Register to become a Harvest Share member today!
Harvest Share members get access to:
• BCCF’s fresh, local and organic produce at sliding scale prices
• A seasonal selection of 8-10 different crops each week
• On-farm weekly share pickups with the opportunity to meet the farmers who grow your food, Thursdays from 3-7 pm, from June to November (24 weeks total, 4 weeks longer than last year!)
• Weekly (24 week) and *new* bi-weekly (12 week) membership optionsRegister Online
Or to register and pay with cash or cheque please download this form, print it, and mail it (or drop it off) to us with payment enclosed. If you can’t print the form just write down on a separate piece of paper the details requested on the form and send that with your payment.
Read on for full details of the Harvest Share program.
What is the Harvest Share program?
Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF)’s Harvest Share Program is a member-based, vegetable subscription program that gives you access to our farm-grown, organic produce on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, from June to November. All produce is grown at BCCF using sustainable organic growing practices and harvested each week to ensure optimal freshness, nutrition, and flavour.
Uniquely local – uniquely Toronto
When you become a Harvest Share member, you are supporting Black Creek Community Farm, a hidden gem in the north end of Toronto. Where else can you source fresh local produce from an 8-acre farm in the city? Our Harvest Share program ensures that sustainable agricultural knowledge and skills can continue to thrive in the city, and that this unique site can be preserved and shared with all GTA residents.
Why should I join?
Our Harvest Share program is a type of ‘community supported agriculture’ program (commonly referred to as a CSA) that aims to strengthen local food systems by bringing growers and eaters closer together. For farmers, CSAs are helpful since members pay in advance and provide a steady market for their produce throughout the season. This advance payment allows farmers to make early season investments and allows them to plan their growing more effectively. For eaters, CSAs give members the chance to directly connect with farmers and learn where and how their food is grown.
In a CSA, some of the risks of farming (weather, pests, disease) are shared between the farmer and the eater. In a challenging season, there may be a slight decrease in the produce volume or some produce may be purchased-in to ensure members receive full value. However, in most cases, the farming strategies designed to mitigate these risks ensure that eaters receive a value of produce that is slightly higher than the price of their share. But no matter the ups and downs of each season, eaters can be guaranteed that they have a direct link to their food, farm, and farmers – a relationship that is rarely possible when you purchase from a conventional supermarket.
How it works
Register to receive a weekly or bi-weekly share of vegetables from June to November. Weekly members will receive 24 weeks of produce, while bi-weekly members will receive 12 weeks of produce (picking up every other week). Each week’s share will include 8 to 10 different crops, pre-determined by the farm, based on what is in season. We plan to have produce available starting late-June, but the start of the season is weather dependent and members will receive an update about the exact start date come late spring. Members are expected to pick up their vegetables at the farm. Weekly pick up time is on Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm.
What’s the price?
The weekly value of each share is $25, that’s $600 for 24 weeks or $300 for 12. However, we offer sliding scale pricing to make membership more accessible to lower-income households.
Members also have the option to pay an extra $50 to $100 for the full season, and this amount helps another family to join the Harvest Share.
Registration and payment details
Members can pay the full subscription amount at once or through instalments of equal amount. Weekly members can pay in 4 instalments and bi-weekly members can pay in 2 instalments. The first instalment is due at the time of registration, and subsequent instalments are due on the dates below. Instalment amounts will vary depending on whether a member is weekly or bi-weekly, and depending on each member’s sliding scale amount.
|Weekly members||Bi-weekly members|
|Registration||1st instalment due||1st instalment due|
|August 2||2nd instalment due||n/a|
|September 13||3rd instalment due||2nd instalment due|
|October 25||4th instalment due||n/a|
What are we growing in 2018?
The chart below shows what will be available this year along with when
they are likely to appear in the pickups.* All produce will be grown at BCCF.
*Availability subject to minor changes depending on weather, pests and disease.
What does a typical pickup look like?
Every pickup will be different depending on what is in season but a typical late summer pickup and share might look like this: