Our 2023 Summer CSA Program Registration is coming soon.
|Overview of the Summer CSA Program|
If you enjoy eating fresh, delicious, locally-grown produce, then consider signing up for our 2023 Summer CSA program. At the beginning of each growing season, CSA sharers purchase a “share” of the upcoming produce, which helps the Farm cover a substantial portion of the costs of our agricultural operations. In return, NCF provides sharers with a supply of sustainably grown, fresh vegetables and herbs each week throughout the farming season. We have the equivalent of 80 weekly shares available. Some of our sharers enroll for an alternate-week share, which means they pick up produce every other week. Other sharers enroll for a weekly share for their family or else they split their share with another friend or family (or two!). See below for more information about the application process, program structure, and produce.
Program Duration and Prices
Our 2023 Summer CSA program will run from June 7 through October 18. As with all things agricultural, these dates are dependent on weather and other growing considerations. NCF’s farm manager will contact sharers in the event that the program’s start and end dates need to change. A weekly share costs $797 and an alternate-week share costs $430.
Application and PaymentCompleted forms and checks must be received at NCF (mail or drop off) by the due dates listed below for consideration in each phase. Mailing instructions, prices, and other information are included on the form. All applicants must be a current Friend of the Farm to apply for a CSA share. Please note that you have been automatically enrolled as a FoF if you made a donation of $50 or more since November 1, 2022. If you are not currently a FoF, click here. Donations are nonrefundable.
Application Dates:Phase 1a: January 23–February 5 (due date) for Returning Summer 2022 CSA Sharers If you were a Summer CSA sharer in 2022, you will be emailed the reenrollment form for 2023 the morning of January 23. Sharers from 2022 who do not reenroll during this period may still apply for a 2023 share by participating in the lottery in Phase 2 or the general enrollment process in Phase 3 as noted below. Applications with payment must be received at the Farm by the due date.
Phase 1b: January 23–February 5 (due date) for Late Fall 2022 CSA SharersLate Fall 2022 CSA sharers will be enrolled after returning Summer 2022 CSA sharers if there are spaces remaining. If you were a Late Fall CSA sharer in 2022, you will be emailed the reenrollment form for 2023 the morning of January 23. Late Fall sharers from 2022 who do not enroll during this period may still apply for a 2023 share by participating in the lottery in Phase 2 or the general enrollment process in Phase 3 as noted below. Applications with payment must be received at the Farm by the due date.
Phase 1c: February 6–February 13 (due date) for 2022 waiting-list names NCF’s farm manager will contact the individuals who put their names on the 2022 Summer CSA waiting list. Contact will be made in order of the names on the list until all remaining shares are sold or until the farm manager reaches the last name on the list. Interested residents will have until Sunday, February 13, to submit a completed application with payment to the Farm by the due date.
Phase 2: February 6–February 26 (due date) for Newton Residents Applications will be accepted from Newton residents only. The link to the enrollment form will go live on our website www.newtoncommunityfarm.org at 10 am on February 6. At the end of this period, NCF will hold a lottery to select as many new participants as we have shares available. The lottery will be random, with no preference given for when the application is received before the due date. To participate in the lottery, we must receive your CSA enrollment application along with payment. (CSA checks will be returned to those whom we cannot accommodate). Please note, you must be a current Friend of the Farm to apply for the CSA. Donations are not refundable. Applications are due at the Farm by the due date. We will notify all applicants by Sunday, March 5, as to whether or not they were selected in the lottery. Anyone who does not get in during Phase 2 has the option of adding their name to the 2023 Summer CSA wait list by the deadline of March 13, 2023.
Phase 3: February 27 until full for General Public If there are remaining shares available after Phase 2, we will accept applications from the general public on a first-come, first-served basis until we are full. Phase 3 will end when all of the shares are sold. Applicants who do not get a share in the 2023 program by the end of Phase 3 (or March 13, whichever comes later) will be given an opportunity to sign up for the 2023 Summer CSA wait list by the deadline of March 13, 2023.
These deadlines are intended to make the process equitable and they are firm. We’re sorry but we cannot make any exceptions.
Newton Community Farm grows most of the produce distributed in the CSA. Some crops require more space than our modest site allows so we supplement the CSA shares with potatoes and winter squash from a local partner farm. We also purchase nonorganic sweet corn from Massachusetts farms for our CSA. CSA sharers participate in the bounty of the farm, and also the risk. While we have confidence that we will meet our production goals, growing vegetables always involves a certain amount of uncertainty, and quantities may vary week to week, season to season.