CSA

Yokna Bottoms Farm

2015 Information and Registration Packet

 Print 2015 Form:

2015_Foodshare_order_form_and_registration_packet

Mission Statement

Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm, LLC is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. We are a community of individuals working together to produce locally grown food using sustainable agricultural practices, and to promote sustainable and organic agriculture as a viable agricultural system in north Mississippi. The Goals of Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm, LLC are to:

1. Produce local food using sustainable natural agricultural practices.

2. Support sustainable agricultural farmers and artisans in north Mississippi (farmers, farmers’ markets, and local businesses selling locally produced products).

3. Serve as a research site for learning and developing successful organic agricultural practices within north Mississippi’s ecosystem, climate, and soil zones.

4. Provide educational services on local food and sustainable agriculture.

5. Facilitate community life through cooperative production, service and celebration.

Community Supported Agriculture

A CSA is an organizational model for small farms common in the slow foods movement that provides small local farmers, usually organic, a steady income while allowing the farmers to share the risks and rewards of small-scale food production. A Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm food-share for the 2015 growing season (April -November 2015) is a portion of all food produced during the season. A food-share does not represent a share of ownership or commitment to the farm aside from your initial payment. Food-shares will be sold on a first pay, first to receive a share basis. Full payment must be received in order to guarantee a 2015 share and receive any early purchase discounts.

For the 2015 growing season, 50% of all produce will be dedicated to food-shares. Total food-shares will not exceed 100. Thus, one full food-share is approximately .5% of all food produced on the farm between the second week of April 2015 and November 2015 up to Thanksgiving, which we anticipate to be roughly $25-30 worth of produce per week (In 2015, we estimate that we will average $26 worth of produce per week for 32 weeks for a total value of $832). The remaining 30% of farm produce will be sold at local farmers’ markets as well as to local restaurants and businesses.

The 2015 season will run from April – November 2015. In 2015, we will offer two “Market-Style” distributions on Tuesdays at Oxford City Market and Saturdays at Midtown Farmers Market. Home/office deliveries will be made on Tuesday afternoons.

2015 Share Prices

Price

Half Share

16 weeks

$385

15% Early/Return Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$327.25

10% Early/Return (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$346.50

5% Early Return (after Jan. 1, 2015)

$365.75

10% Early/New Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$327.50

5% Early/New (before Jan. 1. 2015)

$365.75

Full Share

32 weeks

$650

15% Early/Return Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$552.50

10% Early/Return (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$585

5% Early Return (after Jan. 1, 2015)

$617.50

10% Early/New Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$585

5% Early/New (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$617.50

32 Full or Half CSA Deliveries (add to membership fee)

Home or Office

$200

One full food-share entitles a supporter to receive .5% of all food that will be produced (harvested) on the farm from the second week of April – November 2015 up to Thanksgiving. The way that CSAs serve to support local farms in a unique manner is that they help farmers share the risks and rewards of growing food sustainably. Thus, at the end of the growing season, depending on the harvest, the total points per share may exceed or be less than the estimated total. Actual point values will vary weekly based on the amount of available fresh produce from the farm. One point is equivalent to one dollar based on the market value of fresh, local, naturally grown produce and may vary based on produce quality and market conditions. The estimated point values are our target goal and estimated yields are based on last year’s farm production and planting plans for the 2015 growing season.

Distribution: Full Food-share holders will have two options of picking up food each week. Those purchasing full shares should make arrangements for themselves or someone in their place to pick up produce each week. Shares will be available for pick up at locations in Oxford, days/times to be announced. Half Food-share holders will be able to pick up ½ a share weekly or a full share for any combination of 16 weeks. Weekly share allocations are determined by a point system based on the total amount of food available each week and the number of shares being distributed. The market style point system allows food-share holders the opportunity to select the types of produce they want. Point value limits may be placed on certain items of produce in order to allow all food-shareholders the opportunity to receive a specific item of produce (heirloom tomatoes, for example); however, we may run out of some items during distribution. The farm attempts to avoid the use of plastic products as containers for food shares and requests that farm supporters provide their own containers for food distribution.

