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CSA Farm Share

BC Farmer's Choice Boxes

What's a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a system in which people invest in their local farm in return for a share of the produce during the growing season. This benefits both the farms and the consumers! Shareholders receive fresh, bountiful local produce and play an active role in supporting their community food system. Their investment provides pre-season income to the farms at a time when they must make great expenditures but do not yet have crops to sell.

Ward's Berry Farm

FALL 2018 BC FARM SHARE 

Boston College Dining Services is proudly partnering with Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA to provide BC Farm CSA Farm Shares (Community Supported Agriculture) - weekly boxes of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Each week this Fall from September through late October, farmer Jim Ward will select a variety of local produce to fill the boxes. The contents of the boxes vary week to week as the season progresses, so not only do you get fresh produce, but you gain a real feel for our local cycle of crops!

 

Questions?

Please scroll down to read the information below, and check our our FAQ section, where you will find answers to most questions. For any further inquiries, please email bc-csa-help-ggroup@bc.edu

 

Shares:

FALL SHARE -- $304  
One box per week from 9/11/18 - 10/30/18 (8 weeks)

Ordering Deadline: Thursday, August 30th at 5:00 PM

*Split shares available, see FAQs section below

 

Pick Up:

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
September 11th - October 30th
Corcoran Commons Plaza
(between St. Ignatius and Robsham Theatre) OR  McElroy lobby (near bookstore entrance)

 

Ordering:

Place your order here with GET Mobile starting Wednesday 8/22 at 9am. 
Log in with your BC username and password.
Choose payment method (non-mandatory dining plan or credit/debit card)
Click "GET Food"
Select "CSA Farm Share"
Ordering Deadline: Thursday August 30th at 5pm

 

FAQ:

When does it start?

Our first box for fall 2018 will be Tuesday, September 11from 4-6pm.

Where do I pick up?

You can choose your pick up when you order through GET Mobile at either of the below locations:  Corcoran Commons Plaza, between St. Ignatius and Robsham Theatre OR McElroy lobby near the bookstore entrance.

Can someone else pick up my box for me?
No problem, just tell them the time & place! Please email the CSA coordinator as well at bc-csa-help-ggroup@bc.edu

How do I pay?

Payment is through GET Mobile (see ORDERING above).

Am I allowed to split a share?

In order to split with a friend, one person (primary member) must place an order through GET Mobile for the full amount ($304) using a BC dining plan (Flex Plan, Eagle Bucks or Dining Bucks).  The other person (secondary member) must email OneCard office at onecard@bc.edu with the text below giving permission to requesting half the price of the farm share ($152) be credited from the primary member’s eagle account and then debited to their account. Note: If the primary purchase is made with a credit card, we will not be able to split the cost of the share for you.

If splitting a share, please fill-in the below text and email to onecard@bc.edu with the primary member on copy AFTER THE PURCHASE HAS BEEN MADE.

I ________(name of secondary member) ___________ (eagle ID) will be splitting a Fall CSA Farm Share with ______(name of primary member who already purchased a share)  _____________ (eagle ID) who is copied on this email. I give permission to charge my non-mandatory eagle account half the price of a share.  By sending this email I acknowledge that the primary member’s account will be credited by $152 and my account will be debited $152. I understand that BC Dining Services is not responsible for coordinating pick-up or for splitting the contents of the box.

Note: BC Dining and Ward’s Berry Farm cannot split the box for you. Friends splitting one box will need to coordinate amongst themselves who will pick up the box and split the produce.

What happens if I miss my pick up?
Due to limited storage and staffing, produce from unclaimed boxes will be used by BC Dining.

How much food is in each box? Will I be able to carry the box?

Boxes are about 12" X 17" X 7", with hand-holes for easy carrying and a separate lid. The weight varies with the type of produce, but a box will usually weigh between 10 and 20 lbs. 

Is all the produce from Ward's Berry Farm?
Initially, all produce will be from Ward's. Later in the season, the farm may add items from other Massachusetts farms, but at  least 90% of the produce in each box will always be from Ward's. For example, since Ward’s does not grow apples, in fall they often add apples from a farm about 40 miles away.

Is the produce organic?
No. Ward's crops are grown using IPM (integrated pest management) and judicious use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Can I get pro-rated for my vacation week, or weeks that I can't pick up?
No, but you are welcome to have someone else pick up for you.

Do you have half shares?
No, all our boxes contain the same amount of produce. You may split a share with a friend (see above)

Will my box contain the exact items listed in the email and on the website?

There are many factors (weather, pests, etc.) that can affect crops right up until the moment they are picked. So although the predictions are usually accurate, sometimes Ward's must make substitutions. They always substitute with something as similar as possible, of equal or greater value.

Can you make substitutions for specific items? I have food allergies. There are some fruits and vegetables I never eat.
Unfortunately, we cannot make any substitutions for any reason.

What happens if something is missing from my box?
We try to be perfect, but mistakes happen! Ward's is always glad to replace any missing or unsatisfactory items. Just email us and a replacement will be sent for you the following week. Email: bc-csa-help-ggroup@bc.edu

Who should I speak to about my share?
For all problems, questions and concerns about Farmer's Choice Boxes, please email us directly at bc-csa-help-ggroup@bc.edu.This will assure that the right person hears your problem, so you will get a quick and accurate response. Email: bc-csa-help-ggroup@bc.edu