Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Nourse Farm CSA
Nourse Farm community members buy into the farm’s production at the start of the growing season and in exchange receive a share of the farm’s harvest. A share holder can come to the farm once a week and choose the berries and vegetables they want for that week. At Nourse Farm we offer a subscription CSA. We do the work (planting, weeding, harvesting) and you do the eating. Community Supported Agriculture is just one way that we market our products at the farm.
The share holder benefits from a constant supply of locally grown produce offered weekly, ripe and fresh, and information on our facebook site. The farmer gets the benefit of a positive cash flow in the winter months when there are a lot of expenses from buying seed, supplies and labor to begin the spring growing season.
Buying food locally keeps small farms economically viable, keeps land in agricultural production, and preserves open space. Why spend money on produce brought 3000 miles when it can be purchased at your local farm just 10 miles away from June to October? At Nourse Farm we research seed catalogues and companies to find the best tasting varieties for flavor, eating quality, yield and disease resistance. Because we pick fresh daily for your delivery and our farm stand, we do not grow “shipping” varieties that you would find in a supermarket. That’s what local farm-fresh is all about – tastier vegetables, juicier ripe fruit, and better quality food.
[See Time Magazine, Eating Better Than Organic]
[See Boston Globe, Going Native]
[See Boston Globe, Still Growing Strong]
How We Grow
Most of Nourse Farm’s produce is naturally grown; however, for a few crops that is not feasible. For these particular crops we use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. That means we utilize many strategies to avoid or solve a pest problem. In this program we scout the fields for insects and disease, we seek protection with beneficial insects and biological controls, we use disease resistant varieties, and bug-excluding row covers. If the problem reaches the economic injury level, where the pest problem would cause enough damage for us to lose money, then we use the safest pesticides. The farm soil is kept alive and fertile by plowing down soil building cover crops, compost, lime, and commercial fertilizer.
The Risks of a CSA Membership
CSA members share the risks and rewards of the growing season. In the last few years we’ve been through both extremely wet and dry years, and we had abundant harvests and happy customers. Of course, major weather related catastrophes could really set us back. Each year, certain crops do better than others. We overcome the variability of the weather by planting multiple plantings of different varieties of dozens of crops. We have 3 different soil types that behave differently in different weather conditions, and we are able to irrigate our fields, allowing us to have an approximately 20 week growing season beginning in June and ending in October.
However, all CSA Members must be aware that the weather, over which we have no control, plays a major part in our production. Therefore, we may not have available, at all times, the vegetables and/or fruit on the distribution list. We will substitute appropriate fruits and/or vegetables accordingly. Each CSA Member must realize that our farm and its staff will work as hard as possible to meet your expectations. Your investment as a CSA Member will provide for your family the freshest fruits and vegetables during our growing season, while at the same time, your investment will support local family farming, allowing us to survive and grow in our changing economy.
All share option plans are 20 weeks long and pick-up is at the farm. Each week vegetables and berries are assigned a point value and shareholders choose what they want from the farm market pushcarts in the back part of the farm store.
The Nourse Farm Family Share
is suitable for two to four people who eat vegetables and berries on a regular basis. It is worth at least $30 per week. Seasonal Price $600.00.
Sign up in November 2014 and receive $50.00 off the Family share price.
The Nourse Farm Two-Person Share
is designed for couples who eat vegetables and berries a few evenings a week. This share is worth at least $22.50 per week. Seasonal Price $450.00.
Sign up in November 2014 and receive $30.00 off the Two-Person share price.
The Nourse Farm Individual Share
offers a more convenient option for those want less each week or who have split a membership in the past. Seasonal Price $300.00.
Every week, the share will consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables. While the exact produce will depend on the month, customers are assured a rich and healthy variety that will liven up weekly meals and snacks. For a full listing by month of the fresh fruits and vegetables provided in the CSA share, click here
. Please note, Deliveries will begin the 2nd week of June and end the 3rd week in October.
Shareholders can pick up at their produce at the Nourse Farm Store on Thursdays 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you are away on vacation, share the wealth, plan on having a friend pick up your share.
Please include full payment with your application. If you wish to use a credit card, indicate that on the application and we can process that over the phone or put your card information on the application. We take Master Card or Visa. If you can’t pay the full amount all at once, please pay 50% down and the remaining 50% by May 1st 2015.
to download a Word version of the application. Please send completed applications to Jon Nourse at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at Nourse Farm.