Ardeo Mann operates Rake and Radish Farm, leasing just over half an acre in Victoria through the BC Land Matching Program. In their first year of operation, they grew just over 45 different crops such as vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. The surge of interest from folks for Mann’s CSA membership had them increase their number of spots from an initial goal of 30.
At Rake and Radish Farm, the CSA runs for 20 weeks. Customers sign up in the spring with the option of choosing between a large and small box. Many farmers prefer payment upfront but Mann offers other financial options if their customers need financial flexibility. Each week, customers get a box of vegetables valued based on the amount of produce and crops they receive. Mann operates through a “farmers choice” model but customers can disclose allergies or dietary restrictions to help them get a share that works for them. While last year Mann offered home delivery by bike, they are switching gears this year and, instead, offering on-farm pick-up as well as pick-up hubs in town.