The Organic Farm School Adapts
Community Supported Agriculture 2.0 and Community Classes
CSA’s have been around since the 80’s; operated by local farmers. CSA’s create a closer and more visible relationship between those growing food and those eating it. Customers take a more active role in the process of growing their meals by “investing” in the season — pre-paying for a share of what happens in the field. This reciprocal relationship allows the community to assist with early season costs, like buying seeds, and then in turn the farmer provides an abundance from the field during the growing season.
This year, the Organic Farm School is rolling out a “Flex CSA” model. Flex CSA provides eaters with more choice than the traditional model – choice in the time and location of pick-up as well as choice in the kind and amount of produce. Just as you would shop at the farmers market, you can use your membership card on the vegies you need and want. This model accommodates for the changes in your schedule and appetite throughout the season which will also cut down on food waste.
Production manager, Raelani Kessler (born and raised on Whidbey Island), says “consider our CSA membership like a “gift card” that you use until it’s spent - one that benefits the training of new farmers as much as it improves the variety and flavor of your meals.”
Buy a Farm Card at our website: https://organicfarmschool.org/csa
$100 card provides up to $105 in value (includes a special farm tour, first notice of chicken sales, seeds at the end of the season and a class with Chef Jess Dowdell using OFS organic produce)
$250 card provides up to $267.50 in value (includes a special farm tour, first notice of chicken sales, seeds at the end of the season and a class with Chef Jess Dowdell using OFS organic produce)
$500 card provides up to $550 in value (includes all the above and an invitation to a twilight Field Walk with a beverage and appetizers)
Use your Farm Card at the following places May 1-October 26:
Island Athletic Club - Wednesdays from 9am to noon and 4pm to 7pm
Our Farm Stand in Maxwelton Valley - Thursdays & Fridays from 10am to 5pm
Redmond Market on Saturdays - 9am to 3pm
Another adaptation is the opening up of select classes to the local community. A good example is the short-course track on poultry, taught by local farmer, Kevin Dunham. You can join OFS students to learn how to prepare and care for broilers, as well as how to harvest them.
Broiler Poultry 4 Courses $120
Friday April 19th 2:45pm – 4:45pm
Friday June 14th 2:45 – 4:45pm
Wed. July 10th 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday July 11th Harvesting All Day
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org