CSA:  Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G.) Farms

Operates: May-October


Listing last updated on Dec 26, 2011

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Contact Information

Sharon Leopardi
(801) 718-7478

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What Are My Share Options?

There are 2 basic option types: The Full Share, and the Half Share. Both provide the same amount of produce in each delivery, but the Full Share comes every week, and the Half Share comes every other week during the growing season. If you buy a Half Share, based on your delivery of pickup location, you will be assigned to either Week A or Week B distribution.

How Long Is The Season?

We will plan to have our 2012 harvest season, weather permitting, from mid-May to the end of October, give or take a week or two depending good graces of Mother Earth : ) The total season should last between 22-25 weeks. Last year (2011) we started late (First week of June) because of the long cold wet spring, but our last delivery was into the first week of November.

How Will I Get My Veggie Share?

There are 2 ways of getting your veggies each week: HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY or CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS.

HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY: One of the many unique things about our CSA program is our delivery service. For a small additional fee, if you live within Salt Lake City, there is no need to remember to pick up your CSA share, we deliver it directly to your house or office! The one time delivery fee is $50 for a Half Share and $100 for a Full Share. This helps us cover our costs in fuel and extra labor.

If you are getting a Home/Office Delivery, we need to make sure you have a way of keeping your veggies cool and fresh until they get inside your fridge. Therefore, please make sure you have a cooler with a cold freezer pack outside your front door of hour house/apartment, or have some way of storing your produce in your office, either in an office fridge or cooler, before taking it home with you.

CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS: If you don't mind coming to a pickup location for your veggies and are on a tighter budget, the Pickup Share may be the way to go for you. Here is a list of our dropoff Locations*:

* Mountain Valley Seed Co. Store: 455 W 1700 S * Sugarhouse Pickup: TBD * Avenues Pickup: TBD * East Bench/University Pickup : TBD * Liberty Wells Pickup: TBD * Wasatch Cohousing Pickup: 1411 S. Utah St (1605 West)

We are currently finding our exact locations for many of our pickup spots, if you are interested in becoming a pickup location host for the 2012, you will recieve an additional $100 discount from your full share. We are currently looking for locations in the Avenues, Sugarhouse, East Bench/University, and Liberty Wells Neighborhoods. Hosts must also sign up to recieve a full share and need to have a secure, protected area that is accessible by the members to pick up their shares. If you are interested, send us an email at bugfarms@gmail.com and we will give you more details!

How Much Food Will I Get In My Delivery?

Understand that even with our best planning and farming efforts, mother earth is the real decider on what grows and what doesn't! Each delivery should contain between 5-9 different veggie/greens/herb items. The exact quantity and variety will change each week depending on the harvest for that time of the season. For example, if the slugs and snails decide to eat up a certain bed of spinach, then you may not have spinach for that week. Generally, one delivery should last 2-4 people cooking at home a weeks worth of veggies. If you are single, think about teaming up with a friend and splitting a Full Share, or try a Half Share where you will have 2 weeks to eat your produce before getting another delivery.

June deliveries could look like this: 4 oz microgreens 6 oz lettuce mix 6 oz baby spinach 1 bunch Rainbow chard 1 bunch Red Russian kale 1 bunch French Breakfast radish 1 bunch Parisienne carrots 1 bunch cilantro 2 medium summer squash August deliveries could look like this: 8 oz mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes 1 bunch rainbow carrots 1 bunch rainbow beets 1 large eggplant 1/3 lb green beans 1-3 sweet pepper 2-4 hot peppers 1 bunch/bag basil 1 bunch chard 4 oz sunflower sprouts October deliveries could look like this: 2 lb potatoes 2 acorn squash or 1 larger winter squash 2-3 storage onions 6 oz. spinach 1 bunch chard 4 oz microgreens 1 bunch pea shoots 6 oz lettuce mix

Exact quantities and varieties can vary a bit, and some weeks you may recieve more different veggies than others. To see some of what we gave in 2011, peruse some of 2011's weekly CSA newsletters in the blog section here

What If I Am Out Of Town?

We are hoping to provide veggies for up to 90 members this year, which makes member management a very BIG JOB. Based on my experience last year, it became increasingly pain-staking and tedious to keep track of who was skipping weeks when. So to streamline the member management, and reduce errors, if you know you are going to be out of town, there will be a couple of options: Coordinate a friend who will pick up your share at your delivery location and eat it or keep it for you for that week. We won't be able to deliver it to a different address though. Another option for Half Share members is to switch your delivery to your "off week". The bottome line is to please LET US KNOW AT LEAST A WEEK AHEAD OF YOUR ABSENCE and we can figure out something for you : )

How Do I Pay For My CSA Membership?

Currently, we can only accept a check in the mail, or cash in person for CSA payment. Due to the difficulty of setting up online credit card payment, and the extra fees associated, we will not be offering that option right now. Hopefully that wont be a huge problem for you. We understand that paying for the whole season at once may be challenging for some of you. If that is keeping you from joining, send us an email and we will try to work with you in splitting up your payments. But, if you have the ability to pay all at once, that would be really helpful on this end and lots of good and tankful vibes will be going your way : ) We really want to offer our tasty veggies to as many folks as possible in our community, and offer as low of a price as we can, while still being able to function sustainably as an urban farming business. We aren't in this for the money, but we do need money to be able go grow food and pay the rent for ourselves : )

**To to learn more or to sign up, please visit our website at: http://www.backyardurbangardens.com/


CSA Details

Season:  May through October

Type:  single farm


Full Share:  $700/year for home delivery shares or $600/year for pickup shares

1/2 Share:  $400/year for home delivery shares or $350/year for pickup shares

Work Req?  No

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Our Drop Offs and Delivery Areas


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Avenues Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Central Salt Lake City Home/Office Delivery  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

Downtown Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

Downtown Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

East Downtown Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

Glendale Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi
Phone: 801-718-7478

Mountain Valley Seeds  (Thu)

Contact: Sharon Leopardi
Phone: 801 718-7478
Address:
455 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

South Salt Lake Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

Sugarhouse Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

Sugarhouse Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi

University Home/Office Delivery Area  (Thu)
We offer home or office delivery for folks who live in this Salt Lake City Neighborhood

Contact: Sharon Leopardi