Pie Ranch CSA
2018 Community Supported Agriculture
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:
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.
decreases packaging and pollution (the carbon footprint it takes to get food directly to your plate).
We are the source of your produce.
supplies consistent and secure farm revenue throughout the growing season which allows us to support our youth internship and Emerging farmers education programs.
When does the Pie Ranch 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 or to select a combination of your own dates for a slightly more expensive box). Seasons dates are:
Full Season (24 Boxes) June 14–November 20
Summer Pie Ranch CSA Box (12 boxes) June 14–August 30
Fall Pie Ranch CSA Box (12 boxes) September 6–November 20
Where are the pick-up sites?
Farmstand (Pie Ranch): (summer + fall)
Pescadero High School: (summer + fall)
La Honda Country Store: (summer + fall)
Santa Cruz (West Side): (summer + fall)
Pacifica: (Manzanita Drive [summer] Oceana High School [fall])
San Francisco: (24th and Mission--[Summer]; Mission High School [fall] )
AirBnB (SF): (summer + fall)
What is the Pie Ranch CSA about and how is it different from other CSA’s?
Pie Ranch is an educational farm. By purchasing a Pie Ranch 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 Pie Ranch CSA Box?
As a share member, you’ll receive 8–11 items from the farm which typically include two lettuces; one bunched green; herbs; root vegetables; 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 collect to have a ring-full at the end of the season. Below are some examples of what could be in the box:
Box in July
2 heads of Lettuce
Santa Rosa Plums
box in October
2 heads of Lettuce
How much does it cost?
Our boxes are on a sliding scale. A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires our members active participation. 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.
The Institutional Partner Shares are for households that can afford to pay the full price and that are employee only based sites at institutions that support our work.
The Full Priced Share is for households that can afford to pay the full price and that are from our public pick up sites.
The Discounted Wholesale Share is for families that cannot afford to pay the full price. The criteria for qualifying for the wholesale boxes are below, and are based off the current food stamp guidelines.
You can also contribute to our social justice work, which helps us increase access to our organic, local produce to lower income households by partially subsidizing the full cost of a CSA box, by paying an additional $2 per box you receive or making a one time contribution.
How do I sign up?
Call us at 650-879-0995 (ask for Sanra)
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 or email 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 15 lbs 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. We understand that people may travel or need a break from their produce so you can put your box on hold one week each season and receive that box at a later date at the end of the season.
Once you pay for your CSA membership, the payment in non-refundable. If you let us know with advance notice that you cannot pick up your box one week, we can put your box on hold for one time each season, meaning you will pick up that box at the end of the season.
Are there any perks for signing up friends, family and neighbors?
Yes! For each person you refer to our CSA, you will receive a free pie! Please make sure to tell your friend to write your name as a reference to make sure you receive the pie!
Thank you for supporting sustainable agriculture
and for supporting Bay Area youth.