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Frequently Asked Questions

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is a CSA? 

CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. The CSA model allows consumers and producers to partner together at the local level to share the risks of farming. CSA consumers pay for a share of the farm’s forthcoming harvest and receive a regular distribution of produce based on the actual harvest. Farmers receive up-front financial support that is necessary for the planting & growing phases of farming. Farmers & consumers share together the risk of a failed harvest due to poor weather, climate change, pest invasions, etc. The CSA model helps to encourage sustainability of small scale, localized farming. 


Can I pick and choose the items I want? 

No, each delivery bag is assembled based on the harvest from that week. Some crops are grown for their benefit to the overall health of the garden and the local ecosystem (for example by attracting beneficial insects or by deterring pests). We believe a diverse ecosystem is more beneficial for the environment and for our garden than mass production of a few popular items, not to mention the benefits of a diverse diet. 

But what if I still don’t want some items?

You get what you get and you don’t get upset.

Seriously? 

Yes. Feel free to let us know if there is an item you’re not going to use, and we will distribute it to others. However, we will not provide a substitute. 

Why is payment due up front? 

The costs of farming are incurred well before the harvest becomes available. Equipment, soil amendments, seeds, fertilizers, etc. must all be purchased before final goods are ready for sale. Advance payment supports essential costs at the time they are incurred. 


Will I get a refund if the harvest fails? 

No. In the CSA model, risk of crop failure is shared between the farmer & consumer. This is because crop failure is often beyond the control of the farmer (ex. Impacts of climate change). Local, small-scale farming is not sustainable unless the community is willing to share the risk. 


Is everything organic? 

Jones Road is a small microfarm and has not gone through the formal process of organic certification. As such, we do not label our products “organic.” That said, we very much take an organic, natural approach to farming. We do not use any non-organic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. We may use both organic and conventional seed, however we choose the certified organic option when readily available. 


What if I can’t receive a delivery (e.g. I’m on vacation)? 

You are free to send a friend to collect your share on your behalf from your regular delivery location. Or, let us know in advance if you’d like to opt out for any given week (no refunds will be given).


How do I use [insert strange vegetable you’ve never cooked with]?

The internet is a wonderful thing. Trust us, you’ll find plenty of great recipes and uses for everything you receive. You are also welcome to reach out to us to ask about some of the ways we use the harvest. 


Where will I receive my share? 

We will deliver directly to residences in Dunkirk, MD. The distribution plan will be finalized after all shares have been reserved, based on the geographic location of participants.

Can I order only part of a season? 

No


Can I order only part of a share? 

No


How can I contact you? 

Feel free to email us any time at jonesroadfarm@gmail.com. Or, you can reach our CEF (Chief Executive Farmer) Dustin Musser directly at 717-799-5362. Leave a message, as he may have his hands dirty when you call. The microfarm is located at 3155 Jones Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754.

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