CSA Produce Box Subscriptions Available Now!
starting w/o June 29 - w/o Oct. 26
Small, medium and large box options.
*See below for updates to our 2022 program
Pick-up Locations: *In the notes section at checkout, please include which of the following pick-up locations you would like:
- Tsawwassen First Nation Farm *Self Serve* - Wednesday or Thursday from 2-7pm
- KPU Surrey, Langley and Richmond Campuses - Wednesday from 3-6pm
- New Westminster Farmers Market - Thursdays from 3-7pm
- Tsawwassen First Nation Farm *Self Serve* - Friday 4-7pm, Saturday or Sunday from 9-7pm
- Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market - Sunday from 10am-2pm
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS
What is KPU Farm Schools?
KPU Farm Schools consist of Tsawwassen First Nation and Richmond. Each farm school teaches its own distinct programs that provide unique training opportunities in regenerative agriculture for students of all backgrounds and experiences.
The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School is both an educational and working farm that sells its certified organic products through various Vancouver Farmers Markets, restaurants and a 150 member CSA produce box program.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and in essence, is a weekly food box subscription.
How it works is: the customer purchases a share in the season's harvest, pays for that share up front, and receives a weekly box of food for the length of the farming season.
What makes CSA programs different from your typical food box subscription service?
The main difference (and the reason it is called a CSA) is that by paying for your subscription upfront you are supporting your local farmer in the spring during a time when there is no money coming into the farm, but a lot of upfront expenses to pay for.
The cost of your subscription goes back into the farm to pay for seeds, compost, tools, irrigation, animal feed and so on. This makes it possible for the farmer to grow for their community without going deep into debt every spring. It also helps the farmer predict their sales revenue for the season, providing them with financial security.
At KPU Farm Schools, our CSA program is a bit unique in that the funds we receive not only go back into our farm, but they also go into training our students to be sustainable farmers!
What are the other benefits of a CSA program?
CSA’s provide the farmer with peace of mind - allowing them to focus on growing more, higher quality food without uncertainty over where and how much they will sell. CSA’s provide farmer’s with financial security, regardless of variables like weather and fluctuating market demand.
The cost of a CSA, and each item in your box, is comparable to what you would pay in the store. The difference? All the money is going directly to the farmer, cutting out the middle men like grocery stores and wholesalers.
The quality of the items in your box are also going to be fresher and produced in a more ethical, sustainable way that takes things like fair wages, local economies, meaningful work, and a healthy ecosystem into account.
To sum it up, a CSA is a food distribution system that enables food lovers to support local agriculture, give farmers job security, take care of the environment and guarantee themselves a share of fresh, healthy local produce at a fair price.
Why does the amount of items in my box fluctuate?
Farming can be unpredictable due to a number of factors that are out of the farmer’s control. CSA’s allow for the whole community, farmer and food lover, to share in the benefits and risks of the harvest. If it is a difficult growing season there may be less variety or abundance in your box, yet if things go well, the subscribers will benefit accordingly.
At KPU Farm Schools, the CSA model is our major sales outlet and a focus of the farms production plan. For this reason, we value our CSA customers highly and seek to provide them with the best experience possible. For this reason, we do our best to minimize the effects of a poor harvest or bad year on our CSA customers, providing them with an abundance and variety of produce for the full 20 weeks.
How does our CSA work?
Every farm does it differently based on their unique production model, but this is how the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School' CSA program works:
- 20 week produce box subscription
- Starting w/o June 15 - w/o Oct. 26
- The type of produce in your box will change on a weekly basis based on the growing season. Therefore all boxes are Farmers Choice - meaning that we select what is in your box each week, so it’s a surprise.
2022 Box Options
Timing: Weekly for 18 weeks - starting w/o June 29 - w/o Oct. 26
- $550 ($30.55 per week)
- Roughly 5-7 items in each box
- Feeds roughly 1-2 people
- $715 ($39.75 per week)
- Roughly 7-9 items in each box
- Feeds roughly 1-3 people
- $880 ($48.90 per week)
- Roughly 9-11 items in each box but in larger quantities than a medium box (meant to feed a family)
- Feeds roughly 3-5 people
All boxes are Farmers Choice - meaning that we select what is in your box each week, so it’s a surprise.
Note: our costs have increased slightly this year to account for the increased cost of production due to material and wage cost increase.
Please email us if you have specific questions
Pick-up locations and times
Tsawwassen First Nation Farm Pick-Up *Self Serve*:
We will send you instructions for where to go on the farm to pick-up your box
- Option 1 - Wednesday or Thursday from 2-7pm
- Option 2 - Friday from 4-7pm, Saturday or Sunday from 9-7pm
KPU Campus Pick-Up:
- Surrey, Richmond and Langley - Wednesdays: 3-6pm
- Richmond - Room 1310 (inside the KSA Lounge beside the Library)
- Surrey - Cedar 1260 (inside the GrassRoots Cafe)
- Langley - Room 1551 (just inside the East Building entrance)
Farmers Market Pick-Up:
- Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market: Sunday from 10am-2pm
- New West Farmers Market: Thursdays from 3-7pm
What we are growing in 2022 - TBD
2021 crop list below for reference
PLEASE READ - Important pick up protocols and notes
- You must retrieve your box at the indicated pick up location, during the indicated time frame each week
- You must bring your own bags to transfer your produce into - we don’t provide bags or boxes
- You are not allowed to exchange the veggies in your box for different ones
- If you don’t show up during your pick-up time your box will be donated
- No refunds, unless it’s a farm operational decision
- If you will be on vacation please arrange to have someone else pick up your box for you or to have your box donated