Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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Who are my farmers?

2016 Fresh Start Farms CSA shares will be fulfilled by the New American Farmers Cooperative, Inc.  These new American farmers have been participating in the Organization for Refugee & Immigrant Success (ORIS) farmer training program for a number of years and are strategically transitioning away from the program’s services and staff assistance.  The development of the cooperative is the next leap towards achieving their goals of business self-sufficiency and sustainability.  This first year functioning as a cooperative is a critical one, and their success largely depends on CSA memberships. CSA provides a secure and steady income, including during the off-season when many crucial production costs take place. The New American Farmers Cooperative is multilingual and multicultural, consisting of nine farmers representing the Somali Bantu, Bhutanese and Congolese communities.  They grow in both high tunnels and in the fields at their growing site in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. For more information about the New American Farmers Cooperative, please contact freshstartfarmsnh@gmail.com or call 603-296-0443.

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How does it work?

CSA members can sign up for a single or family share for the summer, fall, or full season. Members then receive a weekly share of the farm’s bounty, delivered to your chosen weekly pickup site.

Share Sizes

Single Share feeds 1-2 people……………7-9 items, about ½ bushel of produce per week

Family Share feeds up to 4 people………11-13 items and greater quantities, about 1 bushel of produce per week

Share Seasons

Full Season: 18 weeks (June 11th-October 8th)

Summer Season: 12 weeks (June 11th-Aug. 27th)

Autumn Season: 6 weeks (Aug.27th-October 18th)

Share Prices

Single Share

$380 Full Season (18 wks)
$260 Summer (12 wks)
$130 Autumn (6 wks)

Family Share

$650 Full Season (18 wks)
$440 Summer (12 wks)
$220 Autumn (6 wks)

Given the varying start/end dates for farmers’ markets, shares seasons may vary and can be pro-rated. 

Payment Options

Installment payment plans are available.  Please contact for more information.  A deposit is required to secure your spot, and share payment must be received in full by the first pickup date.

Checks or money orders are payable to ORIS/Fresh Start Farms.

Pay online with credit or debit card or PayPal: http://refugeesuccess.org/FSF/

Half-cost SNAP/EBT shares are available at Manchester and Salem pickup locations with the Granite State Market Match.  SNAP/EBT payment options are bi-weekly throughout the season.

Vacation Policy

At Fresh Start Farms, we understand that summertime is vacation time! If you plan on being away, please give us a three-day advance notice and we’ll give you a vacation credit to use at any of the Fresh Start Farms market stands, or to purchase a bulk order (1 credit= $20 for single share; $35 for family share). Two vacation credits are available and can only be redeemed during the 2016 season. Vouchers are emailed upon request. Credits are not refundable. So go ahead and enjoy the sunshine! Your farm-fresh produce will be here when you want it!

Where is my pickup site?

Bedford Farmers’ Market: Tuesdays 3-6pm

Derry, Salvation Army: Wednesdays 5-6pm

Dunbarton, at the farm: Please contact to arrange weekly pick-up

Goffstown, Apotheca Tea Shoppe: Thursdays 4-8 pm

Londonderry High School: Wednesdays 7-8pm

Manchester Community Health Center, Hollis Street: Mondays 12:30-1:30pm

Manchester Community Market, Victory Park: Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Manchester, Lafayette Park (in back of CMC): Wednesdays 3-6:30pm

Merrimack Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays 3-6pm

Seacoast Community Marketplace (previously Newmarket Farmers Market): Saturdays 10am-2pm

Salem Farmers’ Market: Sundays 10am-2pm

What should I expect?

Shares will vary each week depending on seasonal availability of crops. We strive to provide the best variety possible with a combination of local favorites as well as occasional “specialty ethnic crops” to try.  As a CSA customer, you will receive unique recipes, cooking and preservation tips, and updates about the farm and farmers.

Below is a general guide of when common items are available:

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Why Should I Join Fresh Start Farms’ CSA?

  1. Directly support local refugees as they grow their farm businesses and become integral to their new communities
  2. Have rewarding, intercultural opportunities to connect with and learn from individuals with diverse backgrounds
  3. Know the farmers and the farm practices where your food is coming from
  4. Get the freshest produce of the harvest!
  5. Per dollar, CSA is less costly than retail farmers’ market prices.
  6. Enjoy nutritious, fresh and local produce as an individual or to share with your family, friends, and neighbors
  7. Join with your workplace or community organization to support healthy lifestyles and social consciousness
  8. Support the local economy by keeping dollars in NH
  9. Be a part of the local agriculture movement and strengthen NH’s local food system
  10. Significantly reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of fossil fuels used to bring food to your table, including transportation costs

 

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