CSA Member Agreement - PLEASE READ THE TERMS BELOW
All members MUST fill out a member agreement form.
You may print the form by clicking the button below and mail it to us or drop it off on the farm.
We, Ledgeview Gardens, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm
A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for 24 weeks, from May 28th to November 5th. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm or designated site each week to pick out your share of freshly harvested produce, protein or other farm products. Because of our Market Style share option, you will be able to choose the vegetables your family will enjoy up to 8 points for a half share and 16 points for a full share. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.
B. Our Growing Practices
Our farm is non-certified organic, specializing in hydroponic tomatoes, mixed lettuce and cucumbers. Because of our investment in hydroponics we are able to start our CSA earlier in the spring and extend it later into the fall. Our CSA is salad and Tomato centric, meaning from week one through week 24 we have all the items needed to make the best salads you could dream of. We do not use any synthetic chemicals on our farm for weed or bug control. We have found other ways to control those environmental aspects to produce a clean, healthy product you can be proud to feed your family.
Our animals are free range and pasture raised. Free-range animals are allowed continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle. Pasture raised animals receive the majority of their nutrients from grass throughout their life. A small grain ration is given to all of our poultry to ensure the proper balance of protein and calcium for proper development and egg quality. The grain they receive is a non-GMO, Certified organic feed from Cashton Farm Supplies.
C. The Products We Expect for 2020
The chart below outlines some of the vegetables, meat and other farm products we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT ALL OF THESE ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON.
- May to June: Arugula, Basil, Parsley, Tomatoes, English Cucumbers, Asparagus, Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Radishes, Rhubarb , Broccoli, Scallions, Cherry tomatoes, Dry beans
- July to August: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Garlic Scapes, Garlic, Onions, Kohlrabi, Zucchini, Ground Cherries, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Arugula, Parsley, Shallots, Dry beans
- September to October: Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Muskmelon, Watermelon, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Garlic, Scallions, Bell and Hot Peppers, Carrots, Beets, Spinach, Zucchini, Onions, Shallots, Dry Beans
- October to November: Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Garlic, Scallions, Bell and Hot Peppers, Carrots, Beets, Spinach, Onions, Shallots, Dry bean
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The diversity of produce, however, may vary from month-to-month due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:
- If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by offering a variety of other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver great diversity in some weeks.
B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, local schools, and/or wholesale distributors. We segregate our production for the CSA by harvesting fresh on Wednesday for Thursday’s shares; our members are always getting the freshest products because you are our priority. When production of our CSA segregated crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we handle the surplus by selling it at the farmers market, to our restaurant buyers, or other wholesale avenues.
C. Share Descriptions
- Full share Market Style: Full shares are designed to feed a family of four that makes meals at home at least 2-3 times per week; Or a couple that frequently cooks at home or juices. Market Style share members are allowed to choose their own shares.
- Half Share Market Style: Half shares are designed to feed a family of two or a couple with young children. Market Style share members are allowed to choose their own shares.
Section 3. Picking Up Shares
You are responsible for picking up your weekly from the farm.
- Pick-Up Location: On Farm (Market Style)
- City or Neighborhood: De Pere, WI
- Name of Location, Business, Homeowner, or Organization: Ledgeview Gardens
- Address: 5291 Cottonwood Lane, De Pere WI 54115
- Day: Thursday
- Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute.
The farm is closed on Friday, the only alternative pick up we can accommodate is at Saturday morning market for a reduced point value. Loss of 4 points for a full share and 2 points for a half share.
We take the safety of your food seriously, a detailed food safety report is available upon request. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating and put frozen products in the freezer as soon as possible.
Section 4. Member Fees
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment. Place a check mark next to the share type you would like from the list below.
- Vegetable (Market Style) Full Share $700 $720
- Vegetable (Market Style) Half Share $400 $420
If you chose to pay the membership fee upfront, please enclose a check for your total amount due, made payable to Ledgeview Gardens with this signed agreement form. If you chose to pay the membership fee in installments, please enclose 3 post-dated checks making all payments total the final amount due before May 31st, with this signed agreement form. By submitting an agreement form you are agreeing to pay the membership fee for the share you indicated above.
All payments are non-refundable after May 1st.
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email or phone. Our email is Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org , our phone is 920-265-9585 or 920-336-9652 and the best times to reach us by phone are between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday and email anytime. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, changes to your drop-site location, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. A weekly newsletter is provided with information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, and other farm related news.
By signing below, I agree to purchase the membership share indicated in Section 4. I understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I understand that they will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.