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Harvest Share

Harvest Shareholders receive a bag of fresh produce each week starting at the end of May through October. Learn more about our produce and how we grow it.

This program is based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) financial model popular with small-scale farms. Customers buy a share at the beginning of the season when costs are typically highest for farmers, and then receive a bag of fresh produce each week throughout the growing season as a return on their investment. In this way, customers share the risk (crop fails) and rewards (bumper crop) with the farmers. It’s a great way to connect with your local food producer and support small-scale agriculture.

What to expect

Each week, your basket will contain 8 to 10 vegetables, reflective of what’s in season. One basket feeds 1 to 2 people per week.

  • fresh greens (spring salad mix)
  • braising greens (kale)
  • radish
  • snow peas
  • bok choy
  • baby beets
  • bunching onions
  • fresh herbs
  • fresh greens (romaine lettuce)
  • braising greens (swiss chard)
  • snap beans
  • tomatoes
  • summer squash
  • cucumber
  • onion
  • new potatoes
  • fresh herbs
  • fresh greens (baby spinach)
  • braising greens (rapini)
  • sweet pepper
  • eggplant
  • turnip
  • carrots
  • onion
  • leek
  • fresh herbs

Information for 2019 Harvest Share members

The 2019 Harvest Share program provides 20 weeks of vegetables to its members.

Start date: Week of May 20
End date: Week of October 4

If you’re going to be away

If you tell us at least one week in advance that you're planning to skip a week, you'll be able to add up to two weeks at the end of the season (weeks of October 7 and 14).

Dates: Monday, Wednesday or Friday from Wednesday, May 22 to Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Outside the Hub Café, 1st floor of Jorgenson Hall

*If you become aware that you cannot pick up on your assigned day of the week (Monday, Wednesday or Friday), please notify us by the previous Thursday before so that we can accurately allocate produce for you.

Ryerson Urban Farm reserves the right to refuse to offer a refund based on the refund policy described below. Please read this section carefully.

You may cancel up until a week before the Harvest Share program starts (on or before May 13, 2019) and receive a full refund without being subject to any fees. Any cancellations made after May 13, 2019 but before May 20, 2019 will be subject to a $50 administrative fee.

If you can no longer accept your bag of produce after the Harvest Share program has commenced (May 20, 2019), we cannot offer you a refund and it is your responsibility to sell your share. Otherwise, you will not be refunded and your share will be donated to the Ryerson's Good Food Centre.

This refund policy is in effect as of February, 28, 2019.

What happens if I need to miss a week (e.g., due to illness or vacation)?

If you have to miss a week because you’re away, you can add up to two weeks at the end of the season (week of October 7 and 14). Please try to notify us at least one week in advance.

What to do if you can’t pick up?

  • Option 1: If you are unable to pick up, you can defer this week by notifying urbanfarm@ryerson.ca at least one week in advance.
  • Option 2: Ask a friend to pick it up for you. Please let us know in advance if you are arranging for someone else to pick it up.

What if I miss the pickup time?

If you miss a pickup time, we will call to remind you and attempt to arrange a pickup as soon as possible, or you can request a delivery anywhere on the Ryerson campus for a one-time fee of $5. If we don’t hear from you by 4 p.m. on your assigned day, we will donate your bag to the Good Food Centre.

Can I cancel my Harvest Share part way through the season?

You are welcome to cancel your Harvest Share part way through the season, but as per the refund policy, you will not be eligible for a refund. You are welcome to arrange to have a friend buy the remainder of your share. Please let us know in advance if you have done so so we can reflect this in our records.

Can I split a share with a friend?

Yes! You are welcome to arrange to share this with a friend. You are responsible for coordinating the logistics of who and when produce is picked up. Please let us know in advance if you have arranged for our records.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Harvest Share or how to find our produce, contact urbanfarm@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 4538.