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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Buy Local, Eat Well

Introduction
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Brookside Family Farm CSA
Brookside Farm community members buy into the farm’s production at the start of the growing season and in exchange receive a share of the farm’s harvest. At Brookside Farm we offer a subscription CSA. We do the work (planting, weeding, harvesting) and you do the eating. Community Supported Agriculture is just one way that we market our products at the farm.

CSA Benefits
The share holder benefits from a constant supply of locally grown produce offered weekly, ripe and fresh, and monthly recipes, and farm happenings.
The farmer gets the benefit of a positive cash flow in March and April when there are a lot of expenses from buying seed, supplies and labor to begin the spring growing season.

Buy Local
Buying food locally keeps small farms economically viable, keeps land in agricultural production, and preserves open space. Why spend money on produce brought 3000 miles when it can be purchased at your local farm just 10 miles away from June to October? At Brookside Family Farm we research seed catalogues and companies to find the best tasting varieties for flavor, eating quality, yield and disease resistance. Because we pick fresh daily for your delivery and our farm stand, we do not grow “shipping” varieties that you would find in a supermarket. That’s what local farm-fresh is all about – tastier vegetables, juicier ripe fruit, and better quality food.

How We Grow
Most of Brookside Family Farm’s produce is naturally grown. For a few crops that is not feasible. For these particular crops we use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. That means we utilize many strategies to avoid or solve a pest problem. In this program we scout the fields for insects and disease, we seek protection with beneficial insects and biological controls, we use disease resistant varieties, and bug-excluding row covers. If the problem reaches the economic injury level, where the pest problem would cause enough damage for us to lose money, then we use the safest pesticides. The farm soil is kept alive and fertile by plowing down soil building cover crops, compost, lime, and organic fertilizer.

The Risks of a CSA Membership
CSA members share the risks and rewards of the growing season. In the last few years we’ve been through both extremely wet and dry years, and we had abundant harvests and happy customers. Of course, major weather related catastrophes could really set us back. Each year, certain crops do better than others. We overcome the variability of the weather by planting multiple plantings of different varieties of dozens of crops. We have 3 different soil types that behave differently in different weather conditions, and we are able to irrigate our fields, allowing us to have an approximately 16 week growing season beginning in June and ending in October.

All CSA Members must be aware that the weather, over which we have no control, plays a major part in our production. Therefore, we may not have available, at all times, the vegetables and/or fruit on the distribution list. We will substitute appropriate fruits and/or vegetables accordingly. Each CSA Member must realize that our farm and its staff will work as hard as possible to meet your expectations. Your investment as a CSA Member will provide for your family the freshest fruits and vegetables during our growing season, while at the same time, your investment will support local family farming, allowing us to survive and grow in our changing economy.

Share Options
The Standard Full Season Brookside Family Farm CSA Share option is 16 weeks long and is available for pick up at the Farm. It is suitable for two to four people who eat vegetables and berries on a regular basis. The standard share consists of berries and vegetables.
Seasonal Price $470.00

The Small Share option is 16 weeks long just like the standard share. It can be picked up at the farm and consists of a smaller quantity of berries and vegetables, it is suitable for 2 people. Seasonal Price $270.00 If you can’t pay the full amount all at once, please pay 50% down and the remaining 50% by May 1st 2015.

Pickup Locations
Shareholders can pick up at their produce at the Brookside Family Farm Stand on Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are away on vacation, share the wealth, plan on having a friend pick up your share. We will also have designated pick up points.

Payment Options
Please include full payment with your application. If you wish to use a credit card, indicate that on the application and we can process that over the phone or put your card information on the application. We take Master Card or Visa. If you can’t pay the full amount all at once, please pay 50% down and the remaining 50% by May 1st 2015.