CSA Member Agreement for 2017
Knapp Creek Farm LLC
We, the farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal, organic food and you the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm
A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for 20 weeks, from June to October, excluding the week of July 4th. You receive 20 boxes of vegetables. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm/drop site or choosing home delivery. If you are a Full Share member, your box size will be a ¾ bushel. If you are a Small Share member your box size will be a ½ bushel. Detailed information regarding pick-up/delivery is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.
B. Our Growing Practices
The farm is USDA Certified Organic through Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), located in Viroqua, WI. Organic produce is grown without using specific conventional pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients. Rather, as organic farmers we focus on being good stewards of the land, growing food that is both healthy for you, and our Earth. For more information about organic production please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more.
C. The Products We Expect for 2017
The chart below outlines some of the produce we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production. Please also look at last years newsletters for more details of an actual season.
snap peas-rhubarb-asparagus-lettuce-spinach-kale-chives-bok choy-arugula-beets-parsley-carrots-fennel-kohlrabi-cabbage-scallions-parsley-radishes-chard-strawberries-garlic scapes
tomatoes-eggplant-garlic-fresh onions-new potatoes-sweet corn-cucumbers-zucchini-broccoli-cantaloupe-green beans-celery-basil-cilantro-hot/sweet peppers-leeks-yellow squash
potatoes-winter squash-pumpkins-watermelon-sweet potatoes-brussel sprouts-turnips-parsnips-carrots-rutabaga-beets-onions-radishes-lettuce-celery root-cabbage-fennel-kale
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. Member Participation
Participating in the Knapp Creek Farm CSA is a unique experience. In order to get the most of of the CSA we encourage all members to
B. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of produce, however, may vary from week-to-week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members.
If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. In an extreme case of crop failure (i.e. two inches of hail), we may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks.
C. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, and The Viroqua Food Coop. Although production is not segregated, our CSA receives top priority. After filling our CSA share with the week’s harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets. This protects our CSA members by always being our top priority.
Section 3. Picking Up Shares
A. On Farm Pick-up
You are responsible for observing our on farm pick-up rules, which are as follows:
1. Bring your own bags and leave the box at the farm.
2. Pick up your share within the time frame stated.
3. Be respectful of our farm. It is both a working farm and our family home.
4. Follow additional rules posted at farm regarding parking, use of certain entrances and boxes.
If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time may be donated to a charity or the food pantry.
B. At Home Delivery
You are responsible for providing an adequate place to leave your box.
You are responsible for observing our home delivery rules, which are as follows:
1. Clearly communicate where you would like the box left.
2. Provide a safe and accessible spot to accept delivery.
3. Although we deliver high-quality produce to your home, it will decline quickly if not stored properly in a timely manner. If not home, please select a location that is out of the sun, provide a cooler or other option to protect the produce.
If you are unable to receive your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up from your specified home location for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If you would rather, we can donate your box to a charity or food shelf.
C. Drop Site Pick-up
You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your drop site.
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
1. Bring your own bags and leave the box at the site.
2. Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.
3. Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property.
4. Follow additional rules posted at your drop site regarding parking, use of certain entrances and boxes.
If you cannot pick up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If you wish to change your drop site, you must contact us 1 week ahead of time. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to a charity, food pantry or to the drop site host.
D. Food Safety
We take the safety of your food seriously. We rinse most produce with water, test our water for contaminants, and cool produce immediately. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
Section 4. Member Fees
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
All payments are non-refundable after the first CSA box has been delivered.
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, request to change your drop-site location, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every week, we will email a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas or other farm related news.
By checking the box on the order form, I agree to purchase the membership share indicated on the order form. I understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I understand that they will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.