C.S.A Frequently Asked Questions
1 What if I miss my pick-up?
2. When does CSA start?
3. What if I go on vacation?
4. Where do my vegetables come from and who grows them?
5. What are your farm practices and is Global gardens produce organic?
6. How do I join the CSA?
7.How do I get an add-on share?
8. Can we visit the farms?
9. How do I use EBT to pay for my CSA?
10. I want to get my share delivery with Idaho's Bounty but I don't see how to sign up for it. How to I get my share delivered by Idaho's Bounty?
11. Do you offer payment plans for shares?
Global Gardens CSA is made up of a cooperative of refugee growers, and includes food from several different refugee farms, including cooperative groups and individual refugees who are starting up their own farm businesses. Depending on which day you pick -up your food it is most likely coming from the following farm and growers.
Our Monday CSA is coordinated by Safiya Abdi, a graduate of our program. She has two farm sites with our program. One is at our Five mile farm location and the other is at the Liberty Street Community Garden. If she is ever short produce, which rarely happens, she will order from other refugee growers through Global Gardens.
Thursday CSA pickup will be supplied by a group of our beginning farmers. All of these farmers grow at our Five mile farm location. Our staff keeps an eye on which vegetables the farmers have ready for you each week, and helps them select and harvest the freshest seasonal produce at it's peak of ripeness. Each week a different farmer is expecting to assist at the CSA pick-up so they may eventually coordinate and run their own pick-up.
Sometimes we need to supplement our CSA with produce from farms outside of our Global Gardens Farms. This can be due to crop failures, limited space on our smaller training plots (melons), isolation distance between varieties during crop production(sweet corn), and crops that take a season or more to mature (asparagus). When this happens we are committed to getting our produce from other lager scale local organic-practice grower.
All of our gardens are on donated land and use organic farming methods. We don't use any agrochemicals or pesticides in the production of your food and all of our produce is 100% spray free. Due to cost and staff time restrictions we are not certified organic but we are committed to providing you with the healthy and sustainably grown produce. The best way to see our farming practice in action is to visit one of our farms during harvest.
In order to join our CSA use our website to choose what pick-up site and share type are best for you. See if your interested in receiving any add on shares. Once you select what option are best for you go to the "Join Our CSA page". There you will be able to pay and fill out our CSA membership form.
Please first note that add-on shares are only available for pick-up on Thursdays. Our add-on shares operate differently from our vegetable share in that they are provided on a different schedule.
When it's time to sign up for any of the add-ons we send out an email asking members if they want to join. The best way to sign up for an ad on shares is to check the box in the member ship for saying you'd like an add-on share, that way you will be sure to receive an email when enrollment time rolls around.
Yes! We are very busy during our growing season but we love for people to come and see the work our staff and farmers are doing. If you're a CSA member you can arrange to drop by our farms during one of our harvest and see the mayhem in action. Just contact us if your hoping to meet Staff members or farmers. During the season we harvest on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Unfortunately we are only able to accept EBT/SNAP payment on our Tuesday Jordan street pick-up and Sunday Boise International Market pick-ups. In order to pay with EBT/SNAP just bring your card to pick-up and you will be charged a weekly rate of $22.00.
In order to sign up for an Idahos Bounty share you need to visit their website. We are still working out our plan for 2015 with this awesome organization so stay tuned for updates.
In 2017 we are offering monthly payment plans through our online payment system. If you follow the links on the "Join our CSA" page you will have a choice to pay up front or to get on a monthly payment plan.
It’s also important to us that our produce be accessible to eaters of various economic realities, and we understand that not everyone has $450.00 all at once. You can also purchase a spring share and decide later whether to purchase the summer share, if space is available. We can make this work for you! Just ask.
However, unless you are using an EBT card, YOU CANNOT PAY US WEEKLY IN CASH. Sorry, it just gets too confusing.