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FAQs about Becoming and Being a Shareholder


What is a shareholder?

When you sign up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer - i.e. a shareholder - for the season, 12 or 20 weeks. This provides us with a secure market, which is a welcome measure of certainty in the unstable world of farming! In turn, we dedicate ourselves to being your farmers and providing you with a varied, nutritious vegetable diet for the season. Not only that, we work diligently to connect you to the source of that diet through our newsletters, our farm open houses, and an open invitation for you to come visit the farm and connect with the people growing your food and with the land your food is grown on.


What does it mean to be a shareholder?

We strive to bring you a beautiful and bountiful box each week, but since our boss, Nature, provides no guarantees, we can't offer any either. One of the premises of a Community Supported Agriculture  (CSA) program is that the shareholder shares, through the  harvest, the farmer's experiences of both Nature's mischief and blessings. Our years of farming experience have shown us how to minimize as many risks as possible --from drought (we have an excellent irrigation system) to floods (we have the right types of equipment to get critical farming jobs done in short, dry windows of time).


Is it possible that I would pay for a share and then not receive a full season's worth of produce due to bad weather?

The weather woes would probably never rob you of all your veggies. Even with the flooding we experienced in 1993 (the most challenging crop year since 1974), we were able to fill our shareholders' boxes every week and could barely close the boxes at the height of the season. In recent years, increased soil fertility and advances in our growing expertise have consistently produced stellar boxes.


Are any of the crops genetically engineered?

Every effort is made to keep our crops free of GMOs.  In fact, our seed supplier is “a member of the Safe Seed Initiative. [They] pledge that [they] do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered or modified seeds or plants.” - from Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog


What types of shares are there?

For a listing of share types and prices, refer to the Purchase a Vegetable Share page.


How are the vegetables different in an Extended Share?

The Extended Share boxes usually look similar to the regular 20-week boxes, except without any herbs, salad greens, or frost-susceptible crops like tomatoes or peppers. The Extended Share boxes most often include combinations of carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, parsnips, spinach and cabbage. See our Vegetable Calendar for a detailed look at which vegetables are likely to be available and when.


Do I have to decide about the extended share when I sign up for the regular share?

Shareholders do not have to sign up for an extended share at the same time that they do for a 20-week share. However, the extended shares historically have sold out very early in the season, months before their November start date. For that reason, we recommend that shareholders sign up early for extended shares.


How much do these shares cost?

For a listing of share prices, see our Share Options Page.


Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline for signing up for a given season. Shares are sold on a first come, first served basis and are available until we are sold out. Our 20-week shares are often sold out by the first day of March. 12-week shares are available for a little while longer. It is best not to delay too long before signing up in order to make sure that you don’t miss out. Check our Purchase a Vegetable Share Page to see if shares are currently available.


Do you offer any special payment plans?

Most commonly, people pay the full share price up front.

Alternatively:

If you wish to spread the cost of the share out over a period of time, please write out two checks, each covering half of the total. Date one check for the day that you are signing up and sending in your checks; postdate the second check for any date up to three months from the date of your first check. Send both checks in with your sign-up. We won't deposit the second check until its date.

If neither method of payment works for you, you may propose another payment plan, which we may accommodate, as long as it doesn't involve more than 4 checks nor sending the checks in separately.


Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept credit cards through the web at our storefront on Local Harvest. We do not take credit card payments over the phone or via mail.


It seems like a lot of food, do you offer half shares?

We do offer half shares.   Also, we do have many shareholders who "share" a box with one another. For more information on sharing a box, please see the question How does sharing a box work? (below).


Can I try out a membership with a sample share, maybe for a month or so?

No, we are unable to offer sample shares; the logistics would be too complicated for us to manage this amongst everything else. We rely on word of mouth and on our written and web-based materials to reassure prospective shareholders about the awesomeness of our vegetables, our service and our farm. 


I'm interested in your CSA, but I live outside of your delivery range. Can you still help me?

Unfortunately we cannot offer our services to those who live outside of our delivery range. This comes out of our passion for providing healthy, fresh and local produce to our community.

For those who are too far away to receive our vegetables or if we are sold out and you would like to try another CSA in the area, we recommend you visit the following websites that focus on matching people to CSAs in their immediate area:

http://www.LocalHarvest.org

http://www.Biodynamics.com

http://www.csacenter.org


How do I sign up?

The easiest way to sign up is through our website. We offer a signup form that will take you step-by-step through the process. You will then be given the option to pay by sending in a check (preferred) or to pay by credit card online (for an additional fee).

After signing up online, you will receive an automated confirmation email, and then within a week of when we receive your payment, you’ll receive another email to confirm that.  To sign up now, go to our Share Options page.

If you are unable to sign up via our online sign-up form, please contact us via email (CSA@AngelicOrganics.com) or by phone (815 389 2746) for more information.


Can I visit the farm before I sign up?

See the Visit our Farm section to learn more about the possibilities of coming out to see us and our vegetables.


How does sharing a box work?

For those shareholders that feel a full share of produce is too much food for them, they are welcome to initiate splitting a box with their friends, family or neighbors. We leave this responsibility almost entirely up to the shareholders and their box mates. How and when they split the produce is their individual decision. However, we require that we are informed who is sharing with whom. We record the complete contact information (mailing address, phone numbers and email address) for all persons involved in splitting a box. This is to ensure that all parties are informed about general farm news, as well as any specific changes or notices that are necessary to communicate to shareholders.

While the actual process of splitting a box is up to the shareholders involved, we do have the following guidelines which solely serve to make the process move smoothly:

First, we strongly encourage shareholders to take their whole box home and then split it with box mates; this is by far the easiest way.

However, for shareholders where this is not a possibility, there is a specific procedure. At the delivery sites, there are Rubbermaid box labeled "For Shared Boxes" which contain grocery bags and markers. On this box is a set of instructions for you to follow on how to split your box right at the site. Please follow these instructions. Be sure to read your pickup instructions too.


Should I let the farm know if I decide to share a box?

Yes, we keep track of those who are sharing a box. If you provide us with the name of your box-mate, we will list them in your confirmation letter. We will mail any farm correspondence to all those sharing a box. Also, if you provide us with the email addresses of everyone sharing, we will keep everyone updated via that avenue as well. Sharing-a-box means that you have to be extra-vigilant that your group only picks up one box each week. Please coordinate this amongst yourselves in advance, especially if you have more than one box-mate.

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