2023 CSA agreement
Lost Weekend Farms CSA Agreement
At Lost Weekend Farms, we want our patrons to have a strong connection to where their food comes from and one way to do that is to make a commitment to us. By becoming a CSA member you are allowing us to raise some of the operating capital to produce all the great things we will grow this year right when we need it to pay for seed, fertilizer, equipment maintenance…and all of the things that are paid for upfront months before any product is harvested.
This agreement represents our commitment to you and from you to us. We will strive to provide the products and quality you know and love us for but there are a couple of things that we need from you. These are detailed below.
Please take a few minutes to carefully read through this agreement as it will help us lay the groundwork for a successful year together. This Community Supported Agriculture ("CSA") Agreement ("Agreement") governs the terms and conditions of the relationship between Lost Weekend Farms ("the Farmer") and the CSA Member ("Member".)
I. Terms of the Agreement
The terms of the Agreement between Member and Farmer are contained within this agreement. The Member subscription for Spring/Summer receives a Full Share of produce for 18 weeks or Half Share of produce for 9 weeks defined in a schedule at the end of this document. The Member subscription for Fall receives a Full Share of produce for 10 weeks or Half Share of produce for 5 weeks defined in a schedule at the end of this document.
II. Philosophy of this CSA
Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship beyond a simple exchange of produce for cash. It is based on mutual respect between CSA members and the farm community. It is very important that Members be mindful of the following: A) The Farmer relies on income from the CSA to operate the farm. B) The Farmer plants and tends crops for months before the Member sees them in their shares. Each share represents the work and attention to detail required to seed, transplant, weed, grow, and harvest your prepaid shares.
III. Farmer Responsibilities - In accordance with the above-described philosophy, the Farmer works dutifully and in good faith to bring the Member the freshest produce possible.
IV. Member Responsibilities - To receive the freshest produce possible from the Farmer and with a recognition that your share will be available to you as agreed upon, it is important that the Member pick up their share on their appointed day, time and location. Sending someone to receive the share on your behalf is perfectly fine, just have them reference the name your share is registered under.
V. Abandoned Shares/Missed Pickup - It is our policy that any shares not picked up during the pickup window be considered abandoned and will be donated or put to other farm use, unless members have contacted us and received confirmation to pick up at another time. If you are unable to pick up your share for a given week, feel free to send a friend to do so for you.
VI. Refunds and Cancellations - Member's Policy. Member may cancel their Share upon written notice to Farmer two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the Member's term. Member will be assessed a twenty-five dollar ($25) cancellation fee to cover administrative costs.
Farmer's Policy. At the Farmer's discretion, Farmer may cancel this Agreement for Member's failure to follow their responsibilities contained in this Agreement. In the event of cancellation by the Farmer, Farmer reserves the right to decide whether to refund any prorated share of the Member's fees. Member will be notified in writing of the reason for the cancellation.
VII. Risk and Reward - As stated above in Paragraph II, one aspect of a CSA is that Members support their Farmer. To do so, the Members share in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, disease, early frost, crop failure, and so on) and rewards (the bounty from a good season). Farmer purposefully plans for such contingencies and use growing techniques that protect the harvest, minimize risk to members, and optimize the rewards: growing a wide variety of crops, cover cropping, crop rotation, and irrigation. In the extremely unlikely event that severe weather, disease/insect damage, or other disaster results in a level of crop destruction that prevents the farm from continuing its weekly distributions, Farmer will notify members immediately via e-mail and will communicate via e-mail frequently with the Member to ensure that the Member is apprised of any potential disruption to their service. Member assumes the risk should Farmer be unable to provide a portion of the Member's shares due to any inherent risk of farming.
VIII. Communication During the season we will email you important information regarding your share. These emails may contain listings of the current harvest, tips for use, info on what's coming up, and most importantly allow us to get you details about weather, parking, and any other deviation from the normal. Member agrees to receive and at least skim these emails. Please reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 615.852.5501. While we are on social media, our main reliable line of communication is via email or phone (voice or text).
IX. Distribution Schedule
- Our spring/summer CSA season will kick off the week of April 24 and carry on for 18 weeks through the week of August 21. Full share subscribers will receive a farm share every week. Half-share subscribers will receive a farm share every other week. Your specific schedule will be determined and emailed to you just prior to the season kickoff. If joining the CSA after the start of distribution your fees will be amortized to reflect the number of weeks left in the season.
- Our Fall CSA season picks up the week of September 4 through the week of November 6. Full share subscribers will receive a farm share every week. Half-share subscribers will receive a farm share every other week. Your specific schedule will be determined and emailed to you just prior to the season kickoff. If joining the CSA after the start of distribution your fees will be amortized to reflect the number of weeks left in the season.
- East Nashville pickup location: East Nashville Farmers Market at The First Church of the Nazarene at 5th and Woodland Street on Tuesdays 3:30 to 6:30
- Madison pickup location: On farm, at 1844 Neelys Bend Rd - Fridays from 3 - 6:00
- West Nashville pickup location: Richland Park Farmers Market, at 4711 Charlotte Ave - Saturday from 9-12:00
X. Payment Schedule
You can pay online at this time. If you can't pay in full upfront or would prefer to pay by check PLEASE let us know so we can figure this out offline.