FLOATING LOTUS FARMSTEAD

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LOTHIAN, MD

2018 Member Agreement

What is CSA?

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a farm model that directly links the community to a farm and its farmer. CSA members pay in advance to supply the farmer with secure sales of crops throughout the growing season. In return, members will meet at a chosen location to pick up their share of the harvest.

Our Offering

Floating Lotus Farmstead is offering a 28 week Vegetable CSA program for the 2018 growing season. Our program starts in early May and extends to the middle of November. We have full shares for pick up weekly and half shares for pick up biweekly. Both full and half shares are equal amounts of produce. We also have our chicken eggs available to add to your share each week. Please visit our Pastured Poultry page to see how we raise and maintain our multiple flocks for multiple purposes.

What's in a share?

Each share will consist of 5 to 9 different varieties of nutrient dense vegetables or herbs. Each share feeds conservatively 2-4 people, however someone with a full plant based diet might alone consume a full share weekly. Shares in the spring typically have more delicate greens available due to cooler weather. Summer shares will be heavier with things like tomatoes and cucumbers. Come fall, shares have more cooking greens and storage crops. Here is a list to see more clearly what we grow and when: 

Spring - arugula, baby kale, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cilantro, collard greens, field greens mix, kale, radishes, romaine, salad mix, spinach, spring onions, and turnips.

         

    example spring vegetable share:

  • 1 head romaine 

  • 1/2 lb. salad mix 

  • choice of 1/4 lb. arugula or baby kale

  • 1/2 lb. spinach

  • choice of 1 head cabbage or 1 head broccoli

  • 1 bunch spring onions

  • pick 2 of 3 between radish, beets, and turnips

Summer - arugula, baby kale, basil, beans, beets, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, heirloom tomatoes, onions, peppers, radishes, red slicer tomatoes, romaine, salad mix, summer squash, swiss chard, and turnips.

 

    example summer vegetable share:

  • choice of 1 head romaine or 1 bunch swiss chard

  • 1/2 lb. field greens mix

  • a handful of onions

  • choice of 1 bunch of beets or turnips

  • 1 large cucumber

  • a handful of peppers

  • 2 large tomatoes

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 1 bunch basil

Fall- arugula, baby kale, basil, beets, cabbage, cilantro, field greens mix, onions, radishes, romaine, rosemary, salad mix, spinach, thyme, turnips, winter squash, and remaining summer crop.

    example fall vegetable share:

  • choice of 1/2 lb. salad or field greens mix

  • choice of 1/4 lb. of baby kale or arugula

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 1 spaghetti squash

  • 1 cabbage

  • a handful of onions

  • 2 eggplants

  • 1 bunch cilantro

  • 1 bunch thyme

How to get your Produce

We will be setting up as if at a farmers market in order to offer as much choice as possible. A list of the upcoming options for pick up will be emailed to members just before each share. We do have grocery style bags at pick up, however we ask that you bring a reusable/sustainable bag for your share. Pick up locations are as follows:

  • Calvert County Hospital      Tuesdays         3pm until 6pm

  • Annapolis Athletic Club      Wednesdays    5pm until 7pm 

Dates and times of pick ups will be emailed to members in April. If you need to miss a pick up, we offer one week in the very end of the growing season ​for make up. All other missed pick ups are members responsibility. We recommend offering it to a friend! We require members to give 48 hour notice of missing a pick up so we can arrange a sale of that specific produce. Members picking up from the farm not during our given time will receive only options we have available at that current time. We do not make home deliveries.

Our Growing Practices

Floating Lotus Farmstead uses chemical free, regenerative "biomimic" practices to grow all produce. We use locally sourced compost created with a diverse mix of organic matter. A majority of our fertility comes from locally sourced compost, our wood ash and our flock of poultries manure. However, after bi annual soil tests, we amend our soil accordingly using certified organic amendments. Our growing practices include systems that as closely replicate and mimic natures systems. We aim to keep our soil covered at all times with plant densities that do not allow bare soil. We do not cultivate our soil with any kind of machinery after initial plot creation, only with efficient hand tools. We rotate our crops to keep soil fertility balanced and manage any soil born plant diseases. We use home made hot pepper spray, insect netting and interplanting crops with non pest friendly crops to protect from pests.

