The askîy Project CSA Subscription Box
WHAT IS COMMUNITY SHARED AGRICULTURE?
Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between farmers and farm supporters. Farmers commit to growing produce that is distributed to farm members over the growing season. Farm members pay for their shares in advance, which helps farms and organizations with ongoing costs and seasonal inputs. Members are welcome to visit our growing site – ketayak community kiscikana – and to ask questions about how their food is grown.
There are lots of different variations of CSAs – your askiy box share supports the askiy project internship – indigenous and non-indigenous youth growing together towards a sustainable food economy. You can learn more about the program here, and follow along on the journey of growing your food at The askîy project (@theaskiyproject) •
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE PICK-UPS?
askiy boxes are available using CHEP’s Good Food Box schedule and distribution system. YOU choose the Good Food Box depot that’s closest to your home, or most convenient to you. There is also an option to pick up your askiy box from Station 20 West.
Visit the Good Food Box page for a calendar of pickup dates and a list of avaialble Pickup Depots. You will be able to select your preferred Pickup Depot at checkout.
The first pick up date is set for July 12th, and the final date of the season is October 18th. Pickup will be available every second Wednesday during the hours that your selected Pickup Depot is open. (the Good Food Box takes a break for the week of Sept 20; you will still receive an askiy box that week.)
If you are unable to make a pick up, just send a friend or family member in your place.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The 2023 askiy box CSA subscription is $300 with 8 pick-up dates. Each box will contain 6 or more seasonal items. Each box, on average, is valued at $37.50, but in a typical season, you can expect a wider variety of produce as we move through the summer into fall.
WHAT WILL I FIND IN A SHARE?
This season, we’ll be growing over 75 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers. We choose varieties that grow well in our climate and growing season, focusing on veggies that are well-loved by most folks. We also allow our interns to choose a few varieties that are new and fun to experiment with.
Note: if you are an avid seasonal eater, have enjoyed a typical CSA share in the past, or are a larger household that loves vegetables, consider ordering TWO askiy boxes (as askiy box pick ups are every two weeks).
CAN I MAKE ANY SUBSTITUTIONS IN MY BOX?
No, the contents of the boxes depends on what is in the gardens, and is a result of some variables that are out of our control – we just won’t have pumpkins ready in July! Boxes will also include recipe ideas, especially for less common vegetables or herbs.