Farm Shares

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What are Grow Dat Farm Shares?
We are thrilled to launch our 15-week-long Farm Share initiative, an opportunity for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm and youth leadership program. Farm Shares are a form of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a way for the community to become “member-investors” who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest every week. For decades, CSAs have supported small-scale farmers and strengthened local food systems. Members experience the seasonal fluctuations of the farm’s produce, a process that teaches consumers more about the natural cycles of food production. Farms benefit by receiving upfront, steady income from members, minimizing some of the risks that come with small-scale farming. At Grow Dat, all Farm Share proceeds support our youth program, which nurtures the leadership skills of teenagers employed in the meaningful work of growing healthy food.

How Does It Work?
Farm Shares run for 15 weeks, beginning March 15 and ending June 21. Members are responsible for picking up their produce at our farm site in City Park every Saturday morning between 9am and 12pm. Your share will consist of a variety of vegetables and herbs grown on our farm and will change on a weekly basis. One Greens Share will generally supply a family of three with vegetables for a week, and one Full Share will supply a family of five.
Customers can choose to become either a Greens Share member or a Full Share member. Greens Share members receive a box of produce that includes: 1) a ¼ lb. bag of our signature salad mix, 2) a ¼ lb. bag of arugula, 3) one bunch of kale, 3) one bunch of chard OR collards (farmer’s choice based on availability) and 4) fresh herbs.
Full Share members receive all of the above plus seasonal herbs and vegetables including basil, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, leek, mustards, watermelons, green onions, hot peppers, potatoes, radishes, sugar snap peas, squash, cherry tomatoes, tat soi, turnips and zucchini. See below table for seasonal availability.

Expected Produce Availability Week by Week (Tentative) for Full Share Members

Week  Expected Crops
Continuous availability for most of these crops until June 21 GD Salad Mix (red and green lettuces, arugula, Asian mustards, endive, radicchio), arugula, kale, chard, collards, herbs. When these crops are unavailable, they will be substituted with other seasonal vegetables from the list below
March 15 radishes, tat soi, mustards
March 22 radishes, turnips, tat soi, mustards
March 29 radishes, turnips, tat soi, mustards
   April 5 snap peas, radishes, turnips, tat soi, mustards
  April 12 broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, radishes, turnips, tat soi, mustards
  April 19 broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, turnips
  April 26 radishes, turnips, mustards
  May 3 squash, zucchini, potatoes, carrots
  May 10 cherry tomatoes, basil, eggplant, squash, zucchini, potatoes, carrots
  May 17 leeks, basil, eggplant, potatoes, carrots, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers
  May 24 okra, leeks, basil, eggplant, carrots, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers
  May 31 okra, basil, eggplant, carrots, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers
  June 7 beans, okra, basil, eggplant, carrots, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers
 June 14 hot peppers, beans, okra, basil, eggplant, squash, zucchini, cucumbers
 June 21 watermelon, hot peppers, okra, squash, zucchini, cucumbers

In addition to produce, all members receive a weekly electronic newsletter with recipe ideas, farm news, upcoming events and inspiring messages from Grow Dat youth. Each week members will pick up their produce in a waxed cardboard box that they will bring back the following week to trade for another box. Weekly produce may vary from the above list and is subject to change because of unexpected challenges with weather, pests and disease.

What are the Different Membership Options?

Pioneer Full Share: $540
* 15 weekly produce boxes ($25 value per box) includes:
– one ¼ pound bag of our signature salad mix (red and green lettuces, arugula, Asian mustards, endive, radicchio)
– one ¼ pound bag of arugula
– one ½ pound bunch of chard OR collards (farmer’s choice based on availability)- one ½ pound bunch of kale
– one small bag of fresh culinary herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, chives, or mint)
– seasonal vegetables based on availability
* Weekly electronic newsletter with recipe ideas, farm news, upcoming events and inspiring messages from Grow Dat youth
* Donation of $165 ($11 per week) that will fund one week’s worth of stipend for three youth Crew Members during our Spring Leadership Program
* Recognition certificate and personalized letter from youth Crew Member whose stipend you’ve supported

