CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
What is it?
In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of operation. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.
CSA and Combs Honey Farm
This year, we will once again be offering CSA contracts for a portion of the apiary. Four established hives will be set aside and 40 shares offered for $25 apiece. For the consumer, this means a variance of between two and twelve pounds of honey per share. With a typical year yeilding around 7lbs - a very good deal. We've been participating in CSA since 2010- results have varied a lot, but share holders seem to be pleased with the results. All honey will be extracted and packeged in two pound jars. Harvest occurs in October, and on good years October and August. Pick-up locations will be available in North Bend, and Seattle. And, of course, your yeild may be shipped for a $12 shipping and handling charge anywhere in the states.
Cut-off for purchasing shares is May 30th, or when all shares have been sold.
If you're interested in purchasing a share, please send a completed CSA contract and $25 payable to Robert Combs to the following address:
Combs Honey Farm
12832 464th Ave SE
North Bend, WA 98045
In return, you'll receive an e-mailed receipt, and notification of where and when to pick up your harvests.