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Vagabond Vege CSA


CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a partnership between awesome people like you, and small sustainable farms like us, that ensures prosperity for both parties. As a CSA member, your financial contribution and commitment gives us the stability and security to cover the costs of growing. In return you will receive a share of the seasonal harvest - this is why we call them CSA Shares.

A CSA is not a vege box scheme, and we are not a supermarket. We are four farmers growing real food. This means some vege will not be the same size, might look different to 'normal', and sometimes even come home with a slug - but it will always be grown in the best way, to ensure its nutritional value. It also means we can't have all vegetables available each week, and rely heavily on seasonal growing practices.

A CSA member understands that we are striving to grow a diverse range of vegetables to have a diverse spread each week, but that there may be crop failures from time to time. Your financial contribution may not always equate to the value of the box - during times of abundance your share will be larger and during leaner times it will be less so.

Read more about the CSA Values

There are four CSA periods in a year. These run for 13 weeks and run from December-Febuary, March-May, June-August and September-December.

** Summer CSA is 12 Weeks: See the date changes

We offer both delivery and pick-up options for getting your CSA share.

Pick-up: Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm, at the farm in Greytown

Delivery: Wednesdays. $7 for Greytown, Carterton, Martinbourough, Featherston and in between.

SMALL SHARE

Salad mix, cooking greens and 5-7 other seasonal vegetables

$35/week - $455 for 13 week season

LARGE SHARE

Salad mix, cooking greens and 7-10 other seasonal vegetables

$55/week - $715 for 13 week season

EXTRA SALAD SHARE

Add extra salad to your weekly share. 170g (340g in total per week)

$7.50/week - $97.50 for 13 week season

A CSA season is for 13 weeks, (or 12 in the summer). If you are away for one of the weeks, it’s your responsibility to nominate someone else to collect your weekly share

At the end of the 13 week season, existing members are given priority before new members are invited to join.

Your share can be paid upfront, in three installments or weekly

Members choose whether they will miss the Dec 29th or January 4th share (we will ask for your preference in December). If you are going to be around for all 13 weeks, we will also have an option for this.

Xmas Share Delivery/Pickup Dates: Tuesday December 20th, Thursday December 29th, January 4th

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SIGN UP FOR A SUMMER CSA SHARE

Nov 30th
Feb 22nd

Advantages for you:

A variety of healthy and nutrient dense food Knowing where and how your food is grown Being able to visit our farm, and us! Getting exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking Fun for your whānau, kids favour veggies from ‘their’ farm Early workshop access & one free workshop spot a season

Advantages for us:

Payment in advance for the purchase of seed and other input funds The ability to plan ahead for the amount of families to feed, meaning less excess and waste Year-long support, also through winter when crops are less abundant An opportunity to connect to the people who eat the kai we grow

We chose the CSA model for our farm because of these values that align with our kaupapa:

Real Kai

In the age of the supermarket, it is hard to know where our kai comes from, who grew it and what’s actually in it. Farmers have been pushed into industrial monocropping because that is deemed the only economically viable way to grow food. We want to be part of the change towards a diverse network of small regenerative farms.

Reciprocity

The sense of having each other’s backs. We look after you by providing you and your whānau with nutritious food, grown in a way that takes care of the land. In return, as a member you look after us by buying a long term share of produce so we have the means to grow. Knowing that we are backed by our local community, helps us get through the challenges of farming (like wind and rocks!).

Resilience

The CSA model generates the support required for a small farm like us to be sustainable. It also means resilience in the sense of local self-sufficiency, meaning we are not at the whim of long overseas supply chains. For us, resilience is knowing we are backed despite events that are out of our control. If a sudden hail storm takes out part of the eggplant crop, everyone is disappointed together, and together we share the abundance of a crop that did very well that year.

Low waste

Through knowing all of our customers personally, we can better suit our weekly offerings and packaging to minimize or eliminate unnessecary waste in our weekly food.