Full Share: $375
* 15 weekly produce boxes ($25 value per box) includes:
– one ¼ pound bag of our signature salad mix (red and green lettuces, arugula, Asian mustards, endive, radicchio)
– one ¼ pound bag of arugula
– one ½ pound bunch of chard OR collards (farmer’s choice based on availability)
– one ½ pound bunch of kale
– one small bag of fresh culinary herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, chives, mint) seasonal vegetables based on availability
* Weekly electronic newsletter with recipe ideas, farm news, upcoming events and inspiring messages from Grow Dat youth

Pioneer Greens Share: $390
* 15 weekly produce boxes ($15 value per box) includes:
– one ¼ pound bag of our signature salad mix (red and green lettuces, arugula, Asian mustards, endive, radicchio)
– one ¼ pound bag of arugula
– one ½ pound bunch of chard OR collards (farmer’s choice based on availability)
– one ½ pound bunch of kale
– one small bag of fresh culinary herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, chives, or mint)
* Weekly newsletter with recipe ideas, farm news, upcoming events and inspiring messages from Grow Dat youth employees
* Donation of $165 ($11 per week) that will fund one week’s worth of stipend for three youth Crew Members during our Spring Leadership Program
* Recognition certificate and personalized letter from youth Crew Member whose stipend you’ve supported

Greens Share: $225
* 15 weekly produce boxes ($15 value per box) includes:
– one ¼ pound bag of our signature salad mix (red and green lettuces, arugula, Asian mustards, endive, radicchio)
– one ¼ pound bag of arugula
– one ½ pound bunch of chard OR collards (farmer’s choice based on availability)
– one ½ pound bunch of kale
– one small bag of fresh culinary herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, chives, mint)
* Weekly electronic newsletter with recipe ideas, farm news, upcoming events and inspiring messages from Grow Dat youth employees

Note about donations for Pioneer Shares: Grow Dat is currently in the process of applying for our 501c3 non-profit status with the IRS. Thus, donations to Grow Dat through our online web portal are not currently tax-deductible. Please contact jeanne@growdatyouthfarm.org if you have questions.

What Are Grow Dat’s Farming Practices?
At Grow Dat, we use chemical-free farming methods to build a resilient sustainable agricultural system. To us that means producing food by supporting natural ecological systems and stewarding natural and human resources for the future. We do not use chemical-based pesticides or fertilizers. Instead, we utilize organic techniques such as cover cropping, composting, companion planting, farmscaping and crop rotation to stimulate micro-biological activity and soil health. Simultaneously, we support the growth of young people to become stewards of precious natural resources for future generations. We wash all produce and use best practices for post-harvest handling because your safety and satisfaction is our top priority. For your added protection, make sure to wash all produce again before eating.

Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
One aspect of Community Supported Agriculture is that members share in the rewards and in the inherent risks of agriculture including poor weather, flooding, disease, frost, and pest outbreaks. We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity and variety of produce however, may vary from week to week. When you become a Farm Share member, you agree to share both in the risk of crop failure and the bounty of the season with Grow Dat and other Farm Share members. While Grow Dat will act in good faith to provide a wide variety of produce for the duration of the spring season, there is no guarantee of quantities or contents of weekly shares. Substitutions may be made in the event of crop variety shortages. In the event of major crop failure, you will be notified as soon as possible by e-mail.

Share Pick-Up
You are responsible for picking up your share every Saturday rain or shine between 9am and 12pm at our farm site in City Park (150 Zachary Taylor Drive – between Pan Am Stadium and City Bark Dog Park). The first share pick up will be Saturday, March 15, 2014 and will continue every Saturday until June 21, 2014. When you arrive, you may park either in our designated visitor parking lot or on the side of the road by our weekly Farm Stand display in the front of the farm. Please do not drive onto the site.

