How To Run A Successful CSA Workshop

How to Run a Successful CSA

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:00am to 12:00pm:
Sponsored by: Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter
Location: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Road, Barre, MA 01005
*** Early bird discount deadline is October 30, 2010

Presenter: Julie Rawson

With 19 years of experience running a CSA, Julie Rawson of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA, will discuss elements of a successful CSA operation. Topics we will cover:

  • Maintaining top-notch organization
  • Intricate timing for a broad mix of crops
  • Planning for food storage and distribution
  • Creative labor management
  • Marketing strategy
  • Deliveries
  • Member services
  • Bottom line

We will tour the farm and cover as much as we can on nutrient density focused fertility, season extension and crop successions. MHOF has a 35 member spring CSA, 120 summer, 65 fruit, 30 flower and 35 member fall CSA using 3 acres for vegetables, 1 acre for fruit and is certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, also for meat chickens, layers, pigs and turkeys. Participants are invited bring a pot luck item and stay for lunch and more conversation after the workshop.
Registration: $40. NOFA membership discount: $5. Early registration (by October 30, 2010) discount: $5. Contact: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put “November 13″ in subject.

Register online or by mail at this link: http://www.nofamass.org/programs/extensionevents/successfulcsa.php

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