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Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G.) Farms
Serving Salt Lake County
Contact Person: Sharon
Phone: 801 718-7478
Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G) Farms is an urban farm using multiple plots of land on the west side of Salt Lake City in the Glendale Neighborhood! A cluster of several large backyards have been transformed into highly productive SPIN-Style Mini Farms to provide our CSA members and local restaurants in the Salt Lake City Area with the highest quality, sustainably grown produce.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between us, BUG Farmers, and you, the locavore consumer! CSA's are a business model that allows you as a consumer and us as farmers share the risks and benefits involved in growing your food in an urban, grassroots, and community-based way. You purchase a subscription to the farm (a "share") and become a member.Our CSA program gives an opportunity for families and individuals to directly access urban farm fresh produce throughout the growing season while directly supporting small scale, sustainable, grassroots community agriculture. Your upfront payment is indispensible in covering start-up farm expenses and also providing living wages for the folks who are growing your food. Without your support, we would not be able to continue growing good food for our Salt Lake Community. We hope you will consider becoming a member of the BUG Farms CSA Program.
What Are My Share Options?
There are 2 basic option types: The Full Share, and the Half Share. Both provide the same amount of produce in each delivery, but the Full Share comes every week, and the Half Share comes every other week during the growing season. If you buy a Half Share, based on your delivery of pickup location, you will be assigned to either Week A or Week B distribution.
How Long Is The Season?
We will plan to have our 2012 harvest season, weather permitting, from mid-May to the end of October, give or take a week or two depending good graces of Mother Earth : ) The total season should last between 22-25 weeks. Last year (2011) we started late (First week of June) because of the long cold wet spring, but our last delivery was into the first week of November.
How Will I Get My Veggie Share?
There are 2 ways of getting your veggies each week: HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY or CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS.
HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY: One of the many unique things about our CSA program is our delivery service. For a small additional fee, if you live within Salt Lake City, there is no need to remember to pick up your CSA share, we deliver it directly to your house or office! The one time delivery fee is $50 for a Half Share and $100 for a Full Share. This helps us cover our costs in fuel and extra labor.
If you are getting a Home/Office Delivery, we need to make sure you have a way of keeping your veggies cool and fresh until they get inside your fridge. Therefore, please make sure you have a cooler with a cold freezer pack outside your front door of hour house/apartment, or have some way of storing your produce in your office, either in an office fridge or cooler, before taking it home with you.
CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS: If you don't mind coming to a pickup location for your veggies and are on a tighter budget, the Pickup Share may be the way to go for you. Here is a list of our dropoff Locations:
Understand that even with our best planning and farming efforts, mother earth is the real decider on what grows and what doesn't! Each delivery should contain between 5-9 different veggie/greens/herb items. The exact quantity and variety will change each week depending on the harvest for that time of the season. For example, if the slugs and snails decide to eat up a certain bed of spinach, then you may not have spinach for that week. Generally, one delivery should last 2-4 people cooking at home a weeks worth of veggies. If you are single, think about teaming up with a friend and splitting a Full Share, or try a Half Share where you will have 2 weeks to eat your produce before getting another delivery.
June deliveries could look like this:
What If I Am Out Of Town?
We are hoping to provide veggies for up to 90 members this year, which makes member management a very BIG JOB. Based on my experience last year, it became increasingly pain-staking and tedious to keep track of who was skipping weeks when. So to streamline the member management, and reduce errors, if you know you are going to be out of town, there will be a couple of options: Coordinate a friend who will pick up your share at your delivery location and eat it or keep it for you for that week. We won't be able to deliver it to a different address though. Another option for Half Share members is to switch your delivery to your "off week". The bottom line is to please LET US KNOW AT LEAST A WEEK AHEAD OF YOUR ABSENCE and we can figure out something for you : )
How Do I Pay For My CSA Membership?
Currently, we can only accept a check in the mail, or cash in person for CSA payment. Due to the difficulty of setting up online credit card payment, and the extra fees associated, we will not be offering that option right now. Hopefully that wont be a huge problem for you. We understand that paying for the whole season at once may be challenging for some of you. If that is keeping you from joining, send us an email and we will try to work with you in splitting up your payments. But, if you have the ability to pay all at once, that would be really helpful on this end and lots of good and tankful vibes will be going your way : ) We really want to offer our tasty veggies to as many folks as possible in our community, and offer as low of a price as we can, while still being able to function sustainably as an urban farming business. We aren't in this for the money, but we do need money to be able go grow food and pay the rent for ourselves : )