What does Multi-Farm CSA mean?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is a model where community members sign up for, and pay in advance for a full season of fresh produce from a local farmer.
GoFarm’s Local Food Share is a modification of the typical CSA because even though community members sign up for a season of food from us, we supply that food from many different local farmers in the area. Otherwise known as a multi-farm CSA.
What is the GoFarm Local Food Share?
The Local Food Share is a multi-farm CSA program where participants sign up for a full season of fresh, local, sustainably-grown food.
You can sign up for as many different food shares as you would like, on either a weekly or biweekly basis. Then, each week throughout our season (we have Summer, Fall, and Spring seasons available), you’ll pickup your food from one of our pickup locations and get to taste all that our local farmers are growing!
See here to learn more.
Can I still purchase a share even though I travel during the summer?
Of course! In addition to our weekly share options, we also offer biweekly shares where you can pick up your food every other week. This is a great option for people who travel a lot and won’t need to replenish their fridge every week. Additionally, our summer season runs until the end of October. So if you travel a lot during the Summer months, you can sign up later in the season when you'll be around more!
In addition, you can always have a friend or neighbor pick up for you! You can also put your account on hold for a week while you are gone, and receive extra produce the week you return. You can set a delivery hold by logging in to your account and using the "Delivery Hold" tab.
Is there an alternative place or time to pick up share if we cannot make it to our scheduled pickup?
If you cannot make it on your scheduled pickup day/time, you can always have a friend or neighbor pick up for you. If you want to pick up your share at a different time, but at the SAME location, you can do that at any time. Though if you want to pick up at a different location, just email us ahead of time to let us at know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will try our best to accomodate you.
You can also place a hold on your account if you know you'll be missing a week and want to re-schedule for a different week. You can do this in your account by clicking the "delivery hold" option.
If I have someone pick up my share for me, what do they need in order to verify I have approved them to do this?
All we ask for is the shareholder’s name and what kind of share they have. We go by the honor system when someone is picking up a share that is not their own, so please be honest about who you are picking up for!
I feed a family of 4 and would like enough produce to last all week, which share should I purchase?
Though every family is different and it depends on how much produce you eat regularly, we recommend the Large Veggie share to feed a family of 4. The Egg share is also great for families who eat eggs consistently. We also recommend a weekly pickup (vs biweekly), so you get a fresh bounty of food each week!
Will there be a chance to switch around the items that come in my share each week?
Yes. There is always a SWAP BOX at your pickup location where people can leave produce items they do not want, and take from it what they do want. We ask that you only take from the swap box the quantity of items that you leave for others.
Though instead of swapping, we encourage you to try new items that you might not have had before! We send out recipes for our produce items each week, so you won’t be short of ideas.
NOTE* Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily paused our SWAP BOX operations for the 2020 Seasons. We are so sorry we cannot continue this option to swap food, but due to safety concerns we feel this is the best way to reduce COVID risk and keep everyone safe.
Is all the produce organic?
All of our produce is grown using organic and sustainable practices. Though many of our farmers ARE certified organic, not all of the are. This is because many of our farmers are very small in scale and organic certification is not financially feasible. Though you can rest assured knowing that ALL of our farmers avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms), pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other harmful toxins on their farm.
For more about our food standards, see here!
How do I know food safety is being practiced in the handling of my shares?
Food safety is a top priority for GoFarm. We have a food safety plan based off guidelines provided by the USDA and have safety checklists posted in all of our distribution locations. We are very diligent about following food safety protocols and we continually monitor all the steps of our process to ensure our food is fresh, clean, and free of contaminants.
With COVID-19, we have been taking extra precautions to make sure your food is safe. Every week we sanitize ALL the surfaces within our distribution locations, wear masks whenever we are near the food or in contact with any other person, wash our hands multiple times throughout the day, and presort all of the food into paper bags so no one else comes in contact with the food you take home.
Even with our food safety protocols, we still recomend you wash your produce at home before you eat it.
How do you define “local”? Is all your food grown locally?
