NewsSummer Season CSA sign up is now to July 3. the delivery 8 weeks are July 13 to August 31.

Hello, friends: It is NOW time to sign up for produce and/or eggs for the 8-week summer season of our Black Farmers to Churches CSA.

We started this Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in 2020 in collaboration with several local black farmers, 7 Wake churches and the guidance of RAFI to help black farmers stay on their land and farm it sustainably. It has been a beautiful experience for all involved.  And we have grown so much in these last three years. More churches and farmers have joined, the produce variety has grown beautifully, and we continue to grow closer as community. (Read more about why we do this below.)

I hope can continue to support this ministry to the earth and to God’s people.

How to sign up

Sign up window: June 17 until July 3.
Produce delivery: July 13 to August 31 (8 weeks)

Some of you have purchased “gift” shares previously. That was beautiful! Thank you. Please feel free to do this again if you wish; the gifts were greatly appreciated. To do it, follow the sign up details below, and then tell Gary Smith or Pastor Lacey that you did it. (A beautiful example of this from last year was Robert Parrish took a gift half share to his apartment building and shared it with the low income people there!! 😊)

Produce Shares

Purchase options: You may purchase a full share, a half share, or find a partner to split a half share.

Farmer: Ken Daniel of the Singing Stream Farm
Delivery: Saturdays, 11 AM to noon at CUCC, : July 13 to August 31

Sign up window: Sign up online at the Farm’s website until July 3 here.

Cost: Price remains the same at $125 for a ½ share and $250 for a full share. A half share is a good amount for two people. Some single people even split a half share. If you to do this, decide with your partner which of you will place the order.

How to pay: You can pay by check, credit or debit card. If paying by check, when you get to payment, press the dropdown arrow beside the payment type and select check.

Checks are mailed to:

Singing Stream Farm, 2693 Horseshoe Rd.,

Creedmoor, NC 27522

Attn: Ken Daniel

Egg shares and chicken

Our egg and chicken farmers are Dulime & Myrlande Saint-Jean of Lakay Farm
Place Your Egg or chicken Order Here
You can get ¼ share of one dozen eggs per month, ½ share of two dozen per month, or a full share of one dozen per week. The price remains the same at $6 per dozen, and you can pay online. Chickens are ordered at the same site at $5.50/lb.

Why do we do this?

Farmers of color in the United States endure systemic racism within the food system that causes significant and consistent social, economic, and political harm. Community UCC along with 9 other churches in Wake County has sought to help address this by developing a Black Farmer to Churches “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA) with several local farmers. This enables the farmers to create an additional source of income, access new local market(s), and create mutually-beneficial economic partnerships with faith communities. It also enables the churches to increase the food security through improved access to fresh, healthy foods and providing hunger relief for consistently vulnerable populations.

It is an honor for us to be part of this endeavor which is so much more than food, though the food part is great too!! Indeed we have become a family, sharing joys, concerns, ideas and hands. The farmers and church reps meet (virtually) the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, and these meetings are very moving and full of laughter! (Join us Wednesdays if you like.)
For more information, contact Gary Smith – smithgk@mindspring.com

I hope you will consider subscribing to the invitation again this season.
God bless our work together.
Gary Smith

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