Longley Organic Farm 2018/19 vegie box.       

farm Fresh and household delivery to Hobart areas* FOR only $6.

"Be part of our Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) program."

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This years certified organic cornucopia.

Standard boxes will have 8-13 items, large boxes 11-16 items each. This year our farm has acquired a certified organic orchard, so we are able to include one or two fruit portions each week.

Early season boxes (November - December ) will include delicious spring/ early summer harvest offerings such as strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, baby carrots, broad beans, radishes, peas, spring onions, chives, garlic scapes, salad, kale, asian greens, pak choi, silverbeet, young turnips, thyme, oregano, spinach, onions, rhubarb and beetroot, native peppers, bay leaves or herbal teas.

Mid summer boxes (Jan - Feb) will include many of the spring offerings as well as blueberries, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, beetrootbasil, zucchini, squash, garlic and golden nugget pumpkins.

Moving into Autumn (March - April) much of the summer harvest will continue, and we may also have eggplant, capsicum, chillies, quince, blackberries, apples and pears. We will also be enjoying larger pumpkins, gourmet potatoes, leeks and coriander. late season boxes may include some pickles or chutney.

Each weeks boxes will include staples of ROOT VEGIES, onions, salad AND LEAFY greens for cooking. Most weeks there will be carrots WITH potatoes, ZUCCHINIS, SQuash, tomatoes ETC AS THEY COME INTO SEASON.

Longley Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farm offering a weekly share of organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit. We grow over 70 varieties of organic vegetable, fruit and herbs. Each week shareholders, subscribers or casual box buyers recieve a bag of fresh, seasonal, local produce.

All of the vegetables, fruit and herbs you receive from us are Certified Organic. At least 90% are grown on our farm. We may purchase up to 10% of certified organic produce from another local certified organic farm or interstate where needed.  The earliest and latest boxes may include some dried herbs or pickles.

 Buying from and supporting your local market garden ensures your vegies are always super fresh with very low food miles.

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3 ordering options. Add $6 for all delivery areas* (see below)

 SHAREHOLDER BOX. | SUBSCRIPTION BOX. | CASUAL BOX.

i,Shareholder box. Upfront payment for full season of Vegie box.

    "Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A) Shareholder vegie box'.

We have 40 shares available for next season, get in early to guarantee your share!

Options.

  • Full season share is for 22 weeks. Shares can also be purchased during the season on a pro rata basis (if available)
  • Larger household share (large box $54wk) $1188 complete season (entry price reduced weekly) or
  • Standard household share (standard box $35wk) $770 complete season.(as above)
  • home delivery ($6) or pick up from Longley Organic Farm, Wednesday after 3.30pm to Friday evening.
  • to visit your investment in local nutrient dense food (the farm) and,
  • for your household to get involved, hands on with the farm work.
  • you can time out (2 weeks per full season) during the season with full week value refund.
  • Direct two way communication with the farm via email to vary orders or add raw honey or jam varieties for $7 each, invoiced separately.
  • Nominate up to three items to be excluded from your bag.

     Bonuses.

  • Up to and over 20% discount on standard vegie box prices.
  • 20% discount on ALL workshops across the year. (starting from date of payment for your C.S.A Share)
  • 10% discount on all farmgate shop items including plants and nursery supplies and the Soil Dr Service.
  • 10 free,transferable instructed Yoga classes, per C.S.A Share, on the farm with highly experienced, licensed instructors.
  • Access to the complete spring/summer yoga program at 50% off standard fee
  • Much more, click on C.S.A Complete Season for complete list and to make a purchase.

ii, Subscription box.  (pay weekly, vegie box subscription)..

Subscribe now for next season!

Subscribe by Friday 16th November 2018 to receive your first vege bags for the new season on Wednesday, 21st November 2018

         Offers great value and the convenience of automatic weekly payments for your vegie box. We are offering 40 shares this season, get in early!

New Season Options.

  • Start during the season, up to 22 weeks.
  • $40/wk standard box.
  • $60/wk large box.
  • Direct debit weekly. – cancel with four days notice.
  • to nominate two exclusions in a box.
  • Home delivery ($6) or free pick up from Longley Organic Farm cool room, Wednesday after 3pm to Friday night.

Bonuses.

  • Up to and over 15% discount on standard vegie box prices.
  • two free Longley Organic Farm, Vege box program jute market bags.(valued at $15 each.)
  • 20% discount on ALL workshops across the year (starting from the date the subscription is made.)
  • 10% discount on all farmgate shop items including plants and nursery supplies.
  • 4 free instructed Yoga classes, per Subscription, on the farm with highly experienced, licensed instructors.
  • Access to the complete spring/summer yoga program at 50% off our standard fee.

ii, Casual box.

     Order an individual vegie box for the following week. Only available if there are still shares remaining after shareholders and subscriptions.

Options and bonuses.

