Farm Share FAQ

How is the New Roots Farm Share unique?

New Roots for Refugees farmers are experienced growers who are learning to farm in a new climate while also learning a new language and food culture. By purchasing a farm share from New Roots for Refugees, you are supporting a refugee family as they put down roots in Kansas City.

How much does a Farm Share cost? Are there discounts?

  • Spring Greens Vegetable Share – April 9-May 16 – $16/week (+ tax)
  • Early Summer Vegetable Share – May 20-July 30 – $23/week (+ tax)
  • Late Summer Vegetable Share – Aug. 12-Oct. 22 – $23/week (+ tax)
      •  Late Summer Flower Share (optional) – bi-weekly,
        $11/week (+ tax)

If you sign up for the two main seasons (Early Summer and Late Summer), you receive one week for free. We are also looking for volunteers to manage our pick-up sites in exchange for a discounted share.  Please email our CSA Specialist Paw Wah Tamla at ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org for more information before you sign up!

What if I can’t use that much produce?

Currently we are only able to offer one share size for weekly pickup. If you would like to support the New Roots farmers but are unsure about the amount of produce, consider purchasing a share to split with another friend/family, donating your share every other week, or participating in our “Share-a-share” program where you can purchase a share for any season to be delivered to one of nine food pantries in the Catholic Charities network on your behalf. 

Where can I pick up my share?

Pick up happens at any one of four locations located throughout the metro. CSA Friends pick up from New Roots farmers at the same pick up location every week (see below). You will be reminded 24 hours before  your pick up date via email. 

Pick Up Sites:

We are looking for volunteers to help up at Farm Share pickup sites this year in exchange for a discounted share. Please email our CSA Specialist Paw Wah Tamla at ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org for more information before you sign up! 

    • Plexpod Westport Commons, Wednesdays 11:30-1:00pm (300 E 39th Street, KCMO)
    • Chief Properties, Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm (510 N 6th Street, KCK)
    • Leawood Pioneer Library, Thursdays 11:30-1:00pm (4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS)
    • Ten Thousand Villages, Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm (7947 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS)
    • Private Deliveries available to any location for groups of 10 or more. Email ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org

How do I join?

Farm Share customers can secure their share by signing up here. All payments and orders will be processed through Farmigo, an online CSA management system. 

What will be in my share?

Each week your Farm Share will contain 5-6 vegetables that have been grown in downtown KCK following sustainable practices. Our farm staff and CSA Specialist works closely with each farmer during the season to bring you the highest quality produce possible! Your CSA share will contain vegetables familiar to a Midwestern palate as well as vegetables that are traditional to the farmers’ countries of origin.

~Spring Greens (April 9 –  May 16):  beets, green onions, spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, swiss chard, Asian greens (like water spinach), collard greens, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, mint, sage, several varieties of basil), green peas (sugar snap, shell, and snow)

~Early Summer (May 20 – July 30): heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, various types of eggplant, okra, melons, cucumbers, onions, green onions, kohlrabi, green beans, mustard greens, summer squash, basil, mint, dill, potatoes, arugula, swiss chard, purslane, kale, Burmese roselle, yard long beans and noodle beans, Asian cucumbers and edible gourds

~Late Summer (August 12– October 22): lettuce mixes, arugula, kale, collards, swiss chard, cabbage, winter squashes, edible gourds, carrots, potatoes, radish, onions, cherry tomatoes, green tomatoes, Chinese celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, herbs (same as above, plus lemongrass), pea

What if the weather is terrible this year? Will we still get our vegetables?

Part of the joy of supporting local agriculture is that we are subject to the whims of Kansas weather. New Roots will do our best to guarantee a steady and generous supply of all types of vegetables, but one of the lessons agriculture teaches us is just how little control we have in the world! If we come up short on individual crops, New Roots will supplement the missing crop with other varieties being grown at Juniper. This also means that when there is an abundance of a particular crop (bumper crop), you can expect larger quantities.

What if we don’t like all the produce we get?

While certain traditional items like tomatoes, onions, and lettuce will always be a favorite, other items like mustard greens and kohlrabi add depth and breadth to meals. Learning how to enjoy these foods is part of learning how to eat seasonally and locally. Though you have some choice in our CSA, we hope that you’ll still embrace the adventurous nature of eating seasonally and try a few new things! We will send out regular newsletters with recipes and other information to help you make the most of your CSA share. Check out the Veggie ID page for more info. 

What if I can’t pick up my produce?

If you cannot pick up your share for some reason, please first try to have a friend pick up your share! If you are not able to find someone else, and you know ahead of time that no one will be coming to pick up your share please contact ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org to make further arrangements. New Roots is not able to issue refunds for missed shares.

How does “Share-a-Share” work?

Customers sign up on Farmigo and select the “Share-a-Share” option in lieu of a pickup site. You will still receive our newsletter weekly over the season. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

When you sign up for our Farm Share, you are sharing in the risks and rewards of local food production and committing to our program for a specific portion of the growing season. Our staff and farmers follow a strict growing calendar to ensure each share is filled throughout the season and cannot easily make quick adjustments midseason. New Roots is unable to offer refunds for our Farm Share; if unexpected changes occur during the season and you can no longer pick up your CSA, New Roots staff will gladly facilitate donating your share to Catholic Charities’ collection of food pantries across the metro area. We will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Refunds and cancellations will be charged a $30 administrative fee. 

Questions?

Contact CSA Specialist, Paw Wah Tamla, at ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org

"I now see that supporting local farmers and eating seasonally is better for my health and I feel more connected to the local economy. "
2019 CSA Friend
"The concept of urban agriculture is new to me. I appreciate having food produced so close to the consumer. "
2019 CSA Friend