Farmshare FAQs

 
 

Woo, we are all full up for the 2019 season! We will have a few spots opening up on September 25th. Please fill out the following form to get your name on the waitlist :)

I participated in Blue Heron Farm’s CSA in 2018 (and years previous)…what exactly is changing?

As you all probably know, Anne is scaling back this year and I’ll be taking on the CSA. A lot of things are going to stay the same. Like Anne, I’ll be renting land from Lois and your veggies will be grown on the same plot of dirt as they have before. I’ll be sharing the packshed and wash area with Anne and if you pick up in Rockport then you can still pick up in this same place. There are some things that are changing:

  • Elizabeth (me!) will be growing the vegetables and handling all logistics and communications!

  • Anne is going to be mentoring me throughout the season- she will still do a berry share!

  • All payments for Long Hearing Farm shares can be done online

  • The price is going up

  • One standard share size

  • Trade boxes--to swap veggies-- at each drop off

  • North Cascades National Park Seasonal Worker package

  • New drop-off locations: Darrington

Why aren’t you offering different sizes? A half-share? A few seasons ago I helped a farm called River Run start their CSA program. We only offered one size. It was a huge help as we negotiated the ups and downs of starting a new enterprise. I ask for that same patience from all of you. This year it’s one size only with around 10 items per week. This will streamline everything. One less thing to juggle. And farming requires a LOT of juggling.

If you’re worried about having too much, I encourage you to split the box with someone else! Find a neighbor, co-worker, family member and go halfsies. I’m sure there will be more than enough to go around. Just let me know who is participating so that everyone gets the newsletter, updates, and all the payments come through.

Supporting the Farmshare this year is an act of trust and generosity and faith. For me and you. And I am so grateful to be on that journey with all of you.

Why has the price increased? If you participated in Blue Heron’s CSA, the price is going up. I am relatively new to farming and even though I have six years of dirt under my nails, I have a lot to learn. I chose $25 a week as the baseline price because that is the ‘industry standard’ at the moment. I used that figure to create my business plan and set my goals for the year. I am open to hearing out folks in the community who feel that the price is too steep or an obstacle for them to participate. My commitment to you is to listen, problem-solve, and evaluate after this year. If I can find a way to lower the price for 2020, I will.

Here’s a little breakdown: (on average) your produce will be $2.50 per item for the freshest veggies around! If you were a Blue Heron member with a medium or small box... you will be getting more produce.

Any food system fans out there? This article has some really great information about how food trends like online food deliveries and meal kits stack up against CSA shares.

What is a trade box and why is it cool?

A trade box is so cool because you can finally customize your box yourself! No nightshades? Choose greens! No greens? Choose roots! At every pickup location there will be a box and it will have a few veggies in it...you can then swap 1-2 items at a time. All that I ask that you use the trade box respectfully!

What will a typical week of veggies look like?

Spring:

3-4 greens like: spinach, arugula, green butter lettuce

An herb: cilantro

A few roots: radishes,turnips

A few favorites: broccoli, red cabbage, spring onion


Summer:

3 greens: bok choi, lettuce mix, and romaine

An herb: basil

Tomatoes every week: a rotation of cherry, heirloom and slicers

A few favorites: carrots, peppers and green beans

Maybe a treat like: blueberries

Fall:

3-4 greens: kale,  spicy mix, green butter lettuce

An herb: dill

The fall faves: cauliflower, red kuri squash, brussel sprouts (fingers crossed - haha!), turnips

What is a sliding scale and why are you doing it?

Inviting you all to participate in a sliding scale is about collaboration, community-building, and realizing a food system that is more accessible. I am offering a total of up to 35 shares in 2019 with an option for lower-income families and folks who would like to trade their labor in exchange for veggies.

As a new business owner and a young farmer I am trying to do two things simultaneously; meet the basics needs of our community while at the same time running a successful small business in a food system that is stacked against small-scale organic agriculture. A sliding scale helps achieve both of those aims. And it gives members a chance to pay a little extra if they can to help offset the costs of a subsidized share for lower income families!

To keep things organized, there are a certain number of memberships set for each of the lower cost shares. Make sure that if you are interested in the lower cost option to sign up or get in touch right away.

If you’d like to learn more, I encourage you to check out other farms who do this, like Zenger Farms, or one of my farm-sheroes Leah Penniman at Soul Fire Farm (author of one of my favorite books at the moment: Farming While Black).

What is the work trade option? There are 5 spots for work trade. Here’s my proposal: you pay $250 and commit to 20 hours of work at the farm. Best times to come are Mondays, Wednesday mornings, or Thursdays. You will most likely be weeding or helping me with a maintenance project.

If those days don’t work for you, we can figure something out! Maybe we can work out a project that utilizes a particular skill you have, like graphic design, carpentry, or fundraising!  Regardless, we’ll work out a way to track everything. Thank you for your patience and I look forward to hearing from you! If you’re interested in something more flexible, please email me and we can try to work something out!


What if I go on vacation? I encourage you to share the bounty with a neighbor, friend, or family member! If you’re interested in getting a refund or ‘make up share’ for the missed time, please email me before June.

Can I get on a payment plan? Yes! I am using a tool called Payolee. You will see a “payment plan” button on the website that will direct you to another page. You can set it up yourself or we can do it together over the phone. We can do a monthly payment option or a 3-chunk installment. If online is not your thing and you’d like to have a payment plan, please be in touch. I am only one little farmer (in a very supportive community) and the less I have to think about checks... the more time I’ll get to spend with our veggies!

What is a Parkie package? The parkie package is for seasonal workers at North Cascades National Park. It is geared toward folks who will be leaving the area before the Farmshare ends. Please fill in the form online and I will send you a parkie discount code to use at check out.

What’s the story behind the name Long Hearing Farm? The farm is named after my grandma’s grandma, Long Hearing Woman. My grandma, and my grandma’s grandma, grew up in what is now called Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation near Glacier National Park. Long Hearing Woman lived through a time of transition and violence. She went from being deeply rooted in traditional ways of knowing to a life dictated by structural racism. Yet according to my grandma, Long Hearing Woman was the most joyful person--so sweet that her nickname was Peaches! I hope to live up to her legacy by integrating indigenous growing practices with years of market gardening to start a rural CSA in Sauk-Suiattle, Upper Skagit and Stillaguamish lands. I’m mixed with Blackfeet, Cherokee, Gros Ventre, and European American ancestry, and hope to be a good neighbor in this beautiful place. I am loving the creative space to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing and being into my food-growing practice. Look forward to some indigenous varietals from one of my ancestral homelands Cherokee, North Carolina!