Fair Share Program
In 2021, AdkAction sponsored 23 North Country families to participate in season-long Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share programs at no cost. In partnership with White Rainbow Farm in Peru and Tangleroot Farm in Essex, we provided local foods to these households (75 individuals) for 20 weeks in our first season.
Typically, season-long CSA farm shares require up-front payment at the start of the growing season. By purchasing a farm share at the start of the season, participants accept any risks that might come up that year– whether it’s a drought, tomato blight, or a pesky insect destroying all of a certain crop. In exchange, CSA members receive a generous weekly portion of all the food grown on the farm.
Benefits of a CSA
- Guaranteed weekly box of produce
- Know where your food comes from and how it’s grown
- Support local farmers
- Better for the environment- organic farming, less gas for long-haul transportation
- Keep food dollars local
- Build community
Frequently Asked Questions
AdkAction’s Fair Share project is a season-long subscription to receive produce from a local farm. From roughly June-October, participants will receive a box each week that contains a mix of five to seven different vegetables. The box will change throughout the season, based on what is ready for harvesting.
The model is focused on supporting farmers throughout the region with the high costs of planting and buying into the risk of any crop loss that happens (for example, due to drought) that they typically incur at the start of the season. In exchange, members receive a generous weekly portion of all the food grown on the farm
No, as we continue to build and expand this new program, Fair Shares are free for qualifying participants! Those participating in the Fair Share program do have to commit to the full length of the program, and are required to fill out a few short surveys during that time. Although participation is free, farms still receive 100% of the share value, thanks to funding from AdkAction donors.
Some participating Fair Share farms offer delivery based on location. Please indicate on your enrollment form if you require delivery and we will try to accommodate your needs.
In late April or early May we will reach out to selected participants, who will need to confirm their participation at that time. Selection will be made based on the number of shares available, with preference given to early sign-ups. We also take into account if a Fair Share farm is located within a reasonable distance from a participant’s address.
Examples of what you get include: lettuce, beets, eggplant, onions, peas, spinach, kale, tomatoes, squash, carrots, and much more.
There will occasionally be vegetables that are often new to people, but participants will also receive recipes and suggestions throughout the season.
Get on the waitlist for the Summer 2022 Fair Share program
AdkAction is continuing Fair Share during the summer of 2022. Please use this form to add your name to the waitlist. This form does not guarantee you will be selected for the farm share, but early sign up does give you preference! Selected participants are notified in April or early May.