Member Agreement Contract for 2019
Be sure to read the entirety of the member agreement contract prior to
mailing your signed form and payment.
Ley Creek Farm
709 County Route 55
Fulton, NY 13069
We, the farm, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA Farm
A. Becoming a Part of Our Farm
CSA: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest. Our CSA this year will run for 32 weeks, from April to November. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm each week to pick up their share of freshly harvested, washed, and refrigerated chicken eggs. Members will receive one dozen of eggs weekly. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 3. Variety and quantity may vary as described below in Section 2.
B. Our Growing Practices
Although the farm is not currently certified, it exclusively practices organic and natural farming methods. This means that the produce is grown without the use of conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Our chickens are fed an all-natural feed and a mix of our farm’s produce to supplement what they forage on our property. For more information about organic production or heirloom seeds, please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more!
C. Products We Expect in 2019
Seasonal produce available on a first come, first serve basis
Seasonal cut flowers available on a first come, first serve basis
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. However rare it may be, the quantity of goods may vary from week to week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:
If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other goods grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, however rare this may be, we may not be able to deliver any products in some weeks.
B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
Although our farm is primarily a CSA farm and most of our production is planned for our CSA, our farm also sells surplus at roadside. When crops are especially abundant, we love to pack additional goods into your share. These crops will be distributed as equitably as possible, but all members of the CSA may not receive the same exact items.
Section 3. Picking Up Your CSA Share
You are responsible for picking up your share each week at our farm stand, unless you have made alternative arrangements prior to the start of the season. This is one way that the farm makes our products available at a lower cost to members.
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
Bring your own bag(s).
Pick up your share within the timeframe stated.
Be respectful of our property.
Follow additional rules posted at the drop site regarding parking, boxes, and your share.
If you cannot pick up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. If you wish to change your preferred pick up day, you must call or email the farm at least 24 hours in advance. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to a food pantry or dispersed between other CSA shares during that week.
We take the safety of your food seriously. Your eggs are washed thoroughly when they are harvested and then promptly refrigerated according to the standards required by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. In addition, we do not use specific conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
Section 4. Member Fees
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
Spring Egg Share (1 dozen per week)
$36 (12 weeks at $3 per week)
Summer Egg Share (1 dozen per week)
$30 (10 weeks at $3 per week)
Fall Egg Share (1 dozen per week)
$30 (10 weeks at $3 per week)
Full Season Egg Share (1 dozen per week)
$90 (32 weeks at $2.81 per week)
At this time, members must pay their membership fee in one installment. Please enclose a check for your total amount due with the signed agreement form. By submitting an agreement form you are agreeing to postmark the membership fee for the share you indicated on the form prior to March 1st, 2019. All payments are non-refundable after April 15th, 2019.
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via phone and email. We can be reached by phone at (315) 598-8121 from 9:00am to 7:00pm or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond to you within 24 hours. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, requests to change your pickup day, or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email when necessary. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your emails from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or on-farm events.