Being a member of a CSA means two main things: receiving farm-fresh food during the season in exchange for supporting the farm financially, and participating in sustaining the CSA operations by pitching in yourself.
Being part of a CSA always requires you to contribute some of your time. At a minimum, each full share requires two work shifts at the distributions (one shift for each half share), or about four hours of your time throughout the season. This is mandatory, and missing your work shift will jeopardize your membership with the PHCSA in the future.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A WORK SHIFT?
A link to sign up will be sent at the beginning of each season with available dates and times. Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis.
WHEN ARE THE SHIFTS AND WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Each Thursday pickup has slots available during two shifts:
Shift 1: 3:15 – 5:30pm Help unload the truck, bring boxes into distribution site and set up for weekly pickup. Be ready to lift heavy boxes; we promise you’ll get a workout! Once distribution begins, check in members and keep boxes of vegetables full.
Shift 2: 5:30 – 7:45pm Check in members at pickup, keep boxes of vegetables full, clean up pickup area at end of the night. This is a great option for anyone who may have difficulty lifting heavy objects.
We also have a monthly "on call" volunteer, someone who can show up in case of a last-minute need for additional help. You'll need to keep your schedule clear, but will receive work shift credit even if you are not called in during your month.
When things are quiet, volunteers will be sent home in the order they arrived. Get there early, and have a chance to finish your shift early!
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Yes! Kids are welcome to hang at the pickup site, and often love finding fun ways to help. But if you think caring for your child will prevent you from helping your fellow CSA members or fulfilling your shift, we recommend finding another shift that better suits your schedule.
WHAT IF I CAN’T COME DURING THOSE TIMES?
We understand schedules are hard, and sometimes unpredictable! Any adult can help you fulfill your work shift (they don’t need to be a member). Members are also welcome to coordinate swapping shifts on our Facebook group.
If you'd like to offer your unique expertise to the CSA, or the standard pickup hours are challenging for your schedule, reach out and we'll find a shift that works for you. Past alternative shifts have included creating fliers, building our storage shed, and organizing events.
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COMMUNITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
In the spirit of sharing the bounty, we have created a sliding payment scale so that everyone in our neighborhood can participate in the CSA. Those of us who are financially better off contribute a little more so that access to fresh food can be more than just the privilege of a select few.
To register for a share as a new member, you will fill out a form where we ask for your household income level (we trust your honest answers, and do not ask for documentation). This income level determines the price your household will pay for the vegetable share. If the listed price points still don't work for you, please contact us, as financial aid may be available.
JOIN THE CORE GROUP
We are run by our Core Group made up of CSA members who volunteer their time to work with our farmers, recruit members, run the distribution site, maintain records and accounting, manage member workshifts, write the newsletter, and perform community outreach. Please join us in running this great organization.