Membership

[The 2017 Season has been cancelled.]

To become a shareholder in the Thornapple CSA, please download, fill out and return this Member Agreement and Liability Waiver with your first payment. Membership is on a first come basis, and submission of this application does not guarantee membership.

Share options and prices are described in the membership agreement, starting at $480 for a 24 week full-share with “Sweat Equity” and $312 for a 24 week half-share with “Sweat Equity”.  As always, you may opt for a share with or without “Sweat Equity”.

Distribution

Members receive a weekly share of vegetables for 24 weeks, from mid-May through mid-October. Distribution is available on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 pm at 1611 Osborn Rd, Lansing. On-farm pick up is also available by arrangement.

Sweat Equity with Thornapple CSA

Thornapple CSA relies on the sweat equity of our members.  Members with a full share contribute 3 hours to the farm each month, or 18 hours per season.  Members with a half share contribute 1.5 hours per month, or a total of 9 hours for the season.  There are tasks that accommodate most levels of physical ability, with special arrangement being made to accommodate individual schedules or needs.

For those unable to provide sweat equity, there are share options without.  See the member agreement for details.

Regular workdays are typically Tuesday afternoons and evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Saturdays.  We encourage carpooling and will help make arrangements as the season approaches. Other work times are at the discretion of the farm manager.

Farm tasks vary significantly depending on the time of year and specific weather conditions.  Always remember we’re working with nature here.  Members may be asked to perform duties not on this list. We always will do our best to accommodate people with physical restrictions.

Some of the duties required at the farm:

  • Harvesting
  • Planting and transplanting
  • Weeding and cultivation
  • Pruning
  • Bug removal
  • Watering
  • Cleaning up beds
  • Mulching

A typical week’s schedule might look like this:

   Tuesdays/Thursdays

  • Harvesting
  • Preparing and packing harvested foods
  • Ongoing planting and cultivation

   Wednesdays/Fridays

  • Harvesting (primary harvest days, early morning to noon)
  • Preparing and packing harvested foods
  • Loading produce for transport

   Saturdays

  • Ongoing planting and cultivating
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Bed cleanup/composting
  • Mulching

Safety is first priority:

  • Bring Sunscreen and wear protective clothing
  • Bring water and snacks
  • Bring gloves
  • Know location of First Aid Kit