Membership

To join Derrybeg Farm CSA, please download the

Derrybeg-Farm-Joining-Pack-2017

You can fill in your details (pages 5-6 of the Joining pack) and send the form to the membership coordinator, Micheál Walsh, 3 Beaufield Green, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

OR you can use the online form.

Although it would help our setup for people to pay lump sum subscription fees up front, we understand this is not financially feasible for many people – SO we can also accept membership fees in monthly installments.  Details for this are in the joining pack. The monthly and annual share fees, as well as quantity information are listed below.

Sometimes there is excess food, sometimes less than expected, depending on the weather, conditions and harvest. When you pay for a year’s membership, you take the risk that in that year the farm may produce less food than in other years. On the other hand, the farm may in that year produce more than expected. By investing in membership and paying in advance, you are helping to even out the financial risks for the farmers and sharing the risk with the farmers and all the other members.

 

Pricing

The boxes  contain a variety of seasonal produce and are in 3 sizes:

Small bags (solo)

€400 annual fee or €33.33 monthly (equivalent of €7.50 of your weekly food bill) – weekly box sufficient for 1-2 people

Medium bags (couple)

€600 annual fee or €50 monthly (equivalent of €11.25 of your weekly food bill)
– weekly box sufficient for 3-4 people

Large bags (family)

€800 annual fee or €66.67 monthly (equivalent of €15 weekly) – weekly box sufficient for 5-6 people

The number of people a share will feed is an estimation. If you’re a single vegan then the odds are you’ll have no difficulty using the weekly amount of a family share. A family of vegans might be better off buying two or more shares. A family share will do most families eating a moderate quantity of vegetables.

If you have questions about anything in the joining pack, you can email the membership coordinator, Micheál Walsh, at membership@derrybegfarm.ie or you can phone Liam O’Toole at 085-7117358. Liam is also available to discuss the farm’s business plan with anybody who wishes.

 

What’s in a Box?

A box will contain a variety of produce for the year. At the beginning it will be mostly fresh salad leaves such as loose leaf lettuce, rocket and oriental greens. As the year progresses we will start to produce peas, spring onions, spinach, radishes, white turnip and baby carrots.Coming into summer we’ll start to have tomatoes, courgettes, cucumber, melon, french beans, beetroots, carrots, fennel and salad potatoes. All of these will continue through autumn with late additions including broccoli and squashes.In the winter most of these crops will die off but we’ll continue to have a supply of winter salads including lettuce and standing crops such as cabbage, kale, leek, parsnips and Jerusalem artichoke as well as potatoes, beetroot, celeriac, butternut squash and carrots from store.Some of this produce may not work out depending on the soil and weather. Other produce may be included as the farm gets up and running. In the first years, produce in the earlier season will be more limited as we will have no overwintered vegetables. In subsequent years members can expect overwintered peas, lettuce, spring onions and purple sprouting broccoli from about mid April.Here’s a full list of what we are hoping to produce once the farm is fully set up and running:

A box will contain a variety of produce for the year. At the beginning it will be mostly fresh salad leaves such as loose leaf lettuce, rocket and oriental greens. As the year progresses we will start to produce peas, spring onions, spinach, radishes, white turnip and baby carrots.Coming into summer we’ll start to have tomatoes, courgettes, cucumber, melon, french beans, beetroots, carrots, fennel and salad potatoes. All of these will continue through autumn with late additions including broccoli and squashes.In the winter most of these crops will die off but we’ll continue to have a supply of winter salads including lettuce and standing crops such as cabbage, kale, leek, parsnips and Jerusalem artichoke as well as potatoes, beetroot, celeriac, butternut squash and carrots from store.Some of this produce may not work out depending on the soil and weather. Other produce may be included as the farm gets up and running. In the first years, produce in the earlier season will be more limited as we will have no overwintered vegetables. In subsequent years members can expect overwintered peas, lettuce, spring onions and purple sprouting broccoli from about mid April.Here’s a full list of what we are hoping to produce once the farm is fully set up and running:

A box will contain a variety of produce for the year. At the beginning it will be mostly fresh salad leaves such as loose leaf lettuce, rocket and oriental greens. As the year progresses we will start to produce peas, spring onions, spinach, radishes, white turnip and baby carrots.Coming into summer we’ll start to have tomatoes, courgettes, cucumber, melon, french beans, beetroots, carrots, fennel and salad potatoes. All of these will continue through autumn with late additions including broccoli and squashes.In the winter most of these crops will die off but we’ll continue to have a supply of winter salads including lettuce and standing crops such as cabbage, kale, leek, parsnips and Jerusalem artichoke as well as potatoes, beetroot, celeriac, butternut squash and carrots from store.Some of this produce may not work out depending on the soil and weather. Other produce may be included as the farm gets up and running. In the first years, produce in the earlier season will be more limited as we will have no overwintered vegetables. In subsequent years members can expect overwintered peas, lettuce, spring onions and purple sprouting broccoli from about mid April.Here’s a full list of what we are hoping to produce once the farm is fully set up and running:

Spring

  • baby leaf lettuce
  • oriental greens (mizuna, red mustard, ozaka purple, nephrilium)
  • purple sprouting broccoli
  • cabbage
  • mangetout and sugarsnap peas
  • spinach, chards and beetleaf
  • spring onions
  • radish
  • wild rocket

Summer

  • baby leaf lettuce
  • wild rocket
  • lettuce
  • summer purslane
  • red mustard and nephrilium
  • purple sprouting broccoli
  • mangetout and sugarsnap peas
  • spinach, chard and beetleaf
  • spring onion
  • radish
  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • courgette
  • melon
  • french beans
  • florence fennel
  • salad potatoes
  • beetroot
  • carrots and baby carrots

Autumn

same as summer except purple sprouting broccoli and peas and including…

  • butternut squash
  • eating pumpkin
  • leek
  • fresh onion
  • new potatoes
  • calabrese broccoli
  • cabbage
  • ozaka purple and mizuna
  • sweetcorn

Winter

  • potatoes
  • stored onions
  • beetroot
  • celeriac
  • carrots
  • winter squashes and pumpkins
  • cabbage
  • parship
  • leek
  • brussel sprouts
  • Kale
  • winter radish
  • baby carrots and beets*
  • lettuce*
  • oriental greens*
  • winter purslane*
  • lambs lettuce

*availability of these will be dependent on the amount of polytunnel space we have. When we have all 4 polytunnels then we should be able to guarantee a sufficient supply right through the winter. Initially supply may be limited to the beginning of winter.

Help Derrybeg Farm by donating

It is also possible to donate to the farm so that it can meet its many costs and to help it develop. Donors will not receive any monetary return but will be named on our website (if they wish). Donors of amounts of €100 or more will be social members of the farm for three years. All donors will be invited to participate in farm-community activities. Donors of large amounts will also be entitled to consultation services of our farmers for their own gardens or organic plots. We are working on outlining these options in a Fundit campaign.

Each donor is also making a social investment. Many people who donate to CSAs are visionaries interested in innovative ways to support and participate in local economy and society in the future. They look for a social dividend rather than a financial one. Feel free to contact us for more information on ways the farm and your donation will benefit society and the local economy.

It is also possible to donate time to the farm for core management/planning work, or for physical work.

Donors can also become full or social members by paying the relevant membership fee.
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You can also donate by lodging direct to our Credit Union account. Contact Liam O’Toole on 0857117358 for details on how to do this. Alternatively you can make a payment to our paypal account.