Become a Community Farmer
The goals of developing this farm are as follows:
o Improve the health and wellness of of our community
o Develop community resiliency and food security by increasing equitable access to fresh food, community connectedness, and awareness of permaculture practices
o Empower living more sustainable lifestyles
o Restore and enhance land through ecological and holistic design principles
Community Farming Benefits:
o Join a like-minded community of individuals
o Harvest your own produce on the day of your garden shift
o Weekly opportunity to get your hands dirty and participate in your food system
o Learn about permaculture and ecological gardening practices
o Community days- first Friday of every month starting in May
Community Farmer Duties:
o Pay a Membership fee according to your family's capability
o Arrive prepared to work in the garden for one shift a week, according to weather and schedule
o Bring seed packets, seedlings, and plants to the garden- we will have a member contribution sheet available early April
o Harvest for your family (Each family gets one harvest share; only one adult is required to show up for each shift. Other family members are encouraged to come and help if they would like, children included!)
o Respond to weekly feedback requests on Survey Monkey for research and development and grant follow through.
o Attend two community work days, one at the beginning of the summer and one at the end
Community Farming Fees:
In an attempt to offer an equitable opportunity for anyone in Pemberton to be able to access direct participation in their food system, we ask you to evaluate your situation and pay what you can afford for this experience. As a reference, an average CSA box asks $25-$40 per week to pay a farmer a living wage for producing your organic and fresh produce. That ends up being $400-$640 for a 16 week season.
As a member of this community farm, you will have the opportunity to harvest a share in the garden each week, but you can also add on the value of two hours of rejuvenation in healthy air, time with friends and family, learning about permaculture and healthy relationships with the land, and the experience of being part of a community trying to improve the systems that are killing our planet.
More food for thought, Raj Patel, an activist for sustainable food systems, points out that North Americans used to pay a third of their paycheck for food; but since we have developed more efficient means of degrading the natural world, food has become so cheap that we instead pay in healthcare and taxes.
Due to these considerations, we suggest that you pay proportionally to your household income and capability (We created this fee structure from data for the Whistler area accumulated by myhealthmycommunity.org). There will be no questions about how much you choose to pay, as there are considerations outside of pure income bracket, and thank you for your consideration of others.
Household Income community farming fee
Under $20,000 free
$20,000 - $40,000 $200
Above $120,000 $500
Once you have spent one year in the garden, if you come back a second time and agree to take on responsibility for a certain aspect of the garden during your shift, you will get $100 deducted off your membership fee to thank you for your contributions and initiative!