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 members 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 CSA community. CSA members 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.
We farm with the health of our adjacent woods, meadows, ponds, and vernal pools firmly in mind by actively stewarding these natural areas for birds and other wildlife. Purchasing a CSA share at the farm at Moose Hill not only supports our farming program, but also Mass Audubon’s overall mission to protect Massachusetts’ biodiversity and ecosystems.
What size is a vegetable share?
The full share is ideal for a family of three to four, or a household of two vegetable loving adults, depending on how often you cook and how central vegetables are to your diet. The half share is ideal for a household of one to two people and is intended to be supplemented.
Full shares receive additional volume and variety. On average, full shares will receive 10-12 items per week and half shares will receive 5-7 items per week.
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.
CSA members select which day they want to pick up their produce when they sign up for their share. Sharon pickups take place on Wednesdays from 4–7 pm or Fridays from 4–7 pm, while Mattapan pickups take place on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. (Please note that CSA members 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. 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.
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?
Work share opportunities are completely optional. We offer CSA Distribution Work Shares and Field Work Shares in exchange for a full or half share, respectively. If you’re unable to make the full season commitment, we plan on hosting community volunteer days, announced through the newsletter, as needed.
Can I purchase a share with my SNAP benefits?
Yes! Discounted CSA shares are available for anyone wanting to pay with their SNAP benefits. Please email us or call us at 781-486-3063 for more information on pricing and additional information.