Frequently Asked Questions
Is your produce organic?
Our produce is not certified organic. Becoming a certified organic grower involves a lot of cost and paperwork. We do practice "organic" farming practices, but believe that being a regenerative, sustainable and ecologically responsible farm is more important than being certified organic. We are passionate about caring for the earth and growing healthy, nutrient dense produce. We want to be as transparent as possible with our farming practices and encourage anyone who would like to, to schedule a visit to the farm, so they can see for themselves!
We do not spray or apply pesticides or herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or use any other chemicals in our farming operation. Our seeds are all non-GMO, mostly organic and many heirloom varieties. You can be assured that your food is clean and safe and our practices in no way are harming the environment, the soil or our animals.
How much produce is in a share?
This year (2020) we are doing a one size share for all. Boxes will contain 7-10 different types of vegetables and 1-2 types of fresh herbs. They are valued at $26. One box could feed 2-3 people who cook at home a few times a week or one person who cooks at home every day of the week. For larger families, we recommend getting 2 shares for the season.
Why do you require that farm members pay in full? That's a lot of money up front!
A CSA (community supported agriculture) is just that, a farm (agriculture) supported by it's community. In order for us to order seeds, supplies, tools, compost, pay salaries and pay for regular operating costs, we need funds at the beginning of each season. In return, you are guaranteed fresh produce every week once the harvest begins!
What if something goes wrong?
We all know that weather can be unpredictable and pests can come and take out a whole crop. There may be times when your produce boxes aren't as bountiful as we'd hoped, because of circumstances out of our control. We will do our best to prepare for bad weather and use organic methods to control pests; but farming, and especially organic farming, can be very unpredictable.
These risks are something that we as the farmers are taking on, as well as you, the farm members. We will always keep you updated with any serious issues we are facing and let you know if a certain crop won't be available for a while.
CSA Members: When and where do I pick up my weekly boxes?
When you sign up for the season, you can choose between 2 pickup spots, one in Turlock and one in Modesto. The address and location will be given, once your spot is secured with payment.
What if I won't be in town or can't pick up my box on a certain Friday?
If you won't be around a certain week to pick up your box, you are more than welcome to donate it to a friend or family member, and have them pick it up instead.
I see you've partnered with a lot of local businesses this year. How do those add ons work?
We are very excited to be partnering up with even more local, sustainable minded, family owned businesses this year!
Please visit our CSA Program page to find out more about each add on and the story behind each business.
How does your virtual farmstand work?
If you'd like to be notified of extra produce and/or flowers we have, you can sign up for our virtual farmstand, here.
The reason for the short time frame is, our harvest days are Thursdays/Fridays, therefore we don't want your produce to be sitting around for a week waiting for you to pick it up! The benefit of getting your produce from us, is not only that it is sustainably grown, but it is freshly picked (which makes it much more delicious and crisp!)