2018 Floral CSA Membership Agreement

Flowers By Phoebe is delighted that you have decided to join us for the 2018 Floral Season.  We wish to provide you with fresh and locally grown cut flowers, and you wish to receive beautiful bouquets in exchange for your monetary support.  This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship. Please carefully read, fill out, and sign this membership agreement.

IMPORTANT: The CSA Membership is only for those who live in Goshen, Indiana and the surround areas of Elkhart, Granger, South Bend, Syracuse, Winona Lake and Warsaw.

 

Section 1. Introducing Our CSA

A. Becoming a Part of Our CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between Flowers By Phoebe and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing flowers in a florist shop or market, our CSA customers become “members”  who receive a weekly portion of the seasonal flower harvest.

Our 2018 SUMMER CSA runs for 12 weeks, from Tuesday, June 26 to Tuesday, September 11 or Friday, June 29 to Friday, September 14. Members are responsible for arriving at their distribution site each week (full share) or every other week (half share) to pick up their carefully crafted bouquet (their share of the harvest.) The bouquet will feature the best blooms from the gardens each week.  The flowers will be picked fresh and carefully conditioned to last on average 5-7 days. Bouquets will be wrapped in paper and care instructions will be available with each bouquet.  

Our 2018 SPRING CSA ADD ON is available at a discounted rate to half or full share Summer CSA Members and includes 4 additional bouquets, available Tuesday, May 8-Tuesday, May 29 or Friday, May 11 to Friday, June 1. Members are responsible for arriving at the distribution site to pick up their spring bouquets. The flowers will be picked fresh and carefully conditioned to last on average 5-7 days. Bouquets will be wrapped in paper and care instructions will be available with each bouquet.  

Our 2018 AUTUMN CSA ADD ON is available at a discounted rate to half or full share Summer CSA members and includes 4 additional bouquets, available Tuesday, September 18 to Tuesday, October 9 or Friday, September 21 to Friday, October 12.  Members are responsible for arriving at the distribution site to pick up their fall bouquets. The flowers will be picked fresh and carefully conditioned to last on average 5-7 days. Bouquets will be wrapped in paper and care instructions will be available with each bouquet.

Variety, size, and quantity of stems may vary as described below in Section 2. Detailed information regarding pick-up is discussed below in Section 2.

B. Our Growing Practices

Flowers By Phoebe is committed to growing flowers using only organic growing methods.  This means more than just staying away from harmful pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. We are committed to sustainability and growing systems that increase soil, air and water quality, and economic biodiversity in all of the garden environments.

We are also committed to using human scaled technology as much as possible, cultivating and planting by hand or with small machines to eliminate soil compaction and the excessive use of fossil fuels.

At this point none of the fields are certified by any organic agency, in part because of the high costs to small farmers for certification, but also because certification requires years of detailed record keeping and we are only in the starting years.  If you would like more information about how the flowers are grown, please ask and we’ll be happy to provide detailed answers to any questions you may have.

C. The Flowers We Expect for 2018

Flowers By Phoebe is growing over 100 different varieties of flowers for the 2018 season, many in succession plantings in order to provide a consistent variety of colorful flowers. Here is a list of some of our favorite varieties grouped by when we hope to have them first appear in your bouquets. Availability will depend on weather, particularly planting conditions in early spring.

Spring Bouquets-  Poppy, Iris, Peony, Sweet Pea, Ranunculus, Snapdragon, and flowering branches

June- Cosmos, Nigella, Sweet William, Foxglove, Calendula, Bachelor Buttons, and Larkspur

July- Rudbeckia Daisies, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Asclepias, Sunflowers, Eucalyptus, Verbena, and Scabiosa

August- Sunflowers, Dahlias, Amaranthus, Snapdragons, Dusty Miller, Feather Celosia, and Ageratum

September/October - Ornamental peppers, Dahlias, Strawflowers, Zinnias, Sunflowers/Rudbeckia, and Cockscomb.

 

Section 2. Our Shared Commitments

A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure

We promise to do our best to provide you with a lush and full bouquet each week. The quantity of stems in your flower bouquet, however, may vary from week to week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and with the other CSA members.

One of the reasons for growing so many different varieties of flowers is to ensure that even if one type of flower does not produce well, another variety will be ready to shine in the bouquets.  Succession plantings will also help to ensure consistent supply. We will compensate for any failed flower crop by filling your bouquets with other flowers grown on the farm that are ready for harvest.

In the event of larger weather disasters (drought, flooding, unexpected frost) we will do our best to procure flowers from other local flower farmers who use similar growing methods. This may not always be a feasible option since flower growers in the area are limited and the costs of importing organic flowers are high.  

Should the unfortunate occurrence of total crop failure happen, the CSA member shares in the risk that the share may be smaller than expected and possibly sourced from non-local sources.

B. Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

Flowers By Phoebe uses some of the flowers grown in the gardens for Wedding and Event floral arrangements and other retail outlets. Although production of the flowers is not segregated, Floral CSA member bouquets receive priority each week during the growing season. After filling our CSA share with the best of each week’s harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets or donated to charitable organizations.

In the event of a flower surplus, extra bulk flowers will be made available to CSA members on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Section 3. Picking Up Shares

You are responsible for picking up your share each week (full share) or every other week (half share) from your selected CSA distribution site.  In Goshen, the distribution location is the Flowers By Phoebe shop at 111 E. Washington Street across from the Electric Brew and pick up days are Tuesday or Friday (your choice) from 4-6 pm. In order to distribute in the most convenient place possible, Elkhart, Granger, South Bend, Syracuse, Warsaw, and Winona Lake day of distribution times and locations will be determined by March 31, 2018.

 

Section 4. Member Fees

By selling membership in advance of the growing season, the CSA business model reduces the burden of up-front costs for the grower. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we greatly appreciate your commitment. In an effort to encourage early sign ups we provide discounted pricing for those signing up before the start of the planting season and those members will also receive a FREE bouquet in June.

Pricing for 2018 is as follows:

Full SUMMER CSA SHARE-12 Weeks of Bouquets:

Before December 31, 2017- Returning Member Price $260.00  New Member Price $270.00

After December 31, 2017- Returning Member Price $280.00 New Member Price $300.00

       

Half SUMMER CSA SHARE- 6 Weeks of Bouquets:

Before December 31, 2017- Returning Member Price $150.00  New Member Price $160.00

After December 31, 2017- Returning Member Price $170 New Member Price $180.00

 

ADD ONS For Summer CSA Members!

SPRING SHARE ADD ON - 4 Bouquets in May- $100.00

AUTUMN SHARE ADD ON - 4 Bouquets in September/October- $80.00

IMPORTANT: We understand that sometimes people’s plans change; however, once a payment is submitted and a CSA Membership Agreement is signed, Flowers By Phoebe is not liable to refund more than 50 % of any membership fee. After the fourth week of the season (by July 17, 2018), all payments are completely non-refundable. However, your membership can be gifted to another person as long as we are informed of the change and as long as that person also fills out a membership form.

Please read and print this CSA Membership Agreement form for your records.  By completing checkout in our online store, you are agreeing that you understand the conditions of this membership agreement and that you are willing to abide by its terms and conditions.

 

Section 5. Communicating with Us

The best way to communicate with us is via email or by phone. Our email is shelaughsinflowers@gmail.com or you can call or text us at (574)-238-4930.  We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field planting, picking, and weeding and not in the office.

Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal, email address or phone number, changes to your distribution location (at least a week in advance), problems with your site, or dissatisfaction with your bouquet.

We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events.

I understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I understand that they will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.