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Message from the Farmer
Welcome to my third growing season! It’s been quite an adventure transitioning from a sub/urbanite to becoming a small scale organic farmer. Every day I encounter an obstacle, a challenge, and a blessing. For every time I slip in Emu poop, I’m rewarded by the tiny miracles that happen here all the time. For every moment I feel lonely or isolated, I share a laugh with my friends and other lovers of social justice who come here to volunteer to help me build this farm movement.
My farm is located in Berkley, MA, about 25 minutes from Providence and 35 minutes from Boston. I am growing on 3 of 16 acres that I am leasing. I have chickens, ducks, emus, quails, and goats. I am trying to run as diverse an operation as possible within my current limitations to offer you varied vegetable products each week.
This year signing up has been streamlined with the creation of our online webstore where you can make a secure transaction and choose your pick-up location. The store’s address is http://www.movementgroundfarm.csasignup.com
Kohei D. Ishihara
Families, organizations, communities, and movements are empowered by a deep connection to land, food, and community.
➢ Urban youth organizers have open space and a farm to which they can retreat.
➢ Families and children can learn how their food is produced, where it is grown, and actually participate in the process.
➢ Seasonal gatherings unite diverse sectors of New England’s social justice community.
➢ Refugee elders find solace and empowerment in passing down their agricultural knowledge base.
➢ Food-related businesses are formed and supported, as cooperatives or as fund-raising streams for organizations.
➢ Friends and families make their own jams and pickles.
➢ Bartering goods and services internally within our communities replace meaningless credit card swipes at Walmart.
➢ Everyone develops a greater level of autonomy.
➢ Our microcosm serves as a model for how we can anchor our families, organizations, communities, and movements in an autonomous food system.
To build an inspirational farm and retreat center that can serve as a hub for local food distribution, meetings, events, retreats, and transformative gatherings.
CSA Members get a weekly supply of vegetables for the entire season. One share gets you five vegetable items and an optional six dozen farm-fresh eggs every week. We deliver once a week to drop-off sites in Providence, Quincy, Dorchester, and Revere. We are also aiming to attend farmers markets in Providence, Revere, and Newton. You can opt to pick up your share at a drop-off site or at any of the farmer’s markets.
CSA MEMBERSHIP COST*
|CSA||Term||# weeks||full share||minus eggs||minus meat||vegan|
|Summer CSA||May 23 – September 12, 2017||17||$504.5||$432.5||$396.5||$324.5|
|Fall CSA||Sept 26 – Dec 12, 2017||12||$415||$365||$282||$232|
|Winter CSA||Jan 9 – Feb 20, 2018||8||$148||$116||$148||$116|
|Cost for all three seasons||37||$1067.5||$913.5||$826.5||$672.5|
|w/ 10% discount||$960.75||$822.15||$743.85||$605.25|
|average cost per week w/ discount||$25.97||$ 22.22||$20.10||$ 16.36|
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PICK UP LOCATIONS
|City||Address||Pick Up Times|
669 Elmwood Ave
|Tuesdays, 3 – 6pm
Wednesdays, 4 – 7pm
57 Coddington Street
|Tuesdays, 3 – 6pm|
|Dorchester||Viet Aid/ AARW office
42 Charles Street
|Tuesdays, 4 – 7pm|
|Revere||Revere City Hall
|Tuesdays, 1 – 4pm|
|Berkley||Movement Ground Farm
29 South Main Street
|Tuesdays, 12 – 8pm|
288 Norfolk Street
|Tuesdays, 3 – 7pm|
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA’s allow consumers to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from the farmer. Every week your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables the farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more. You also share in the rewards and risks of farming. During times of scarcity (due to crop failure, disease, hurricanes, etc) your shares may be small, during times of abundance your shares will be extra large with special offerings.
What do we get in our box each week?
Every week you will receive five vegetable items as well as a half-dozen eggs, if you have chosen the option of receiving eggs. For example, you will get something equivalent to a pound of tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, a pound of green beans, a head of lettuce, a whole watermelon, and a half dozen eggs. Meat will be delivered on ice in coolers on a specific pick-up day twice during the summer. In the Fall, the turkey pick-up is at the farm.
