28 weeks of delicious organic fruits, veggies, cut flowers, recipes, potlucks, newsletters, movie nights and more…!
Community Supported Agriculture is a way for the farmer to get a start on the season with a shared commitment from the community. Starting in January members will sign up for their share which covers anticipated costs and helps your farmers to absorb the initial expenses that happen at the beginning of the season. Starting in June, for 28 weeks/7 months you will pick up your crate full of seasonal produce (usually 12-16 different items and averages 22lb per share) each week at the farm. As farmers we’ve really come to love the CSA model as members share both the risks and benefits of food production and it keeps us all very connected to where our food is coming from and the practices we use.
What our CSA is all about: Community, Health, Environment, Affordability
Community- We delight in the chance to take time with our members during their farm pick up day! To catch up on weekly farm events, share cooking tips, talk recipes, etc… It is also a great time for our members to give, Ellie our family milk cow, a head scratch and for the kids to help us collect blue, brown and green eggs from the ladies of Chateau Poulet. Farm Pick-up is also an opportunity to meet other member and share over the common bonds of food, health and community!
Health- (Probably farmer Brian’s favorite topic!) We are aware that our members join our CSA for a multitude of reasons, but it is clear that the most common denominator is health. Over the last few years we have seen some incredible transformations in our CSAers, whether it be a few inches from the waistline or a healthy blood test from the ole’ doc. We love hearing the stories and seeing the change first hand. And for our members who have children, well it is amazing how cool veggies become after farmer Jess pulls out the purple carrots, the magic color changing beans and the sweet mini yellow watermelons!
Environment- We farm using common sense and we farm thinking about the future. It is for those reasons that we only use organic farming methods (okay… truth be told this is farmer Brian’s favorite topic!). We need healthy soil to have healthy plants and pasture. We need healthy plants and pasture to have healthy CSA members and we need CSA members to be part of our farm so we can invest in our soil and the process starts all over again. For us it is pretty simple. We are also committed to making a positive impact in the environment outside the farm by hand building our cedar farm crates from local and sustainably harvested western red cedar. By using glass jars for milk instead of plastic jugs, by reusing egg cartons and berry boxes and by using 100% compostable plastic bags. When we reuse we cut our costs and we help protect our environment.
Affordability- During the 2012 CSA season we performed a cost comparison by adding up the cost of the produce in each weeks CSA crate and comparing it to our local organic markets and our members saved in excess of $300 on their produce over the course of our 2012 season. Not that we think our produce can be compared to that of the super market as ours is harvested by either farmer Jess or farmer Brian and given to you the very same day. You can’t beat the freshness of our produce! and to add on top of that a store can’t give you the sense of adventure and community that a local farm can.
Jess and Brian are the only two farmers at Working Hands farm. We are the owners, operators, milkers, carpenters, weeders, plumbers, accountants, photographers, cultavators, stewards of soil, composters, egg collectors, veterinarians, transplaters, seed collectors, bouquet composers, website designers, crate makers, CSA packers, etc… Jess and I love what we do and we love working together. With just two people running the operation we are able to provide not only an unbeatable product, we are able to cultivate an unbeatable experience for our members. You will have to opportunity to get to know both Jess and I your farmers and ask us questions about anything that relates to the farm, food, food policy, nutrition, recipes, etc… One of the reasons we limit our CSA every year is because we want to crate an honest sense of community through real food. We only offer CSA pick up from our farm which means that our wonderful members are your neighbors, school teachers, bankers, electricians, government employees, engineers, students, etc… They are the people that make up your community so when you come to get you CSA be prepared to be helped, chatted with, encouraged, complimented and delighted.
Every week you will receive a bountiful crate filled with 20+ pounds of organic fruits, veggies, herbs, and more! All our CSA shares meet the veggie intake needs of 2 – 4 moderate veggie eaters! our crates, averaged over the course of the last 3 years came in at 22 pounds of fruits as vegetables per week. Our CSA costs $42.00 per week. So, 28 weeks * $42.00 = $1,176 for the season. When divided between three people the cost comes to $14 per person per week.
In addition to your fruits and veggies you will receive a weekly newsletter full of beautiful photos and updates about the farm and a recipe sheet that corresponds to the food in each weeks crate. You have permission to get creative in the kitchen! Now go for it! (see the slideshow below for weekly goodies)-
You will pick up your first crate full of goodies at the farm on Tuesday May 20th, Wednesday May 21st or Thursday May 22nd and continue to pick up every week until Tuesday November 18th, Wednesday November 19th or Thursday November 20th. As the seasons vary the CSA may begin up to two weeks before or after our estimated start date of Tuesday May 20th and continue on from that date for 28 weeks. Farm pick up takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4-7pm. Your famers make a point of being available from 4-5pm at each drop. We do this to facilitate a sense of community within our CSA with good food at its core. You will be able to choose the pick up day that you prefer while space is available. The pick up day you select will be your assigned day for the duration of the season.
All CSAs are collected at our farm on the members assigned day from 4-7pm. Our farm is located in Hillsboro at 7705 SW river rd 97123. Here is the link for a map to the farm and our contact info. Click here to see the map.
- To gain access to the healthiest and most delicious food available.
- To have the peace of mind that all the food you are eating is being grown safely and thoughtfully on one farm by Jess and Brian your two farmers.
- To ensure that the animals you consume are being raised humanely, with love and care and no antibiotics or artificial hormones!
- To support the local food system and the local economy.
- To be more connected to the seasonal bounty!
- To convince your kids that veggies are awesome! Parents tell us constantly that their kids are now eating their veggies because they know their farmers.
- To try new types of veggies, learn new delicious recipes and learn all the tricks to efficient and healthy food prep!
- To gain a greater sense of your community.
- To have a farm to visit and explore with family and friends every week!
- To be proud of the fact that your investment is preserving a small farm in your community for future generations to enjoy!
(and) How much?
Our CSA costs $42 per week and lasts for 28 weeks (7 months). All our CSA shares meet the veggie intake needs of 2 – 4 moderate veggie eaters! our crates, averaged over the course of the last 3 years came in at 26 pounds of fruits as vegetables per week. Our CSA costs $42.00 per week. So, 28 weeks * $42.00 = $1,176 for the season. When divided between three people the cost comes to $14 per person per week.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 will reserve your share and 1 full payment or 2 subsequent payments of $463 for a total of $1,176 pays for your 28 week CSA. The deposit of $250 is due within 2 weeks of signing up. The first payment of $463 is due by April 1st and the second and final payment of $463 is due by July 1st. Those who fail to make their payments on time will forfeit their spot in the CSA and will not receive a refund. Throughout our 28 week CSA season we will provide a bountiful crate containing 12-16 different items, a list of what is in your crate and corresponding recipes aimed to inspire. It is important to sign up and pay for your share as early as possible for two reasons: to reserve your CSA share, as space is limited, and to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses in the beginning the season. Our farm is a livable wage farm and by being part of our CSA means you are directly investing in a sustainable farming model that will be able to provide safe, delicious and nutritious food for many years to come.
Read more about our CSA at our Frequently Asked Questions page.