Jean's Farm is proud to supply SE Portland and North Milwaukie residents with a local option for fresh produce grown using organic, soil-building and wildlife-friendly practices. Our vegetable sales support the charitable work of our non-profit as an educational farm, and the vast majority of the effort in producing our produce is offered through volunteer hours.
For the 2018 growing season, we are offering a 20-week vegetable 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. We, the farmers, benefit in receiving payment up front to cover production costs, and you, the shareholder, get to know your farmers, our practices, the land, and have opportunities to volunteer a handful of times throughout the CSA season.
Produce will vary week to week based on season and ripeness, and will include a variety of greens (lettuce, spinach, bok choi, kale, chard, arugula, mustard), culinary herb bundles ( some combination of basil, dill, fennel, cilantro, sage, mint and rosemary), cucumbers, various summer and winter squash, broccoli, tomatoes (many varieties), potatoes (several varieties), cabbage, onions, garlic, eggplant, rhubarb and a variety of root veggies including beets, radishes, turnips and carrots. Depending on yields, fruits may include blackberries, figs, plums, apples, cherries and grapes.
Our shares for the 2018 CSA will begin Saturday, June 16, and end on October 27th, or once 20 weeks of produce have been received. Our pick-up location will be the Milwaukie Cafe (formerly Liz's Creative Cafe), 9401 SE 32nd Ave, on the border of SE Portland and Milwaukie. Shareholders will be able to pick up their produce from a dedicated refrigerator at Milwaukie Cafe Saturday mornings each week.
Full shares will be $450, giving you 20 weeks of fresh produce for just over $3 per day. Add a half-dozen eggs with each full share for just $50 more (everything else will be the same between these options). Over the course of the season, full shares will include 10+ items per week depending on season and weight of items. 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 2-3 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.