|Provident Organic Farm
Provident Organic Farm of Bivalve, Maryland.
Farmer Jay Martin,
organic grower with over 20 years of organic farming experience,
oversees Provident Organic Farm, which serves over 100 families on the
lower eastern shore with a weekly basket of fresh, locally grown
produce. We offer a 28-week season starting
May 17, 2004 and ending
November 20, 2004.
We are currently enrolling members for the 2004 season.
Click here to join Provident Organic Farm.
Provident Organic Farm is a Community
Supported Agriculture farm or CSA. In our CSA, members pay
before the season begins so that farmer Jay Martin may use it for
expenses related to growing the produce for the CSA. In exchange, as
the harvest comes in, Jay supplies each household with a weekly supply
of fresh, organically grown produce. The farmer uses all of his
knowledge and skill to grow healthy, delicious organically grown
vegetables, using sustainable agricultural practices, and members enjoy
Shared Risks/Shared Rewards
Our members share with Jay the risks of farming
(late frost, drought, wind, pests and excessive rain). The variety and
quantity of produce also fluctuates with the season. For example,
strawberries ripen in late spring, so you would not expect them in your
share in August. Tomatoes are harvested in the warmth of summer, so
they would not show up in your share in late fall. In the first few
weeks of the season a share can be a bit sparse, but by summer, shares
are typically abundant. Remember the CSA provides in-season,
locally-grown produce, so the amount in the weekly share will vary
based on these realities. Jay does his best to bring members a
beautiful, bountiful share of healthy, organically grown produce each
week. Like buying stock, however, members are not guaranteed a
return. Since nature provides no guarantees, neither can the CSA.
In addition to delicious food, members enjoy being part of a
community that desire a safe, sustainable and just food system for our
region. Our dream is
to go beyond this farmer-consumer model and include educational
demonstrations for school children and training programs for underserved
members of our community. We ultimately envision a CSA as a way to build
community around the most essential, unifying force in our lives: FOOD.
How It Works
Provident Organic Farm offers choices
that hopefully meet the needs of all of our members. We offer two types
of shares—a working and a non-working share. A working share involves
volunteering on the farm to help harvest the produce. In return, the
volunteers receive a discount on their share price.
During the season,
members pick up their produce once a week at a convenient designated
point, usually a member's home or at the farm. If a member is unable to
pick up their share (i.e. vacation), members may offer their share to a
friend or donate it to someone in need. With each share comes a
newsletter with a list of
the week’s produce, notes from Jay about the
week's happenings on the farm, recipes, post harvest handling tips and
other valuable information. All members are invited to monthly
meetings to share ideas and participate in the success of Provident
Organic Farm CSA.
We do not
offer split shares. It is simply too difficult to package and
distribute partial shares. However, members may choose on their own to
partner with another family or individual.
Costs and Payment
When you sign up, you commit yourself to being a CSA member for
the entire season. There are two types of shares: A Working Share and A
A working share is
A non-working share is $575.
A $75 non-refundable deposit along with your membership form
is required to
confirm your membership. Membership is available on a first come first
You have two payment options.
Full Payment--A $75 deposit will confirm your membership. The remaining balance
is due by April 1, 2004.
By January 31, 2005--$75 deposit
February 1, 2005--$100
March 1, 2005--$100
April 1, 2005--$100 (working share) $150 (non-working)
May 1, 2005--$100 (working share) $150 (non-working)
We do accept Visa,
Master Card or American Express. There is a 5% additional handling fee
associated with payment by credit card.
Pick up Locations
There are four distribution points for the CSA.
* Near Salisbury University--Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30
pm at 206 Kay Avenue (just south of Salisbury University). This is the
home of Adrienne and Lew Kadushin.
* At the Farm--Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the
Provident Organic Farm.
from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at 924 N. Division (just North of downtown
Salisbury). This is the home of Susan Brazer and Scott Pegg.
* Berlin--Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Berlin
Farmers’ Market on Saturdays
(405 S. Washington Street on Tuesdays)
A working share involves volunteering on the farm
to help harvest the food. Volunteers must help with at least 10
harvests with a minimum of 3 hours per harvest. Harvest days and times
are Tuesday mornings, Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. At the
beginning of the season, volunteers work out a schedule with our
volunteer coordinator. There are other tasks members may perform for a
working share, but this must be pre-approved on case-by-case basis.
Join Provident Organic Farm
To join Provident Organic Farm, members must
complete the Membership Form.
You may participate in our payment plan or pay in full. If you have any
questions or comments, please contact us.