Member Agreement

Member Agreement for 2018

Sandbox Organics

 

773-859-1894

SandboxOrganics@gmail.com

 

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 18 of weeks in the Summer (June 10th to October 7th) and 4 weeks in the Fall (October 14th to November 4th).  The season start date might be moved back due to extreme weather conditions.  Members will be notified via newsletter if this occurs.  Members are responsible for showing up at their pick-up site each week or every other week (depending on share type) to pick up their share of freshly harvested produce.  You will generally receive 9-10 vegetable items, equivalent to one full grocery bag of produce, with more during peak season.  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

The farm is Certified USDA Organic.  Organic produce is grown without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bio-engineering, or ionizing radiation.  For more information about organic production please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more.

C.  The Products We Expect for 2016

Outlined below are some vegetables 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.

Early Season: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Green Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radishes, Scallions, Spinach, Snap Peas, Turnips, Fresh Herbs.

Mid Season: Beets, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Fresh Garlic, Fresh Onions, Kale, Sweet Peppers, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and other Fresh Herbs.

Late Season:  Salad Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Pie Pumpkins, Radish, Scallions, Shallots, Turnips, Winter Squash, Fresh Herbs.

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 quantity of produce, however, may vary from week-to-week 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 filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farmers generally with the same certifications as our farm.  This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure.

B.  Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to restaurants. We segregate our production for the CSA by allocating separate plantings to the CSA. 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 to restaurant buyers.

Section 3.  Picking Up Shares 

You are responsible for picking up your share weekly or biweekly (depending on share type) from the designated drop site.  You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:

1. Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.

2. Be respectful of our drop site hosts’ property.

3. 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.  Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated.  Members are allowed one make-up share to be picked up at the end of the season.  We take the safety of your food seriously. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.

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. Either full payment or down payment are due within 30 days of purchase. If using a payment plan, second installment is due by August 5th.

Section 5.  Communicating with Us  

The best way to communicate with us is via email or phone (found above). We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we are very busy and aren’t always at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share.  When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your emails from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or about farm events. Every week we will email a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.

Section 6. Hog Shares

(Note: for Hog Share members only)

By paying your security deposit you are committing to:

  • Paying for all processing fees
  • Paying remainder of Hog Share cost upon delivery
  • Picking up the entirety of your share on delivery day