Wabi Sabi Farm

2017 Wabi Sabi Farm CSA Membership Agreement

 

 

 

 

CSA Member Agreement for 2017

 

Farm Contact Information:

Wabi Sabi Farm (Ben Saunders)

10743 NW 142nd Street  Granger, Iowa

Mailing address: PO BOX 8426  Des Moines, IA 50301

515-745-9951

wabisabiiowa@gmail.com

 

Member Contact Information:

Name: _________________________________

Address: _______________________________

City, State: _____________________________

ZIP: ___________________________________

Phone Number: __________________________

Email: _________________________________

 

We, the farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, Certified Organic, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.

 

Section 1.  Introducing Our CSA Farm

A.  Becoming a Part of Wabi Sabi Farm

 

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

 

Our Regular Season CSA runs for 20 weeks, typically from Mid-May to Late September.  The start date is weather dependent and members will receive notice at least a week before deliveries begin.  Members are responsible for showing up at their respective drop site weekly/bi-weekly to pick up your share of Certified Organic and fresh produce.  Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.

 

B.  Our Growing Practices

Wabi Sabi Farm is USDA Certified Organic by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  No genetically modified crops are grown and no synthetic chemicals are used.  We plant cover crops on fallow ground for soil health, but will also amend this with compost on crop ground.  We are fortunate to be able to irrigate from a deep well to supplement Nature's rains.  To conserve water we use trickle irrigation to focus the water on the crop rows and not between rows.  In dry years we are able to irrigate to keep the plants alive, but it is Nature's rain that makes crops produce at their best.  While being USDA Certified Organic by a third party certifier (IDALS), we also strive to grow with a cooperative attitude toward Nature and encourage wildlife on the farm.  We place an emphasis on using more physical controls (bird-netting, re-usable weed fabric, row covers, Surround WSP, etc.) than organically approved herbicides and pesticides (although we do use the pesticides sparingly if needed) as a way to increase our beneficial insect populations and native ecosystems.  There are 5 acres of ground on the farm that has not been cultivated for the last 8 years and sparingly mowed as a sanctuary for our ground nesting bird populations and other wildlife.

C.  The Products We Expect for 2017

 

The chart below outlines some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs 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 Crops

April to May

Micro greens, asparagus, spinach, lettuce, greens, radishes, turnips, green garlic 

June to August

Asparagus, spinach, lettuce, greens, radishes, turnips, green garlic, bulb garlic, strawberries, raspberries, melons, herbs, onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, Kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, etc.

September to October

Crops listed above plus Brussels Sprouts, Winter Squash, Shallots, Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, etc.

 

 

Section 2.  Our Shared Commitments

A.  Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure

 

We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week.  The quantity of produce, however, may vary from week to week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts.  By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

 

If only a small portion of crops fail, we try to compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farms. If a crop you receive is not grown by Wabi Sabi Farm, we will make sure to include information about this in the newsletter. This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure. 

 

B.  Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

 

Our farm's top priority is the CSA, but we do grow for other markets as well. Crops are not segregated between the CSA and other markets, but the CSA is always our first priority.  When crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we will handle the surplus by selling the surplus through another market. We may experiment with new varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers so that we can increase diversity. Some of these crops may be grown solely for other markets while some maybe ones that we are trialing to include with the CSA.  These crops will be distributed as equitably as possible but all members of the CSA may not receive all items/all CSA members will receive a small sample of these varieties.  The CSA program is always our top priority and no surplus will go to another market before the members have received their share first.

 

Section 3.  Picking Up Shares

 

You are responsible for picking up your share every week/ bi-weekly from your drop site. 

You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:

  1. Bring your own bag and leave the box at the site OR return last week’s box the following week
  2. Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.
  3. Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property.
  4. Follow any additional rules that your drop site has.  Any additional rules besides the ones stated above will be emailed to you before the first delivery.

 

If you cannot pick-up your share, 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 or pick up day,  you must let us know no later than the day before your scheduled pick up. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to the drop site host or to a food pantry.

We take the safety of your food seriously.  For your added protection, wash all produce before eating and put frozen products in the freezer as soon as possible.

Section 4.  Member Fees

 

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, and we appreciate your commitment.

 

A $150 non-refundable deposit should be paid to the farm (either electronically or snail mail) within 10 days after you have been sent your emailed invoice.  If you chose to pay the membership fee upfront, please mail a check for your total amount due, made payable to Wabi Sabi Farm or submit full payment electronically. If you chose to pay the membership fee in installments, please email the farm to discuss different payment options.  After the 4th week of Regular Season shares, all balances should be paid in full unless we have agreed upon a payment plan.  If payments are not made the farm will stop delivering shares to me/us until the balance is paid in full.

Section 5.  Communicating with Us

 

The best way to communicate with us is either by email or phone.  Our email is farmerben@wabisabi-farm.com  and the best times to reach us are 6am till 9pm.   If it is very urgent to contact the farm please feel free to call.  Our phone number is 515-745-9951.  We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, changes to your drop-site location, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share.

 

We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. 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 in the share that week, recipe ideas, other farm related news and possibly some bad vegetable puns.

 

By signing up with Wabi Sabi Farm through the website, I/we agree to purchase the membership share(s) that I/we signed up for and unless other arrangements have been made with the farm I/we will pay our balance in full by May 1st, 2017.   I/we understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I/we understand that they will contact me/us via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.

 

 * This membership agreement was adapted from one found at: www.farmcommons.org

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