Communication: The farm has a blog website (www.yoknabottoms.com), a Facebook page, and an email listserv with a weekly newsletter for all farm supporters. These resources will be used to provide continual information about activities on the farm and serve as a forum for information and discussion relevant to local, sustainable, food production.

Events: We will be hosting or sponsoring periodic events to support local artisans and growers, raise awareness of and promote the farm, build community, and as fundraisers to support the farm.

Community Service: In conjunction with our goals of supporting local foods and building community, we strive to be actively involved in community projects and efforts. In support of this effort, we encourage all food-shareholders to volunteer to support activities that promote local growers and artisans—ie, volunteer at local farmers markets, earth day activities, the Oxford Community Garden, and other activities and events in addition to volunteering at the farm itself. We will provide a schedule of activities and events through our communication services and post weekly work hours on our blog.

Angel Shares: If you would like to purchase an additional food-share to be donated at the farm’s discretion to a family in need, you will be able to do so at the bottom of our Order Form. For just ¾ the cost of a full share, with the farm covering the difference, you can give a gift that is truly priceless this season. Healthy, nutritious food is often difficult to come by for those with financial difficulties and with your help we can make sure everyone in our community is eating healthy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why do you use a point system? Our goal is to distribute produce from the farm each week as equally as possible among food-share holders. The point system allows us to do this while saving the time and expense of dividing and packaging all shares prior to distribution. It also helps us to keep the spring and fall produce on ice and fresh in coolers. Finally, it allows the food-share holders the opportunity to select the produce they want.

What if I am unable to pick up my share during designated times during the week? You will have two options: first, you may have someone else pick up your share for you (all they need to do is give us your name and we will record your pick up); or, you may make an appointment to pick up your share at the farm.

If I am unable to pick up or do not want my full points in a given week, may I retain my points for future use? No, the point system is based on the produce available in a given week, if we allowed points to be saved or banked, we would have surplus food for distributions early in the season and the amount of food available for each food-share holder would be unfairly reduced later in the season.

What if I am going to be away from Oxford for an extended period of time or if I relocate during the share season? Our first preference is for you to find someone who will use your share in your absence. If necessary, however, we will refund your food-share cost at the rate of $15 for each of the remaining pickups up for your food-share.

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2015 Food-Share Sign-Up Sheet and Registration Form

Name: _________________________________________________________________________

Price

Quantity

Total

2015 Half Food-share

$385.00

15% Early/Return Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$327.25

10% Early/Return (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$346.50

5% Early/Return (after Jan. 1, 2015)

$365.75

10% Early/New Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$327.50

5% Early/New Member (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$365.75

2015 Full Food-share

$650.00

15% Early/Return Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$552.50

10% Early/Return Member (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$585

5% Early/Return Member (after Jan. 1, 2015)

$617.50

10% Early/New Member (before Nov. 27, 2014)

$585

5% Early/New Member (before Jan. 1, 2015)

$617.50

Angel Food Share Program (recommended contribution, $50 but any amount welcome)

$50.00

32 Home or Office Deliveries

$200

TOTAL RECEIVED

XXXX

XXXX

$

List all other individuals you authorize to pick up a food share (names may be added/subtracted if necessary):______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________ Phone Number(s): _________________________________________________

Email Address (Please list all email addresses you want on the listserv) ___________________________________________________

I understand that my payment for a 2015 Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm, CSA food-share entitles me to receive .5% of all produce harvested by Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm, LLC from April 2015-November 2015 :

______________________________________________________ ______________________

Sign Date

*Please make checks payable to Yokna Bottoms Farm and mail to 26 CR 471 – Oxford, MS 38655

2 responses to “CSA

  1. Jonas Rane

    Thanks to you and Doug and all.

    I respect greatly what you are up to.

    You site and vision continue to grow.

    Jonas Rane
    New Mexico

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