Investing in CSA

Rosehips in the Snow

Is Our CSA Right for Your Family?

You want wholesome, old-fashioned foods including heirloom varieties and heritage breeds, raised without chemicals, the way nature intended; and you want to ensure that these things are available for generations to come.  You value farming families and believe that they should be fairly compensated for providing truly nourishing foods while faithfully stewarding the land. You want to be part of a community of people who uphold these values.



Join our CSA

Download, print and return our Terms and Application today



We are busily preparing our barn for new arrivals and finalizing our crop calendar, preparing seed orders, reserving bees and livestock, and trying out our new-to-us video camera.

Two of the most frequently asked questions about CSA are, “What do I get in my share?” and “How do you price your shares?”You are investing in a farm and a family, investing in your own health.  In a very special way, you become part of the farm community, made up of our family and other shareholders.  We thought it would be helpful to give you some examples of how the funds are spent.Honeybees: $235/hive (bees only) from a Russian breeder in New York.  This is almost twice what other bees will cost, but the Russians are gentler, more prolific, and tolerate our climate better.  That means less stress on the beekeeper (us), and more beautiful raw honey.Laying Hens: $3500/100 Australian Black Orpington pullets (with transport).  We buy started pullets so that we can offer eggs earlier in the season, and so that we can reduce brooding losses (and a lot of work).  We bought a different type of bird last year and they were a total failure.  They arrived multilated (debeaked) so that they couldn’t forage properly.  They only laid for about 2-3 weeks, and then only about 20% of them laid at all.

Seeds: $5000 Since we purchase organic heirloom seed, and since quantities are often limited, the prices are a fair bit higher than those you can buy at a local garden center.  We have some pretty neat varieties on offer, and will begin to implement some companion planting this year as well.

Heritage livestock such as Pigs, Goats, Sheep and Geese cost, on average, 2-3 times what no-name/”production” breeds cost.

This is just a small sampling.  None of these expenses take into account the infrastructure, equipment, supplies, and services we need.  And it doesn’t include our labour, which will occupy our family full-time, year-round.

Our 2014 Shares are as follows:

Vegetable – whole and half

Meat – Pork and Beef, half and whole. Chicken and Goose, whole

Egg – Chicken – 1 doz/wk.


Whole farm shares are also still available, used as farm credit on anything available at the farm when you come. If you have a whole farm share with credit remaining, you can, if you wish, transfer that share to one of the above for 2014.
Just give us a call or drop an email to let us know.



We have posted our TERMS and APPLICATION.  Please read everything carefully.  Both the Terms and the Application need to be signed and returned with payment – either by postal mail or right to the farm.  If we aren’t at the farm when you arrive to drop your paperwork, there is a locked black mailbox that you can safely drop your envelope in.

Investing in CSA

Brian and Nissa

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