A weekly CSA bag doesn’t satisfy your urge to grow? In addition to receiving a CSA bag each week, Member Farmers join a weekly two-hour shift at the farm. Through this program, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills training from Ryerson Urban Farm staff as you engage in growing and harvesting a full range of market garden produce to support the farm operations. Along with the pleasure of challenging physical activity in a natural setting, you will have the satisfaction of contributing to growing the produce you eat, and will be able to apply this knowledge to growing food using ecological methods at a home or production scale.
Shifts start with a field walk led by Ryerson Urban Farm staff where participants will be briefed on proper techniques for all tasks, from tool usage to pruning tomatoes to bunching radishes. Please note that the nature of the program is fast-paced, since our operations are production-based. Participation will involve working with compost and all aspects of the soil food web, which we support through our ecological methods (including insects like worms, centipedes, and pill bugs!). We will be harvesting vegetables for specific deadlines and to a high standard of quality.
Space is limited, with six participants per shift. Preference goes to applicants who have participated in our 2017 Ecological Market Garden Training.
For more information about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, please visit our CSA page.
Summer CSA Member Farmer | Jun 5 – Sep 8 (14 wks)
Autumn CSA Member Farmer | Sep 11 – Nov 17 (10 wks)
Autumn Shifts (pick one):
Tue 9-11am | Fri 9-11am
*includes $50 registration fee (new members only) + $2/session tool fee + $25/week CSA basket
Ryerson Student discount: $295
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Application – due Aug 18:
To apply, fill out this form. Due to high demand and our limited capacity, applicants will be selected based on availability and fit, with preference going to applicants who have participated in our 2017 Ecological Market Garden Training. Applicants will be notified the week of Aug 23. If you’re not selected this year, we encourage you to apply another season, and hope that you’ll check out our other programming in the mean time (info on the blog). We hold regular meet and greets for our Volunteer Program throughout the season, as well as Workshops and seasonal Open Farm days.