our First Pick CSA program
community supported agriculture
CSA Sold Out for 2021, Thank-You Hazeltons and Smithers! Please use the form below to be notified when our CSA signup opens for 2022.
What’s new for 2021?
Our CSA season will run for 17 weekends from June 4-6 through September 24-26 and will include one ‘share holiday’ (one weekend off).
Choose between our share options:
Nourish Share (4-6 items) – Equivalent to last season’s share size, your weekly staple veg supply suitable for 1-2 people.
Plenty Share (8-12 items) – Double the veg and more selection, limited harvest crops like asparagus are more likely to show up in the Plenty Shares.
May ‘Lettuce Lovers’ add-on – for those who can’t get enough spring greens, this is a smaller-sized share for the 5 weekends in May.
We’re also offering the option to Gift a Share to a friend or family, or Donate a Share to someone in need.
Preferences? We aim to please! Please let us know if there are veggies you can’t eat, or just can’t get enough of! We’ll try our best to tailor our weekly offering to suit your needs.
If this is your first time signing up for our CSA, please read our FAQ first.
2022 CSA Signup Notification Form
Thanks! We’ll let you know as soon as shares are available for 2022.
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Cheques payable to: WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative,
mail to: 490 Swan Lake Rd Hazelton BC V0J 1Y5
What is a CSA? Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, a CSA is a mutually beneficial commitment between customer and farmer, where the farmer commits to growing a weekly share of vegetables for a customer who has committed to purchase upfront, simple as that.
Why a CSA? As farmers, we strive to be able to earn an honest living while keeping a healthy balance between providing the care and attention this living farm ecosystem demands, and finding some time for other projects and pursuits. Jolene continues her work with Young Agrarians, growing more farmers across the North, and Jonathan’s focus shifts increasingly towards building and infrastructure projects. We are excited to welcome back Willow and Meira this season as equal stakeholders in the market garden in our newly germinated WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative!
Growing food for small communities is tough work, we have to keep diverse and grow a bit-of-a-lot of things, rather than a more efficient lot-of-a-bit of things, and we have to reach out further to find enough of a market for our harvests. A CSA provides surety at the outset, relieving some of the inherent uncertainties in market gardening for small communities, and provides a level of stability for we four farmers earning at least a portion of our livelihoods in the garden.
What’s the benefit to the shareholder? CSA shareholders receive first pick! Never miss out on those first harvests of spinach or broccoli that disappear so quickly at the farmers’ market, our best crops each week will be freshly harvested and selected for you in your share. At pickup your share is already packed and paid for, just grab and go!
What’s the benefit to the farmer? Certainty! In crop planning, harvesting and cash flow. Farmers’ market sales are highly speculative and uncertain, after all the work that goes into growing our vegetables each week we harvest in the hope that enough customers will turn out to buy them, because what goes unsold at the end of a market is a loss to our business. But the success of each market is very much dependent on such vagaries of the weather, holidays, other events in town, etc. A CSA replaces this reliance on hope with certainty on harvest day.
What’s in my share? Our best pick of certified organic vegetables each week, revolving throughout the season as new crops come on to ensure maximum variety and peak quality and flavour. Here’s a taste of the 4-6 items you may find in your Nourish Share each week:
- Spring: Spinach, Arugula, Greens mix, Strawberries, Hakurei, Radish, Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Rhubarb, Broccolini, Snap peas
- Summer: Tomatoes, Basil, Peppers, Carrots, Beets, Cucumbers, Basil, Kale/Chard, Zucchini, Dill, Delicata, Beans, Garlic, Onions, New potatoes, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, Fresh herbs, Cherry tomatoes, Raspberries
- Fall: Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Carrots, Beets, Kale/Chard, Zucchini, Zucchini, Winter squash, Beans, Garlic, Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, Fresh herbs, Greens, Parsnips
How many people will a share feed? Depends on how much you love your organic vegetables! A Nourish Share is about a paper shopping bag’s worth, and a reasonable amount for a single person or a couple. If you are a larger family or really love your fresh veg, consider a Plenty Share. You can also gift or donate the bounty of a share!
When is the 2021 CSA season? Weekly from June through September, there will be 16 weekly shares over 17 weeks which includes a one week share ‘holiday’ – simply let us know when you will be away and we’ll cancel for that week.
Where and when do I pickup my share? Your choice when you sign up, either at the farm in the Kispiox Valley on Fridays between 3-6, at the BV Farmers’ Market in Smithers Saturdays 8:30 – 12:30, or at the Hazelton Farmers’ Market Sundays between 10-2.
What if I can’t pickup my share one week? You have one share ‘holiday’ per season, just let us know by email by the Wednesday before your pickup day. If you are away additional weeks, you can gift or sell those weeks to a friend or neighbour, who are welcome to pick up your share on your behalf. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to have someone pick up your share (so that we can go about the business of growing the food).
What if I don’t get my share picked up? This is where the mutual commitment part of a CSA comes into play, your share of vegetable were grown and harvested just for you, and you are responsible for making sure they are eaten and enjoyed! If we do not hear from you and your share does not get picked up, it will be returned to the farm and can be picked up at your convenience from the fridge at our farmstand.
Can I make substitutions in my share? CSA programs operate on a ‘Farmer’s Choice’ basis. Shareholders put trust in their farmers to select the best, fresh, in season crops each week and provide maximum variety throughout the CSA season. That being said, we will do our best to accommodate any preferences you may have and are happy to exchange a non-preferred item for a similar valued item based on availability.
Is my share of the harvest guaranteed? Yes, with the caveat being to the extent that anything can be guaranteed down on the farm! Your share of any given crop is proportional to the amount harvested; in the event of a crop failure the risk is shared with the shareholders. However, we are a diverse market garden with over 10 years under our belt, and a lean year in one crop usually means a bounty in other crops. We guarantee there will be on average at least $22.50 worth of our best vegetables each week in your Nourish Share; if some weeks are on the lean side we will make it up in subsequent harvests. And if we have a bumper season, our shareholders will share in the bounty above and beyond the guaranteed amount.
The CSA season ends in the fall, then what will I eat? Our CSA shareholders receive 5% off orders of our bulk storage vegetables, see woodgrain.ca/vegetables
What’s the value of a share for the season? 2021 CSA rates are $360 Single / $720 Double Share ($22.50 / $45 per week). The May ‘Lettuce Lovers’ Add-on is +$75 ($15 per week)
Any questions, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for considering us to be your farmers this season!