The Farm at Moose Hill—Frequently Asked Questions
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), at its most basic, is an agreement between the grower and the consumer. CSA shareholders make a commitment to support the farm through their growing season by paying in advance for a portion of the farm’s produce. This creates a season-long relationship between the farm and its shareholders. Shareholders know exactly where their food comes from and receive a whole season's worth of fresh, organically grown produce.
What makes The Farm at Moose Hill unique?
The Farm is an organic farm that truly supports the community by supporting both a family farm (Ward’s Berry Farm across the street) and Mass Audubon. The Ward brothers are responsible for the cultivation of the fields and all of the planting of the crops and Moose Hill is responsible for the management, harvesting, and distribution.
What size is a vegetable share?
Vegetable shares generally consist of an assortment of produce per week, although the share size fluctuates depending on the time of the season and success of individual crop plantings. Our Share will feed 2 vegetarian adults or a family of 4 with vegetables as a modest part of the diet.
Where and when do I pick-up my CSA Share?
CSA shares are distributed at two locations, one in Sharon and one in Mattapan. Pickup in Sharon is at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary farm barn, while pickup in Mattapan is at the Boston Nature Center.
Shareholders select which day they want to pick up their produce. Sharon pickups take place on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 4–7 pm, while Mattapan pickups take place on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. (Please note that shareholders will need to bring their own bags or containers to collect their share at either location.)
What can we expect in each share?
Working with Ward’s Berry Farm, we grow a wide and beautiful variety of crops. A share averages about 10 pounds of produce each week. Early season shares tend to be on the lighter side, while late season shares are overflowing. Crops will vary from week to week, but produce includes greens, root vegetables, beans, peppers, fruit, and more. Download our Harvest Schedule for a more complete understanding of the variety of crops and the distribution months for each.
How does pick-your-own work?
As the season progresses, we offer pick-your-own (PYO) opportunities. CSA shareholders are eligible to participate in PYO on their distribution day at no additional cost. PYO happens during the same hours as distribution. PYO info will be available in the farm barn as well as distributed via the weekly CSA email.
Can I pick up my share on one day and do pick-your-own on another day?
Pick-your-own is considered a normal part of your distribution so any pick-your-own activity must happen during your regularly scheduled distribution time. There are times when shareholders may choose not to participate in the pick-your-own option due to their own time constraints, weather, or interest in a particular crop. We cannot make switches to accommodate changes in schedules, weather, or interests of the shareholders.
What if I can’t make it to my regularly schedule pick-up time?
If you cannot make it on a certain week, we invite you to send a friend, family member, or neighbor to collect your share. If you cannot find someone and you could pick up your share on a different distribution day in that same week, with advance notice, we can switch your pick-up day for that week. We must receive an email at [email protected] by at least noon the day before your regularly scheduled pick-up time (no phone calls). The email should include the distribution day you wish to switch to within that week.
What if I miss my regularly schedule pick-up time?
All shareholders receive a confirmation when they register for our CSA. This confirmation contains all the dates for your pick-up. We suggest that you mark your calendars so that you do not miss a week. If you do miss a week, we are unable to allow you to “double up” the following week and we cannot refund money for a missed week.
Do I need to be a member of Mass Audubon?
Yes. If you are currently not a member, we ask that you join Mass Audubon at the family or a higher level in order to participate in our CSA program. Your membership helps support Mass Audubon and Moose Hill efforts to steward our land. Read all about the benefits of Mass Audubon membership.
Is there a work-share component or work hours associated with my share?
We ask that each shareholder commit to working at the farm in some capacity over the course of the season. We offer options to help with harvesting, weeding, or work share distribution. Shareholders commit to one of these options at the start of the season and have flexibility in how they wish to fulfill those 8 hours depending on their interest in the various components of farm work.