eQuality Pathways to Potential is a non-profit day program that assists adults with developmental disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. As an entrepreneurial project, eQuality Farms LLC was created in 2009. eQuality pays the wages to a crew of eight adults with developmental disabilities to work at the farm and farmers' markets, as well as providing therapeutic-educational opportunities to 40 individuals.
eQuality Farms also sells CSA shares. Here is some information about the benefits of a Community Supported Agriculture program and how it works. For more information and or to secure your share, please contact David Gray at 763.222.9548 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information and or photos of our farm, please visit www.equalityonline.org.
Community Supported Agriculture
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
*Advantages for farmers:
•Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 12 hour days in the field begin.
•Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow.
•Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
*Advantages for consumers:
•Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
•Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
•Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season.
•Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat.
•Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.
eQuality CSA Share Details
•Our CSA season runs from mid-June until mid-October, depending on the weather. Shares can be picked up at one the farmers’ markets in which we work (specific days and times yet to be finalized). Other pick-up spots can be an option depending on day, time and location.
•The cost of a full share is $575.00. A half share is $325.00.
Early Bird Special!! Sign up before March 15, 2016 and receive the discounted rate of 550.00 for a full share and $300.00 for a half share.
•A typical CSA share box contains between 7 and 10 different vegetables. A full share is typically suitable for a family of four, and a half-share is good for two.
The inner workings of the farm are updated weekly in our newsletter that you will find in your email inbox so you can plan your menus for the week. Through the newsletter you can follow the progress of the season, learn a little about the process of growing vegetables, learn more about the people who work at the farm and share their observations/findings throughout the growing season.
•If it is a bad year or there is a weather related disaster, there will be less produce in the boxes. This is an important point to remember when purchasing any CSA share – there are risks associated with farming. As a CSA member, you share those risks. Fortunately for eQuality Farms, we’ve been able to deliver produce as planned each year.