REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1
For the 2019 season, I am offering three 6 Weeks CSA’s through the growing season from April through September.
Spring CSA - This CSA will highlight specialty tulips and Dutch narcissus that you won’t find at the grocery store. Members will receive straight bunches of these beautiful blooms adding color to their lives at just the right time. $120/6 Week Season
Summer CSA - This CSA will kick off during lavender season so members will get to try different lavender cultivars, as well as garden sweet peas, artsy poppies, and delicate ranunculus and anemone. $150/6 Week Season
Fall CSA - This CSA is enjoy the bounty of summers heat loving plants like zinnias, dahlias, cosmos and sunflowers. This one is also perfect for educators as it starts right around Back-to-School time. $165/6 Week Season
Frequently Asked Questions
What does CSA mean?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a concept developed by Rudolf Steiner as a way for society to work collaboratively in regard to agriculture. The concept strives to weave farmers, distribution channels, and citizens together in a collective effort where every group has a responsibility and risk associated with the work of bringing healthy agricultural products into the world.
Farmers who offer a CSA are selling a share of their harvest upfront. When they harvest from their fields, they set aside the first crops for the people who purchase a CSA share before they take their products to other markets. This allows farmers to collect money from their community at a time when they need to make purchases for the season, and it gives community members the freshest harvest available that is grown locally in their own communities. Environmentally, this reduces transportation pollution, energy usage from extended cooling, chemical and pesticides, while increasing vase life of flowers and diversity in the market. And socially, CSA's offer an opportunity for people to build relationships within their communities and they allow new farmers to sell smaller quantities. Being apart of a CSA invites everyone to love the land, its changing seasons, and the beauty it offers.
Is there a risk associated with a CSA?
Community members who purchase a share of the farm understand that they are joining the farmer in the risk associated with farming. If mother nature offers wonderful weather, then the harvest will be abundant, and everyone will share an abundant harvest for the year. But if mother nature does not cooperate, then everyone shares a smaller harvest, or no harvest at all. Severe weather can destroy an entire field in a matter of minutes--fields that took months, if not years to cultivate, leaving farms in financial hardships. Less than 2% of people in the United States farm today, and 70-80% of the flowers in the United States are imported from South America. CSA's give small farmers a chance by investing in their farm through their upfront financial support, and volunteering seasonally when small farmers need a few extra hands.
CSA’s are offered across many different types of farms—vegetables, fruits, flowers, meats, and seafoods to name a few. Here at SHEGROWS, we are offering lavender and fresh cut flowers and we look forward to getting to know the community we are growing them for.
How and when do I get my flowers?
Instead of going to the grocery store, you come directly to our farm and get them freshly cut from our field or pick them up at one of our designated spots around town. This year, we will be offering two pick-up options:
1) Our farm in Arvada (Spring, Summer, and Fall CSA’s) - Thursday evenings between 3:30-5:30. Special times can be requested. I will do my best to accommodate slightly before or after this timeframe.
2.) Mountain Phoenix Community School (Spring & Fall CSA’s Only) - Monday mornings between 8-8:30 a.m.
When you sign up, you will need to specify which pick-up option you prefer.
What if I go on vacation?
If you go on vacation, we recommend you gift your weekly flowers to a friend. They are welcome to come to the farm and pick up your flowers for the week and enjoy a special gift of the season. We cannot accommodate special arrangements as we are a small farm with limited hours. We apologies but we have a family to raise, a house and barn to build, and plants to tend to.
What type of flowers can I expect?
You can expect a varieties of flowers. Depending on what season you are purchasing a CSA in, you may get tulips, narcissus, ranunculus, sweet peas, poppies, zinnia’s, dahlias, cosmos, dusty miller, snapdragons, basil, sweet peas, laceflower, amaranth, millet, or sunflowers. Many of them are unique, uncommon, and heirloom varieties. Our lavender includes Irene Doyle, Betty’s Blue, Buena Vista, Folgate, Melissa, Royal Purple, Miss Katherine, and Miette. More varieties are being trialed and tested to the list is growing.
How many flowers will be in each bundle?
Straight bunches typically have 10 stems, depending on the variety of flowers in bloom (like tulips for example). Lavender bundles are measured by weight but are typically 3” in diameter. And market bouquets are a mix of flowers but are equivalent in size to what you would normally seen sold as a Large Bouquet at the grocery store, but its made with much more interesting flowers.
When will they start?
We will send an email to all CSA members notifying them when flowers are blooming and when CSA pick-ups will begin.