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Common Wealth CSA in Greenfield, MA chemical-free
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34 Glenbrook Drive Apt 1B
Greenfield, MA 01301
The Common Wealth CSA is now enrolling shareholders for the 2015 growing season. To sign up you may print, complete, and return by mail an enrollment form, or sign up with our online form. Contact [email protected] for more details.
Common Wealth is unique in that multiple farms cooperate to distribute the produce we grow in a way that is accessible to all of our neighbors through the sliding scale option and the donor supported share program. Our mixed-income shareholders benefit from the collaboration of several farms, which mitigates some of the risk assumed by members in a traditional, single farm CSA.
Common Wealth was organized and started in 1998 by a group of small farmers looking to create a model of collaboration. Only one of the original growers is still a member of Common Wealth, but our values remain the same. As farmers we seek to cooperate with each other and with shareholders to develop an alternative food system that embraces our interdependence and uses it as a tool for change. By providing healthy and affordable food for all people in our community, we hope to grow our common wealth.
The 2015 CSA season will offer 20 weekly shares
June 10 through Oct 21, every Wednesday from 3-6pm
Pick-up site: 144 Main St. Greenfield (beside Green Fields Market)
We continue to offer a sliding scale fee. Payments over $550 will be used to help support lower income shares. While we appreciate full payment with your enrollment form, if you are unable to pay in full, we offer a flexible payment program. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your farm share. The balance of your payment is due in full by June 1.
Just Roots offers Donor Supported Farm Shares through the Common Wealth CSA at $10 per week for income-qualifying families and individuals. Reduced-cost shares can be paid weekly using cash, credit or SNAP/EBT. Our donor supported shares are made possible through a combination of community and institutional giving. To apply for a Donor Supported Farm Share, download an application.
Volunteers on farms and at the distribution site are appreciated. We encourage each shareholder to volunteer at least once during the season. Please email [email protected] to sign up for a date, or add your name to the list during share pickup.
MEET THE GROWERS
Rich Pascale has been farming since 1972, including selling at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market since 1975. While Shoestring Farm currently has chosen not to apply for certification, they continue to adhere strictly to the standards set forth by the USDA National Organic Program.
Greenfield Community Farm
Aaron Drysdale & Bill McKerchie
The Greenfield Community Farm, a project of Just Roots, is a nonprofit with the mission of increasing access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how. The farm produces fruit, vegetables, and herbs for Greenfield and surrounding towns. They use ecological practices but are not currently certified organic. The farm also offers agriculture, ecology, and nutrition related programming through workshops, internships, community events, and collaborations with local schools and social service organizations.
Fat Rabbit Produce
After over a decade working at Shoestring Farm, including 3 seasons as coordinator of Common Wealth CSA, Jay has started his own small farm endeavor in Halifax, VT. Fat Rabbit Produce does not use chemical fertilizers herbicides or pesticides. Jay enjoys growing food on a human scale with attention to detail.
Lyonsville Farm is a small, diversified farm run by Maria Topitzer. Maria holds degrees in both Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture through UMass and produces a wide variety of healthy and nutritious vegetables, fruits, and herbs using ecologically conscious means. Lyonsville Farm grows over 250 different varieties of plants and vegetables, specializing in hardy bunched greens and salad greens.
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