Common Questions

Can I buy a half share?

Yes!  After years of people asking, we’ve got to give the people what they want.

What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.   Each season share members of the farm provide money in exchange for a weekly bounty of vegetables distributed throughout the growing season (every other week in the case of our winter season). This gives you a direct line to your food.  Each share is enough for 2 to 4 people depending on your hunger level or diet.  By making a commitment to the farm, you are entitled to the bounty, but also share the risk of the season.  Occasionally a crop may fail due to inclement weather, disease, pest, or other conditions beyond our control.  Our goal is to bring you, despite these challenges, an abundant and diverse harvest all season long.  For more information on CSA check out portlandcsa.org

Why CSA might be right for you?
By joining the Full Plate Farm CSA you will be getting vegetables picked that day.  Fresh vegetables offer more nutrients to you, making them the best choice for you and your family.  When vegetables are picked and delivered the same day, they are not shipped thousands of miles across this land of ours.  And you all know that a thousand miles is a long drive inside a car.  Then, of course, there is Taste!  Fresh vegetables just Taste better.  You know it and we know it, they do.  By joining Full Plate Farm you are also supporting fair labor practices, plant and seed diversity, water conservation, the local economy, a healthy ecosystem, and your belly.We also believe in having fun.  We’ll have a garlic planting party in October and a potluck or two this season. You have an open invitation to come out to the farm, for a couple hours or the whole day.  Just get in touch with us and we look forward to showing you around.

What are our farming practices?
Our ecological approach to farming uses no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The farm is not certified organic, but uses organic practices. We cover crop to protect the soil from erosion, hold nutrients in place to put back at a later time, provide habitat for beneficial insects, and increase the soil’s fertility.  We rotate our vegetables throughout different parts of our fields and continue to work hard at increasing the tilth of the soil.

What will I be getting in my share?
The staples of the winter share are carrots, beets, kale, collards, chicories (endives, escaroles, radicchios), leeks, winter squash, garlic, and herbs.  Mixed in throughout the season will be a smattering array of potatoes, parsnips, turnips, parsley root, rutabagas, brussels sprouts,shallots, onions, cabbage, and maybe some popcorn/dent corn if we get a warm dry October.  For a projected harvest schedule and list of vegetables that we’re growing see our vegetable matrix. The matrix is part of the crop plan we make to shape the farm’s season. It is a rough draft and subject to change.

If I need to leave the CSA is the share refundable?
Once you are signed up for the CSA your payment is non-refundable, however it is transferable, so you can find someone else to take over your share if you need to leave the CSA for any reason.

I don’t see a pickup site near my house/business, how do I create a pickup site?
If you have a site that you think would be popular, let us know and we’ll consider adding it.  Our driving range is limited but we can add sites that are on our route.  At least 5 shares are needed to make a new site.

Should I bring my own bags to the bulk pick up site?
Yes, but we’ll will have extras if you forget yours.

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