What is a CSA?
Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a growing movement that connects people to local farms and locally grown food. People purchase shares in a farm’s product (produce, meat, eggs, etc.) at the beginning of the season, and receive a portion of the harvest as it is ready. This is beneficial for the farmers, as it allows them to focus their energy on producing an excellent product, knowing it has a guaranteed market. It also lessens their financial burden because they don’t need to wait until the end of the season to recover the cost of production. CSA is beneficial for customers, as they access healthy local food and support a sustainable food movement. In relationship with the farm that grows their food, the customer is certain how and by whom it was produced. CSA encourages participation in local farms, providing education and experience with producing and harvesting food. This unique relationship connects the consumer and the producer in a mutually beneficial community.
Anthem hills Family Farm CSA
At Anthem Hills Family Farm, we’re excited to do this together! We welcome the opportunity to know our customers and engage them in farm life. We’re delighted to be a learning and teaching farm, where we experiment with new ideas and are eager to share the knowledge we have. We love good, healthy food and find joy in both growing and eating it! We look forward to bringing you boxes of produce fresh from the field to enjoy around your table.
Our harvest season is set to start in early July with leafy greens and salad fixings, tasty herbs and baby vegetables. By mid-summer you will be enjoying a large assortment of vegetables, carrying on into fall.
Our 2017 CSA program runs for 12 weeks, from early July to late September. The largest shares will be during the peak of harvest season, with smaller shares at the beginning of the season. Your weekly produce will consist of seasonal vegetables for salads and an assortment of other vegetables to nourish a veggie-loving couple or family (2 adults and 2 children) for the week. This could substitute your stop at the Farmer's Market.
we intend to grow:
- Baby Lettuce
- Green Onions
- Patty Pan Squash
VEGETABLE SHARE PRICE $600.00
12 weekly boxes of fresh, seasonal, local produce. Delivery starts Thursday, July 13 with the final delivery being on Thursday, September 28.
Some of our customers split a full share between two smaller households, and each pick up on alternate weeks. This is a great value option if you know someone else who might be interested and the full share is too much goodness all at once.
FLEX VEGETABLE SHARE PRICE $350.00
Your choice of 6 weeks of fresh, seasonal, local produce. A great option for people who are away in the summer, need some flexibility in delivery dates or aren’t able to use the full amount of produce that would come with weekly delivery.
Chose from these dates:
July 20 – July 27 – Aug 3 – Aug 10 – Aug 17 – Aug 24 – Aug 31 – Sept 7 – Sept 14 – Sept 21 – Sept 28
Produce will be pre-washed on-farm for your convenience, but please make sure to wash everything thoroughly before eating.
Picking Up Shares
Each week, we will bring freshly harvested produce into Edmonton. CSA participants are responsible for picking up their share within the specified times. Meet us in the North-West corner of Westmount Mall parking lot every Thursday, from early July to late September, between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Or, you can meet us on the East side of Abbotsfield Mall parking lot (beside the Safeway), between 6:30PM and 7:00 PM Thursdays. If you are unable to pick-up, feel free to let us know the name of the person you will be sending on your behalf.
Sharing the Joys
We will to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. Each season brings its own unique joys and challenges and, despite our best efforts, the quantity and quality of produce may vary from week-to-week due to weather, insects, or other challenges. With our wide variety of crops and large risk margin worked into our seeding plan, weather events and crop failures will rarely devastate because as one crop struggles another thrives, often beyond expectations. A shortage in one crop can usually be filled by the abundance of another.
By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the enjoyment of abundance and the risk of crop failure with us and other participants.
Communication with the Farm
When you sign up, you will be added to our email list. We will use email for communicating important information like farm updates, schedule changes, and tips or recipes pertaining to your CSA share contents. Please read them carefully and we hope you enjoy!
Proposed Volunteer Schedule
Proposed is the key word here – depending on weather and other factors, we may have to shift some dates, but this is the game plan.
We invite each CSA participant to help with volunteer opportunities. You are welcome to sign up for as many as you like. We will host one per month. Volunteering is not mandatory, but we can certainly use the help! We see these times as an incredible opportunity to get out into the soil together to grow food. We want to provide the joy of knowing where your food comes from, what it looks like in the field, and to be a part of seeing it come to your table.
For a good taste of the vegetable growing process, the best scenario would be to select the transplanting day, as well as a weeding day and harvesting day. This is only a suggestion and you can decide what works best for you.
Scheduling will be done on a first come basis and we will confirm your dates when we receive your registration.
Monday May 22 - Victoria Day (12:00PM – 4:30PM)
Potluck lunch 12:00-1:30pm, followed by work time.
#1 – Saturday – June 24 (9:30 AM – 1:30 PM)
#2 – Saturday – July 15 (9:30 AM – 1:30 PM)
Potluck lunch will follow the work time, 12:00pm-1:30pm.
Harvesting, Weighing and Washing
#1 – Wednesday – August 9 (12:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
#2 – Wednesday – September 13 (12:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Potluck lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm, followed by work time
Other Work Projects
If you would like to be notified of other work projects, please let us know and we will keep you in the loop.
We look forward to an awesome season together!