We do light cultivations frequently, use reusable fabrics, straw mulches and flame torches to suppress weed pressures. We are continually learning better techniques and systems to aid in our goal of growing nutrient dense crops using healthy growing practices. These practices come with risks and rewards.  In this farm model, the members share the risks and rewards willingly. Growing the diverse varieties we offer comparatively to conventional methods helps keep our risk low.

Prices for Membership

When a CSA member pays in advance to the growing season, it not only supplies the farmer with secure sales of the crop during the growing season but also makes it much more possible for a farm using the CSA model to cover early expenses like seeds and compost. We recommend signing up and paying asap as a limited amount of shares are to be sold. Shares can be purchased here on our website using a card or by mailing to the farm our member agreement signed, application and check written to Adam Cottrell. All CSA shares are non-refundable, however we try and work out honest solutions to situations.

Weekly Pick-ups (Full Share)

Spring (Early May - Mid June) - 8 weeks - $240

Summer (Mid June - Mid September) - 12 weeks - $360

Fall (Mid September - Mid November) - 8 weeks - $240

All Season (Early May - Mid November) - 28 weeks - $840

Bi-Weekly Pick-up (Half Share)

Spring (Early May - Mid June) - 4 weeks - $120

Summer (Mid June - Mid September) - 6 weeks - $180

Fall (Mid September - Mid November) - 4 weeks - $120

All Season (Early May - Mid November) - 14 weeks - $420

Our Pastured Poultry

Here at Floating Lotus Farmstead we keep our laying hens, broilers, and turkeys on pasture. We feed our poultry non-gmo grains sourced locally! We do not use vaccinations or hormones.  The only constraint our laying hens and turkeys have as far as free ranging are electric fences used to keep predators out! Our pasture raised broiler chickens are kept in large pens that protect them even more. All of our pastured poultry get moved onto fresh pasture daily to ensure cleanliness and availability to any natural sources of nutrition such as bugs, grasses, seeds, and grit. 

 

Eggs

Our eggs are an “add-on” to our CSA program with limited shares available. Shares start in accordance to our Vegetable CSA Summer Share ( mid June ). Some weeks we may need to skip delivery of eggs due to lack of supply for a multitude of reason. We will notify you of this situation previous to that pick up. Fees are due on the same dates as our Vegetable CSA due dates, see above.

 

Half Dozen                                                  

  • Summer Season weekly - 12 weeks - $36 

  • Summer Season biweekly - 6 weeks - $18           

  • Fall Season weekly - 8 weeks - $24   

  • Fall Season biweekly - 4 weeks - $12                

  • Whole Season weekly - 20 weeks - $60 

  • Whole Season biweekly- 10 weeks - $30                  

 

Dozen

  • Summer Season weekly - 12 weeks - $72

  • Summer Season biweekly - 6 weeks - $36

  • Fall Season weekly - 8 weeks - $48

  • Fall Season biweekly - 4 weeks - $24

  • Whole Season weekly - 20 weeks - $120

  • Whole Season biweekly - 10 weeks - $60

Pasture Raised Broiler Chickens

Our Pasture Raised Broiler Chickens are sold pre-order only with a deposit made by February 1, 2018. The deposit to pre-order is $7 and is non-refundable. Remaining balance is due on pick up day in cash only . Our average offered weights are between 3.5 and 4.5 lbs. Our Pasture Raised Broiler Chickens are sold at $4.75 lb. We are only able to offer whole chickens at this time. As we progress in this enterprise our offerings will expand. On pick up day broiler chickens are sold on a “first come, first serve” basis. We reserve the right to sell broiler chickens not picked up within 24 hours of scheduled pick up day due to lack of cold storage capacity. First pick up date will be announced on April 1, 2018. Our Farm is the only pick up location available for our broiler chickens.

 

Pasture Raised Turkeys

Our Pasture Raised Turkeys are sold pre-order only with a deposit made by April 1, 2018. The deposit to pre-order is $25 and is non-refundable. Remaining balance due on pick up day in cash only. On pick up day turkeys are sold on a “first come, first serve” basis. We reserve the right to sell turkeys not picked up within 24 hours of scheduled pick up day due to lack of cold storage capacity. Pick up date will be announced via email and text on October 22, 2018. Our farm is the only pick up location available for our turkeys.

 

Contact Us with any Questions or Concerns!

Email is the best way to contact us. floatinglotusfarmstead@gmail.com

We are having a really tough work week if we do not get back to you in a respectful amount of time. We will keep in contact with you via email and text about any changes needing to be made to pick up times, dates and locations if that situation arise.