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Above are the images of each share from last year’s 2016 season! 

28 weeks (7 months!) of delicious organic fruits, veggies, recipes, newsletters and more…!

 

In 2016, Over the course of our 28-week CSA season Brian & I harvested and distributed 89,880lbs of freshly picked, organic, thoughtfully grown produce to our CSA members. From Spring to Fall, the shares averaged 28lbs (with lighter shares in the Spring and heavier shares in the late summer and Fall) and included 12-20 items with a great variety of crops and delicious tasting veggies that have inspired many fantastic home cooked meals.  That’s 778lbs of produce per weekly share which means our members paid $1.49/lb for all their fresh, local, organic produce during the 2016 CSA season.

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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.  As farmers we’ve really come to love the CSA model as members share both the risks and benefits of food production. That by supporting our farm their understanding of nature, the seasons, the bounty, the loss …all of it brings them closer to their own place in nature with the added bonus of supporting a farm that they can get behind, know, trust and thrive with. That together we can live more productive and healthier lives and feel connected to the piece of dirt that nourishes us all. Together we are investing in the future… one that we believe in!

We offer two types of shares:  Weekly & Bi-Weekly

Weekly CSA Shares (our best value CSA share!)  We estimate that our Weekly Shares feed 2-3 adults (or a family of 4) that enjoy eating their veggies! Starting in May, for 28 weeks you will pick up your share of seasonal produce each week at the farm.  Shares are 8-16 different items depending on the season and average to be 28lbs per share. With every Weekly CSA you will be emailed a detailed list of vegetables and 4-6 recipes that correspond with the veggies in that weeks share.

Bi-Weekly CSA Shares (for individuals or small households that are learning to love their veggies! This share is ideal for individuals or for small households that are, shall we say, learning to love their veggies!  With the Bi-Weekly Share you are investing in exactly half the produce of the Weekly Share as you will come and collect your bounty every other week (a total of 14 shares).  Shares are 8-16 different items depending on the season and average to be 28lbs per share.  Members will pick up their share on weeks 1,3,5,7, etc… or 2,4,6,8, etc… depending on your assigned CSA start date (the farmers assign the start date, you choose your pick up ‘day’).   With every Bi-Weekly CSA share you will receive recipes and tips on how to store, prepare and fall in love with vegetables!    Note:   Our expectation is that each Bi-Weekly share will contain enough veggies to meet the needs of an individual or small household for one week per pick up.

 

Scroll down for all the CSA details: the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How Much!

Shortcut to the CSA Sign up form here!

 

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What our CSA is all about: Community, Health, Environment, Affordability, Commitment 

Community- We delight in the chance to grow delicious, organic, nutrient dense, farm fresh food for our community!  For our CSA,  community is at its core. Our farm is a place to discuss many aspects of food production and individual food journeys… from seasonal eating to sustainable growing practices, to your latest kitchen inspirations and new favorite foods and varietals, to changing lifestyles/habits and feeling good about yourself.  All these things are part of it and we welcome you to share a little bit about your food journey over the next 28 weeks of the CSA.  We keep our farm-ily updated with a weekly newsletter.  Our newsletter is full of resources, stories, updates and pictures which help us all to stay connected to the changing seasons and reminds us of what it takes to grow food on a small scale farm.  We post photos daily to our facebook and instagram and members are given a chance to watch the season unfold.  Members have access to our Working Hands Farm CSA Members page to share recipe ideas, kitchen prep successes, food preservation ideas etc (your farmers love to share cooking tips, talk recipes, storage, food preservation etc…)  Our market-style CSA pick- ups provide a great opportunity for our members to meet other members and share over the common bonds of food, health and community!  Throughout the season we offer opportunities to enjoy a CSA member farm day, a pumpkin day etc all on the farm.

Health- (Probably farmer Brian & Jess’ 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.  We believe in producing the most organic, nutrient rich, flavorful farm fresh food for our community so that they can be the healthiest, most productive members of society!  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, it is amazing how cool and delicious veggies become after farmer Jess pulls out the purple carrots, the magic color changing beans and the sweet mini yellow watermelons!

Environment- Everything we grow is produced using organic methods that work in conjunction with the soil and ecosystem of the farm.  We believe in using what we can produce on our own.  It is the only way we can be 100% certain that what we produce is grown with two things in mind: preserving flavor and promoting health.  Growing fruits and vegetables is the conduit we use to serve our local community.  Every step forward we take as farmers is to grow better not bigger and we invite you to grow with us.  We are able to avoid the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides by utilizing two important methodologies: Hard work and elbow grease.  We weed by hand and we plant smart.  We implore physical barriers in order to prevent pests from getting  into our more delicate crops.  We rotate our crops, we compost and we rely on our experience to stay ahead of the bugs and disease.  We’re proud to say that our farm utilizes less fuel than the average Portland commuter.  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 reusing egg cartons and berry boxes we cut our costs and we help protect our environment.

