HarvestShare is a sliding-scale, Community Supported Agriculture program offering fresh vegetables and fruits each week from April – December. (In 2017, that’s April 26 – December 9.) HarvestShare members are also invited to enjoy our workdays, potluck meals, workshops, cooking demonstrations, special events, and worship services.
Registration is OPEN for the 2018!
The full season runs April – December. You can choose the full year, just the Warm Season (April – October), or just the Cool Season (October – December). Sign up and learn more below!
- How do I sign up? Find the online registration form here. (Includes full info about pricing, pick-ups, etc.)
- Where and when are the pick-ups? You can find info on the online form, and also on the Registration Info page.
- How much does it cost? Check out the online form, or the Registration Info page.
- How do I pay? Visit the Payment Info page.
- Find answers to other Frequently Asked Questions by scrolling down this page.
- What’s in the box each week? Check out the Harvest Calendar.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1.) What’s in the box?
You’ll find abundant and diverse servings of fresh, sustainably-grown vegetables and fruit. All produce will be priced and packed according to its comparable retail value at local farmers’ markets. See our Harvest Calendar for more details.
- Full shares provide 8-10 items (example items: a pint of strawberries or a pound of tomatoes), ideal for households of 3+ people, or vegetable-lovers.
- Half shares provide 4-5 items, ideal for households of 1-2 people.
Please consider sharing the harvest by committing to donate a full or half share, or part of a share. Donated shares go to households referred to us by the Orange County WIC Programs, Prospect Hill Community Health Center, churches, local Cedar Grove community members, and other HarvestShare members. All donated share costs are tax-deductible.
3.) Can I refer someone to receive a donated share?
Yes! HarvestShare exists to help community members support each other. To refer a household for HarvestShare, contact us by March 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julia Sendor at (336) 524-7985.
4.) Can I pay for my share in installments?
- When do I send checks? Send us signed, post-dated checks by the first week of HarvestShare. Date the checks for we should deposit them throughout the year — but we do need all checks in hand at the beginning of the season. This plan gives everyone the best of both worlds: you can pay according to your budget, and we don’t have to chase down new checks every month.
- How should I direct/address the checks? You can make checks out to Anathoth Community Garden, and mail them to: Anathoth Community Garden, PO Box 138, Cedar Grove, NC 27231. (Also find these and other details the Payment Info page.)
- How much should each check be? You can divide up the dates and amounts in the way that best suits your budget, so long as it adds up to the total value of your share.
- For example: If you are subscribing for a full share for the full season, you can split up the total cost $850 over eight months, writing eight checks for $106.25 each. The first one could be dated for deposit in April, the second one for May, etc. It will work so long as the checks add up to the total amount, you send us all the checks at once before the season starts, and, most importantly, it is right for you!
5.) When are the Warm Season and Cool Season?
In 2017, Warm Season runs 24 weeks (approx. 6 months), with the first pick-up on Wed., April 26 (weather permitting), and the final pick-up on Sat., October 7. The Cool Season runs 8 weeks (approx. 2 months), with the first pick-up on Wed., October 18, and the final pick-up on Sat., Dec. 9.
6.) Do half shares have as much variety as full shares?
Not in the same way. Half shares only have 4-5 items in each box, while full shares have 8-10 items. The half shares might change more from one week to the next. (For example, half shares might have cucumbers one week replaced by onions the next, while the full shares might have both cucumbers and onions two weeks in a row.) However, if you compare the two boxes during one given week, the full shares will have more variety, simply because they have twice as many items in a box.
Interested in the half share portion but full share variety? Consider splitting the cost and contents of a full share with a friend or neighbor!
7.) What if I’m out of town one week and can’t pick up my box?
You’ve got a few options! First, be sure to give us 24 hours advance notice for any changes to your pick-up. Then pick your option:
- Visit the garden during a community workday and take your pick of whatever produce we have in abundance. (Basically, you get to design your own box.)
- Switch your pick-up to a different day in the same week.
- Ask a friend or relative to pick up your box for you. (They could either hold it for you or enjoy it as a gift from you!)
- Double up your share on another week. (Remember to let us know which week you want to double!) Great option for preserving extra food!
- Simply ask us to pack one less box for the week you’ll be gone.
8.) What are community workdays?
They’re your chance to see first-hand where your food grows, learn gardening and farming skills, share in a delicious potluck meal, and of course meet incredible Anathoth interns, Cedar Grove neighbors, fellow HarvestShare participants.
We’ve realized that community workdays are vital to our mission to cultivate peace: we grow food not just to deliver vegetables, but to provide a way for people to commit to a place and to a community. This year, we are asking all HarvestShare participants to commit to attending at least one workday (out of 39) throughout the season. Ideally, that means sharing in the potluck meal (so bring a dish to share!) and, often, cooking demonstrations, pizza parties, music, poetry readings, and other forms of fun. During the growing season, workdays are Saturdays 9-1, followed by a potluck meal. See our calendar for the workday dates for both the growing season and winter season.
Community workdays invite us to fellowship with one another, not merely to pick up a box. We will say a prayer of thanksgiving for the food together before it is distributed and the potluck meal is shared.
9.) Do I have to come at the very beginning and stay the whole time at a workday?
Nope — we know you have busy schedules. It’s a rich experience to stay the whole time, and you’re especially encouraged to join in the potluck’s food and fellowship. But you are welcome to come or go at any point during workday hours.
10.) Is the HarvestShare CSA right for me and my household?
That’s up to you!
- If you’re excited about challenging yourself to eat more and new fresh fruits and vegetables or already enjoy a wide variety of produce, HarvestShare is a great fit. We do include recipes and weekly meal plans in the boxes, and are planning some cooking classes for the 2017 season. However, HarvestShare participants should enjoy taking some ownership of their meals: finding some of their own recipes, making their own shopping lists, and discovering ways to plan and prepare meals that fit their own lives.
- If it’s meaningful to you to connect directly with a farm, HarvestShare allows you to experience the seasons through the perspective of a community farm. You’ll taste when hot, sunny days ripen strawberries, when summer rain makes cucumbers abound but tomatoes lag (or hot, drier days do the reverse), and when the first frosts sweeten the carrots and collards. In the weekly newsletters and at weekly community workdays, you can meet other HarvestShare participants and Cedar Grove neighbors, and hear stories from the people who share in the harvest with you.
- If you are passionate about goals like providing fresh produce for all income levels and supporting local high school students (see HarvestShare’s goals below), HarvestShare is a wonderful way to sustain our mission of cultivating peace.
- If you don’t anticipate eating a lot of produce, or cooking often with fresh ingredients, trying some new recipes, or enjoying a wide variety of produce, then another option might be best for you.
- Expand distribution of fresh, organic produce, ensuring food access for more food-insecure people in and around Cedar Grove.
- Engage, educate, and empower local teenagers with the skills to grow and market food and work together collaboratively, through our Open Hands program and our partnership with Volunteers for Youth.
- Connect urban and suburban people with rural needs and gifts, and vice versa.
- Create an innovative and sustainable revenue stream which will allow Anathoth to deepen the mission to ‘cultivate peace.’