Thanks for your interest in the Hunter Park GardenHouse Fall-Winter CSA! We love growing veggies year-round and teaching folks how to grow them! We put a lot of thought into what goes into a share, and we’ve seen six successful fall-winter seasons so far. We utilize sustainable growing practices and stringent food safety measures, so you can be sure our produce is safe and healthy for you and your family.
The Fall-Winter CSA will run for 20 weeks, September 21 – February 8.
In the share each week, members will receive:
- A seasonal assortment (4-13 items) of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Due to seasonality, some weeks will be lighter than others. Projected items include: Salad mix, head lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, collards, pac choi, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, radish, turnips, beets, carrots, garlic, onions, scallions, potatoes, winter squash, husk cherries, peas, beans, and herbs. In the beginning of the season there will also be eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos.
- A newsletter with healthy recipes utilizing the produce, and upcoming food and garden-related events.
- An occasional bouquet of cut flowers (in the beginning weeks of the season).
We offer add-on items to further increase the diversity of items in your box. We partner with local farmers and producers who participate in the Allen Market Place Exchange to offer eggs, bread, coffee, cheese, black beans, and meats! Click here for more details.
Work Share, Cost & Payment
We offer a unique selection of payment and work share options to include those who otherwise might not be able to afford membership in a CSA.
- All Pay: Members pay $26 ($20 for SNAP recipients) per share.
- Work Share: A limited number of these shares are available. Members pay $13 per share ($10 for SNAP recipients) and work 2 hours per week, 4-10 hours per month (depends on month). Members must commit to work during weekly scheduled shifts. Members must complete a Work Share application, ANC volunteer application and Background Check waiver. If the 2 hours per week, 4-10 hours per month (depends on month) are not completed by the last day of the month, you will be charged $6.50 per hour that is incomplete, which must be paid at the first pick-up of the following month.
- Lump Sum: Pay full balance at the start of the program (check or credit only). Due no later than August 31, 2016.
- Monthly: Due by the first pick-up of each month. $52 deposit due no later than August 31, 2016 (payable by check or credit only). The $52 will be forfeited if you drop out mid-season, otherwise it will be applied to the final weeks of the Fall-Winter CSA.
- Weekly SNAP Payments: For SNAP & Double Up Food Bucks payments only. Pay at the point of pick-up for your share. $40 deposit (payable by check or credit only) due no later than August 31, 2016. The $40 deposit will be forfeited if you drop out mid-season, otherwise it will be applied to the final weeks of the Fall-Winter CSA. SNAP can only be accepted at point-of-sale (not in advance or after).
*You are responsible for paying for each share, even if you miss a pick up. SNAP & Double Up Food Bucks can only be accepted at point-of-sale (not in advance or after).
Checks made payable to: Allen Neighborhood Center (Fall-Winter CSA in the memo line). Drop off at or mail to: 1611 E. Kalamazoo Street Lansing, MI 48912.
Harvest & Pick Up
Harvest takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10am-12pm. All members are welcome to volunteer during the CSA harvest (an ANC Volunteer Application and Background Check waiver must be completed).
Shares are available for pick-up on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm at the Allen Market Place (1629 E. Kalamazoo St).
Produce will be packaged in a reusable box labeled with your name. Empty boxes must be returned at each pick-up, and at the end of the season which helps us ensure a low environmental impact while minimizing program costs.
If you are unable to pick up your share during the available time, you must make prior arrangements with the GardenHouse Director; otherwise your share may be forfeited. If you know you’re going to be out of town, or unable to make the scheduled pick-up time, we encourage you to coordinate with family, friends, or neighbors to pick up your share during the scheduled time.
Potluck & Orientation
This year we’ll kick off the Fall-Winter CSA season with an Opening Potluck and Orientation for new and returning members. This gives you a chance to tour the GardenHouse, meet other members, enjoy some food with us, and learn the ins and outs of the CSA. Mark your calendars for September 8, 2016. We’ll send out more details as the date approaches.
We are always excited about extra hands helping in the garden. Throughout the season, there is an endless amount of weeding, planting, harvesting, and other tasks to be done. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at the GardenHouse, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 517-999-3919 or email@example.com
What Makes Our CSA Special
- You are supporting programs of the Hunter Park GardenHouse.
Your CSA membership funds programs that serve our community. We host regular garden education workshops & courses, are open 6 days a week to the public, and serve as a demonstration site for garden, sustainability, and entrepreneurial projects. Our after school and summer youth programs, Take Root and Youth Service Corps, teach youth job and life skills through community service projects and garden and nutrition education. A significant portion of the CSA revenues are used to support these programs because that’s what we’re all about.
- We are inclusive of our neighbors.
We offer work-shares and multiple payment options to include those who otherwise might not be able to afford membership in a CSA. We are one of a few CSAs accepting SNAP (Bridge Cards) for payment. Credit and SNAP tokens can be purchased at the Market Bank in the Allen Farmers Market.
- We support other farmers and food producers.
We offer a variety of add-on shares from local farmers and food producers to get their high-quality products in the hands of customers. We work with these businesses to ensure they receive fair prices for their products.
- You pick up at the Allen Neighborhood Center during the Allen Farmers Market.
Each week you’ll get a chance to enjoy the Allen Farmers Market and support other local vendors if there are other items you’d like to purchase. It’s a one-stop shop for all your local food needs. It’s also a great place to catch up with friends and neighbors.
What Our Members Are Saying About Our CSA
“It encourages me to eat healthier because I regularly receive healthy ingredients and a recipe.”
“I love the convenience of fresh food.”
“I look forward to my ‘meal in a bag’ each week.”
Words of Wisdom
CSA is not for everyone. One of the cornerstones of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is shared risk. “The essence of the relationship,” as Elizabeth Henderson states in Sharing the Harvest, “is the mutual commitment: The people support the farm and share the inherent risks and potential bounty.” Part of the mystique associated with being involved in a CSA comes from the organic uncertainty surrounding the fact that, because of factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee what exactly will be in your share each week. If you know that you are not fond of trying new things, or you head out of town every week, or you aren’t up for shared risks, you might be happier just visiting the Allen Street Farmers Market and picking out what you know you’ll use.
So, think about it, discuss it. You are signing a binding contract. Ask questions, ask other CSA members. We want your CSA experience to be a good one and we work hard to insure that it is. With the GardenHouse share we are here, open to chat or hear constructive criticism, issues, problems and work with you to make your CSA experience a positive one.
Thank You for Supporting the Hunter Park GardenHouse!
If you have any questions, contact Hunter Park GardenHouse Director, Rita O’Brien, at 517-999-3910 or firstname.lastname@example.org