Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based model for sustainable agriculture and food distribution. Once harvesting begins, members receive shares of produce and additional products including eggs, baked goods, dry goods, preserves, honey, and maple syrup on a weekly basis during the summer/fall season, and on a bi-weekly basis during the winter/spring season.
The majority of CSA farms offer vegetable shares during the growing season, but MWFF provides year-round service. Using ecological and regenerative farm applications, we produce over 35 types of vegetables and herbs as well as free-range meat chickens at our farm.
The Full Share membership gives you access to food beginning in mid-June and carrying through until the next June. The foods you’ll receive include:
Every year, Mount Wolfe Forest Farm offers a limited number of work shares. The Work Share membership provides the same food as the Full Share membership, but at a reduced price. We offer this price break in exchange for a commitment from you to help our farm manager. This could include general farm labour, trail maintenance or administration. Each person involved in your workshare membership, i.e., family, friends or co-workers, counts towards required volunteer time. For example, if there are four people involved in your membership and everyone volunteers an equal amount of time, then a minimum of three hours of volunteer time per month is required of each person.
Shifts are coordinated between the volunteer participants and our farmers. They are scheduled to fit the busy lives of the Work Share participants and the production needs of the farm. There will be a total number of volunteer hours that are agreed upon at the beginning of the season. If you are unable to make a volunteer shift, then let us know in advance, and we can make accommodations to make up for the lost time.
We offer 30 Chicken Shares to as an add-on item to either the Full Share membership or the Work Share membership. You will receive five 4–5 pound free-range whole chickens that have been processed at an inspected facility and stored in freezers at the farm for pick-up. The cost of the Chicken Share is $100.
The membership term begins with the first CSA pickup of the growing season, anticipated to be mid-June, and continues for a year until the following June.
If you join, for example, on October 8, 2016, then your membership will run from then until October 7, 2017.
Mount Wolfe Forest Farm accepts cash, cheques and e-transfers. Payments can be made in annual or quarterly installments for both the Full Share and the Work Share memberships. The Chicken Share is offered as a one-time payment. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 647-335-8897 for pricing and how to sign up.
Pick-up is on Fridays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. If this window doesn’t work for you on a given week, then contact us to see if we can make other arrangements. During the summer and fall (mid-June to October), when the market gardens are bountiful, pick-up at the farm is weekly. During the winter–spring season (November through May), however, pick-up is bi-weekly.
On pick-up day, vegetables will be available market-style, with suggested quantities clearly marked on a blackboard. Members are free to choose what they want to take and, at times of abundance, will be encouraged to take extra home for canning, etc. There are set amounts for the value-added items, but we’d be happy to special-order extra quantities for you. Prices will vary depending on the time of year and the item.
For logistical reasons, your weekly share must be picked up on the allotted day. If you’re unable to make that week’s pick-up, we suggest coordinating with a friend or letting us know, and we’ll donate the product to Caledon Community Service’s the Exchange. The Exchange has done some great work re-imagining the emergency food bank model. You can learn more about the Exchange here.
Members are encouraged to visit the farm on pick-up days. We’ll also organize Open Farm days for guided tours of the gardens and our 10 km of trails. Work Share members will have access to the farm during their coordinated volunteer hours. We’ll post information on the Open Farm dates and other exciting news through newsletters, our blog, Facebook, etc.