Why should you become a member of the Common Ground Garden?

Being a member of the Common Ground Garden allows you and your family to eat fresh, chemical free, locally-grown vegetables. You’ll enjoy eating healthier, better tasting produce that is grown by your neighbors. Members form community with each other, the garden crew, and the land, by committing 3-5 hours of involvement time throughout the season. We enjoy time together with kids' activities, food demonstrations, potlucks, and classes, and support an agricultural system that seeks food justice and sustainability.

 

NOTE: We are working with a different baker this year, Travis Harjes of Backwards Bread Co.  Read more on Our Share Partners.  

2017 Membership Form

Involvement Options

Garden/Member Covenant

We, the Garden, will:

  • Do our best to grow the highest quality and quantity of chemical-free produce.
  • Work to inspire and educate you in the value of locally and sustainably produced food.
  • Welcome you as Christ.
  • Eat well and have fun!

We ask that you:

  • Commit to 3-5 hours of involvement time.
  • Read the weekly newsletter.
  • Respect the pick-up hours and contact Kate Ritger to make other arrangements.
  • Bring a bag or box to carry your produce home.
  • Eat well and have fun!

Members and friends of the garden stay connected through our weekly newsletter, sent out via email. It is filled with information about the fruits/vegetables that are harvested each week, recipes, news from the garden and notices for upcoming events. Garden members will automatically receive the newsletter when they sign up. Other garden friends, contact Kate to join the email list.

Member Information

"Should I get a full share or half share?"
It really depends on your vegetable consumption, but people tell us that ...
Our HALF shares are plentiful for a family of TWO.
Our FULL shares are plentiful for a family of FOUR.
You are also welcome to split shares with another family or friend.

Work Shares
Work shares are also available. Work two hours each week at the garden for the 18 week season and get $100 off your garden subscription. Space is limited. Contact Kate to learn more. 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefit Transfer (SNAP/EBT) Shares:
Members can use SNAP benefits to pay for CSA membership.  SNAP members must pick up their share at the St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, Fridays 3-6pm. Space is limited and an interview is needed. Contact Kate to learn more.

Garden Shares
Half Share for 18 weeks...............................$315
Full Share for 18 weeks...............................$525

Garden members can also add shares of bread, eggs and meat from Our Share Partners.

Egg Shares
Half Dozen for 15 weeks………………................$30
Full Dozen for 15 weeks..............................$60

Bread Shares
1 Loaf for 18 weeks......................................$95
2 Loaves for 18 weeks.................................$190

Meat Shares
See Our Share Partners for complete information about quantities and varieties of cuts included the meat shares.
Half Share for 1 Month...............................$65
Half Share for 3 Months..............................$192
Half Share for 4 Months..............................$252
Half Share for 5 Months..............................$310

Full Share for 1 Month.................................$127
Full Share for 3 Months...............................$378
Full Share for 4 Months...............................$494
Full Share for 5 Months...............................$599

What can be expected?

Here is a list of when members might anticipate receiving their produce by season (seasonal scale):

  • 1 - Early
  • 2 - Early-mid
  • 3 - Late-mid
  • 4 - Late
Vegetables
Beets (2-4) Broccoli (2-3) Cabbage (2-3)
Cucumber (2-3) Eggplant (4) Green beans (2-4)
Hot peppers (3-4) Kale (3-4) Kohlrabi (2-4)
Leeks (4) Lettuce (1-3) Onions (4)
Peas (2-3) Potatoes (2-4) Radishes (1)
Salad greens (1-3) Spinach (1) Sweet corn (3)
Sweet peppers (3-4) Tomatoes (3-4) Carrots (2-4)
Spicy greens (1-3) Parsnips (4) Scallions (2-3)
Pac Choi (1-2) Tatsoi (1-2) Zucchini (2-4)
Summer squash (2-4)    
Fruits
Melons (3-4)
Watermelons (4)
Grapes (for juicing, jelly or canning) (4)
Gourds
Gourds (4)
Pumpkins (4)
Winter squash (4)
Herbs
Basil (2-3) Cilantro (2-4)
Dill (1-3) Parsley (2-4)
Chives (1) Sage (4)

Flowers

A variety of flowers are available during the season for bouquets (2-4)