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We have officially sold out of our CSA box subscriptions BUT we still have weekly and bi-weekly flower bouquet subscriptions available.

 

What is KPU Farm School?

KPU Farm School consists of three unique programs - Tsawwassen First Nation and Richmond Programs + an Incubator Program for graduates available at both farms. 

The Tsawwassen First Nation and Richmond programs are 7-month, experiential education programs focused on preparing new farmers to enter the sustainable agriculture industry. Through a combination of classroom and field-based learning, students take their first steps into the exciting career of sustainable agriculture. Our programs provide them with the essential farming skills to enter the field, as well as unique networking opportunities with our vibrant, local agricultural community.

Our Tsawwassen farm is a certified organic, production farm and able to yield enough produce to sell to the community, both through local farmers markets and our CSA program. We are a cost-recovery program that relies on our farm product revenue to support our programming. All the revenue from our produce sales goes directly to supporting our new farmer training programs.

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 our CSA program works:

  • 20 week produce box subscription 
  • Runs from the week of June 15 to the week of Oct. 26
  • The type of produce in your box will change on a weekly basis based on the growing season (see more in the What's In Season - 2020 section below)
  • You have the option to pay in full when you place your order OR pay in 2 installments

Box options + payment details - New for 2020

Small box:

  • Pay in Full: $500.00 ($25 per week)
  • 2 Installments: $250 x2
    • 1st payment: Due upon placing order
    • 2nd payment: Due in person at first pick-up mid June
  • Roughly 5-7 items in each box
  • Feeds roughly 1-2 people

Medium box:

  • Pay in Full: $650 ($32.50 per week)
  • 2 Installments: $325 x2
    • 1st payment: Due upon placing order
    • 2nd payment: Due in person at first pick-up mid June
  • Roughly 7-9 items in each box
  • Feeds roughly 1-3 people
  • *Slightly larger size than the “Regular” box from last year.

Large box:

  • Pay in Full: $800.00 ($40.00 per week)
  • 2 Installments: $400 x2
    • 1st payment: Due upon placing order
    • 2nd payment: Due in person at first pick-up mid June
  • Roughly 7-11 items in each box but in larger quantities than a medium box (meant to feed a family)
  • Feeds roughly 3-5 people 

Note: Our increased prices are reflective of industry standards, increased cost of production and are an effort to keep our staff employed and paid living wages during COVID-19. As many of you know, we made the difficult decision to cancel our educational programs this season and thus are solely relying on farm product sales to pay our staff and keep the farm afloat.

Egg and Flower add-ons for 2020

Eggs

  • $170.00 ($8.50 per week)
  • 20 weeks
  • w/o June 15 - w/o Oct. 26
  • 1 dozen per customer
  • Quantity is limited and sign-up will be on a first come first serve basis until full

Flowers

  • Weekly for 15 weeks - $225 + tax ($15 + tax per week)
  • Bi-Weekly for 7 weeks - $105 + tax ($15 + tax per week)
  • mid Jul - end of Oct
  • Large bouquet of unique, organic blooms grown on the farm

What's in season - 2020

This is a snapshot of what is in season on the farm for 2020. This is meant to give you a general sense of the types of things that you can expect in your box for the season, but is not an exact list of WILL be in your box. The items in your box will vary based on the week, the size of the box that you have selected and the farm’s harvest yield. 

We will be sending out a weekly email that outlines what you can expect in your box for that week (along with some other tips and tricks) So look out for that email before your first box pick-up in mid June. 
 

PDF icon KPU Farm School - What's In Season 2020

KPU Farm School - What's In Season 2020

Pick-up locations and times

Tsawwassen Farm Pick-Up:

  • Tuesdays: 4-6pm
  • Fridays: 4-6pm

KPU Campus Pick-Up:

  • Surrey, Richmond and Langley - Wednesdays: 12-5pm
    • Surrey - GrassRoots Cafe Patio - Outside Building
    • Richmond - South Entrance
    • Langley - Just outside the East building main entrance

Farmers Market Pick-Up:

  • Main St. - Wednesdays: 2-6pm
  • Mt. Pleasant - Sundays: 10am-2pm

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

COVID-19 procedures and updates

  • As we prep for the growing season ahead, we have been staying up to date on government protocols and made adjustments to our farm operations to ensure the safety of our farm staff as well as the food we will be growing in the coming months.
  • Procedures for pick-up will be shared in more detail based on your selected pick-up location. But in general please make sure you: 
    • Wash your hands before and after pick-up
    • Stay 2m away from staff and other customers 
    • Wear a mask 
    • Stay home if you are feeling sick and ask someone else to come pick-up your box for you. 
  • Reminder - We wash everything on the farm before it gets packaged up for delivery, but the produce will be handled in transport to you. Remember to always wash your produce when you get it home, COVID-19 or not.