.

What if I'm on vacation during a pick-up day?

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.

When you are ready to sign-up

Right now, we are signing up new members for the 2014 season that starts on June 16th and ends on October 30th. Fill out the form below to apply. Once we receive your application, we will invoice you and your spot will be confirmed after we receive your payment. Contact us if you have any questions: hello@schoolyardfarms.org

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Schoolyard Farms creates healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.
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