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, 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 $325 if you pay with cash, check or SNAP ($337 if you pay with credit card or echeck) for the entire season.

This breaks down to $16.25 per week for a season’s worth of beautiful, healthy vegetables. Decide how many shares you or your family will need and multiply by $325

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! 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.

Double Up Food Bucks

If you, or anyone in your household, was NOT a member of any CSA in 2016 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 $325, but will only cost you $162.50 with Double Up Food Bucks. You would make an initial payment of $50 with SNAP and five monthly SNAP payments starting in June of $22.50. If you would like two Individual Shares, that would normally cost $650, but with Double Up Food Bucks will only cost you $450, 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 2016.

Where/when do I pick up my food?

The 2017 season runs for 20 weeks from June 13 until October 25.

We are offering two pick-up days--Tuesday and Wednesday--and six pick-up locations this year. Choose the day and location that works best for you*!

Tuesdays:

3:30-5:00pm Schoolyard Farms at Candy Lane Elementary in Jennings Lodge, OR -or-

4:15-6:00pm Know Thy Food in the Sellwood neighborhood -or-

5:00-8:00pm Garden Bar on SE Division -or-

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

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

Wednesdays:

8:30am-5:30pm Ecotrust Building in the Pearl in NW Portland -or-

3:30-5:00pm Schoolyard Farms at New Urban High School in Oak Grove, OR< -or-

4:15-6:00pm Know Thy Food in the Sellwood neighborhood -or-

5:00-8:00pm Garden Bar on SE Division -or-

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

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

*Make sure to note the window of time for each pick-up location: If you decide to pick-up at a business, like Garden Bar or Know Thy Food, please be aware that they close between 6-8pm and you won’t be able to pick up your share after that time; if you decide to pick-up from the schools or the Inner SE or NE locations, you will be able to pick-up your share anytime after it’s dropped off, for up to 24-hours.

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began over 30-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 becoming a member of the CSA, you aren’t just a customer or subscriber, but rather a shareholder with an essential stake in the farm. We can’t do this work without you.

Why should I choose Schoolyard Farms?

Our mission to teach kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard farm to their plate 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. 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.

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 is Schoolyard Farms cancellation policy?

Due to the combined size of our farms, about 1.5 acres, 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.

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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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