How We Market: Community Supported Agriculture
The CSA membership at Redwood Roots Farm entails a season-long commitment between shareholders and the farmer. We offer a wide diversity of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers that are grown with the best of all possible sustainable farming practices.
We now have four share options to choose from: Winter U-Pick, Spring, Main Season, and Flower U-Pick Share!
To sign up for a share that is listed as available below, please print a Shareholder Commitment Form and send it in with the required deposit.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) first started in the U.S. in 1985. Founded with the slogan, "Food with a farmer's face on it," CSA arose from people's concerns about food safety and a desire to be closer to their food source. CSA members pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In return, the farmer promises to provide members with a weekly share of the harvest throughout the growing season. In this way members share in the risks and satisfaction of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests, and bountiful harvests during favorable growing conditions.
This direct relationship of mutual support between local farmers and community members provides a healthier, ecological, more just alternative to industrial agriculture. CSA fosters a sense of responsibility between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. It provides the grower with a more economically stable farm operation. Most importantly, by joining a CSA farm, you are able to bring fresh organic foods to your table with an understanding of how it is produced. At Redwood Roots Farm, you can hear the vegetables shouting, "Food for the people!"
Winter U-Pick Share: Sold out for the 2013/14 season! Please call 826-0261 to be added to our waiting list.
November - March, $250 (Deposit $25)
The Winter U-Pick Share is perfect for those who want fresh, local veggies year-round. The share provides a wide selection of winter produce, including chard, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, leeks, fennel, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, turnips, lettuce, spinach, and some storage crops of potatoes and onions. After an initial orientation, shareholders are welcome at the farm any day and time to pick veggies for their household.
Spring Share: Now accepting sign-ups for the 2014 Spring Share.
April - May (8 weeks), $150 (Deposit $25)
The Spring Share provides shareholders with early crops grown in our hoop houses, including lettuce, spinach, bok choi, arugula, beets, turnips, radishes, and scallions, as well as early outdoor crops of carrots, peas, green garlic, and greens. The share is harvested by the field crew and distributed every Wednesday at the farm from 2:30-6:30.
Main Season Share: Now accepting sign-ups for the 2014 Main Season Share.
June - October (22 weeks), $500 (Deposit $50)
This share offers the full complement of what we grow, from veggies to flowers to herbs to berries. We focus on the staples of lettuce, greens, broccoli, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other familiar vegetables, but offer seasonal specialties like bok choi and arugula early on; tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and beans at the height of the season; and fall favorites like winter squash and pumpkins. Also included in this share are strawberries and apples, as well as farm-favorite U-pick flower bouquets. Shares are distributed on Wednesdays at the farm, from 2:30-6:30 (shareholders also have the option to pick-up their shares during Thursday Farm Stand hours, 12-6).
The share size is intended to provide a week's supply of vegetables for 2-4 people. Single people often find a "veggie pal" with whom to split the share.
Flower U-Pick Share: Now accepting sign-ups for the 2014 Flower U-Pick Share.
July - October, $100 for 10 bouquets (Deposit $25)
This share is for the flower lover who wants the unique experience of picking bouquets from the farm's magical flower garden. We grow 20-25 familiar and unusual varieties of annual cut flowers as well as the ever-stunning dahlia garden. Once oriented, shareholders are welcome at the farm any day and time to pick bouquets!
Two payment options are available for all shares: payment in full for those who are able, or a deposit with monthly installments. By paying before June, you help support the farm when expenses are highest.
We invite you to participate in the community aspect of our CSA by bringing friends to the farm for walks, picnics, or even a nap in the grass circle. In addition, we offer helpful recipes, workshops, and farm events to make the most of your experience as a Redwood Roots Farm shareholder.