What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA consists of a group of inspired community members who come together to actively support a farm, by purchasing "shares" in advance, usually before the growing season gets underway. In doing so, members help fund the upfront costs of farming, from seeds and supplies to soil amendments and irrigation. Members also share the risk of a poor harvest, due to unpredictable or severe weather conditions, pests, natural disasters, etc., inevitably associated with farming. In return for their support, members receive a bountiful share of our flower harvest throughout the growing season, gain some farming knowledge and hopefully the satisfaction of helping local agricultural thrive in their community. By purchasing direct from BridleWood Blooms, members support their local economy, foster community, and join us in our land stewardship, while specifically helping our farming family continue to farm.
What does being a CSA member entail?
As a part of our CSA, members pay upfront for flower shares, commit to picking up their flowers on an assigned day at our farm, and share the risks and rewards that we farmers, face each season. We have no work requirements for the CSA, but for those shareholders who want to get their hands dirty, we’ll be happy to accommodate!:)
Will I know how to care for my flowers ?
Absolutely! As a member of our CSA, you will receive weekly care tips, specific to the week’s share.
Can I order extra flowers to pick up with my share?
Yes, of course! If you have a party coming up or would like to have additional flowers, you are welcome to send us an email and we'd be happy to add an additional flower order to your CSA share.
Will my share be held over the next day if I cannot make my day's pickup?
We understand that emergencies occur. In the event that you cannot make your on-farm pick-up, we will hold your bouquet for 24 hours if notified in advanced by email. On the other hand, if you are unable to pick up in that time- frame, we will either donate your bouquet to a local business or hospital, or you might consider ‘gifting’ it to a friend who can pick it up instead, so they get to enjoy it in your place. Just email us within 24 hour so we know who to expect.
If my pick-up falls on a holiday, should I still go to pick up?
In most cases, there will be no pick-ups on major holidays. In any event, we will communicate with shareholders if there are any changes to the CSA schedule.
How do I sign up?
Simply head to our online SHOP to register.
I'm not receiving CSA newsletters. What should I do?
All of our CSA newsletters are sent through MailChimp. First check your SPAM folders (and "Promotions" tab if you are using gmail) for our emails. To ensure that our emails get to your inbox, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book.
What happens to my share if a natural disaster occurs that wipes out the flowers?
We are entirely at the mercy of Mother Nature. While we make every effort possible to mitigate crop losses, extreme weather (drought, flood, hail, etc.) can significantly impact our crops and availability of flowers for the CSA. By signing up for a CSA, you share in both the risk and rewards of farming with us, and for that, we are grateful!. We promise to work tirelessly to make sure we are prepared for whatever mother nature sends our way, but if we are wiped out for more than a week, we will offer a redo the following year, free of charge!
Have other questions? We'd love to answer them for you. Email us.