CSA Agreement

Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm

A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest. Our CSA runs for 3-12 weeks, from July to September. Members are responsible for showing up at their designated pick-up site each week on their pick-up day to pick-up their share of flowers. Alternatively, members who select delivery are responsible for being available to receive their share at the drop-off location specified during purchase, on the dates specified by their purchase. You will generally receive one bouquet of flowers. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.

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B. Our Growing Practices

The farm is committed to doing what is in our power to produce flowers in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. This includes but is not limited to, when possible, using natural fertilizer, pest control methods, and weed control methods.

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C. The Products We Expect for 2022

The chart below outlines some of the flowers we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production.

 July Anemone, Nigella, Poppy, Sweet Pea etc.
August Sweet Pea, Snapdragons, Zinnias, Sunflowers etc.
September Sunflowers, Dahlias, Cosmos etc.

 

Section 2. Our Shared Commitments

A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure

We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of flowers, however, may vary from week-to-week, month-to-month, and season-to-season due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farmers generally, or buying in from a wholesaler. This may not be a feasible option for all crops because of cost or widespread failure.

For example, if there was an inadequate amount of greens available on a given week to produce suitable bouquets we may buy in supplemental greens in order to produce a quality bouquet.

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B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, retail partners, restaurants, grocery stores, directly via online sales, and/or wholesale distributors. Although production is not segregated, our CSA receives priority. After filling our CSA share with the week’s harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets.

Section 3.

A. Picking Up Shares

You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your drop site. Place a check mark next to the drop site you would like to use from the list below.

You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:

  1. Pick up your share within the timeframe stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.
  2. Be respectful of our drop site hosts' property.
  3. Follow additional rules posted at your drop site regarding parking, use of certain entrances, etc.

If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If you wish to switch to delivery, you must email aurora@aurorawild.ca a minimum of two weeks before your first pick-up date and pay the cost of delivery in full at that time via e-transfer. Delivery costs $20 per week. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to a charity, donated to the drop site host, or sold.

If you have selected delivery instead please refer to section 3B.

B. Delivery of Shares

You are responsible for being available to receive your share at your designated delivery location, on your delivery dates, during the specified delivery hours of 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. We always aim to deliver in the earlier portion of the delivery window however we are not able to guarantee exactly what time your delivery will arrive.

If you are not available at your designated delivery location to receive your share, you must arrange for someone else to receive it for you. Shares that are not received at the time of drop off will be donated or sold.

Section 4. Member Fees 

By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.

All payments are non-refundable beyond the last week of June.

Section 5. Communicating with Us

The best way to communicate with us is via text message. Our phone is 780-807-1214 and the best times to reach us are noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your flowers and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, changes to your drop-site location, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your share.

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