We are now taking 2017 CSA membership registrations. See contracts below for more detailed information.
To register for CSA programming, please complete the registration document, sign the appropriate contract(s) and mail them with down payment to:
3575 W. Bertrand Rd.
Niles, MI 49120
Community Sponsored Agriculture
is an idea in farming that has been gaining momentum in the USA since the 1980’s. The concept originated in the 1960’s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers who were interested in safe food and farmers who were interested in stable markets joined together to create partnerships. CSA’s consist of a community of individuals who support a farm operation so that, legally and/or spiritually, the farm belongs to the community of members. The grower and members then share mutually in the risk and benefits of the food production. Members receive shares in the farms bounty throughout the season while contributing to building a more local, sustainable and equitable agriculture system.
At Bertrand Farm our CSA is not just about food. We are about education. We include beginner farmer training in our CSA program. Each summer we host interns and apprentices that are pursuing careers in agriculture and environmental studies. The interns make up a large part of the work force that maintains the CSA farm. We are about community. We involve our members in all aspects of our farm as well. Member feedback each year helps us to grow and change to best serve our community.
We believe in creating the best value for our members, while maintaining the principles of earth stewardship and educating the next generation of farmers. It’s a win, win opportunity.. come grow with us!
Working members commit to work at the farm three hours each week from May – September with optional days beginning in April and harvest only days from October through November. Workers typically work for two hours and harvest for one. Working members are vital to our farming mission and contribute to the success or failure of our crops. We offer a longer season, on both ends, to our workers and the ability to customize their baskets and receive storage quantities of bumper crops.
$350/season. Working Member Contract
Harvest-Only Members pick their own produce. We offer this membership the ability to customize their selection and receive storage quantities of bumper crops. Harvest season lasts from June 4 – October 15. Harvest Member Contract
Non-working Members pick up their produce weekly from June 4 – September 16. Members can choose pick up at the farm on Wednesday or Saturday or at Good Shepherd Montessori School at the corner of Jefferson and Eddy in South Bend on Wednesday evenings 5 -7pm. We offer two sizes lrg $450/season and ¾ size is $300/season.
Non Working Contract
Incubator farmer – We provide the supplies and a garden plot of land for your own farming enterprise. Price determined by square footage of plot. We will do the initial plowing. $1.00 /per square foot. Send inquiry to Bertrand Farm. Send inquiry to Bertrand Farm.
Meat Shares – In addition to CSA memberships, we also offer pre-order for chicken, turkey, and pork.
Meat Shares Contract
Working and Harvest members are the backbone of our production model. From the variety and quantity of food, to the mental and physical well being that comes with community farm work, they receive the highest value for their dollar.
Gift Certificates available for all programming. Contact Theri Niemier at firstname.lastname@example.org.