[Market-farming] CSA share sizes?

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Mon Feb 2 21:28:50 EST 2009


I purchased Brookfield Farm http://brookfieldfarm.org/cps.html Excel
spreadsheets. It has seed per row foot from their experience and various
other sources, expected yield per row foot, and includes what they do. It
figures out how much space each crop takes. You can change the number of
shares and see how that impacts land use. 

Also, Sharing the Harvest has some sample shares. Share size is a real
challenge for me - trying to give the folks good value but also make a
living.

Interesting - I broke my shares into summer and fall, primarily to keep the
summer share under $400 because I thought higher cost would scare folks off.
Two-thirds of those who have signed up so far have gone for the whole $600
package. ($25/week)

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead 
Farm Fresh Food Club CSA - http://rhomestead.com
Peru NY
 
Garden fresh vegetables, organically grown, and pastured chicken, duck, and
geese
 
"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." -
Wendell Berry
 
"Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - Frances
Moore Lappe

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard
Robinson
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 8:54 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: [Market-farming] CSA share sizes?

We are doing some planning for a trial run of CSA production. I know the
contents of the weekly share varies with the season and the vagaries of
production, but what guidelines do you all use to buy seed and plan your
planting? How many pounds of beans, tomatoes, greens, leeks, etc, etc, etc,
do you hope to pack into the weekly share when that crop is producing? Can
anyone point to some lists that show this? Much appreciated.

Richard in zone 5, where the snow is deep but the days are getting longer

 --
 Richard Robinson
 http://www.nasw.org/users/rrobinson/

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