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 our CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.


How much do I get in my share?

Vegetable shares consist of 7-12 different crops each week. Regular Shares will receive about $33 of produce a week, which is a 10% bonus on the purchase price.  Large Shares will receive about $44.50 per week, which is a 12% bonus.  Actual volumes will vary depending on a variety of factors, but you can expect about ¾ bushel for the regular share and 1.1 bushel for the jumbo share.

Regular shares are designed for a family of four omnivores or a vegetarian couple.  The Jumbo share is designed for a vegetarian family of four or a vegan couple that cooks regularly, juices, and/or pickles and preserves.

The Bi-weekly Share is intended for folks who eat fewer meals at home, smaller households and individuals. It is the same quantity of produce as the Regular Weekly share, but pickups are every other week so members have 2 weeks to get through their vegetables.

Main Season Flower Shares will receive one European hand-tied bouquet per pickup. Spring Flower Shares will receive either a mixed or single variety bouquet, depending on what’s blooming that week.

Are you certified Organic?

While we follow or exceed all USDA Organic guidelines, the farm is not currently certified organic. We are currently in the process of applying for organic certification through Oregon Tilth.  We have gone through the organic certification process in the past while managing other farms, so we are very familiar with the process and we guarantee our adherence to the organic standards.

Our philosophy is to grow clean, nutritious food while building the soil and creating a healthy environment for plants, animals and humans. Our ecologically-sound production methods never include any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We utilize renewable, biodegradable inputs, and aim to minimize waste and the use of plastics. We work to build our soil through cover-cropping, crop rotations and applications of compost to produce nutrient-dense food in a sustainable way. We grow all of our own plants from seed to harvest using only non-GMO seed.  We use organic seed whenever possible, and also save our own seed.

What will be in my share?

The chart below outlines some of the vegetables and flowers 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.

Month Harvested

Expected Vegetable Crops

Expected Flower Crops

April

Anemones, Ranunculus, Poppies, Tulips, Larkspur, Bupleurum, Bells of Ireland, Dill

May

Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Carrots, Spinach, Lettuce, Salad Mix, Bok Choy, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Scallions, Tatsoi, Peas, Escarole, Chicory, Parsley

Snapdragons, Sweet Peas, Nigella, Bachelors Buttons, Anemones, Ranunculus, Poppies, Tulips, Larkspur, Bupleurum, Bells of Ireland, Dill

June

Cucumber, Beets, Potatoes, Dill, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Garlic Scapes, Basil, Cilantro, Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Carrots, Lettuce, Salad Mix, Bok Choy, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Scallions, Tatsoi, Parsley, Broccoli, Leeks

Sunflowers, Nigella, Lily, Grasses, Mountain Mint, Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Lisianthus, Yarrow, Statice, Ammi, Snapdragons, Nigella, Bachelors Buttons, Bupleurum, Bells of Ireland, Dill

July

Onions, Garlic, Eggplant, Cucumber, Beets, Potatoes, Dill, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Basil, Cilantro, Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Salad Mix, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Parsley, Leeks

Dahlias, Celosia, Basil, Amaranthus, Tuberose, Scented Geranium, Statice, Gomphrena, Gladiolus, Millet, Ammi, Sunflowers, Nigella, Lily, Grasses, Mountain Mint, Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Lisianthus, Ammi, Snapdragons

August

Winter Squash, Onions, Garlic, Eggplant, Cucumber, Potatoes, Dill, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Basil, Cilantro, Salad Mix, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Leeks, Melons

Dahlias, Celosia, Basil, Amaranthus, Tuberose, Scented Geranium, Gomphrena, Gladiolus, Millet, Ammi, Sunflowers, Nigella, Lily, Grasses, Mountain Mint, Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Snapdragons,

September

Green Beans, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Onions, Garlic, Eggplant, Potatoes, Dill, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Cilantro, Salad Mix, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Leeks, Melons

Dahlias, Celosia, Amaranthus, Gomphrena, Scented Geranium, Gladiolus, Millet, Ammi, Sunflowers, Nigella, Lily, Grasses, Mountain Mint, Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Lisianthus, Snapdragons, Marigold

October

Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Watermelon Radishes, Daikon, Fennel, Spinach, Parsley, Celeriac, Radicchio, Parsnips, Escarole, Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Green Onions, Garlic, Beets, Dill, Salad Mix, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Leeks, Broccoli, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer Squash, Green beans

Dahlias, Celosia, Amaranthus, Scented Geranium, Gomphrena, Gladiolus, Millet, Ammi, Sunflowers, Nigella, Lily, Grasses, Herbs, Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Lisianthus, Snapdragons, Marigold

November

Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Watermelon Radishes, Daikon, Fennel, Spinach, Parsley, Celeriac, Radicchio, Parsnips, Escarole, Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Green Onions, Garlic, Beets, Dill, Salad Mix, Turnips, Collards, Braising mix, Asian greens, Leeks, Broccoli

 

How does pickup work?

