What is a CSA?

“Community Shared Agriculture” (CSA for short) is a way of connecting people more closely to the source of their food. Our 20-week Brooksdale CSA season runs from mid-June until the end of October. CSA members commit to the farm for a whole season by paying in advance for a weekly harvest box. This provides the farmers with stability so they can focus on producing the best food possible.

Common CSA Questions

A Full Share costs $680.00 and contains a mix of 8 to 12 varieties of vegetables and herbs per week – enough to supply a family of 4 or 5 with most of the veggies they would need for a week.

A Half Share costs $390.00 and is designed for smaller households (singles or couples). It contains smaller portions than the full share, or in some cases fewer items or a slightly different selection from the full share. If you are considering a Half Share, you can easily split a Full Share with another small family in your community.

Here is a sample of the contents of 3 weeks during the 2012 CSA season:

July 3: garlic scapes, turnips, kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce, cauliflower, daikon radish

August 15: long English, field cukes, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, bulb fennel, beans, kale, tah tsai, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli florets, zucchini

October 30: lettuce, kale, carrots, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkins, sweet onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celeriac, sunchokes, dry beans

Participation in a CSA involves sharing the risk of farming with the farmer. There are no guarantees as to the content of the bins from week to week – yields and variety will be determined by weather and factors beyond the control of the farmer. Typically the first month of the season has lighter boxes (more leaves, fewer items). The weight and variety of the box increases as the bounty of late summer and fall comes on.

You can expect that you will regularly encounter items that you wouldn’t normally buy, and some things you may not recognize! We plan to have a nice variety of items from week-to-week, but we are not able to customize the box to your tastes. CSA participation works best for those who have a sense of adventure in the kitchen, enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and those who cook from scratch most nights of the week. Planning your weekly menu around what you receive in your share is the best way to get good value from your share.

You may pick-up your CSA box from our farm at Brooksdale Environmental Centre located in Surrey, BC. You may also request to pick-up your share from a number of drop-off locations around Greater Vancouver, including

  • Vancouver Westside
  • East Vancouver (2 locations)
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam

Pick-up at Brooksdale is free. Delivery to other Greater Vancouver locations carries an additional fee.

Common member questions

Please go to the CSA Member Login for details on how to:

  • Make payments
  • Schedule & view vacation holds
  • Request a status email
  • Create / change password
  • View & update contact information
  • View CSA Membership details
  • View payment history
  • View order history
Congratulations, vacations are so much fun! To make sure your box of veggies doesn’t sit lonely on the shelf until you return, please organize one of the following

  • Tell us what to do with your box. Go to the CSA Member Login to:
    • Schedule a hold (We will not make a box for you that week.)
    • Donate your box to a local non-profit
  • Make your own arrangements. (For example, you can ask a friend or family member to come by and pick up your box.)

Enjoy your time away!

The Online Farm Store is a great way to spice up your bin with meat, cheese and other seasonal delicious goodies! Order online and you can expect to find your orders waiting for you at the next pick-up date.

You can watch this video tutorial to learn how it works. To start purchasing your own add-ons go to the CSA Member Login and sign-in with your email address (the one that receives the weekly CSA Member Updates).

* Please note that add-ons should be ordered at least a day before the desired pick-up date.

** Please note that the Online Farm Store is for CSA Members only.

Contact our Farmers
SIGN UP FOR YOUR CSA SHARE!
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“In order to make ecological good sense for the planet, you must make ecological good sense locally. You can’t act locally by thinking globally. If you want to keep your local acts from destroying the globe, you must think locally.”
Wendell Berry
“Thank you to all involved for the hard work of growing such wonderful veggies! Being part of a CSA through A Rocha spawned many a discussion with friends and family about sustainable agriculture, responsible stewardship, and how we define our relationship with our food.”
Brooksdale CSA Member

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