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Program Details

Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm

 A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.

Our CSA runs for 15 weeks, from early July  through early November (start and end dates vary depending on the growing season). You simply come to the pick-up site each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce. You will generally receive 8-10 pounds of produce for a Standard share and 16-20 pounds for the Family share. 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

At Austin Family Farm, we have always grown to standards "beyond organic". We were certified organic in the state of Colorado before the federal certification process was in place. We grow relatively small amounts of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  The federal organic certification requires a separate process and fee for each fruit or vegetable variety. The fees and administration of the federal organic certification process would be astronomical for an artisan farmer like Austin Family Farm.  You can be assured that every thing we use in our growing process is on the approved list for organics but there are many materials on the approved list that we will not use (thus the term "beyond organic"). The "organic" standards were established with input from some of the biggest growers in the industry assuring they would be able to continue to mass produce and still be certified "organic". It is our opinion that the compounds and chemicals approved by "organic" standards are still too harsh to be used in production of our food supply.

Austin Family Farm is a multi-generational farm owned by Glenn and Tony Austin (life-long growers from many generations past). Glenn has a degree in agriculture and has seen the industry move through the evolution of chemicals/pesticides and back. He is sought in the industry for his experience, knowledge and willingness to help anyone wanting to learn more about successful, sustainable growing practices. He is available to discuss any particulars of our growing programs and welcomes the opportunity to give educational tours of the farm. We often host special tours for new growers and culinary art students along with our tours for school groups and individuals.

C. The Products We Expect to provide

The CSA boxes will include a variety of the following items (depending on the growing season): cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, nectarines, plums, apples, berries, grapes. tomatoes, potatoes. bell peppers, squashes. green beans, peas. onions, beets, kohlrabi, chard, cucumbers. corn, eggplant, leeks, garlic. This list is not comprehensive but is intended to give you an idea of our variety. The assortment increases as we move into the peak of the growing season with less variety at the beginning and end of the growing season.

Section 2. Our Shared Commitments

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 all the years of offering a CSA program we have never encountered a scenario where we have not been able to fulfill our commitment to our CSA members. We have reduced the risk of crop failures by growing many varieties that mature at different times and cooperating with a small number of other artisan growers located in different areas of our valley. This reduces the likelihood of loss to late freezes, localized hail damage, wind damage, water shortage or other risks. We have a long-standing relationship with each of these growers and only co-op with other growers that adhere to our gentle growing standards.  In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of our crops fail, we compensate for the loss by filling your share with other items grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of our crop fails, we have the option of bringing in produce from other local farms who adhere to the same growing practices as Austin Family Farm. This may not be a feasible option in the unlikely event that there is widespread crop failure in the entire region.  This is very unlikely and has never happened but is theoretically possible.

 

Section 3. Picking Up Shares

Please pick up your share each week from your drop site. Here are some guidelines regarding our drop-sites:

1. At the outset of the season we will set a window of time that shares will be dropped at each drop site. This will give you an idea of when to pick up your share. We will make every attempt to adhere to this time frame but please be aware that weather, traffic and load size can impact our driver's ability to maintain that schedule. We ask for your patience as it takes a few weeks of deliveries to adjust the schedule based on number of drops and quantities at each drop. We will do our best to inform you of any schedule adjustments in a timely manner. We typically build a little cushion into our delivery schedule so that these adjustments are rare.

2. Pick up your share in a timely manner. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in a timely manner. Some of our sites store the boxes in refrigeration while others do not.

3. Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property. Each site will have it's own hours and procedures.

4. In our efforts to respect our natural resources, reduce waste and keep costs low, we do recycle boxes that are in reusable condition. Most of our sites allow for empty boxes to be left for pick-up the following week. 

If you cannot pick-up your share, please arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. Please inform your substitute of the pickup procedures and location. If you wish to change your drop site, you may make that change on this site the week before the change. Shares that are not retrieved within a timely manner will be donated to the drop site host.

We take the safety of your food seriously. For your added protection, please wash all produce before eating.

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. While all payments are non-refundable, we will do our best to accommodate changes to your needs such as changes in size of share, drop-off location and travel schedules. You can request changes to your share through this site. At your request we will double up your delivery on weeks of your choosing to compensate for weeks you will miss due to travel.

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