You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your chosen pickup site. For vegetable shares, bring your own bag(s)  and leave the box at the site, or return last week’s box every week. Flower shares will be held in water at the pickup wrapped in kraft paper. Members are expected to pick up their shares within the timeframe stated. Pickups are held rain or shine. However in the case of hazardous weather conditions we will contact you via e-mail to notify you of pickup cancellation and rescheduling.

What if I can’t pickup my share?

If you cannot pick-up your share, we can try to help make alternative arrangements for you if you let us know by phone or e-mail before the start of the pick-up. Otherwise, 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 with at least one full day’s notice. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated.

If you cannot make a pickup and let us know in advance, you may pick up 2 shares (“double up”) the following week.  Bi-weekly shareholders may do this once per season, and weekly shareholders may “double up” twice. Spring Flower Shares cannot be doubled up.

Can I split my share?

You are welcome to split a share with someone, however share-splitting is the responsibility of the member who signed up for the share.  We do not manage the splitting of shares. This includes payment.  The Primary member listed on account is responsible for all payments. Your share splitter can reimburse you for their half. Make sure your share splitter knows our Pickup Policies and has read our CSA member agreement. You can add them to our e-mail list, and add them as a secondary contact in your Member Assembler account (see below) in order to access member-specific communications and alerts.

Do I need to pay the full membership fee when I signup?

When you sign up you can choose to pay in full, or pay the nonrefundable deposit of 25% to reserve your spot in the CSA. Payment must be completed in full by the start of the CSA season.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept several forms of online payment including Paypal and Dwolla, or you choose to be sent an invoice and pay by check.

  1. Paypal accepts credit or debit cards (including MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express) or you can use your Paypal account. There is a 2.9% fee for this option.

  2. Dwolla is an online payment system that securely works with your bank or credit union account. There are no additional fees for using Dwolla.

  3. To pay by check, you will receive an e-mail invoice with instructions. There is no fee for this option. Make checks payable to Sweet Greens Farm. Mail to: 291 Coles Rolling Rd, Scottsville, VA 24590, or hand deliver to us at market or at the farm.

Why do you ask for payment before the start of the season?

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. We rely on your commitment to local sustainable farming!

Where do I pay or edit my membership settings?

http://sweetgreensfarmllc.csasignup.com/

We use a web-based software program called Member Assembler to help manage the financial interactions between our customers and our farm. CSA members have online access to their own accounts from which members can view/edit their contact information, current subscription options, schedule vacations or pickup location changes, make payments and more.

How will I receive member communications?

We will communicate with you primarly by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us, and make sure to add us to your address book so Farm emails are directed to your inbox, not spam or another folder. 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.

Can I cancel my membership?

Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellation is requested prior to the start of the season a refund will be issued less the nonrefundable deposit.

Payments are non-refundable after the start of the season. The nature of a CSA is to provide the farm with upfront capital to be spent on farm inputs like seeds, irrigations equipment and harvest supplies that enable us to grow food and flowers for our members. Your membership fees will already have been put towards these necessary expenses by the start of the season in anticipation of providing for you as our member.

What if I make a late payment or my check is returned?

A late payment will result in a fee of $25 or a forfeit of the CSA share and deposit.

In the case of a returned check, we reserve the right to collect a fee equal to the amount of the bank fees we are charged, plus a $25 returned check fee.

Can I visit the farm?

If you would like to visit the farm, please contact us in advance to schedule a time. The farm is not currently open for visitation outside of CSA pickup times without advance notice.

How long will my flowers last?

We pride ourselves on producing long-lasting blooms using only organic practices. Vase life varies depending on the variety but most of our flowers have a vase life of at least 7-10 days. Keep in mind that some flowers like Sweet Peas are naturally short-lived and have a vase life of only 3-5 days.

To prolong the life of your flowers, change the water and trim the stems frequently. You may also add a drop of regular bleach to your vase or container to reduce bacterial and fungal growth.

How much does it cost?

Vegetable Shares:

  • Regular weekly: $30/wk for 25 weeks, $750
  • Regular bi-weekly: $30/wk for 12 weeks, $360
  • Jumbo weekly: $39.80/wk for 25 weeks, $995

Flower Shares:

  • Spring season: $25/wk + tax for 4 wks, $105
  • Main season weekly: $25/wk + tax for 16 weeks, $420
  • Main season biweekly: $25/wk + tax for 8 wks, $210

Farm Bucks CSA:

  • $95 for $100 Farm bucks (2 cards) 5% discount
  • $225 for $250 Farm bucks (5 cards) 10% discount
  • $440 for $500 Farm Bucks (10 cards) 12% discount

A deposit equivalent to 25% of your share (calculated at checkout) is due at registration to reserve your spot. Your payment must be completed in full by the start of the CSA season to receive your member share. You can pay online using Dwolla or by check for no additional cost. We charge an additional 2.9% to cover credit card processing if you choose to use Paypal.

How can I contact you?

Email: info@sweetgreensfarm.com

Phone: (843) 327 3959 or (843) 327 2437