2020 CSA Shares
Farm Feast 'India in Montana' share - New Summer 2020! Includes 10 weeks of heat & eat meals of authentic Indian cuisine. Running from August 4th to October 6th, 2020. All dishes are prepared using Montana grown or local, organic ingredients. Led by Taste of India chef Barbara Costantinto, this CSA is a learning workshop for the Youth Farm Interns and an opportunity for you to eat the best of Montana with the amazing flavors of India. Only 30 shares available, Visit the online store to sign up today.
'Best of the Farm' veggie share - 20 weeks of salad greens, mixed vegetables, and surprises from our Youth Farm Intern-gardeners will keep you delighted and well fed. Each week you will receive 5-6 different organic veggies and one creative treat such as cut flowers, fresh herbal tea blends, or homemade garlic powder, salad dressing, or kale chips.
Grain share -Grains are organically grown and locally sourced from farmers around MT. Enjoy peas, lentils, beans and more! The small share will delivery 1/2-quart of grain every week and the large share will deliver 1-quart of grain every week.
Meat share - 10 weeks (delivered bi-weekly) of meat offered by local farmers who are committed to sustainable and organic practices. Happy animals means better quality meat! Meats, cuts & weights vary according to availability and current market prices.
Let Cultivating Connections provide you with everything you need to feed your family a balanced meal. With veggies, grains, and meat - we have it all!
June 2 - October 13
Pick up at Homestead Organics Farm, Tuesdays 4pm-6pm
After hours pickup is self serve.
Buy a Share, Give a share!
For every share that is purchased,
Cultivating Connections will donate a share to someone else in the community.
25 shares for purchase
25 shares for giving
We want your CSA box to fit your family! Select from small or large shares, and tell us how many people you're feeding with your share so we can pack it to size!
Small share - feeds 1-2 people
Large share - feeds 3+ people
Concerned you can't eat it all or you'll be out of town for several weeks over the summer? Consider splitting you share box with family or friends and spread the abundance!
~ CSA: What to expect ~
As a member of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, you and your family will receive a weekly share box of fresh, certified organic veggies and farm treats.
The CSA starts Tuesday, June 2, and continues every Tuesday until October 13! You will need to pick up your share at Homestead Organics Farm between 2PM and 6PM. Homestead Organics Farm is located at 175 Skalkaho Hwy., about three miles south of Hamilton. (If this time frame does not work for you, we can arrange a self-serve pick up, please call.)
The produce and farm treats in your weekly CSA box are being grown by local high school students participating in the Cultivating Connections Youth Farm Internship program! By becoming a member of the Cultivating Connections weekly vegetable CSA, you are directly supporting youth education and community building. Your CSA share cost pays the interns to learn about farming and allows our program to donate 25 CSA shares within our community. Thank you for your support!
When picking up your weekly CSA share box, we invite you and your family to roam the farm, visit the goats, feed the pigs, and have fun together outside.
We look forward to seeing you every Tuesday, starting on June 2nd! If you have any questions, please call me or visit with me at the first pick up. Thanks for being part of this wonderful community and for sharing healthy, local food with your family. See you June 2nd from 2-6PM!
Cultivating Connections Director
owner/co-operator of Homestead Organics Farm
"CSA" Stands for Community Supported Agriculture
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Community-Supported Agriculture is a direct partnership between farmers and their community. Members buy a share of the harvest up front, before the growing season begins, and then receive a weekly bounty of vegetables between June and October.
This model is important to us because:
Providing our community direct access to FRESH, LOCAL, AMAZING TASTING food matters!
The CSA model immediately creates a supportive relationship between us, the farmers, and our members that is unique to how food can be purchased. We have a direct connection to the people that are benefiting from our food, and who are supporting our business. In a climate where we are less informed about where our food comes from, this type of relationship is vital. In a short time, trust and commitment between farmer and member can grow immeasurably.
The funds received ahead of the season allow the farm to operate in the months that no income is generated through sales and enables the farm to buy seeds and equipment. Being a small organic farm is challenging, so the CSA model allows the business of growing food much more sustainable. The farm supports the families and, in turn, the families support the farm.
Our CSA provides our members the choice to pick up their share on the farm, where they get to experience the farm, farmers and the beautiful surrounding landscape first hand. Our on site pick up includes a farm stand, self serve eggs, House of Ferments krauts and kombucha, and a petting zoo for the kids!
It is affordable! Each week our shares are abundant! We offer our produce below farmer’s market and organic grocery store prices. Feed a family of two for $15/weeks and a family of four for just $25/week!
In addition to the traditional vegetable share offered by most programs, our CSA is able to offer meat, grain, homemade goodies, herbs and flowers, as well.
Families get to try new produce and recipes! They take home new foods in addition to the common staples each week.