Below is an open letter we just sent to current Full Diet members. We hope you’ll consider joining us this season, too! More details are under the Full Diet tab on this website. Don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions.
Hello Full Diet Families,
Lee and I are sitting in the house on this windy afternoon and thinking about our relationship to the Full Diet model. We are very grateful that you’ve all committed so much of your nutritional needs, time, and income to the food that we raise here. We are very committed to the Full Diet model and appreciate it’s value on many levels — we really enjoy seeing all of you each week, and have a special fondness for the infusion of child energy at the farm and farmers markets.
It’s not probably not a surprise to read that our farm expenses have increased over the past year. Most notably, the cost of raising livestock, particularly those that eat grain, continues to rise substantially. Our numbers show that approximately 60% of the value of food we share with you each week is animal protein. Our second most notable increase in expense has been labor. We continue to try to employee our dedicated crew year round, and more so with an hourly wage rather than a stipend.
All told, we feel fortunate to be able to say that we are a farm that is thriving in our community. We are grateful that we can invest some in building (wait till you check out the new bathroom that will be available during on farm pick-up!) and be farmers who can take some vacation time to boot.
A 6% increase in this year’s share price for adults will help us to maintain the farm’s standards. We are keeping the price for children the same as it has been. If you’ve been a member with us before, there is no need for advance payment or deposit.
For those who are new to the Full Diet CSA, our ideal is to have two months payment upfront, that would apply to the months of May and June of this year. If this is a hardship for you, and you are serious about committing to the Full Diet CSA, please be in touch.
Full payment prior to May 1st will still be eligible for a 10% discount.
There have been a few minor detail changes from last season, for example, we aren’t limiting chicken numbers. Please read the Full Diet description on the website.
We look forward to this next season!
-Beth & Lee