CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.
This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, growers and community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality produce, often at below retail prices. In return, farmers and growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse selection of crops.
Supporting local organic farmers directly through CSA is one way to decrease dependence on corporate agriculture. It also decreases dependence on fossil fuels (it makes a BIG difference when your food only travels 10 miles or so to reach your table vs. hundreds or thousands of miles!) A share in a local, organic farm is the only share that anyone should own!
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★ Arcata Educational Farm (Bayside Park Farm)
930 Old Arcata Road, Arcata, CA 95521
Serving: Northern Humboldt County
Membership: ~21 weeks, June-Oct
$450 per share
Friday pick-ups between 2:30-6pm
Contact Arcata Recreation for more details!
★ Deep Seeded Community Farm
Eddie Tanner, farmer
PO Box 4380, Arcata, CA 95518
Serving: Northern Humboldt County
Membership: 30 weekly pick-ups from late May into November, $720 ($24 a week). Winter shares (8 weeks) available as well. Tuesday or Friday pick-ups at farm in Arcata.
★ College of the Redwoods Sustainable Agriculture Farm
Fallon Orr, coordinator
409 Shively Flat Road, Shively, CA 95565
Serving: Humboldt Bay and surrounding communities
Membership: $400 for a full share, or $250 for a 1/2 share
★ Earthly Edibles Family Farm CSA
Ed Cohen, farmer
P.O Box 5184, Arcata, CA 95518
Serving: McKinleyville and Eureka
Weekly distribution at Earthly Edibles stand at farmers markets in Arcata (Saturday) and Eureka (Thursday and Friday). Pick up locations in McKinleyville and Blue Lake also. Full share is $550, half shares are $350 for a total of 22 weeks.
★ Luna Farm CSA
Frederic Diekmeyer, farmer
PO Box 184. Willow Creek Ca. 95573
Serving: pick-up locations in Arcata, Eureka and Willow Creek
Membership: $500 per share which includes one box of produce a week for 22 weeks. Pick up locations are in Arcata at the Wildberries farmers market Tuesday afternoons, at the Old Town Market in Eureka Tuesday mornings, and at Riversong Natural Foods on Tuesdays.
★ Redwood Roots Farm
Janet Czarnecki, farmer
P.O. Box 793, Arcata, CA 95518
Serving: Hydesville to Trinidad and everywhere in between
Membership: $500 per share for 22 weeks (June-October). Pick up is at the farm in Bayside on Wednesdays (possible pick-up on Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:30-6:30 at Farm Stand with notice). Redwood Roots Farm also offers a winter u-pick share ($100 November- March) and a spring spring share ($100 April-May).
★ Shakefork Community Farm
Kevin & Melanie Cunningham, farmers
7914 State Hwy. 36, Carlotta, CA 95528
Serving: Humboldt County
Membership: $500 per full-share; $300 per half-share. The Shakefork vegetable CSA runs for 22 plus weeks, (June-October). Weekly shares are boxed up and available at locations in Carlotta, Fortuna and Garberville.
★ Valley Flower Vegetables
665 Centerville, Ferndale, CA, 95536