While GoFarm is making fresh, healthy food accessible to Golden, Arvada, Evergreen, and other parts of the Front Range, we consider all of Colorado to be local. The USDA defines local as food grown within 400 miles of distribution, though we try to buy as hyper-local as possible, with most of our farmers farming within 40 miles of Jefferson County.
The close proximity of our farmers means your produce travels less to get to you, and comes to you FRESH from the farm, within a day or two of being picked/harvested.
Read more about your farmers here.
How does GoFarm help local farmers?
Local farmers are the backbone of a strong local food system. We help local farmers in two major ways.
The first is by sourcing food from local farmers for our Local Food Share program. We provide a convenient and reliable wholesale market for local farmers, where they set the price of their food, ensuring a fair price that is based on the actual value of what you are buying and not not what the grocery stores deem as its value. We also help spread awareness about our local farms and reduce supply-chain expenses by minimizing marketing and transportation costs and connecting them with customers in the local community.
The second way we help farmers is through our Incubator program where we train and mentor aspiring and beginning farmers. We have three tracks for those interested in a career in agriculture.
1) Incubator Farmer Track: we provide beginning farmers with access to land, water, infrastructure, mentorship, and classroom curriculum (2 year committment)
2) Externship Track: we provide classroom currculum and in-field workshops for those interested in learning more about a career in agriculture (1 year committment)
3) Internship Track: we provide in-field farming experience for those interested in learning more about a career in agriculture (1 growing season committment)
Visit our farmer assistance page to find out more about how we help our local farmers.
Can I buy a share for someone else who needs it?
Of course. The best way to buy a share for someone else is to make a donation to GoFarm, as much of our donations go toward our Community Food Access program which helps make healthy food more affordable and accessible to under-resourced communities.
If you are interested in purchasing a share for someone as a gift, you can simply sign up for a share as you normally would, and then email us with details on who you would like to "gift" the share to. We will then change the contact information on the account so that your gift recipient will have all the information they need to pick up their food each week!
Do you accept SNAP payments?
Yes! We accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), which means that shares are half-price when you sign up for 2 or 4 weeks at a time. To pay with SNAP and DUFB, sign up online and choose “EBT/SNAP Payment” as your payment method. Once you finish signing up, we’ll contact you to arrange for your in-person payment for your food share.
See here for more information about paying with SNAP.
How do I sign up for the Local Food Share?
Check out our share options, and click "Get Local Food Shares" when your ready to signup!
Can I cancel my share and get a refund?
Unfortunately, we do not offer cancellation refunds.
Our farmers rely on your commitment as a shareholder, as many of them rely on GoFarm as their main sales avenue and/or set aside a portion of their fields to grow for GoFarm shareholders specifically. We are very grateful to our shareholders, as you are joining us in that commitment to these farmers!
In addition, as an organization, GoFarm also relies on the upfront funds from our shareholders as these funds are woven into helping us run our many programs that strengthen the local food system. Though, we know life throws us curveballs sometimes. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please let us know and we will try our best to accomodate you!
Read our blog to read more about our shareholder policies.
How do you come up with the prices for your food shares?
Our prices are formulated first and foremost, by the cost of food set by our farmers, who set the price of their food based on the items actual value. The actual value takes into account the cost of the land, water, and equipment required to grow the food, the work to ensure healthy, rich soils for sustainable growing practices, and the long hours and labor required by our farmers and farm workers, while ensuring equitable and safe working conditions.
We also factor in some of the time and labor it takes for us aggregate and distribute food to our community members. As well as the time and resources is take to run many other programs that work to build a strong local food system. So as a shareholder, you are not only paying for a season of good food, you are making a difference in the livelihoods of our local, small-scale, beginning farmers, you are voting with your dollar and creating demand for local food and sustainable growing practices, and you are helping GoFarm improve our local food system as a whole.
Our goal is to keep our prices as fair as possible while still being able to sustain our programs that transform and strengthen our local food system!
To read more about our prices and your impact as a shareholder, check out our blog!