A weekly CSA basket doesn’t satisfy your urge to grow? In addition to receiving a CSA basket each week, Member Farmers join a weekly shift at the farm. Gain valuable knowledge and skills training from Ryerson Urban Farm staff as you engage hands-on with 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 means on your own home-scale.
Shifts start with an observational field walk led by Ryerson Urban Farm staff, and participants will be briefed on proper techniques for all tasks, from tool usage demos 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 closely with compost production 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 quality.
Space is limited, with six participants per shift. Preference goes to current Ecological Market Garden Training participants.
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)
Fall CSA Member Farmer | Sep. 11 – Nov. 17 (10 wks)
Summer Shifts (choose one of):
Mon 8-10am | Wed 8-10am | Fri 8-10am
*includes $50 registration fee + $2/session tool fee + $25/week CSA basket
Ryerson Student discount: $393
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Application – due May 10th:
To apply, fill out this form. Due to high demand and our limited capacity, applicants will be selected based on availability and fit. Applicants will be notified the week of May 15th. 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.