Community Supported Agriculture
CSA is a great way to become better acquainted with your food, as well as with the people who grow it. It is a way for us to sell directly to our customers, and for our customers to know exactly where their produce is coming from. Direct support from our community means we can stay small, local, environmentally responsible, and fully transparent. We welcome all members to visit the garden and check out what we’re doing!
Our garden is situated at the foot of Mt Dallas, in the heart of San Juan Island. We grow a wide variety of brassicas, greens, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, edible flowers, root crops, beans, and peas. Our orchard includes ten heritage varieties of apples, several pears, and lots of cherries (if the birds let us have any!).
The Seasonal Membership is the traditional CSA model. Customers support a farm or market garden by pre-purchasing a season’s worth of weekly produce boxes. Investing ahead of time, the customer becomes a literal share-holder in the business, providing much-needed early season funds for their grower’s operation costs.
In addition to providing much-needed early income before our growing season takes off, Seasonal Memberships give us a complete picture of who will be participating for the season and allow us to plan our planting and rotation schedules accordingly.
Seasonal memberships include 16 weeks of Full or Small shares from June through September, totaling $450 for Full and $300 for Small.
Full shares are recommended for couples and avid vegetable eaters.
Small shares, are often the perfect size for individuals.
Larger families may want to try two full shares per week.
HOW TO ORDER YOUR CSA BOX —— COMING SOON! ——-
That’s four solid months of healthy vegetable variety! What might a shareholder expect from each season you ask?
In Spring, the box might contain a head of lettuce, spinach, snap peas, scallions, radishes, sorrel, bok choy, early cabbage, and strawberries.
A mid-Summer box might have beets, bell peppers, basil, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, eggplants, parsley, and potatoes, and summer squash.
Fall could bring brussel sprouts, carrots, fennel bulb, turnips, parsnips chard, apples, delicata squash, potatoes, and leeks.
Pick-ups can be made on Wednesdays after 11am, at three locations (so far):
- The Soil Underground Garden, off of Wold at 346 Julie Rd, thru gate on the porch
- The Very Tiny House, 810 Boyce Rd, near Beaverton, at the top of the driveway
- Spring Street International School, 505 Spring Street
Community Shared Agriculture puts some of the responsibility on the shareholder to share the bounty. (Key word being “share” here.) Occasionally, participants are off-island, on vacation, or have decided they don’t like a certain veggie. That’s where they can ask a friend or a neighbor to help them out. Believe me, there are plenty of folks who would be happy do that! If you are unable to retrieve a box for whatever reason, please consult preferred members of your community to pick up the box on your behalf. That being said, still feel free to email us with questions, comments, concerns, and your pick up spot at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are expecting the first week of shares to come Wednesday June 7th, but we will keep you updated as we get closer.
Thank you so much for joining The Soil Underground, and we look forward to growing produce for you this Spring, Summer, and Fall!