CSA Member’s Info
Orders and Pickup
We need to receive your payment five (5) days before delivery. The only way we know to order your box for the coming month or quarter is if we receive a payment. Credit card payments can be called in (800-791-2110) or you can mail us a check. Mail to Guinda can be slow so we recommend that you mail your check ten (10) days in advance to avoid interruption in your service.
Monthly, Quarterly, or Annual Payments
You can pay for one month, one quarter, or the whole year at a time. Quarters typically start in January, April, July, or October. It’s not necessary to pay exactly at the beginning of a month or a quarter.
Your first box may start up out of sync with the calendar month, quarter, or year, but don’t worry. With your second payment, you can get back in line with the calendar if you want.
You don’t have to order for every week. You can order for every other week for example, or omit weeks in a month when you will be away.
If we have your e-mail address, we will remind you by e-mail of an upcoming payment two weeks before your last scheduled delivery. Of course these e-mail reminders are voluntary, let us know if you don’t want them.
Date of Your Last Scheduled Delivery
You can find out the date of your last scheduled delivery by checking the sign-in sheet at your pickup location.
How Much To Pay
If you pay at the beginning of each month or quarter, each quarter has 10 to 13 weeks, and some months have 4 or 5 deliveries, depending on your designated pick-up day. Full Belly takes a holiday break the last three weeks of December and the first week of January. Our Newsletter has payment reminders towards the end of each month. You can also refer to our CSA Payment Amounts for the amount due.
The regular prices of the boxes are $18 each (minimum of 4 boxes is $72). If you pay in advance for a quarter, the price is discounted to $16.50 per box ($214.50 for 13 weeks). To qualify for the quarterly discount, you must pay for at least 12 weeks with one check. An additional discount is given if you pay for the whole year at one time. Annual payment is $16 per box for 48 weeks for a total of $768.
Writing Out Your Check
Checks are made out to Full Belly Farm. If the name on your check is different from the one on our membership list, please write the list name on the check so we know you are from the same household. We appreciate if you also write your pick-up day and location on the check.
Omitting Weeks or Cancelling an Order
You can cancel a weekly order and receive credit if you notify us five (5) days before the delivery day. (Note: No skipping weeks for annual payers. Monthly and Quarterly payers will have their account extended by the number of skipped weeks.) If you’re going away on vacation, or if you can’t pick up your order for any other reason, think about asking a friend to pick up and sample the box!
Bag Your Veggies
When you pick up your veggies, please bring a large bag or other container to carry your vegetables home. The green plastic boxes are valuable and we need them back! Please leave them at your pick-up site – don’t take them home. Thank you!
Check the Delivery List
Check that your name is on the delivery list before you take your vegetables. If your name is not there, we did not harvest vegetables for you, and possibly we did not receive your check in time for the order. Please do not take a box if there is no order for you at the pick-up place, and the vegetables are supposed to go to someone else. Contact us to straighten things out.
Please Be On Time
We cannot guarantee that your vegetables will be at the pick-up location beyond the stated times. See the Neighborhood Delivery Sites list for times. We distribute any boxes that have not been picked up, so we cannot give you vegetables or a credit for the order. Out of courtesy to our hosts at the neighborhood sites, please keep to the designated pick-up times.
Full Belly Farm Good Food Community Fund
With the help of our members, the Full Belly CSA program is able to donate CSA boxes to the following two wonderful organizations.
The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland is a licensed primary care facility that serves low-income women with cancer. The Clinic provides free therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage and Chinese and western herbs. An in-home comfort care program is available for clients with end-stage cancer who are too weak to come to the Clinic. The post-treatment program treats and supports women who have completed their allopathic treatments. For more information about the Clinic, visit their web site at www.charlottemaxwell.org.
Montalvin Manor Elementary School is in San Pablo, in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. At Montalvin, 100% of the students receive a free lunch due to low family income levels. In 2012, the school initiated a wellness policy and has a program that educates the kids about nutrition and eating healthy power foods. The school also helps kids be active at recess and throughout their day. But there are a few obstacles for the families to truly make healthy food choices. One obstacle is transportation. A lot of the families do not have transportation and there are no food stores nearby with healthy food options. Another obstacle is income and the cost of feeding families well.
Every week, Full Belly harvests five boxes for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and for Montalvin Manor Elementary School. The generous contributions and volunteer effort of our CSA members make this program possible. You can include a box donation when you pay for your boxes, or you can tell us to donate a box when you are going on vacation. (Note: Please give us 5 days notice if you wish to donate your box to our Good Food Program.)
Please consider supporting this program. Your donations go directly to provide food for low income women suffering from cancer, or to low-income families who might otherwise not have healthy food options. Your donation will make a difference in their lives.
We are at these local farmers markets, come visit us! For directions to the farmers markets, and other places you can find us, visit our Where you Can Find Us page.
Berkeley: Tuesday 2-7PM (April to October) or 2-6PM (November to March) at Adeline & 63rd Street, just South of Alcatraz.
Palo Alto: Saturday 8AM-Noon (May to December) at Hamilton Avenue and Gilman Street.
San Rafael: Thursday 8AM-1PM at Marin Civic Center.
Guinda: Friday 2-6PM at Full Belly Farm.
Walking Tours of Full Belly Farm are available several times throughout the year, providing a glimpse of the many different seasonal activities that take place on the farm. The tour is approximately 1 & 1/2 hour long and may involve walking in mud, jumping across a ditch or two or exposure to all kinds of farm animals and insects. The tours will not be cancelled in the case of rain, and in the summer, the sun can be very hot. So bring practical shoes, a water bottle, a hat and other appropriate gear!
CSA members are free, non-members are $10, kids 12 and under are free. The tours will leave from the main Full Belly office area at 11:00 sharp. Please send your reservation and questions to Hallie.
We hold annual events that are for our CSA members only- a chance for our big farm family to get together, celebrate good food, and for the farmers to thank our CSA family for their support!
These events will be announced in the farm newsletter- keep your eyes open for them!