Bi-Weekly Casa Cano CSA
When we started our farm eight years ago we set out on a mission to grow the healthiest food we could, in the best ways for the planet, and connect people to place through food. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) helps us work toward these goals. By joining our CSA, you commit to the farm for the season, and we in turn commit to growing food for you–an agreement that comes with humility and trust, and that inspires us to keep growing the best we can year after year.
HOW DOES A CSA WORK?
You buy your CSA share in the winter/spring, which helps get the farm growing for the season as we buy seeds, supplies, tools, and everything else that early spring needs on the farm. As a Bi-Weekly CSA member, you get a share of the diversity that we harvest fresh every other week. A CSA works great for households that love their veggies (and trying new ones!) and want to eat more fresh produce. Our goal is to create a well rounded share of veggies each week that changes through the season. Your CSA is pre-packed, and super easy to grab-and-go from your drop point, making it a great option for getting local fresh veggies even when you’re on a tight schedule.
We also offer add-ons that you can order each week. You can order Casa Cano grass fed and finished beef, Casa Cano pork, Abundant Family Pasture’s eggs, and additional produce through our online store for pick up at your drop point.
In previous years we have been proud about growing everything that is included in your CSA, and we still are, but would like to be able to provide even more in the CSA than what we grow. We’ve began sourcing fruit from OPMA, a co-op of 7 organic family farms from Okanagan, and have also partnered with some friends’ farms in the Spokane Valley and Latah for some produce that we don’t grow in abundance, like carrots, onions, and beets. We are still committed to providing the freshest, highest quality organic, local produce, and believe that working closely with a few other small, organic family farms will help us do an even better job of delivering on this promise. The good news is that when you join our CSA there is still no company in the middle, which means that you are supporting us (and the other farms we source produce from) with 100% of your purchase, and still connecting directly with your farm. A CSA helps strengthen our farm community, and, we hope, connects you closer to your farm and the food you eat.
OUR GROWING PHILOSOPHY
Our produce is grown in soils amended to promote a healthy biological ecosystem. We’ve moved away from tillage and now focus on establishing and maintaining healthy stable soils where biology can thrive. The biology then works with the plants to help them get the minerals and nutrients they need from the soil, and in exchange the plants pump carbon into the ground for them to feed on through photosynthesis. We feed the soil (and all the little guys living in it) with calcium-heavy organic chicken fertilizers and with compost produced on the farm from our own livestock. We also grow cover crops when we’re not growing vegetables to keep the soils alive and to continue cycling carbon. When its time to plant, we leave the ecosystem in the garden beds intact and seed or transplant directly into the previous crops residue. Organized chaos at its finest!
Above ground we’ve been working to plant hedge rows around the gardens to act as wind breaks and to attract the birds and pollinators, which help naturally balance out pests. We also use row cover, insect netting, and beneficial nematodes to help mitigate crop pests, and never use any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.
All of this is done with the goal of having strong, healthy plants that can then synthesize the most minerals and nutrients possible out of the soil and into the produce we eat.
- CasaCano Farms (Valleyford), Tuesdays 3pm-6pm
- Spokane South Hill (E 42nd and Havana), Tuesdays 3pm-6pm
You will get a CSA share every other week from the first (or second) week of June through the first (or second) week of October, with a NEW one week break the beginning of August. . This is a total of 9 CSA shares over 20 weeks. This amount of produce is intended to supply 1-2 people with fresh veggies for the two week period. Choose your preferred schedule, beginning on either Week 1 (6/6) or Week 2 (6/13), with your following pick-up days being every other week after. Some crops to expect are salad greens (both lettuce heads and baby leaf mixes), roots (carrots, turnips, radishes, beets), large leafy greens (kale, collards, chard), herbs, garlic, onions, summer squash, and seasonal staples like tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash, to name a few. In October, make room for larger shares with storage crops like winter squash, onions, carrots, beets, and garlic to keep you stocked into fall.
Pay for your full membership ($455) now, or half ($227.50) now and the 2nd half before your CSA begins in June.
By purchasing a 2023 Casa Cano CSA, I agree to the following:
- I understand that signing up for a Casa Cano CSA will give me a seasonal share of produce that is grown locally and sustainably, and that I also share in the potential for crop failure or other crop misfortunes due to environmental and weather conditions.
- I understand that if I cannot pick up my Casa Cano CSA, it is my responsibility to find an alternate person to pick up my share at my drop point. We are not able to hold, switch weeks, or refund weekly shares.
- I understand that if I am paying by check or cash, I must pay at least half of my CSA payment within two weeks of signing up to reserve my spot for a 2023 Casa Cano CSA.
- I understand that if I choose to pay for half of my Casa Cano CSA now, the second half of payment is due on or before my first CSA pick up.
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