Frequently asked questions about Urban Earth Farms CSA

What is a CSA?

CSA is an abbreviation for “Community Supported Agriculture.” Most CSAs are created by forming a contract between a farmer and a group of people who pay in advance for the crops he or she grows, sharing the risk and the bounty. Urban Earth Farms CSA is a co-op urban farm, and our Farm Manager is one of just a few paid staff members. All members of the CSA pay for their shares and/or commit to a certain number of work hours. There are no full-time employees at the Urban Earth Farms, and only a very small staff is paid as part-time employees.

What types of produce do members receive in their share?

Harvest goodies

Harvest goodies

Members receive a weekly share of fresh seasonal vegetables that are grown in the city and harvested within hours of each Saturday morning pickup. The produce varies according to the season, but you can expect to receive an assortment of different things every week, including lettuces, chard, kale, turnips, peppers, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, squash, spinach, radishes, assorted herbs, and more.

What do I owe for my share, and how do I make a payment?

Check the Join page on the website to see a list of the costs of different share types with different work hour amounts. We ask for a $200 deposit with your application, so if you have paid your deposit, subtract that from the amount for the share you have selected. Make a Payment Here, or send a check with your contact information (payable to ERUEV CSA) to P.O. Box 5206 Cincinnati, OH 45205. If you need to confirm what you owe, you can email urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org.

How do I contact Urban Earth Farms?

Urban Earth Farms
824 Enright Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45025
Our greenhouse on Enright Avenue.

Our greenhouse on Enright Avenue.

Where and when do we get produce?

Urban Earth Farms CSA provides produce to members for six months of the year, from May through November. Shares are distributed every Saturday morning during growing season and can be picked up at the greenhouse, 824 Enright Avenue, between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday mornings.

How do I know what we’ll be getting in the weekly share?

Members receive an email every Friday with what we think will be ready for distribution on Saturday, but these items may change. The packout team also labels the items for pickup, so you can make a list while you are at the greenhouse if you are unfamiliar with any of the produce.

What happens if I forget to pick up my share?

If you forget to pick up your share before noon on Saturday and haven’t contacted the CSA Coordinator by 8 pm on Friday to pack it up for later pickup, you don’t get a share that week. Since we are a co-op with limited personnel, it isn’t possible to have people available for share distribution outside of regular hours.

What if I can’t make it to the greenhouse on Saturday morning?

We can accommodate you if you let the packout leader know in advance (email urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org by 8 pm on Friday) that you’d like to pick up your share later on Saturday or on Sunday. We’ll pack up your share and leave it in the greenhouse cooler, with your name on it. We ask that you pick it up by Sunday evening. (We clean out the cooler early Monday.) This is a service we provide as needed, but please don’t abuse the privilege. If you can never pick up on Saturday morning, and cannot make arrangements for someone else to pick up your share for you, perhaps the Urban Earth Farms CSA is not a good choice for you.

How do I make arrangements for my share if I am out of town?

We are not able to prorate for weeks you don’t pick up, but you can have someone else pick up your share (please make sure they are aware of pickup protocol). If you have no one coming to pick up your share, we ask that you email urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org to let us know.

If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us by email at urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org. We’ll respond as soon as we can.

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