What Does "CSA" Mean?
CSA stands for "community supported agriculture." The CSA model brings community members together with farmers and local farmland in a mutually beneficial relationship that sustains local agriculture. As the global cut-flower industry relies heavily on air transport of flowers, and often on worker exploitation and harsh agrochemicals that have negative effects on communities, air, soil, and water supplies, supporting local, ethical, and organic flower production is one way to affect change towards a safer and more sustainable flower-farming model for all.
By purchasing a share of the harvest in advance, CSA members pay below retail market value and receive freshly harvested flowers weekly throughout the growing season. Farmers receive working capital at the beginning of the season when they need it most, and are ensured a steady market for their blooms, independent of seasonal fluctuations. Farmers and members both benefit from the opportunity to build direct relationships with each other and to form communities based on mutual aid.
Bouquet Subscription CSA: Western Massachusetts
Many Graces' Western Massachusetts Bouquet Subscription offers weekly bouquet delivery to various locations throughout Pioneer Valley. Serving the county and surrounding towns, our local Bouquet Subscription CSA is a wonderful way to add color and cheer to your home or office during the height of the local growing season. Choose from our 4-week Spring Subscription for bouquets from late April through late May, or our 6 or 10-week Summer Subscription to enjoy flowers during the peak of our summer season, July through September.
Members can select to pick-up their weekly bouquet from the location that is most convenient for them:
Members will also receive a weekly newsletter from the farm with details about the flowers in their bouquets each week, as well as updates and stories from the flower fields. To sign up for either our Spring or Summer Subscription, click here.
Bouquet Subscription CSA: The Greater Boston Area
Many Graces is excited to be partnering with many amazing Boston-area businesses for our 2019 season. Members can select from our long list of 13 pick-up locations in and around the city. Members can also select either a half season subscription (4-weeks) to enjoy blooms from early July through early August, or a full season subscription (8 weeks) for bouquet delivery from early July through early September. Members will enjoy a weekly, freshly harvested and arranged, certified-organic bouquet delivered to their chosen pick-up location during the bounty of the summer growing season.
Members can select to pick-up their weekly bouquet from the location that is most convenient for them out of the following options:
Longfellow Health Club, Newton
Longfellow Health Club, Wayland
Members will also receive a weekly newsletter from the farm with details about the flowers in their bouquets each week, as well as updates and stories from the flower fields. To sign up for our 4 or 8-week Summer Bouquet Subscription, click here.
Bucket Subscription CSA: For Businesses
Many Graces offers a Bucket Subscription for local businesses in the Western MA and Boston area. Instead of receiving one pre-arranged bouquet per week, businesses receive one large bucket of loose stems per week to display as needed. This is an especially popular choice for cafes and restaurants, where just a few flowers per table are needed, rather than one large bouquet. Each bucket consists of approximately 50 stems of flowers (approximately double the amount contained in a weekly share bouquet). You can sign-up for our spring and summer share here. For bulk orders of 3 or more buckets per week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bulk Bucket Share” in the subject line.