  • Order by Tuesday for Friday- Sunday pick up or Friday home delivery (pay four days in advance.)
  • Home delivery ($6) or free pick up from Longley Organic Farm cool room., Friday afternoon from 3pm to Sunday.
  • Standard household box $45. includes bag (valued at $15).
  • Larger household box $65. includes bag (valued at $15)
  • Add 330g raw honey or jam varieties for $7 each.
  • 50% off our outdoor yoga classes (two people) for the week of the box purchase.

*Listing of Hobart metropolitan delivery areas.

Acton Park, Battery Point, Bellerive, Blackmans Bay, Bonnet Hill, Cambridge, Carlton, Clifton Beach, Cremorne, Electrona ,Ferntree, Firthside, Geilston Bay, Glebe, Glenorchy, Hobart, Howden, Howrah, Kingston, Kingston Beach, Lauderdale, Lenah Valley, Lindisfarne, Longley, Leslie Vale, Lutana, Margate, Montagu Bay, Moonah, Mornington, Mt Nelson, Mt Stuart, New Town, North Hobart, Neika, Oakdowns, Ridgeway, Risdonvale, Rokeby, Rosny, Sandford, Sandy Bay, Seven Mile Beach, Snug, Sorell, South Arm, South Hobart, Taroona, Tinderbox, Tolmans Hill, Tranmere, Warrane, West Hobart

 


What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer for the last 25 years in other parts of the globe.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of 'shares' to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a membership or a subscription) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.


Advantages for farmers.

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their long days in the field begin

  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farms cash flow.

  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers.

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavour and vitamin benefits.

  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.

  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season.

  • Find that kids typically favour food from 'their farm' - even vegies they've never been known to eat

  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.

  • It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the North America there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it.

Longley Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farm offering a weekly share of organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit. We grow over 70 varieties of organic vegetable, fruit and herbs. Each week shareholders, subscribers or casual box buyers receive 10 -15 items.

All of the vegetables, fruit and herbs you receive from us are Certified Organic. At least 90% are grown on our farm. We may purchase up to 10% of certified organic produce from another local certified organic farm or interstate where needed.  The earliest and latest boxes will include some dried herbs from our farm.

 Buying from and supporting your local market garden ensures your vegies are always super fresh with very low food miles.

Historical Variations.

As you might expect with such a successful model, farmers have begun to introduce variations. One increasingly common one is the 'mix and match', or 'market-style' CSA. Here, rather than making up a standard box of vegetables for every member each week, the members load their own boxes with some degree of personal choice.

The farmer lays out baskets of the week's vegetables. Some farmers encourage members to take a prescribed amount of what's available, leaving behind just what their families do not care for. Some CSA farmers then donate this extra produce to a food bank. In other CSAs, the members have wider choice to fill their box with whatever appeals to them, within certain limitations.(e.g. 'Just one basket of strawberries per family, please')

CSAs aren't confined to produce. Some farmers include the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their vegies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members. For example, a produce farmer might create a partnership with a neighbor to deliver
chickens to the CSA drop off point, so that the CSA members can purchase farm-fresh chickens when they come to get their CSA baskets. Other farmers are creating standalone CSAs for meat, flowers, eggs, and preserved farm products.

So far in Tasmania we have only seen vege box systems where non-farming third parties are setting up CSA-like businesses, where they act as middle men and sell boxes of local (and sometimes non-local) food for their members. Our model is more closely aligned with conventional 'shared risk' approach.


Shared Risk.

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk: in most CSAs, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week.

If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of 'we are in this together'. On some farms the idea of shared risk is stronger than others, and CSA members may be asked to sign a policy form indicating that they agree to accept without complaint whatever the farm can produce.

Many times, the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members, and between members and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the capsicums, everyone is disappointed together, and together cheer on the
winter squash and broccoli.

Most CSA farmers feel a great sense of responsibility to their members, and when certain crops are scarce, they make sure the CSA gets served first. Still, it is worth noting that very occasionally things go wrong on a farm - like
they do in any kind of business - and the expected is not delivered, and members feel shortchanged.

Every year there are complaints about a few CSA farms (two to six farms a year, over the last nine years over thousands of CSA farms) where something happened and the produce was simply unacceptable. It might have been a catastrophic divorce, or an unexpected death in the family. Or the weather was abominable, or the farmer was inexperienced and got in over his/her head.
In our experience, if the situation seems regrettable but reasonable - a bad thing that in good faith could have happened to anyone - most CSA members will rally, if they already know and trust the farmer.

These people are more likely to take the long view, especially if they have received an abundance of produce in the past. They are naturally more likely to think, It'll be better next year, than are new members who have nothing to which to compare a dismal experience. The take-home message is this: if the potential for 'not getting your money's worth' makes you feel anxious, then shared risk may not be for you and you should shop at the farmers market.

* Excerpts from this page have been adapted.