Affordability- We could not be more proud to inform you that during the 2016 CSA season our members paid $1.49 per pound for their delicious, organic, nutrient dense farm fresh fruits and veggies!  FYI: we’re growing better each and every year: FYI: the total lbs of produce per weekly share in 2014 was 675lbs @ $1.74 per lb and in 2015 it was 771lbs @ $1.52 per lb which means your farmers are getting more efficient and learning quickly which contributes greatly to the lower price point this year!  By investing in the CSA we are able to invest in you!  Every year we perform a cost comparison by adding up the cost of the produce in each weeks CSA share and comparing it to our local organic markets and in a typical year our members save in excess of $300 -$400 on their produce.  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! Also, a store can’t give you the sense of adventure and community that a local farm can!

Commitment- CSA also stands for commitment, as in the incredible commitment that our members make to support our small farm, to eat a healthy diet, to visit the farm once a week and pickup a bountiful share, to experiment with an open mind and try new recipes.   With the CSA model that commitment goes both ways, the commitment from the members to their farm and their farmers to their members. As your farmers, we are committed to excellence. To producing the most delicious and nutrient dense produce we can to meet your household’s needs. To hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards of organic food production. To ensure that the veggies are washed and packed at the CSA pick up every week three times a week without fail. (Did you know that in 7 years of business we have never missed a CSA drop?) And we are committed to growing better, not bigger.

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Who?

Jess and Brian are the only two farmers at Working Hands farm.  We are the owners, operators, milkers, carpenters, weeders, plumbers, accountants, photographers, cultivators, stewards of soil, composters, egg collectors, veterinarians, transplanters, 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 create 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.

Click here to listen to Jess & Brian on the Farmer to Farmer podcast with Chris Blanchard or look up the Farmer to Farmer podcast episode #40 on iTunes.

For a few lovely articles written about us and our farm (as “young” farmers, farming together) please read the 2013 article, Cultivating Food & Community – by Meaghin Kennedy, Farming Together and the 2014 follow-up piece,  A Growing Maturity.

 

What?

At Working Hands Farm we use a Market-Style CSA Pick Up  to display our weekly bounty that is reminiscent of a beautiful farmers market stand!   During CSA pick up you get to pack your own share with the allotted amounts of vegetables written next to each varietal.   It is very user friendly and FUN! Members have the opportunity to purchase one of our WHF farm crates OR bring 2-3 reusable bags to put their produce in.  To see a list of crops that we grow click here.  

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We offer two types of shares:  Weekly & Bi-Weekly

Weekly CSA Shares (our best value CSA share!)

During our 28 week CSA season (7 months), you will find bountiful harvest bins filled with organic fruits, veggies, herbs, and more!  We estimate that our Weekly Shares feed 2-3 adults (or a family of 4) that enjoy eating their veggies!  Starting in May, for 28 weeks you will pick up your share of seasonal produce each week at the farm. Over the course of a season, shares average 28 pounds of fruits and vegetables per week and contain 8-16 different items (proud farmer moment:  During the 2016 CSA season our members paid $1.49 per pound for all their fruits and veggies!)  With every Weekly CSA you will be emailed a detailed list of vegetables and 4-6 recipes that correspond with the veggies in that weeks share.  Our Weekly CSA Shares cost $43.22 per week.  So, 28 weeks * $43.22 = $1,210 for the season.  When divided between 2 people the cost comes to $21.61 per person per week (that’s $3.08 per day!) and when divided between 4 people the cost comes to $10.80 per person per week (that’s $1.54 per day!)  To see a list of crops that we grow click here.  

 

Bi-Weekly CSA Shares (for individuals or small households that are learning to love their veggies!)

We are now offering a Bi-Weekly CSA share!  This share is ideal for individuals or for small households that are, shall we say, learning to love their veggies!  With the Bi-Weekly Share you are investing in exactly half the produce of the Weekly Share as you will come and collect your bounty every other week (a total of 14 shares).  Shares are 8-16 different items depending on the season and average to be 28lbs per share.  Starting in May, members will pick up their share on weeks 1,3,5,7, etc… or 2,4,6,8, etc… depending on your assigned CSA start date (the farmers assign the start date, you choose your pick up ‘day’).   With every Bi-Weekly CSA share you will receive recipes and tips on how to store, prepare and fall in love with vegetables!    Note:   Our expectation is that each Bi-Weekly share will contain enough veggies to meet the needs of an individual or small household for one week per pick up.  To see a list of crops that we grow click here.  

