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2021/22 THE ORCHARD KEEPERS // CSA

Memorandum of Understanding – September 2021

This MoU outlines the shared commitments involved in the relationship between The Orchard Keepers and their CSA members.

Likely Crops for 2021-22 Season:

Month Harvested Expected Crops
Nov (sometimes!) & Dec 2021 Cherries, Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines
Jan 2022 Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples
Feb 2022 Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples, Pears, Nashis
March 2022 Plums, Apples, Pears

 

Principles of Teikei  Teikei in Japanese means “cooperation”, “joint business”, or “link-up”. In reference to CSA, it is commonly associated with the slogan “food with the farmer’s face on it”. Read more about the origins of Teiki and CSA here

  • Principle of mutual assistance
  • Principle of accepting the produce
  • Principle of mutual concession in the price decision
  • Principle of deepening friendly relationships
  • Principle of self-distribution
  • Principle of democratic management
  • Principle of learning among each group
  • Principle of maintaining the appropriate group scale
  • Principle of steady development

As a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member of The Orchard Keepers (OKs) 

I agree: 

  • To pay the suggested price for the season 
  • Collect my weekly fruit box from the agreed pick up location
  • I understand that if I am unable to collect the box within 48 hours, the OKs may donate the produce
  • To support the Teiki principles of CSA
  • Receive the Orchard Keepers newsletter and be added to the Orchard Keepers email database.

I understand that:

  • I have the right to ask OKs questions about farming methodologies (we would love you to!)
  • In the box I will receive fruit including different varieties of cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears and apples according to seasonality and farm availability.
  • By purchasing a CSA Share, I am effectively backing The Orchard Keepers to grow my fruit 
  • Factors out of The Orchard Keepers’s control may affect the quality or quantity of that fruit (e.g. hail, too much rain in spring, pestilence)
  • I am part of a community that can collectively share risk, as opposed to all of that being on the farmer alone
  • This means I may have to share in adversity as well as abundance
  • The ‘name your price’ range method is an experimental sales model aimed at collectively subsidising ethical food for those in financial hardship

The Orchard Keepers in turn agree:

  • To communicate regularly with members via newsletter and emails
  • Understand our role in the education of members about the CSA model and our own farming ethos
  • Understand that transparency is accountability
  • Agree to minimise carbon footprint where possible (e.g. reduce packaging and transport).
  • Agree to maintain organic certification.
  • Will strive to grow the highest quality, most abundant and most nutritious fruit as possible
  • Agree to farm ethically eg. to treat all parts of the ecosystem with respect
  • Agree to continue to educate ourselves and stay knowledgeable about ‘best practice’ in organic farming 
  • Value the input of our CSA community 
  • Agree to ‘Pay the Rent’ to Castlemaine Pay The Rent