What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In the USA, CSA programs have been gaining popularity in the local food movement over the last 30 years. Most CSA programs operate by community members buying seasonal CSA shares or subscriptions directly from a farm. In return the farm provides fresh, locally grown produce weekly for CSA members.
How does Snuck Farm Greens CSA work?
We have 6 seasonal CSA sessions ranging from 4-12 weeks depending on the time of year. Community members can select a session and purchase a Greens CSA subscription, which will be available for weekly pick up at the farm or other neighborhood drop locations.
How many people will one Greens CSA subscription feed?
We estimate that each Subscription will feed 2-5 people per week, however, this will vary depending on your household's ARVC (Average Rate of Veg Consumption)
Can I get my Greens CSA subscription delivered?
The greens CSA subscriptions is only available at our pick-up locations. To find a site near you please see our list of pick-up locations. If you are interested in getting a Pick-Up location in your neighborhood or workplace, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get a drop location in my neighborhood, workplace or group?
To make our Greens CSA more accessible to those seeking fresh local greens, Snuck Farm will provide delivery to groups of 10 or more subscribers. All that is required is a site-host to provide a suitable drop location, such as a residence or business in a cool sheltered location and 10 or more subscribers. For their participation, site-hosts receive a 50% discount off their Greens subscription. Contact us for more information at email@example.com.
What happens to my Subscription if I am on vacation?
All unclaimed subscriptions will be donated at the end of the day. You can coordinate to have someone pick up your subscription in your place. You will find that friends, family, coworkers and neighbors are usually more than happy to help you find a loving home for fresh delicious greens while you are out of town.
What happens if I can’t pick up or I forget to pick up my Subscription?
All unclaimed subscriptions will be donated at the end of the day. If you are unable to pick up, you may coordinate to have a someone pick up your subscription for you.
Can I add to a CSA session late?
Yes, you can add late to a session late as long as it is not sold out. Members adding late will pay a prorated price for their greens CSA subscription. To inquire about adding to a session that is already in progress, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many Greens subscriptions are available each session?
If you take advantage of our early sign up discount you are guaranteed a subscription for that session. After the early sign up we will have limited subscriptions available on a first come, first serve basis.
Can I customize my subscription?
Since each weekly subscriptions is planned and planted 6 weeks ahead of time, we are unable to accommodate requests for individual substitutions. If you would like extra of an item, contact us ahead of time about availability and pricing. Some items in the rational crops might be less familiar to some of our subscribers. We provide recipes and resources in the weekly newsletter, so that our subscribers can learn, explore and connect with these crops that have a flavor and history all their own.
Do you have any tips for first time CSA Subscribers?
Here are a few tips for someone considering joining a CSA first time.
- Split subscription with a friend or neighbour. This is a great way to try out a subscription if you are not sure how much you will consume, or anticipate being out of town frequently. Plus it’s nice to have another person to help coordinate weekly pickup.
- Get a group of friends or neighbors to sign up too! It can be very helpful to have someone else alternating weekly pick-ups with you.
- Organize a “drop location” in your neighborhood, workplace or group. All that is required is a site-host to provide a suitable drop location, such as a residence or business in a cool sheltered location and 10 or more subscribers. For their participation, site-hosts receive a 50% discount off their Greens subscription. Contact us for more information at email@example.com.
- Get creative with your subscription! Trying new recipes. Occasionally you will get an item you are not very familiar with. We try to supply subscribers with some of our farmer’s favorite recipes each week but don’t be afraid to try your own your creations and share them with us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Great way to supplement a backyard garden. Growing tomatoes and summer squash is a great summer pastime for a lot of people, however, growing greens can be a bit more tricky with hot summers and short growing season. “Lettuce” take care of those greens for you (sorry for the farmer pun, it’s a hard habit to “beet”).
What is hydroponics?
In hydroponics, plants are grown in a greenhouse year-round using recirculated mineral nutrient solutions. No soil is used and no water is wasted. Our specially designed re-circulating system uses 90% less water but yields more than 6x the amount of food when compared to growing in the field.
How long does my food take to Grow?
Generally it takes us 6 weeks to grow most crops from seed to harvest. Since we grow in a greenhouse, we are able to maintain favorable growth conditions year-round to provide fresh greens to the community. So that we can plan ahead and do our best to meet demand and minimize food waste, we offer a 10% discount on our Greens CSA to members that order 6 weeks before the session starts. That’s one way you know we’re not just growing food, we’re growing food for you!
Is Snuck Farm produce organic?
Although we highly value and implement many organic principles in our outside gardens and greenhouse. Unfortunately hydroponic growing systems are not certifiable with the USDA organic standard. The goal of certifications programs is to hold a standard so you don’t have to know the farmer to know how your food was grown. At Snuck Farm, we want you to know how your food was grown. We offer tours and events so that people can come learn about where their food comes from. Click here to read about our farming practices.
We believe that there is not just one right way to farm. We considered dozens of different farming practices and weighed many factors before making our final decision. Hydroponics was the best fit for us and the space we had available. We take great pride and peace of mind in the produce we grow, sell to our community and feed to our family.
Does Snuck farm host weddings?
Snuck Farm does not host weddings. For a list of events our venue is available to rent our venue please see our venue page.