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CSA member shares for sale - 2014 season begins in May!
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Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a direct partnership between the farmers who grow the food and the people who eat it. The CSA structure guarantees the farmers a supportive market for their produce, and members are assured access to delicious, nutritious vegetables that are grown locally using sustainable methods. Earth-Shares has an unusual cooperative model; our land is not farmer-owned, but is leased. The owner, Grailville, maintains USDA Organic certification (by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)) for our land and dozens more acres. All of Earth-Shares' revenue is used to pay expenses directly related to food production.
Our season starts in mid- to late May and runs about 5 months. CSA members pick up their weekly "share" of vegetables (almost all harvested in the 24 hours before distribution) at the farm. A household/group of 2-4 people can consume the typical volume of produce distributed (volume and items vary from year to year and through the season, of course!) In a typical season a share will include as many as 30 varieties of produce (mostly vegetables, with some herbs and melons).
Some of our 115 shares include a commitment to work 25 (scheduled) hours during the growing season. Workshare members provide our professional gardeners much-needed assistance growing and harvesting the vegetables. Working shares cost $315 and can be purchased with our gardeners' approval. Please e-mail for more information.
Earth-Shares CSA is a Community-Supported Agriculture organization in Loveland, Ohio (about 20 miles north of Cincinnati.) When you buy a "share" you receive in-season vegetables every week during the growing season. CSA membership provides a supportive market for the farm/farmers, and members are assured a supply of produce that is super-fresh, grown locally with sustainable methods, and which is not chemically or genetically altered. Earth-Shares leases its land, which is Certified Organic by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and contracts with professional gardeners who are responsible for planning and producing 30-35 different types of vegetables in a typical season.
We offer two share distribution days, Wednesdays from 4-6 and Saturdays from 12-2, beginning May 22/25.