Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Echoing Hope Ranch (EHR) is an alternative farming model that has been gaining popularity in the USA for the past 20 years. There are many farm-specific methods and models used across the country, but a relationship of trust and mutual benefit between member and farmer is the foundation.
Member and Farmer (EHR) Benefits
Members have access to ultra-fresh food and recipes, exposure to farming and the land where the produce was grown, education and the opportunity to develop a relationship with EHR. Membership fees help the farmer cover the cost of the farm’s operation. Farmers have marketing opportunities prior to the growing season and the ability to develop a relationship with members.
When you purchase a membership in the CSA program, you are partnering with Echoing Hope Ranch. This partnership is more than just fresh, wholesome, local produce; it supports our mission of serving adults with autism.
How It Works
The first step in becoming a member is to register here. When you register you will need to select a season (listed below).
Each share feeds two veggie lovers or four people who do not eat a large variety of produce throughout the week. You can expect fresh, wholesome, and nutrient dense produce that was picked just a few hours earlier. In each delivery, you will receive a weekly newsletter that contains recipes, information about the produce, and whether your produce is grown at Echoing Hope Ranch or at a partnering local farm.
Membership in EHR’s CSA program is $300 for 9 weeks or $150 for 4 weeks. Single weeks are available for $40 (one week notice requested, please email [email protected]).
Pickup and Delivery Options
Produce is available for pickup at Echoing Hope Ranch with flexible days and hours. (Schedule one week ahead please by emailing [email protected].
We offer delivery in Sierra Vista (Wednesdays, 1-3pm, starts March 31) and Hereford and Bisbee (Fridays, 1-3pm, starts April 2). Our delivery area is restricted to within a 25 mile radius of EHR.
Out of desire to offer our members greater diversity, some crops, such as melons, sweet corn, beans, winter squash, and seasonal fruit, are harvested on other local, small-scale farms. Although we want to grow as much of the produce as possible, we realize that your satisfaction is important to the success of the program. However, please be aware that the farming philosophies of local farms may differ from those of Echoing Hope Ranch.
EHR offers five CSA seasons per year. Members are welcome to sign up for more than one season at a time. Produce may vary in different seasons and others may simply not be available based on the conditions of the growing season. The fruits and vegetables listed below are intended to be a guide.
- Spring Harvests #01: March through May View the produce list here.
(mixed greens, kale, peas, herbs, root vegetables, spring garlic, and onions.)
- Summer Harvests #01 and #02: May through August
(broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, onions, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, kale, melons, and corn)
- Fall Harvests #01 and #02: August through November
(kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, winter squash, root vegetables, mixed greens, and pecans)