10. Each share delivers nearly 20% more produce value than the same money spent at the market for fresh, organic produce. 9. Shepherd Valley soil produces delicious and nutritious veggies, while at the same time storing carbon. Our food production produces very little greenhouse gas. 8. Even your kids will eat our veggies. Start them off right with the best things they can possibly be eating. 7. You can be an active part of the local food movement and help to build community. 6. We grow nearly 100 varieties of well selected veggies, including many greens, root crops of all kinds, pumpkins and winter squash, melons, and of course wonderful tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants and summer squash. 5. You were designed to eat local and seasonal food 4. We partner with a Western Slope orchard to bring amazing fruit to our farm stand all season long. Fruit can be ordered on-line (where you can also subscribe to the CSA) and be ready for pickup along with your veggies. 3. We have 4 different share options that fit almost any family size and schedule. 2. The Farmer Cultivation Center students want to show off their veggies to you. and.... 1. Be the change you want to see in this world
The Full Share is meant to feed a family of four. Members will receive a weekly distribution staring in late May or early June, and continuing for 20 weeks. Options exist for on-farm pickup or convenient drop-off locations in Boulder. Distribution choices are Mondays and Thursdays.
Typical crops include: Green Beans and Peas Lettuce and Greens Onions, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes and other yummy root vegetables Summer and Winter Squashes and Pumpkins Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplants Basil, Cilantro and other herbs Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower
The Full Share will teach you how to eat seasonally and lavish you with an abundance of amazing food.
The BiWeekly Share is distributed every other week over the 20 week season (i.e. 10 distributions for the season), and each distribution has the same contents as the Full Share. Options exist for on-farm pickup or convenient drop-off locations in Boulder. Distribution choices are Mondays and Thursdays.
The BiWeekly Share is great for busy families or those wondering how to get involved with a CSA for the first time.
The Work Share is the same distribution as a Full Share, but in this case, working members spend 3 hours per week at the farm engaged in a variety of farm duties. Distribution choices are Mondays and Thursdays, and work days are negotiable.
Farm duties include: Transplanting and seeding Weeding and cultivating Harvesting Washing Vegetables Working the Farm Stand Administrative Work The Work Share is a special option and applicants must qualify to be accepted in this program. CLICK HERE TO JOIN
Half Share - $350/SEASON
The Half Share is meant for busy couples who just don't need as much food as the Full Share provides. But the share quantity is still a bit more than one-half. When the distribution includes things like melons, yes, you will get a whole melon, not a half! Distribution choices are Mondays and Thursdays.
The Half Share is the way to go for busy couples or those who already have home gardens.
What is Community Supported Agriculture? Community Supported Agriculture is about connecting people to their local food sources. In essence, it is a direct and personal relationship between a customer and a local farmer. Joining a CSA helps farmers to make the necessary investment in seeds, equipment, labor and materials early in the season when expenses are high. In return, members receive fresh local organic produce right from the fields for 20 weeks beginning in June and ending in October.
Shepherd Valley Farm(SVF) Shepherd Valley Farm is a community supported farm located in Niwot on the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School campus at 6500 W. Dry Creek Parkway. Shepherd Valley Farm will offer a limited number of CSA memberships for the 2013 growing season. CSA shares are filled on a first come first served basis, so act quickly! We also have a limited number of work shares available, so if you are interested, please contact Juliette at (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out what positions are offered for the season. The relationship between SVF and its members is very unique and heartwarming. Making the commitment to grow through the season with us at SVF provides a very important opportunity for community building and social engagement and provides fresh organic produce to your table. We at Shepherd Valley Farm are very appreciative of our members and look forward to seeing you in 2013.
What Make Shepherd Valley Farm Unique Our farm is unique because we not only have a CSA but also a teaching farm. The farm and CSA are managed by the Farmer Cultivation Center (FCC). The mission of the Farmer Cultivation Center is to empower and cultivate a new generation of farmers. As a teaching farm, we provide hands on learning and business training for individuals who want to pursue farming as a career and want to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to start and manage a farm operation of their own. To learn more about the FCC, CLICK HERE.
