Our Growing Practices
We make a commitment to grow and harvest vegetables using sustainable, natural process methods, such as using inputs that do not contain harsh chemicals or synthetic products, using low- and no-till practices, and by using traditional weeding techniques instead of pesticides. Although we do not have the government certification to label our vegetables “certified organic,” our shareholders can be assured that Trellis is committed to using organic, sustainable methods of growing and harvesting your herbs/vegetables and tending for our farmland.
Trellis makes every effort to follow good agricultural production and handling practices.
Our produce is field rinsed, if necessary, then sorted, and prepared for distribution. While our produce is generally ready for eating out of the box, it is your responsibility to thoroughly wash all produce items received in your box before eating to ensure maximum food safety.
In the same way that we are growing a sustainable farm, we are growing a business that will strengthen the local food economy and nourish our community for years to come. Trellis’s mission is to educate people in the importance of environmental stewardship and healthy food, to reconnect us to the land and our local sustainable food supply, and to inspire us to take action in our daily lives and in our communities. At Trellis, our focus is not on disability but on capability and each produce item that comes in your box is grown with that spirit as well.
Our Shared Commitments
Trellis is committed to producing high quality produce. We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share. We cannot guarantee any one item due to unexpected issues affecting the quantity and quality of each crop. By purchasing this program, you are agreeing that you understand that this is a community-supported venture and that there are risks in agriculture that need to be shared with the whole community. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, we will do our best to compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown that are ready for harvest at that time. In addition, we may source a sustainably grown item from a neighboring farm or orchard.
Pickup/Delivery of Shares
CSA members agree to pick up their share at the farm or other designated pickup locations. You are responsible for observing our pickup/on-site rules, which are as follows:
- Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Your share each week will come in a reusable crop box. We ask that you clean your empty crop box each week and bring it back to your pickup/delivery site to exchange for a full crop box.
- Follow additional rules posted at your pick-up site regarding parking/use of certain entrances, be respectful of our pick-up site hosts’ property. If you cannot pick-up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. As a member, I commit to pick up my weekly produce share as scheduled, or send someone in my place, per agreement with Trellis CSA. I understand that shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to the local food bank.
- You are welcome to split a share with one or more people and have a different person pick up your share. Just let us know if there will be more than one person authorized to pick up your share so we know who we’re giving your share to.
By selling memberships in advance of the growing season, CSA’s reduce the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase growing supplies before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
If you choose to pay the membership fee by check, please remit a check for your total made payable to Trellis Center and mail to 300 Bare Road, Ellensburg WA 98926. We accept cash at the farm and credit card payments online or over the phone. We add a 2.93% surcharge to credit card payments to help us cover the Square credit card processing fees.
Members may cancel their share for a full refund on or before May 20, or a 50% refund after May 20, 2020 by emailing email@example.com or calling us at (206) 920-2092. Refunds are not given once the CSA season has started. However, members may recruit new members to take over their shares and arrange to receive payment from the people whom they recruit.
Trellis communicates with its members mainly through email. When you sign up, you will be added to our email list. CSA members are strongly encouraged to open and read emails from us. In addition to important communication regarding your CSA subscription, you will receive a weekly newsletter giving you information about the crops, recipe ideas, your farmers, and other farm related news.
The best way to communicate with us is via text to (206) 920-2092, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The best times to reach us are between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food.
Please contact us with any news of the following during the season: changes to your postal or email address, changes to your pickup/delivery location, changes in the credit card on file or any issues with your share. We also appreciate any suggestions or comments as they help us know what we are doing well and what we can improve upon.
When signing up for a Trellis CSA, an online account will automatically be made for you which is accessible through our website. Through your online account, you will be able to view your orders, review and/or update your personal information such as your billing address and shipping address and change your account password. If you experience any issues with your online account, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at email@example.com or by phone (206) 920-2092.
At Trellis, we respect your privacy and make sure the security of your personal information is our highest priority. We will never use your personal information in any way except for what is outlined in this policy and your personal information will never be sold or shared. Your personal information will be used solely to support your experience throughout the Trellis website, to manage access to account, and for the payment of your share.
By submitting your Trellis CSA registration, you agree to purchase a Trellis membership share and abide by all terms of this agreement. You agree that you understand that, although unlikely, the farm may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution and understand that we will contact you via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.