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Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.

 

 

CSA FAQs

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

 

CSA refers to a model of farming in which farmers sell harvest shares (vegetables, flowers, meat, etc.) directly to people in the local community. CSA represents a shared commitment: Community members commit to the farm for the season, providing farmers, or in this case Pie Ranch, with a secure customer base, and Pie Ranch commits to doing their utmost to provide the local community with the best-quality, most nutritious food around. This direct connection benefits:

  • Community members, by providing fresh, high quality produce at competitive prices and keeping revenue in the community.
  • The environment, by decreasing packaging and pollution (the carbon footprint it takes to get food directly to your plate). We are the source of your produce.
  • Pie Ranch, by supplying consistent and secure farm revenue throughout the growing season which allows us to support our education programs.

 

When does the HomeSlice CSA start?

 

Fall Half Season Shares: September 7th – November 22nd, 2016

 

 

Where are the drop sites?

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  • Pie Ranch Roadside Barn
  • San Francisco at Mission High
  • Pacifica: Manzanita Drive and Oceana High
  • La Honda — La Honda County Store
  • Santa Cruz — West Side near Mission and Laurel
  • Pescadero High School

 

 

What is the HomeSlice CSA All About?

 

Pie Ranch’s CSA is a partnership between Pie Ranch, Pescadero Elementary and Oceana High School and their surrounding communities that we have worked with since our inception. By joining this program, you will also be supporting the employment and youth development of students participating in Pie Ranch’s youth internship program, HomeSlice. HomeSlice is growing youth leaders by fostering skills in organic agriculture, culinary arts, communication, team building, community health and nutrition. HomeSlice students plan farm-based projects, help implement those projects, and in turn, are compensated for their efforts.

 

What do you get in a HomeSlice Box?

 

Depending on availability and season, boxes vary. You will also receive a weekly newsletter with recipes, nutrition information and news from farm. Below are some examples of what could be in the box:

 

Sample Box in June:CarrotsDillFennelKale2 heads of lettuceParsnipsParsleyRadishesStrawberriesTurnipsSample Box in August:Heirloom TomatoesSweet PeppersCilantro2 heads of lettuceChardleeksEndive: FrisseeCarrotsBlackberries/Raspberries 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Retail boxes are priced at $26/week. Wholesale boxes are priced at $13/week. Retail boxes are for families that can afford to pay full price. Wholesale boxes are for families that cannot afford to pay the retail price. The criteria for qualifying for the wholesale boxes are below, and are based off the current food stamp guidelines.

 

 

How do I sign up?

 

 

 

How do I pay? Do you accept EBT?

 

  • Mail us a check for the whole season, two half-season payments or monthly payments
  • Pay by credit card
  • We also accept EBT. Please call to inquire.
  • Pay via PayPal or Google Wallet (delma@pieranch.org)

 

 

How much food is it?

 

Depending on the season and produce availability, you may receive a lot of light items such as greens, or many heavy items like tomatoes and potatoes; boxes vary between 5 and 15lbs a week. We estimate that receiving one box weekly is a good amount of produce for a family of two to five people for cooking meals and eating at home at least 4–5 times per week. Only you can determine what works best for your eating habits. If you are vegetarian or always eat at home, a weekly box may work for a single person or smaller family. If you aren't used to cooking with a lot of produce and/or eat many meals from restaurants, you may decide that you want to share a box subscription with someone else and switch off picking up the boxes every other week. We do not set up an arrangement for every other week pick-up so you would need to work this out on your own.

 

 

What happens if I can’t pick up my CSA box at the scheduled time?

 

This really depends on the host site logistics and their flexibility. We suggest you build a rapport with the host site organizers; we want to bring people and food together.  We recommend you arranging an alternative, like asking a friend, family member, or fellow CSA member to pick up your box. After the scheduled pick-up time, no one is responsible for the box but you.

 

 

Will there ever be pie in the CSA?

 

If there were, would you really want us to ruin the surprise?