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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. A CSA represents a shared commitment: Community members commit to share the risks and benefits of farming; sharing both bounty and scarcity. It provides farmers, in this case Pie Ranch, with a secure customer base. Pie Ranch commits to doing their utmost to provide the local community with the best-quality, most nutritious food around. This direct connection benefits:

 

The Community:

  • receives weekly fresh picked, high quality produce
  • keeps revenue in the community.
  • serves as an opportunity to connect with the people growing their food and through the weekly
  • newsletters learn more about food, justice, and farming practices

 

The Environment:

  • decreases packaging and pollution (the carbon footprint it takes to get food directly to your plate).
  • We are the source of your produce.

 

Pie Ranch:

  • supplies consistent and secure farm revenue throughout the growing season which allows us to support our youth and Emerging farmers education program.

 


When does the Homeslice CSA start?

 

Our full CSA season runs for 24 weeks with the option to sign up for just half a season (summer or fall, which run for 12 weeks each). Seasons dates are:

 

Full Season (24 Boxes) June 21st–November 29th

Summer HomeSlice Box (12 boxes) June 21st–September 6th

Fall HomeSlice Box (12 boxes)  September 6th–November 22nd

 


Where are the drop off sites?

 

 


What is the Homeslice CSA about and how is it different from other CSAs?

 

Pie Ranch is an educational farm.  By purchasing a Homeslice share, you are supporting our Emerging Farmers Apprenticeship and Pie Ranch’s youth internship program, HomeSlice. Pie Ranch’s CSA is a partnership between Pie Ranch, Pescadero Elementary; Oceana High School; Mission High School; and their surrounding communities. Our apprentices participate in all aspects of the farm operation including planning and facilitating harvests and ensure you receive the best quality produce. HomeSlice nurtures youth leaders by fostering skills in organic agriculture, culinary arts, communication, team building, community health and nutrition. HomeSlice students learn about the complexities of a broken food system, while living and working on the farm.

 

 

What do you get in a HomeSlice Box?

 

As a share member, you’ll 8-11 items from the farm which typically include (2) lettuces; 1 bunched green; herbs; roots; fruit (depending on season and availability); and one or two seasonal veggies. Our boxes will vary with season and availability. You will also receive a weekly e-newsletter and  a “reci’pie’” recipe (an index card with a recipe that you can and
 have a ring-full at the end of the season). Below are some examples of what could be in the box:

 

Box in June                       Box in August

Carrots                               Heirloom Tomatoes

Dill                                      Sweet Peppers

Fennel                                Cilantro

Kale                                    2 heads of lettuce

2 heads of lettuce             Parsnips

Chard                                 Leeks

Parsley                               Endive: Frissee

Radishes                            Carrots

Strawberries                      Blackberries/Raspberries

Turnips

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Our boxes are on a sliding scale. We are a small farm committed to creating a just food system which includes making nutritionally dense food available to all. We know that more often than not, the most vulnerable communities are the communities that have least access to basic resources. That being said, the cost of each box varies depending on household income and drop-off site location (distance to the farm and availability for us to drop off).  Retail boxes are priced at $28-34/week depending on location and are for families that can afford to pay the full price. Wholesale boxes are priced at $20/week and 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.

 

(this table reflects current EBT guidelines through Sept. 2017)

 

Household Size    Gross Monthly Income Limit

1                              $1,980

2                             $2,670

3                             $3,360

4                             $4,050

5                             $4,740

6                             $5,430

7                             $6,122

8                             $6,812

 

Each additional person

+ $694

 

 

How do I sign up?

 

Call us at 650-879-0995 (ask for Flor or Delma)

E-mail csa@pieranch.org

Sign up online

 

 

How do I pay? Do you accept EBT?

 

Once you register, we will send you an invoice via email and you can pay us by check or credit card. We also accept EBT. Please call to inquire.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

We recommend you arranging an alternative, like asking a friend, family member, or fellow CSA member to pick up your box. If a box is not picked up on the designated day, it will be donated at the discretion of the host. No one is responsible for the box but you.

 

 

Do I receive a discount for signing up friends, family and neighbors?

 

Yes! For each person you refer to our CSA, you will receive a free box, or a $28 credit. Please make sure to tell your friend to write your name as a reference to make sure you receive the credit!

 

 

Will there ever be pie in the CSA?

 

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