How do I sign up?
Visit http://movementgroundfarm.csasignup.com. Here you can select which season(s) you want to sign up for, the share size, and even your desired pick-up location. This is also where you agree to our membership rules, fill in your information, and make your payment. My webstore is not necessarily that user-friendly, so feel free to call me if you need help navigating, or if you would like a paper application. Or, I can email you a paper application and you can fill it out and mail it to be me with a check. Contact me at email@example.com or 707-972-3180
What happens if I go on vacation or cannot pick up my produce?
You can make sure to get all of your produce even if you go on vacation. Just visit this link at any time throughout the season – http://movementgroundfarm.csasignup.com/members/scheduleactions – and you can schedule when you want your share held, and when you want to make up that share. For example, say you are going away for the first two weeks of July. You can opt to hold those shares. Then when you come back, you feel too busy to use up those two missing shares right away, but you know that you have a dinner party on the first week of August. You can opt to get your extra shares during that first week of August, or any other time during the CSA season.
How we are making the CSA accessible to low-income families
I offer a 10% discount to those who sign up for all three seasons. Although I would appreciate a payment up front, you can opt to schedule automatic payments throughout the season. Also, if you feel you cannot afford my CSA, I will have a limited number of Food Justice Discounts to give out to those who qualify. See our website for more information.
Why do we have to work one day each season?
Including all the work of starting up a new business and farm, we are running a pretty daring operation offering diversified produce with little farm infrastructure and equipment. Plus, we do extra stuff to make sure we fulfill our vision. This project of building a farm with a social justice vision from scratch will only be sustainable if I get some help, especially with weeding. We also want our CSA membership base to be deeply connected to the land (and the food they eat) and invested in the vision of what this farm can offer. If you really do not have time, an alternative is to find someone else to volunteer for you.
Do I have to attend the Harvest, and do I have to have fun?
Yes. The reason is because this event is part of the whole experience of being a member of Movement Ground Farm. It is one of the physical manifestations of our vision and our values. So mark your calendar for Saturday, September 16 thru Sunday September 17! (Rain date is the following weekend) The cost of the festival is built into the cost of the CSA. You will get two free tickets for every season you sign up for. So if you sign up for both Summer and Fall, you can bring three other people with you. We may open the event up to others; however, there will be a charge to cover the costs of the free-range chickens, ducks, and whatever else we are cooking up.
Can I choose which vegetables I get each week?
You can choose your own vegetables ONLY if you pick up from our stand at a farmer’s market. By May, we will know which farmers markets we will be at. There, you can just walk up to our farmstand and choose what you wish within the limit of 5 items/week.
For everyone picking up a prepackaged boxed share, you cannot choose which vegetables you are going to get each week. But you can choose if you do not wish to try accept any of my spicy peppers. Please do not make any other special requests – I just do not have the capacity to tailor any more than I am already doing. In the spirit of the CSA, share the produce you do not want with others – and let them know where it came from.
By only getting vegetables that are in season you are guaranteed to be getting what is the most fresh and ripe each week. It’s also a great way to start learning about the seasonality of our foods. After being a member of my CSA, you will know that the cucumber you see in the grocery store in May has been transported from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. It’s probably old, genetically modified, gassed with hormones, sealed in a wax coat, and gone through all the other technological innovative strategies used by the global food industry to continue to provide you your tomatoes in December. A commitment to eat local means to eat what’s in season; it means you will be supporting your local farmer over big agriculture; it means you will be eating vegetables that are not genetically modified or made with toxic chemicals; AND it means your vegetables will have a slightly higher nutritional value.
Ok, I’m ready to get connected!
➢ Check out my webstore for more details and to sign up! http://movementgroundfarm.csasignup.com
➢ Every other week we will send out blog detailing the varieties of vegetables, providing recipe ideas, and giving a farm update! Sign-up at www.movementgroundfarm.wordpress.com
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