CSA Member Benefits:

  • In addition to your weekly fruits and veggies you will receive a weekly newsletter full of beautiful photos and updates about the farm.
  • Over the course of the season you will have the opportunity to visit the farm at our CSA Member Farm-Day & our CSA Member Pumpkin Day set for late September!
  • Exclusive access to our Working Hands Farm CSA Members page to share recipe ideas, kitchen prep successes, food preservation ideas etc.  You have permission to get creative in the kitchen!  Now go for it! (see the slideshow below for weekly goodies)
  • WHFGrass-Fed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Pasture-Raised Eggs!  As CSA members you will have the opportunity to buy our 100% organic, grass-fed black angus beef, pasture-raised pork, pasture-raised chicken and pasture-raised eggs.

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Above are the images of each share from last year’s 2016 season! (use the arrow to click through the slideshow)

When?

You will pick up your first share at the farm on Tuesday May 16th OR Wednesday May 17th and continue to pick up every week until Tuesday November 14th OR Wednesday November 15th.  As the seasons vary the CSA may begin up to two weeks before or afterour estimated start date of Tuesday May 16th and continue on from that date for 28 weeks (7 months).  Farm pick up takes place every Tuesday OR Wednesday or Thursday between 3:00pm-6:30pm.

Your famers make a point of periodically visiting the CSA pick-up throughout the season. 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.

Note: Bi-Weekly share members pick up their produce every other week throughout the course of the 28 week CSA season (a total of 14 shares). Members will pick up their share on weeks 1,3,5,7, etc… or 2,4,6,8, etc… depending on your assigned CSA start date (the farmers assign the start date, you choose your pick up ‘day’).

*If you need to switch your pick-up day on occasion we will gladly harvest your CSA share any day that we have pick-up (Tuesday OR Wednesday) just let us know 48hrs in advance of the day you wish to pick-up on or 48 hours before your assigned pick up day, whichever comes first.  This is important so we can operate as efficiently as possible and in order to minimize waste on the farm.

Where?

All CSAs are collected at our farm on the members assigned day from 3:00pm-6:30pm.  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.

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Why?

  • 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, care on the best possible forage and grains, 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 at member pick up, farm days, etc!
  • To be proud of the fact that your investment is preserving a small farm in your community for future generations to enjoy!
  • To have access to our Working Hands Farm CSA Members page  to share recipe ideas, kitchen prep successes, food preservation ideas etc.
  • To have access to our WHF Grass-Fed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Pasture-Raised Eggs!  As CSA members you will have the opportunity to buy our 100% organic, grass-fed black angus beef, pasture-raised pork,  and pasture-raised eggs.

(and) How much?

Weekly Share Members:

non-refundable deposit of $250 will reserve your share and 1 full payment or 2 subsequent payments of $480 for a total of $1,210 pays for your 28 week CSA.  The deposit of $250 is due within 2 weeks of signing up.  The first payment of $480 is due by April 1st and the second and final payment of $480 is due by June 1st.   Those who fail to make their payments on time will be charged a $25 fee.  The fee and the remaining balance owed will be due within 7 days of the payment deadline.

Throughout our 28 week CSA season we will provide a bountiful share containing 8-16 different  items, a list of what is in your share 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 of 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.  We encourage those members who can, to pay more than the deposit upon signing up,  to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses that happen at the beginning of the season.

Payment can be made by check or online.  

Fill out the CSA Sign up form here!

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Bi-Weekly Share Members:

non-refundable deposit of $250 will reserve your share and 1 full payment or 2 subsequent payments of $268 for a total of $786 pays for the CSA.  The deposit of $250 is due within 2 weeks of signing up.  The first payment of $268 is due by April 1st and the second and final payment of $268 is due by June 1st.  Those who fail to make their payments on time will be charged a $25 fee.  The fee and the remaining balance owed will be due within 7 days of the payment deadline.

Bi-Weekly share Members pick up their produce every other week throughout the course of the 28 week CSA season (a total of 14 shares).   We will provide a bountiful share containing 8-16 different  items, a list of what is in your share 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 of 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.  We encourage those members who can, to pay more than the deposit upon signing up,  to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses that happen at the beginning of the season

Payment can be made by check or  online.  

Fill out the CSA Sign up form here!

Read more about our CSA at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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