Healthy Shares Program
It is our philosophy that everyone has the right to good healthy food regardless of wealth. To that end, we have a sliding scale system. By using a sliding scale, we are practicing economic solidarity.
We are cooperating with CSA members, donors, grantees, and recipients to provide mutual support around the cost of growing vegetables. This allows more people to participate in the CSA while providing fair compensation to our farmer and financial stability to the farm. Our farm aims to provide a more inclusive and equitable CSA community.
The farm is making the CSA’s available for people who typically aren’t able to afford share. Those who are unemployed or struggling to find work, sick or disabled, can pay much less for a produce share, while homeowners with a higher discretionary income can pay a higher price. We encourage each person who qualifies to pay what they can, given their circumstances. Littleton Community Farm Thanks to our CSA members, donors, and granters for making this program possible. Shares are limited.
What is food insecurity?
Littleton Community Farm refers to food insecurity, in this case, as a lack of access to enough nourishing, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.
You might be experiencing food insecurity if:
- You worry that food will run out before you have money to buy more.
- You feel that you can’t consistently feed yourself or your family well.
- You don’t eat or eat less, because there isn’t enough money for food.
Do I qualify for a sliding scale CSA?
To qualify, you must be receiving federal and or state welfare benefits such as cash assistance, healthcare, medical provisions, food assistance, housing subsidies, energy, utility subsidies, education, and/or childcare assistance.
You may meet the federal income guidelines established for participation in the free/reduced school meals program or meeting the 185% or less of the poverty line, which varies based on household size. We will provide a choice of three discount options based on income.
Other ways to qualify
Inflation is up by almost 7%, and a financial bump in the road, like a significant car repair, can mean choosing between nutritious food, medicine, and car repairs. Are you circumstantially experiencing or at risk of temporarily experiencing an inadequate amount of healthy food? Have you had a temporary loss of income, reduced income, extended illness, or life event? Who might fall into this group?
- Seniors struggling on a fixed income.
- Households who fall just outside the SNAP or WIC criteria.
- Single caregivers juggling child care or elder care expenses and responsibilities.
|Discount from the price of a $600 market Rate Share
18 – 20 Week share of mixed diversified vegetables grown with best organic practices.
|Sliding Scale Price List
What other factors can determine my price point?
Think of each of these as “Wealth Points” or reasons why you may have the ability to pay more for your share than other folks. The more you check, the more likely you have the ability to pay more for your CSA and allow Littleton Community Farm to cover the actual costs of running the CSA program. We know this worksheet doesn’t encapsulate all of the different privileges or challenges that people live with, so we simply encourage you to use it as a tool for thinking about how you may choose to support your local farm this season.
I own the home I live in.
I have investments or a retirement account.
I stand to inherit money over $10,000.
I have access to family money and resources in times of need.
I work part-time, by choice.
I travel recreationally.
I am able (physically, mentally, logistically) to hold a job that pays a livable wage.
I don’t have significant debt.
I don’t have significant medical expenses.
I don’t receive public assistance (SNAP, SSI, housing assistance).
I am not supporting children or dependents.
I don’t have immigration-related expenses.
My annual income is over $110,191 for a 4-person family.
I do not meet the USDA SNAP income guidelines.
How can I pay?
Payment in full is requested whenever possible, which is how the CSA model provides important financial security for our farm.
However, we are happy to offer a payment plan for those who need it. We ask for the first payment upon registration. Your balance is paid in full no later than June 1st.
Regardless of whether you pay in full or on a payment plan, we accept Visa and Mastercard.
Can I be a member of the farm?
We encourage membership purchases, but this is optional. No one will be turned away based on their ability to pay in this category. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need further assistance or have questions or fill out this form.