How does it work: You choose from one of our membership offering and submit an application with your non-refundable deposit. Additional payment for remainder of the share will need to be paid in full by agreed upon time in application agreement. Starting in June members will receive a share of produce each week until mid October.
What we grow: We grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs and hope to bring a diverse array of goodies to your table so that you can enjoy as many different vegetables as possible throughout the growing season. The staff at SVF selects what will be included in each week’s share. We do our best to provide you with pre-washed vegetables, but recommend that you also wash them before consuming. Expect to have a variety of greens like Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, arugula, mustard greens, and various other vegetables such as radishes, peas, beets, carrots, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, herbs etc.
Share Pick up and Schedule: As a member you will select a pickup day and location for the season. If you are on vacation or are unable to pick up your share you are welcome to have someone else collect your share or can donate your share for that week.. If are unable to pick up your share and do not make prior arrangements you will forfeit your share for that week.
Fruit: Imagine the juice of a fresh picked Western Slope peach running down your chin - delicious! We offer, at additional cost, certified organic fruit grown by Early Morning Orchard from the western slope of Colorado. Fresh fruit will consist of cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, and apples. Updates and additional ordering schedule and pre-payments will be offered on our website. We will have fruit available for purchase right from our farm stand each week and preorders will be filled and delivered with your CSA share for that week.
Community Bounty Program (CBP) We are offering an opportunity for community members to participate in our Community Bounty Program, designed to help individuals and families who may not otherwise have the financial means to join our CSA and access fresh produce. With your help we will provide gift CSA shares, farm-bucks or offer a reduce rate so participation is made easier. We want to do whatever we can to provide fresh produce to people in our community who otherwise would be excluded.
Farm Events: We will be having one farm dinner in August; this will be a special family style vegetarian dinner at the farm. We will be having our 3rdFlat Iron Chef Cook-off competition at the Spice of Life Events Center Thursday September 19th. This is a fund-raiser event for the Farmer Cultivation Center. We will also host an open house and a harvest event, stay tuned!
Community BountyProgram has been put in place to help individuals and families who need some help with affordability. Your contribution will help us offer a reduce rate so they can participate.
Shepherd Valley Farm CSA Policies
Web Store - We encourage you to place orders for fruit or other value added products before your distribution day through our on-line store.
Payments - When you sign-up for a CSA membership. You are given the option to make your payment with a secured bank-to-bank transfer. We do not store any of your personal or financial information on our website. Our order site is run by Farmigo and your information is stored securely by Check Gateway LLC. Picking Up Your Share - Please remember to pick up your share on the day and time specified when you signed up. When you pick up your share be sure to check your name off the list. If we are delivering your share, be careful to grab the bag with your name on it. If you are unable to pick up your share, a family member or friend can pick up for you. Holidays - We will give you plenty of notice about holiday date changes.
Missing Your Pick Up - If you miss your pick up, call Juliette or text at 303-908-6979. If SVF does not hear from you or you do not pick up your share it will be donated.
Changing Your Pick Up Location or Day - If you want to change your pick up location, please do so 24 hours before your pick up day. Please Note: If you switch day or location, it stays in effect until the remainder of the season unless you switch it back. Vacation and Suspension Holds - You may put your SVF share pick-up or delivery on hold by logging into your account. Please do this before 9 PM on Saturday for the coming week. This is a great tool for times when you know you are going to miss a pick-up day. A family member or friend is welcome to pick up your share while you are away. If we do not hear from you, your share for that week will be donated to our community bounty program. Bags: We provide two heavy duty large grocery bags for packing your share distribution; we request that each week on delivery or pick up day, you return the bag from the previous week so that we can keep them in circulation.
Safety at the farm: please park your car in the parking lot or along the side of the road in front of the large tent where our distribution station is located. The farm is a semi-natural environment; please walk on designated paths for your safety.
Trade Table: We have a trade table at the farm if you want to trade a zucchini for a pepper, by all means do so.
Our Statement of Excellence: We at Shepherd Valley Farm make every effort to provide our customers with the best produce we can and realize that it is not always possible in the face of environmental challenges but we are committed to doing our best. We want you to be happy with what you are getting from us, if at any time you are unhappy, please let us know and we will make it right.