Angelic Organics
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Would You like to Host a Delivery Site?

Requirements for Hosting a Site

We look for a variety of criteria in a site:

  1. A desire to create and further a sense of community amongst your fellow shareholders and our farm

  2. An area that is protected from the elements, such as a cool, enclosed porch or garage. The boxes should be sheltered from the sun, wind, rain and cold, so that the vegetables and fruit maintain their freshness.

  3. Space to accommodate at least 75 boxes that each measure about 16”L, 10”W, 12”H. The boxes are typically stacked in columns 5 high.

  4. A minimum of twenty shareholders to open a site. (We prefer that the site host helps to secure this minimum number of shareholders; however, we are often able to find shareholders through our own marketing efforts to assist in starting a site.)

  5. Reasonable parking access for people picking up their boxes

  6. Convenient access for the delivery truck to unload 

  7. Willingness to receive boxes one day per week, either between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a weekday or between 8 a.m. and noon on a Saturday. Your site’s single delivery day will be either one of the following weekdays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; or on a Saturday. (The delivery times listed above are subject to change, but we are reasonably certain that these referenced times will be the delivery time windows.)

  8. Ideally, few or no steps to navigate between the delivery truck parking area and the location where the boxes are stored. This facilitates the convenience of handcarts for box transport.

  9. The acceptance of materials and signage left at your house over the course of the season, including the farm bulletin board and a container for folded-up, empty, returned vegetable boxes. (The farm furnishes the bulletin board and the container.)

  10. Willingness to allow shareholders access to your site area (unattended) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. if you host on a weekday, or from 1 pm until 6 pm if you host on a Saturday, for 24 deliveries from early June through late November. (The pickup times listed above are subject to change, but we are reasonably certain that these referenced times will be the delivery time windows.) A key or code for shareholders to access your site is at your discretion. Few sites currently require keys or codes.

  11. Willingness under extreme weather conditions, such as temperatures over 95 or 100 degrees, for shareholders to pick up earlier than the scheduled pickup time.  (The farm would notify site hosts and shareholders of this situation when boxes would ideally be picked up earlier than normal.)

  12. Monitoring of box distribution, if your site is a commercial establishment. (This monitoring is not essential at a home site.)

  13. Participation in our CSA program as a shareholder, if you host a site at your home. If hosting at a business, we prefer, but do not require, that the site host representative be a shareholder.

Other Considerations

Sometimes extra work is required to maintain your site:

  1. Occasionally shareholders forget to unfold their returned boxes.

  2. Some shareholders share a box, which occasionally involves transferring produce from a box to a paper bag at the site. Our shareholders are of course responsible for cleaning up any debris they spill, but sometimes their cleanup is not ideal. (Not to worry—our shareholders are a considerate lot, overall.)

  3. There may be unclaimed vegetables in the swap box which need to be disposed of through composting or some other means.

  4. There may be orphaned (unclaimed) boxes of produce. Ideally these will be donated/distributed by you to others who will use the vegetables.

  5. Sometimes you may need to contact or respond to shareholders, who are unable to pick up their vegetable box within the stated time window, to arrange an alternative pickup.

  6. It would be lovely for you to greet and help the shareholders with their boxes on delivery day. We realize that most people who host a site are unable to do this, and it is not a requirement for hosting a site at one’s home. However, if you are able and so inclined, especially for the first two delivery days, this hospitality does wonders for community building and for the relationship to our farm, and will help the whole season to go smoother at your site.

  7. If you host a site one year, we hope that you will host in future years as well.

Benefits of Hosting a Site

Some of the many benefits of hosting a site are:

  1. Delivery of your vegetables right to your home or business. That’s free home delivery for the season!

  2. Support of organic, Biodynamic farming

  3. Support of a local Community Supported Agriculture farm, Angelic Organics

  4. The opportunity to create community within your neighborhood, to meet and socialize with the shareholders who come to pick up their vegetables and fruit at your home

  5. Fostering of good will and perhaps increased patron traffic, if your site is an establishment such as a health club, medical clinic, grocery store or a non-profit organization such as a park, library, church, or synagogue 

  6. Freedom to use/distribute/donate unclaimed boxes as you choose

  7. A $100 honorarium/discount credited to your account at the end of your hosting year, if your site hosts less than 75 vegetable and fruit boxes weekly throughout the season; and a $200 honorarium/discount if your site hosts 75 or more vegetable boxes weekly throughout the season. The honorarium can only be applied to a share purchase; it is not available as a cash refund. (Commercial establishments do not qualify for this honorarium.)

Apply to Host a Delivery Site

If you think you’d like to host a site, please fill out our Site Host Application. It will take about 15 - 20 minutes to fill out.

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