Thank you for your suggestions! In order to better serve our customers we have made some improvements to the CSA program this year. The Mini Share is back by popular demand; chickens will be available in smaller, more frequent batches over the season; and Full and Half Shares may be paid in smaller installments.
2014 CSA Program Details
Crowfoot Farm is offering a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in 2014. By becoming a member you are partnering with us in our efforts to produce clean, sustainable and humanely grown foods and helping us make a difference in our community by providing an alternative to factory-farmed meats and eggs.
What we offer:
- The Full Share provides fifty pastured, non-gmo fed chickens.* Cost: $725 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax)
- The Half Share provides twenty-five pastured, non-gmo fed chickens.* Cost: $362.50 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax)
- The Mini Share provides twelve pastured, non-gmo fed chickens.* Cost: $175 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax)
- The add-on Egg Share provides thirty-six dozen eggs (approximately 1 dozen/week for the season). Cost: $144 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax). Egg Share may only be purchased with a Full, Half or Mini Share.
*Chickens are sold whole, oven-ready, and individually packaged. We will custom cut some or all of your chickens into parts for an additional $2.00 per chicken.
- Cost Savings: Members save, on average, 10-15% off the price of chickens. By purchasing at the beginning of the growing season, members are also immune to price increases that may occur if feed prices rise during the growing season.
- Convenience: Because members receive fresh (unfrozen) chickens, you have the opportunity to cut and package them in portion sizes most convenient for your family. Chickens are available in six batches over the course of the growing season. Members only need to make six trips to the farm during the year.
- Relationship and Experience: Know your farmers and visit the farm where your food is raised.
- Additional Benefits: While poultry and eggs are our farm’s main products, we also offer other products seasonally such as pastured pork, fresh garden produce, hand-made soap, Amissville honey, New Hampshire maple syrup and wool products from our sheep. Our CSA members are “in the know” and get first pick of additional products that we offer.
How the CSA benefits the farm:
- Forming Relationships: Members are active partners guaranteeing the continuation of the farm. We love getting to know the people for whom we are growing food, and we hope you will get to know us!
- Cash Flow: Members pay in advance, providing us the cash needed for purchasing chicks, feed and supplies.
- Time Saver: Because members are guaranteeing the sale of a certain number of birds, we can spend less time marketing and more time farming. We are constantly striving to improve the way we do things, and that takes time.
The Risks for Members:
Members are guaranteed to receive a certain number of birds throughout the growing season, however, we cannot guarantee the weight of the birds. Our chickens average 3-5 lbs.
The Risks for the Farm:
Raising a crop of any type is a risk for farmers due to possible losses caused by factors beyond our control such as weather and predation. In addition, we are taking a risk by offering members a year’s supply of chickens at a price set at the beginning of the growing season. We will absorb cost increases that may be caused if feed prices rise during the year.
Membership and Payments–How it works:
If you are interested in becoming a member, please print out the application, and mail it to us as soon as possible. We are a small, family farm and therefore only able to offer a limited number of shares. Memberships will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will contact you within two business days of receiving your application.
We are offering two methods of payment for our Full and Half shares. Mini shares must be paid in full up front.
Full and Half shares may be paid up front ($725 Full/362.50 Half) or paid in installments as follows:
- First and last installment due at time of application – $242 Full/ $121 Half (non-refundable upon confirmation of membership)
- Second installment due by 5/30 – $121 Full/$60.50 Half
- Third installment due by 6/30 – $121 full/$60.50 half
- Fourth installment due by 7/30 – $121 full/$60.50 half
- Fifth installment due by 8/30 – $121 full/$60.50 half
- For optional add-on Egg Share add $48 to first installment and $24 to 2nd through 5th installments.
Fresh chickens will be available for pick-up on or around these six dates in 2014:
April 26 / May 31 / July 5 / August 16 / October 4 / November 15
These dates are subject to change if conditions during the growing season demand it. Members will be notified at least one week before fresh chickens become available. If you are unable to pick up your fresh chickens right away, we will hold them for you for up to one week until you are able to pick them up. Due to limited freezer space, chickens not picked up within one week will be forfeit and may be sold to other customers. Please make every effort to have someone pick up your chickens when they are ready.
- Full Share members will receive 8-9 fresh chickens after each processing date for a total of 50 over the season.
- Half Share members will receive 4-5 fresh chickens after each processing date for a total of 25 over the season.
- Mini Share members will receive 2 fresh chickens after each processing date for a total of 12 over the season.
Pickup & Delivery:
Pick up your chickens at the Farm Store: Crowfoot Farm, 3085 Indian Run Road, Amissville, Virginia 20106.
Delivery is currently available at one pick-up location in Annandale, Virginia (address given to paid members). There will be six chicken deliveries over the course of the growing season on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Please note: members must meet us on time at the delivery location.
We are happy to add more off-farm delivery locations if enough members would like to pick up in a particular locality. Please contact us for more details if you are interested in an off-farm delivery.