For some people, the CSA is all about the good food. For others, it is a way to support local farmers by making a substantial financial commitment (and get some good food). And some people would love to be part of the CSA for both of those reasons but they cannot afford the full cost.
How cool would it be if the CSA community, which includes the farm and the members, could support some of its members and help them to have access to these great vegetables?!
PVF East is developing a pilot program that could make the CSA financially accessible to people who would like to participate but can’t quite pay the full price –with your help. The farm is proposing to offer six shares in 2012 at a reduced cost –half of the price will be absorbed by the farm and the rest will be paid for by those who are willing and able to contribute (including the recipient). If we get a big response to this, we might be able to offer more shares.
So, if you know someone who would really appreciate the opportunity to be part of the CSA but would need a reduced price, please ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not require financial documentation, but we will ask for a written personal statement.
And if you are a CSA member who would like to “Close the Circle” by donating some of the cost of a share, please contact Hana.
Here is what we are imagining:
Donate half the cost of a mini share for 4 weeks: $40, all the way up to a full summer for $160.
Donate half the cost of a regular share for 4 weeks: $60, all the way up to a full summer share for $240.
Please send any questions or comments, too. We are still developing the concept.
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This is a wonderful idea! I work for a private, non-profit in Loudoun County that serves families who are experiencing domestic violence. Our moms have many struggles and when some of the basic needs are met, it is such a relief to them.
I am not yet a member–trying to decide b/t EAST or WEST before I register =)