Jean's Farm is now taking sign-ups for our 2017 CSA. This form of farmer-community relationship, known as Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to get the freshest food possible at a low price, because you are buying direct. The farmer benefits in receiving payment up front to cover production costs, and typically receives some volunteer support from shareholders to further reduce costs to all.
Produce will vary week to week based on ripeness and season and will include a variety of greens (lettuce, spinach, bok choi, kale, chard, arugula, mustard), culinary herbs (basil, dill, fennel, cilantro, sage, rosemary), cucumbers, various summer and winter squash, broccoli, tomatoes (many varieties), potatoes (several varieties), sweet corn, cabbage, beets, radishes, turnips, carrots, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, rhubarb and more! Depending on yields, fruits include blackberries, cherries, plums, apples and asian pears.
The CSA model is one of shared risk and reward. When the farm exceeds production goals, all shareholders benefit. If the farm experiences a less productive growing year or a specific failed crop, certain varieties may not be available.
Our shares for the 2017 season will begin between mid-June and the first week of July, and end after 16 weeks of produce have been received. Our pick-up location will be within a half-mile of Jean's Farm at the border of SE Portland and Milwaukie.
Full shares will be $520 and half-shares $280. Over the course of the growing season, full shares will include between 10-15 items and half shares will include between 7 and 12 items, depending on season and weight. It can be expected that early shares will contain more greens and will therefore be lighter, and later season shares will contain more tomatoes, potatoes, squash, etc., and will be heavier.
Shareholders are asked to volunteer 4 times over the growing season, generally at our Friday morning work parties, and occasional Saturdays. Through your participation, you are able to gain gardening skills and build community while you help support the best way to get access to healthy food! Sales from the CSA support the non-profit mission of Jean's Farm in providing learning facilities and opportunities for youth and families through our on-site educational programs and teacher trainings.
About the farmers:
Henry Soto has been farming organically for over 20 years. He grew up farming in the desert of Arizona, worked for Native Seed Search for 6 years as a crop evaluator, and managed a CSA in southern Arizona for 5 years before moving to the Pacific Northwest. He also teaches classes on farming, irrigation and seed saving at Jean's Farm.
Matt Bibeau has been working in the field of garden-based education since 2005 and has taken roles growing food, coordinating the farm's educational programs and co-teaching workshops and trainings for adults. In making the transition to CSA farming in 2016, Matt is excited to help families in the Johnson Creek area gain access to affordable, healthy food.