Changes Coming to Saanich Organics!

by admin on May 10, 2017


There are changes coming to Saanich Organics.  The boxes will remain the same in terms of value and content, the best from our farms straight to your door.  But we’re streamlining the back-end significantly. The box has always been about great food and supporting the farmers who grow it.

To give you some history on our decision, five years ago we changed how we ran our box program.  We signed up for “Farmigo”, a fancy box planning software that we thought would reduce our administrative workload, but unfortunately it has not.  In that time, we have burned out a few part-time administrators.    We have had many customers come on and off the box program, and have tried to accommodate many different payment schedules.  It’s time to take a step back and re-examine what we do and why we do it.  We love farming, and this is an important step to making the box program sustainable for the long haul.

Here’s how it will work:

Starting June 6 members will pay upfront for a set season.  This Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA) works so that the farmers can get help paying for expenses as they are incurred, and  farmers can plan to feed a set amount of folks for a certain period.

The rest of 2017 will be divided into three seasons: two 10 week seasons, and an 8 week early winter season, which you can sign up for one at a time or all at once.  For folks wanting to really help us out, there’s the option of paying up front for the whole 28 weeks. For this, we’ll reward you with a free Winter Abundance box in December!  Having everyone on a set payment schedule will help us immensely. You can still opt for weekly or bi-weekly deliveries but you pay for a full season at a time.

Everyone has the option to put one box a season on hold if they are going away or have a conflict.  The key is that we need to know your hold date when you sign up for each season.  We can’t accommodate changes in your delivery schedule mid season, but we encourage you to have a friend pick up your box or to have us donate your box to the LifeCycles gleaning project.

One last big change is that we require payment at the beginning of each season.  We’ll remind you as the season is ending that its time to renew.

We hope that this will be a small change for you, but a huge improvement for us.  We’re excited to keep growing great veggies for you.

If you are a current box customer, you’ll be hearing more from us.  Even if you’ve been “on hold” for some time, you’ll probably get an email.  If you’re not a current customer, this is a great time to get on board!  Email us, and please be patient during this time of transition.

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