Frequently Asked Questions

What’s in a weekly share?

The contents of your share will vary week to week and month to month, with the seasonality of each crop.  We make sure to include a variety of veggies each week. Expect the early-season (June) to be filled with tender salad greens, spinach, and the best strawberries you’ve ever tasted.  Summer brings the heat-lovers: tomatoes, peppers, green beans, eggplant, and, of course, zucchinis! As we make the transition to Fall, look for beets, carrots, kale, and potatoes.  Fruits and herbs are also regularly a part of the share. And you’ll also have lots of opportunities to U Pick.

 For a breakdown of what a past season’s distribution included, click here (coming soon!).

Are there any Half-Shares?

While we don’t offer half-shares, our share is approximately enough produce for two people to eat fresh and preserve some, or one person to preserve more. If this is still too much, we encourage sharing a share with a friend, neighbor or co-worker. Members can coordinate to either divide the weekly shares between them or trade off on the pick-ups.

What is the procedure for splitting my share with someone else?

If you decide to split a share, it is up to you to coordinate each distribution with your share partner.

 Options that we’ve seen work out well include:

  • Trading weeks back and forth so that each person picks up every-other-week.
  • Arriving at the same time and dividing your share as you pick up.
  • The first person who arrives divides the share and leaves his/her partner’s produce in a marked bag.

 

When do I pick up my share?

Weekly pick-ups typically begin the first week of June.  You will receive advance notice of our first distribution by phone and/or e-mail. When you register, choose a pick-up day: On the farm Wednesday (noon to 6pm) or Saturday (noon to 3pm), or at the Rudolf Steiner Lower School in Ann Arbor (2775 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) 3:30pm-6:30pm. A temporary switch with short notice can be made by calling by 5pm the day before your scheduled pick up at (734) 433-0261. For multiple switches or more far off changes: email communityfarminfo@gmail.com.

NOTE: email is checked regularly but any questions/concerns directed specifically towards the farmers will be answered within 2 days as they check email Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday

How do I pick up my share?

We have both an on-farm and in town distributions.

The on farm distribution gives you the chance to connect with the farm, visit with the animals, and make a day of it if you want to. Your produce is set up market-style in the lower level of our main barn, ready for you to choose.  Please bring bags and boxes to carry your fruits and veggies; you’ll quickly find they take up a lot of space! Our chalkboard signs will instruct you how many of each item to take – they also share important farm news.

The in-town distribution is offered for those who find it a hardship to pick up their share at the farm. This option is delivered to the Rudolf Steiner Lower School (2775 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Your share will be boxed with your name on it in the shade of the awning in the front of the school. Boxes must be returned each week as supplies are limited. If you prefer us to use your own container, bring them for the farmer on your first pick-up. Please remember that, though you pick up your share in town, you are still a vital member of our farm! The farm is yours to visit and enjoy, the same as those who pick up on the farm.

What do I do if I know I’ll be out of town for a pick-up day?

Summer is a busy time, and we know that there are times when you’ll be out of town.  Our first preference is that you ask a friend to pick up your share.  What a great way to introduce someone new to the farm!  (Please be sure to give your friend an orientation before you leave.)  If you give us enough advance notice, we’re willing to switch around your pick-up day or location.

* For a one-time, short term notice change: call the farmers by 5pm the day before your scheduled pick up at (734) 433-0261. If leaving a message, please be very detailed.
* For multiple switches or more far off changes: email communityfarminfo@gmail.com
* NOTE: email is checked regularly but any questions/concerns directed specifically towards the farmers will be answered within 2 days, as they check email Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday

What do I do if I’m running late or miss my pick-up?

Farmers are away from the phone most of the distribution day, so sending a message via another member is a good way to reach them at this time. If we know you will be late, we or another member can set aside a share for you to pick up outside of the distribution time. We cannot replace your share if you miss your pick-up entirely without letting us know.  At the end of each distribution, the surplus produce is doled out to any members who could use it. And the rest goes to the cow and goats!

What is the best way to contact the farm?

You can reach the farmers by phone at (734) 433-0261 or by email at communityfarminfo@gmail.com. Communication through Facebook messenger and Instagram direct messaging are also good options.

How can I pay for my share?

There are many options for payment, including installments.

Before February: A deposit early on reserves your share and greatly helps the farmers by giving them a good picture of the upcoming year. Send a check or reserve in person along with a Reservation Form.

Once the budget is approved by the end of February of the year, all those who have submitted a reservation form and deposit must then submit a Commitment Form, which officially secures your share. Paying your share pledge as early as possible is very much appreciated, but can be made in as many installments as necessary. We ask that your share be paid in full by August 1st.  An online sign-up and payment option is also available.

Why is there a sliding scale?

A sliding scale is put in place in order to make a place for folks of all financial situations at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor.  We ask each member to thoughtfully consider what they are personally able to pledge.  If you are able to pay amounts in the upper part of the range, you can feel good that you are helping those who can only afford the lower end. It is essential that we support each other in order to better our world! Please also note that the amount pledged within the sliding scale does not affect the amount of produce you receive.

What are my required membership work hours?

Community Farm is a member-run cooperative!  As such, part of being a member entails pitching in throughout the season on various tasks.  Each share has an 8 hour work requirement.  These hours can be fulfilled in all kinds of ways: joining us in the fields to harvest or weed, doing farm laundry, attending or baking treats for membership meetings, helping with events, etc… we will also wave your volunteer hours if you bring a new member to the farm! Have another idea of a way you can contribute?  Run it by the farmers!  We are blessed with an incredible membership with all kinds of skills and strengths. If a member is unable or unwilling to complete the volunteer work requirement, a fee of $65 per share will be assessed as detailed on the commitment form.

Can I bring children to the farm? 

Of course!  We encourage you to bring your whole family out to the farm.  Your presence there is crucial to its vitality.  While the farm doesn’t use any dangerous chemicals on the crops, there are always things around a working farm that are inherently dangerous. Tools, animals, poison ivy, uneven ground, electric fences, and stinging insects for example. Children should be supervised at all times, but are encouraged to explore the wonders of nature on the farm. If there is ever a question, please ask a farmer if something is safe to explore.

Can I bring my dog to the farm?

While the farmers have a dog that has been trained to the ways of the farm and that the other farm creatures are accustomed to, we’d prefer you to leave your four-legged family at home. Unfamiliar creatures upset the rhythms of the farm animals and could cause dangerous situations.