MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

 

2017 CSA MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

We, the farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship. By purchasing a membership share, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined herein. Please retain a copy of this agreement for your records.

 

Becoming a Member of CloverCroft Farm

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is basically a subscription for vegetables. Members pay up front to secure their share. We farmers then use the money to buy seeds and equipment and get food growing. Then, each week, beginning in mid-to-late June 2017 running 21 weeks (11 picks for half shares) until mid-late October 2017, we deliver fresh, local vegetables to our farm members.

 

Growing Practices

We believe in providing fresh, seasonal, local veggies from our farm to your home. We believe people should have a relationship with their food, one that gives back to both you and the land. Instead of organic certification, we believe in “face certification: a direct contact between farmer and consumer that creates an environment for trust and faith,” as described by Douglas Gayeton. We believe in transparent farming practices and being open and honest about all inputs used on our farm.  We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, or any genetically modified seed. As a practice, our farm records will be available to all members. We welcome any inquires about this stance.

 

Shared Risk

Members of our farm get the opportunity to share in the abundance of a local Southern Ontario farm. With that opportunity there are risks associated with our growing season. We are committed to minimizing those risks, yet risks will always remain. 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 our other members.

In the unlikely event of crop failure: If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your box with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any products in some weeks. Should this happen, members will be contacted directly, as soon as possible.

 

Shared Reward

In addition to our CSA, CloverCroft Farm sells to farmers markets. When production of our CSA 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 interested parties in Toronto, to local restaurants, or by donating it to local food banks.

 

Picking Up

You are responsible for picking up your share each week within the prescribed times from the pick-up locations:

CloverCroft Farm: 285 Ayr Road, Paris ON, N3L 3E2.  Thursdays, 330pm - 730pm.

Kitchener: First Mennonite Church Parking Lot. 800 King St East, Thursdays 5pm-730pm.

Cambridge: Preston Towne Market. Central Park, King St. and Argyle St. Thursdays, 9am-2pm.

Toronto:

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market: Near Dundas and Shaw, Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm.

Etobicoke: Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Toronto ON, M9A 1G9. Tuesdays after 130pm.

Cabbagetown: Salt & Tobacco, 521 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3. Tuesdays 5pm to 630pm.

 

You are responsible for observing the pick-up site rules, which are as follows:

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

    2    Be respectful of the property of the pick-up locations.

    3    Follow any additional rules posted at the pick-up location site.

    4    Bring your own bags (reusable or plastic bags, boxes, egg cartons, etc.

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 procedure to your substitute. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please contact CloverCroft Farm as soon as possible as we try to accommodate emergencies. Shares that are not retrieved within the designated pick-up time will be donated to a local food bank.

You will be receiving the freshest produce available short of growing it yourself, we will wash the produce to a reasonable degree. Please take the time to properly wash and store all produce each week once received.

 

Member Fees

By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the heavy 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. Below are the shares offered for the 2017 season:

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If you are Paying in Full: payment is due at sign-up. If you are paying Monthly: A payment schedule will be sent to you, and a $15 surcharge applies for missed payments. Full payment must be made before the season starts in mid June.

If you request a refund at any point, your refund will be pro-rated for the weeks that you received a share.

 

Communicating with the Farm

The best way to communicate with us is via email, text, or phone. You can contact us by email at clovercroftfarm@gmail.com or by phone at 226-922-7892. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, though in the heaviest parts of the season, computer admin work happens most effectively on rainy days.

We will communicate with you by email. 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 to our 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.

By purchasing a membership share, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined herein. 

 

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