After completing your regular delivery order form and filling out the pre-purchase agreement, make your one-time payment to secure your yearly supply of fresh, organic, delicious produce.
Enjoy the food while it's still fresh with each week's delivery, share with friends and family.
Come and visit the farm, check on progress, learn about our unique farming methods, make time to meditate, hike, practice yoga, or do nothing but enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells, of the pristine landscape. Even if you are not yet a member, you are welcome to come and enjoy the pristine air on the farm for a day or two.
About CSA programs
In a CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) a local community organizes local residents to pre-purchase a seasonal or yearly yield of crops from local farms (a share) and divide it among themselves based on the number of shares each has purchased. A share is typically designed to feed one adult or a family of three. If the standard share is not enough, multiple shares can be purchased. The community may be a group of neighbors or friends, a company, club, or school or church congregation, as long as they are relatively close geographically.
Members of a CSA often join to ensure that their food is grown a certain way (e.g. organic, GMO-free, pesticide free, seasonal, etc.) to ensure reasonable prices on food they regularly consume, or to support the livelihood of local farmers and artisans.
For whatever reason they are formed, CSA programs are a great way to get good food! The first step is to request a shareholder pre-purchase agreement and join the initiative for a brighter, more connected, and healthier future.
If you are not located in Shanghai, feel free to contact us and get the tools you need to organize your own CSA.
Behind the scenes . . .
The Rainbow of Hope team works hard to fulfill your orders. First we organize local farmers, helping them to consolidate onto a common, easy to manage tract of land in the hometown; we engage the community and build stakeholder engagement to ensure farmers' buy-in and earn their trust. A local farming cooperative is helpful to ensure that local farmers own the land and a share of any additional profits, as well as allowing for bulk-purchase of seed, livestock, fertilizer, and farm equipment.
After turning the delivery requests submitted by the CSA into a production plan, local farmers prepare the fields, plant, and tend to a successful harvest, reporting progress back to the CSA shareholders at every step. When produce is ready for harvest it is gathered and processed for maximum natural preservation until shipment. It may be cleaned, dried, refrigerated or frozen; but absolutely no preservatives are added. When the time for weekly shipment arrives everything is packaged individually for the urban families and shipped off.
At each leg of the journey, shipment status is updated so that CSA families know when to expect the delivery.
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