A youth Crew Member will register your pickup, take your previous week’s box and and bring you your share box from our cold storage unit. You and your family are welcome to stay and take a youth-guided tour of our farm and/or help Crew Members with morning farm tasks. That Saturday afternoon, you will receive an electronic email newsletter with the week’s box produce, recipe ideas, and news of the farm.

If you cannot pick-up your share for any week, you may 1) arrange for someone else (your proxy) to pick it up for you or 2) donate your box to our hunger relief Shared Harvest donation program. If you know that you will be unable to pick-up your weekly share, please email Leo at leo@growdatyouthfarm.org at least two days in advance to communicate who will be picking up your box or if would like to donate your box. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your proxy as well as providing them with your previous week’s share box. Shares that are not retrieved by 12:15 pm will be donated to Grow Dat youth and their families or to one of our Shared Harvest donation partners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Alternative Pickup Dates/Locations:
On infrequent occasions, share pickup at our farm will not be possible because of events occurring in City Park that limit access to our farm. Share pickup will NOT take place at Grow Dat Youth Farm on April 19, 2014 due to the Crescent City Classic race. It is possible that members will have to pick up their share at the alternative pickup site on dates other than April 19. We will let you know by email at least two weeks in advance about any change in pickup times and/or locations.

 Farm Share Pick-Up Dates and Locations:

Pick-up Date Pick-up Location Address Time Parking
March 15, 22, 29April 5, 12, 26May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31June 7, 14, 21 Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park 150 Zachary Taylor Dr., NOLA 70124 (between Pan Am Stadium and City Bark) 9am – 12pm Please park in parking lot or on side of road
April 19 First Grace United Methodist Church 3401 Canal St., NOLA 70119 (intersection with Jeff Davis) 9am – 12pm Enter on N. Clark St. to rear parking lot

Communication:
The best way to communicate with us is via email with Farm Manager, Leo Gorman. He can be reached by email at leo@growdatyouthfarm.org or by cell at 504.616.1777. Please contact Leo (preferably by email) with any questions, changes to your contact information, changes with your share’s ownership, interest in donating your share, problems with pick-up, or dissatisfaction with your share.

Upon registration, you will receive an email welcoming you as a member of our farm. During the season, Leo will communicate with you by email and/or by telephone to deliver any important information about crop failure, pick-up changes, and other share-related news. Additionally, please read your weekly electronic newsletter for information on seasonal recipes, youth program news and upcoming events at the farm.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Partial refunds are only available prior to March 8, 2014, one week before the beginning of the program. A 10% cancellation fee (of your share price) will be charged to your credit card with the remaining amount credited back to your card. If you wish to cancel your membership and receive a partial refund, please email Leo Gorman at leo@growdatyouthfarm.org before 5pm on March 8, 2014. You will receive an email verifying your cancelation and a receipt of your refund within five business days.

Grow Dat does not offer refunds for shares after 5pm on March 8, 2014. By joining the Farm Share Program, you are supporting Grow Dat Youth Farm and the youth we serve. As a shareholder in both the bounty and the risk, nature ultimately decides what you will receive and when you will receive it.

If for any reason, you are unable to continue with the Farm Share Program, you may either 1) donate your produce to Grow Dat youth or our hunger relief partners or 2) find a friend to buy out your share. However, if a friend buys out your share you must handle ALL agreements and cash transactions on your own. If you wish to donate the remainder of your share or have a friend buy out your share, please email Leo at least one week prior to the change date. Any buyer of the share must be able to pick up at our farm and when necessary, our alternative pick-up site.

Cancellation and Refund Policy Summary:

Cancelation Date Refund Amount Options
Before March 8, 5pm Partial refund – 10% cancellation fee (of share price) charged to credit card and remainder returned Continue to support Grow Dat by buying produce at our weekly on-site Saturday farm stand or volunteering
After March 8, 5pm No refund available 1) Donate share to Grow Dat youth or hunger relief donation program2) Ask a friend to buy out your share

Thank you for supporting young leaders and sustainable agriculture in New Orleans!

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