A weekly veggie box subscription for you and your family!

2020 sign up available in February 2020.

What’s a CSA?

Simply put, “community-supported agriculture” allows the consumer (that’s you!) to connect directly with the farmer (that’s us!) and subscribe to a weekly harvest box of organic vegetables. Each harvest box will contain a variety of fresh veggies that are carefully selected and allow for eating in-season. Once you’ve tried a vine-ripened tomato or the crispest head of lettuce, you’ll be hard pressed to purchase your produce from the grocery store during the growing season.

Is a First Generation Organics CSA the right fit for you? Please read through our policy below.

 

CSA members will receive a harvest box each week for 16 weeks, from late-June to mid-October. A harvest box will include 6-8 portions of vegetables.  A “portion” would be similar to how veggies are usually sold at market.  So, depending on what’s ready for harvest that week, a box might include a bunch of carrots (roughly 8 per bunch), a head of lettuce, a bunch of radishes, a pound of tomatoes, 1.5 pounds of beans, a pound of zucchini, and a bunch of green onions.  A full list of what we are growing this year is available on our website.

All About Sharing

Our CSA subscription is a commitment between us (First Generation Organics) and our members - we are in it together for the 2020 growing season.

  • Cost: Upfront income allows the farm to confidently purchase inputs during the early season.

  • Risk: Farming can have unforeseen challenges (e.g. crop failure) but can also have an abundance of produce.

  • Local, In-Season Food: We will experience the freshest, most flavourful, and nutritious vegetables at peak ripeness, and encourage each other to eat in-season with recipes and cooking tips.

  • A Relationship: You get to know your farmers, while us farmers get to know who we are growing for. You are helping to develop a new generation of farmers!

Crops we plan to grow in 2020

  • Check out our Crops page for 2020 produce offerings.

  • We will be eating in-season, meaning these crops have specific windows when they will be available for harvest, and not available the rest of the season. Savour this experience!

  • Due to the nature of farming, there is always the risk of crop failure. If we experience a crop failure, we will do our best to fill that week’s harvest box with other veggies to make up for it. If we have an especially good harvest of a particular item, we will pass that abundance along to you. This may mean you will have to freeze or preserve some of those veggies for later eating, but that’s what it’s all about!

Picking-up Your Weekly Harvest Box

  • Pick-up will be available Fridays, 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Tsawwassen Farm School (TFS), located at 4996 28 Avenue, Delta. 

  • Pick-up will also be available Saturdays, 10am-3pm at the Fort Langley Village Farmer's Market, located at St. Andrew’s Historic Church, 9025 Glover Road, Fort Langley.

  • BYOB. We encourage all members to bring reusable grocery bags, coolers or cooler bags to the farm or farmer's market when picking up your veggies.

  • Plan to be away? Please arrange for someone else to pick up your box. It is your responsibility to let your substitute know where, when, and how to pick up the harvest box.

    • If no one can pick up your box, please let us know by 4:30pm Thursday before pickup. We will arrange to donate your box so no food is wasted. There will not be a refund for a box not picked up.

Communication

Communication is key to ensuring everyone is happy and satisfied.

  • We will send out a weekly email on Wednesday evenings to remind you about the box pick-up. Please read the email as it will list the vegetables available that week, any changes to pick-up details (which is unlikely), and an update of farm activities.

  • If you have any questions, please email us at firstgenerationorganics@gmail.com and we will do our best to respond within 24 hours. Please note that emails are difficult to answer when we’re working in the field but we will strive to respond to any concerns as soon as we can.

Confirming your CSA Membership

  • A 2020 First Generation Organics CSA membership share is $450.

  • Please complete a registration form (link will be available February 2020).

  • After we receive your completed registration form, we will send you an invoice.

  • Your CSA membership is confirmed once you have paid in full.  

  • You can pay by cheque or e-transfer:

    • Cheques are payable to First Generation Organics.  Please mail your cheque to 24752 110 Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC, V2W 1G7

    • E-transfers can be sent to firstgenerationorganics@gmail.com

  • There are two options to pay: (1)  In full, upon receipt of invoice, or (2) in two instalments ($200 due upon receipt of invoice and balance due in one month).

  • Unfortunately we cannot accommodate refunds or cancellations once the season has started. We carefully plan our season’s vegetable crop quantity and availability in the early part of the year, which affects our financial and marketing plans. CSA registration is a key part of planning, which helps our farm to have a successful year. If we need to make changes to the pick-up time or location after you’ve already signed up, and these new logistics do not work for you, we will fully refund the remaining amount of your CSA share.

Registration

  • A link to sign up will be available in February 2020.

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