Kynock Parker Street Food Bank CSA
What is a CSA?
This year at Common Roots Urban Farm we are going to pilot a Food Bank CSA. A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) traditionally consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or "shareholders" of the farm pay in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and the farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season.
What is Food Bank CSA?
In the Kynock Parker Street Food Bank CSA the shares of the farm's bounty are shared weekly with the food bank, supplying them with healthy farm-fresh food for their clients. The food bank clients are encouraged to come participate in the farming, even apply to have their own (subsidized) plot.
Common Roots Urban Farm has hired a full-time farmer who will plant a half acre of peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and greens. The crops will be grown organically with the help of volunteers. Groups and individuals may offer help in exchange for education as many schools, youth groups and residents do at present - we will happily put you to work in the fields! Weekly harvests will be delivered by bicycle to the Parker Street Food Bank.
The cost of shares for 2013 will be $500.00. Individuals, groups and businesses can buy as many shares as they like. Charitable tax receipts can be issued. Half shares are available for $250. A single box can be purchased for $20.
What do I get?
Along with the deep joy in knowing you are supporting a positive project that gives to many, you also get a charitable tax receipt, a framed certificate of participation, and your name on signage on the Common Roots Urban Farm. Below is a comprehensive break down of our share level offerings.
Full Share: tax reciept, certificate and name on site
Half Share: tax reciept and certificate
Single Box: tax receipt
Common Roots Urban Farm
Parker Street Food Bank
START Program, Ministry of Labour and Advanced Education
Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (Acorn)
• Fresh food supplied to food bank
• Access to garden plot for food bank clients
• Edible Landscapes for everyone to enjoy
• Training and encouragement of new farmers
• Piloting local strategies
• Facilitating broad community access to sharing knowledge on the production and consumption of healthy local foods