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Live Power Offerings

Live Power Community Farm grows Demeter-certified Biodynamic vegetables. It is a non-mechanized and solar energy farm that uses horses and human labor in the fields. The farm produces vegetables with a very low carbon footprint and environmental impact. Members’ share cost for summer 2015 for a full bushel basket is $1,260 ($43.45 per week) which is a significant amount of vegetables; please see the projection below with varieties and quantities. Some families choose to share with a second family and divide the cost; please contact Gloria at 707-983-8196 or livepower@livepower.org if you need help finding a share partner. There are various payment plans offered to accommodate the budgets of each family. Costs are adjusted annually reflecting the farm’s operating budget.

Seasonal Variation: The farmers will harvest what is ready at each season. Early spring baskets are usually smaller with mostly greens and early roots, then peas and broccoli, then increasing in quantity and variety with corn, squash, tomatoes, melons, potatoes, roots and greens as peak summer harvest is reached in August and September. Fall harvests are also bountiful with roots, storage crops, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks and greens. The baskets will increase in quantity and variety as the weather warms and more types of vegetables are ripe. Below is a table showing what is typically in a vegetable share (but note that items may vary due to natural causes).
Below is a table showing the schedule and quantities planned for the family share.
Please click on PDF to download.

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Of course, each season is different. For example here is 2012′s Family Share Totals.

Splitting shares. The basket you receive each week is designed at the height of the season to provide vegetables for a family of four. During the first few weeks of the season, the baskets are smaller and the variety is based partly on what grows early in the season and partly on what the weather has allowed. About half of our members split their shares, and you may also want to split. If you decide to split a share, we recommend finding a share partner that is known to you: a friend, a neighbor, a relative, or a colleague at work, and working out the logistics with them. Occasionally, we have individuals on our waiting list who need a share partner.

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Other Farm Offerings

Fruit Share from Good Humus Produce. Good Humus will continues to provide us with Stellar-certified organic fruit for the whole season. The fruit share will also include fruit (peaches, pluots, apples, Asian pears, and possibly some cherries) from Filigreen Farm which uses biodynamic growing practices. The price is $510 ($17.59 per week) which includes transportation. The fruit share remains optional, and people who split a vegetable share can choose to receive two fruit shares.

Flower Share from Good Humus Produce. Annie Main’s beautiful, seasonal bouquets are available to members. Spring bouquets have sweet peas, larkspur, and some godetias and irises. Summer and fall include sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, straw flowers, dahlias, and more. The price is $247 ($8.50 per week) for the season which includes one bouquet each week.

Blueberry Share from Filigreen Farm.

Due to the drought, Filigreen Farm will let us know mid April if they will have a blueberry crop. If so, the following information applies:Biodynamic blueberries come from Filigreen in Boonville. The share consists of 6 baskets of 6 ounces each for 8 deliveries during June, July and August and costs $180. Members can order more than 1 share, or can consider splitting a share with a friend or neighbor. The delivery dates may shift due to ripening conditions, but we’re confident that there will be 8 deliveries.

Brown Rice Shares from Massa Organics . Massa Organics is a local family farm that grows organically certified whole grain brown rice. We are offering either a small, 2 pound share at $5 or a large, 20 pound share at $35. There will be one delivery in May this season.

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DISTRIBUTION

Members share in the work of the farm by sorting and delivering food. Rather than making individual portions, the farmers pack each week’s harvest for the group. Someone from the farm delivers the food to the sort location at 470 West Portal Avenue at the corner of Sloat at the San Francisco Waldorf High School parking lot each Friday night, where it is stored overnight.

At the beginning of each season, after the CSA has been divided into clusters of 5 to 7 shares by geographic proximity, cluster members meet to work out the details for the season. Each week one member from each cluster meets Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to sort the items into baskets and then deliver them to their group. Each full-share member may have to sort and deliver 3 to 6 times during the season, depending on the size of the cluster and the length of the season. The other weeks’ deliveries are made to your door.

There are a few exceptions to this distribution plan. Because they are spread out, sometimes a cluster has a drop site where members pick up their shares. The East Bay is in Berkeley, and the Marin location is in Mill Valley.

If you are a new member, you will be assigned to a cluster, the group of families in your neighborhood. You will be contacted by your cluster leader, who will give you additional information about the CSA and the sorting schedule for the vegetables. Each new shareholder is asked to purchase two baskets, which will be used in the sorting and distribution process.

Sometimes a full share is too much and two households will split a share. Each cluster decides how to include split shares in the sort schedule.

Newsletters are published every week or two with news from the farm, recipes, and other items of interest.

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HOW TO JOIN

If you are interested in joining, please complete our online request form.

http://livepowercommunityfarmbayarea.csasignup.com/members

Requests are accepted at any time although membership is finalized April 1 for the summer season, which begins the second week of May, and December 1 for the winter season, which begins the first week of January. If there is not space in the CSA for the upcoming season, we will put you on the waiting list for the next season and will contact you at that time to verify your continued interest.

Existing and prospective members will be notified when the sign-up period is open, typically in mid-February for the summer season (29 weeks from May to November) and in mid-October for the winter season (17 weeks from January to April). This email will direct interested people to the online subscription and purchase process. This process includes signing a commitment form, which is an agreement to pay for a full season share and participate in sorting and distribution. Priority is given to returning members.

If you are interested in splitting a share and do not have a partner in mind, please indicate that in your email request form. Sometimes (but not always) we can match you with another household in your area.

We would love to have you join the farm! If you are interested, please complete the online request form or contact Gloria Decater at 707-983-8196 or email livepower@livepower.org. If you know of someone else who might be interested, please let us know.