Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture is a farming model based on a relationship between the farmer and the patrons of the farm. Individuals and households can buy a "share" of the farm produce, becoming members or share-holders in the CSA.
Why have a CSA? Farming is an inherently risky business. In our typical food system, farmers bear all the risks of adverse weather and crop failure, while consumers enjoy the perennial summer of the grocery store. This leaves farmers exposed and at risk, and leaves consumers disconnected from the source of their food, feeling powerless to avert the crisis of the loss of our nation's farmers and farmland.
With CSA, farmers and the people they feed are in it together. The farmer makes the promise to provide a (typically) weekly box or bag of whatever is in season. The member or share-holder promises to get their vegetables from that farmer every week, often paying for the entire season's worth of vegetables in advance. Farmers get added security, a fair price, cash flow at the beginning of the season when they need it most, and a real relationship with their members.
Share-holders also get many benefits, essentially, they get a family farm! Not too long ago, most Americans were connected to a farm in their own family, but this is not so anymore. Share-holders get the satisfaction of supporting a local farm family, a better value for their money, the security of know where their food comes from and how it is produced, and the enjoyment of visiting the farm and having a personal relationship with their farmers.
Want to be sure that CSA is right for you before making the commitment? This simple test may help you decide.
There are thousands of CSA farms across the country, and they all do it a little differently. Here's the skinny on Tubby Creek Farm's CSA:
We will be accepting 30 CSA membership in 2013. We offer CSA shares in three sizes. Small shares cost $15 per week, and are good for households of two people, or even a sinlge vegetable maniac. Full shares ($23 per week) are ideal for households of two or three, or families with a couple small children. Large shares ($30 per week) should keep households of three to five people well stocked.
The growing season in north Mississippi is long. We have divided our CSA into three seasons, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Spring Share includes April and May (8 weeks). Over the course of the spring, you can expect spinach, head lettuce, salad mix, arugula, leeks, spring onions, cabbage, broccoli, kale, turnip roots and greens, carrots, snow and snap peas, mustard, new potatoes, and herbs. SOLD OUT
Summer Share runs June, July and August (14 weeks). Over the course of the summer, you can expect cucumbers, squash, snap beans, okra, onions, tomatoes, sweet pepper, hot peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, melons, garlic, herbs and more.
Fall Share runs September, October and November (13 weeks). Over the course of the fall, you can expect cucumbers, squash, melons, okra, tomatoes, peppers, melons, root vegetables, salad mix, lettuce, various greens, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Broiler Chicken and Egg Shares
Add eggs or chicken to your CSA share! Our lovely laying flock is composed of Barred Rock, Americauna, Rhode Island Red and Danish Leghorn chickens who lay brown, white and blue eggs. The hens live in a mobile chicken coop that we move around so that they always have access to plenty of insects, grass seeds and other snacks. Our chickens have never been given antibiotics. Eggs are available as a weekly or bi-weekly add-on to our CSA shares and cost $4.50 per dozen. SPRING AND FALL EGG SHARES SOLD OUT.
We also offer pasture raised broiler chickens to our CSA members. Our Cornish-Rock chickens arrive on the farm just a couple days old, they have never been given antibiotics, they have constant access to pasture from 3 weeks old, and are even processed right here on our farm. A Broiler Chicken share includes one whole, frozen 4-5 lb chicken per month ($20/month, about $4.50 per pound)
Shares are available for pick up Saturday mornings at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market in midtown Memphis or Wednesdays during business hours at GrowMemphis (U of M neighborhood). Shares are also available for pick up at the farm.
Want to work for a share? We have a limited number of work shares available. We are looking for professional services and hands on farm work.
If you are interested in joining our CSA and supporting our farm, or if you have questions and would like more information, please contact Josephine or Randy.