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CSA - Sharing Gardens

We are now accepting CSA subscriptions for our 2021 season. We have a limited number of spots so, if interested please reserve your subscription. 
 
It looks like this is going to be our best season yet! Our raised beds have the most beautiful, fluffy, nutrient-dense soil. For the last two years, we have stopped using manures, other animal by-products and commercial fertilizers to create soil-fertility. Just leaves, grass, yard/kitchen waste, wood ashes and coffee ground! 
 
Our food is slow-grown, without the use of any chemicals. Our gardens not only feed our CSA members and volunteers, and serve two food pantries but we provide habitat for much local wildlife as well. 
 
Last year, members' costs averaged out to be about $2.00/pound for some of the finest, freshest organically grown produce around. Our prices haven't risen in three years though the quality and variety of foods we offer has multiplied.
 
Here's a description of our CSA:

Llyn and Chris-Your local 'farm'acists.
What is a CSA? A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership-relationship between you and a farm. Members receive a "share" of seasonally available produce, on a weekly basis. This gives you the benefit of superb freshness, knowing where your food comes from, how it is grown, and that you are giving direct support to the people who grow your food.

Your subscription will bring fresh and local food to your family while supporting us in our mission to donate healthy produce to people in our community, through local food charities  (2,611 pounds in 2020).

Home-grown fresh!
What's in my box? We focus on familiar, staple crops; the things that are most popular at grocery stores and farmer's markets. In the beginning of the season, boxes are less full as there are not as many crops ready for harvest in the spring. Over the course of the summer and into the fall, the boxes increase in the amount that's included so, over the course of the season, you receive generous value for your membership.

May, June: Beets, cabbage, carrots, radishes, onions, kale, chard, lettuce and other "greens"
July: same as above, AND early tomatoes. summer squash, garlic and cucumbers
August, Sept.: most of above, AND green beans, celery, large tomatoes, peppers, apples, pears, plums, blackberrries and grapes
Oct., Nov.: Most of above though heat-loving plants sometimes stop before the end of the season due to heavy frost. We start having winter squash, more beets and carrots, potatoes and other winter stoarge-crops.

Dates of the season: The Sharing Gardens CSA provides weekly boxes of fruits and vegetables from May until November as it is available.

How much is in my box? At the height of the season, each member receives enough produce to feed the average family of four or a couple on a plant-base diet. If you are receiving more produce than you can consume, we encourage you to be generous with your friends and neighbors or we can customize your box and send less of the things you don't eat and share them with those in need.

Lettuce grown from seed we saved.
How do we grow your food?

No herbicides or pesticides
Soil-fertility is created primarily through compost, worm castings, leaves, grass-clippings and wood-ash.
Slow-grown for maximum density of nutrition and flavor.
We encourage birds and beneficial insects for natural pest-management.
We grow all heirloom varieties (no hybrids or GMO) from 85% (or more) of seed we saved ourselves.

Commitment to living lightly on the Earth: Each weekly box will have a large, plastic liner that all - but a few items - will be placed in without separate plastic-bags. Liners will be re-usable. Less plastic - better for the Earth! Thank you for helping us reduce our environmental footprint.

Healthy food for you and your family!
Cost of season's 'shares': $700 (payable either in full - when you sign-up, or in two payments of $400 - when you sign up, and $300 by July 1st). This works out to about $25/week.

Payment methods: We can accept cash or checks made out to 'The Sharing Gardens'.

Where do I pick up my box? Members in the Monroe area will be able to pick up their boxes at the Sharing Gardens, on Friday afternoons.
664 Orchard St., Monroe 97456
Corvallis and Junction City: We have a single, weekly delivery site to both Junction City and Corvallis. Junction City (near St. Vinnies) - Monday afternoons. South Corvallis (near stadium) - Wednesday afternoons.

Can I share my membership? Yes, if you find someone to share it with.

Can I cancel my membership? Only if we have a waiting list. You will be refunded the balance of your fees if there is someone else who wishes to buy your "share".

To sign up for the Sharing Gardens CSA,  send an email to us at - ShareInJoy@gmail.com - We will email you an application for you to fill out and mail to us, along with your payment.

Questions? Phone: Chris and Llyn (541) 847-8797
Call: 8:00 to 12:30 or 2:00 to 6:30 (we keep 'farmer's hours' and take a nap each day. 💤)


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