Registration is now open for Earthwise Society’s Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) box program.
The CSA program aims to connect people with the food they eat, the land it comes from and the farmers who grow it, according to Earthwise Society’s website.
Members receive a weekly box of freshly harvested organic produce, focusing on heirloom varieties, all grown by Earthwise. The boxes balance the basics — potatoes, salad mix, root crops — with less common seasonal vegetables.
The Earthwise CSA runs from June through October, with start and end dates depending on the planting and growing schedule. For $500, members buy a share of the season’s harvest (20 weeks at $25/week), or they can subscribe to 10 weeks of boxes for $300.
Produce typically available in June/July includes salad mix, lettuce, cauliflower, kohlrabi, basil, zucchini, garlic scapes, broccoli, rhubarb, broad beans, bush beans, snow peas, spinach, radish, Sieglinde potatoes, beets and carrots.
For August/September, boxes may include peppers, eggplant, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, basil, melons, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumber, kale, patty pans, blackberries, golden beets, carrots, beans, fennel and lettuce.
In October, boxes may include onions, peppers, kale, winter squash, Chinese greens, romaine lettuce Jerusalem artichoke, honey, chiogga beets, fingerling potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce and golden beets.
Over the past year, Covid-19 has impacted many of our local families. In response to the impact COVID-19 has had on may local families, Earthwise will be donating one box to a family in need through the Delta Food Coalition for every CSA subscription sold. Subscribers will also have the option to match the society’s donation by gifting a box or a subscription to another needy family.
Subscriptions to Earthwise’s CSA program help the Delta-based non-profit maintain its learning programs for young farmers, education programs in environmental awareness and leadership in food security through the Delta Food Coalition.
CSA subscriptions are now available at both Earthwise Society’s Boundary Bay and Agassiz locations, and should the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to in-person pick ups, Earthwise Society will instead offer a delivery service.
For more information about the Earthwise Society CSA program and to register, visit earthwisesociety.bc.ca/farm/community-supported-agriculture or email firstname.lastname@example.org.