"I Can't Afford It!"
CSA Share Installment Plans
We understand about money being tight and know that paying the full amount in full is not possible for some families. Though we cannot offer this option to everyone (your payments purchase seed, fertilizer, etc early in the season), we are able to offer the option to pay in installments to a few folks.
Installment payments apply to garden shares as everything else can be purchased month to month or week to week. (Of course, paying for a certain number of chickens or doz eggs guarantees them for you.)
To pay in installments, you typically need to pay a third of the total at the time of your order. A second third is due when the garden share season starts in June, and the final third is due by mid-August. We'll let you know exact dates.
If that's not doable for you, we suggest dividing it down again to make monthly payments. The bottom line is we need, at the absolute minimum, half the total by the time the season begins and you need to be paid in full no later than the end of August.
We understand that even an installment plan may be beyond your ability. Occasionally we are gifted with a donated share and are able to provide a share or a portion of a share to a family in need who desires fresh, locally grown produce.
It's kind of crazy that the best / healthiest food costs the most in this country but, well, there it is. We are invested in helping families find good, locally grown food but, as much as we'd like to, we can't just give produce away. However, we are always happy to discuss options.
Some CSAs require their shareholders to work a certain amount of time. Others have the luxury of being able to offer a real work share - you work and we feed you. Or something like that. We've found that many people have great intentions at the beginning of the season but life gets in the way and, well, you know. Occasionally we actually have someone commit to coming every Wednesday from 10-noon (for example), but usually it's more like ... never. So, when folks do make it out to help on the farm (we love having you, really), we will send you home with something. It all depends on when you're here, of course. If it's the height of the garden season, you may earn a week's worth of food in just a couple hours. There's more on this here or just drop a note.