Social distance, social solidarity, and supporting our local food system – 2021 update and program announcement.
In these continued times of uncertainty, hua foundation is pleased to announce that we are bringing back the Choi Box Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for 2021. Following the positive response from 2020 program members, the program is returning for another year – we are proud to be able to work with Brave Child Farm as a program partner again.
Since closing our offices on March 16, 2020, hua foundation has halted and adjusted our programs, including with our annual Choi Box program to minimize the health risks to our team and community members. While working remotely, our team has launched multiple COVID-19 adapted projects while doing what we can to support our collaborators and community members. For 2021, the Choi Box CSA program with Brave Child Farm will have COVID-19 health and safety adaptations while providing members with farm fresh, culturally appropriate, vegetables.
Key program details include the weekly pickup day being Thursdays, with the pickup time in the evening between 4-7pm. The tentative location will be at the Britannia Community Services Centre, one neighbourhood over from Chinatown/Strathcona depot locations last year. Recommended COVID-19 health and safety practices such as physical distancing and hygiene practices will be implemented and enforced.
Becoming a member of the CSA program will have big ripple effects that extend beyond your own kitchen. You’ll be supporting two local farmers whose families’ depend on the success of their harvests and the support of their CSA members. Members will buy CSA shares from Brave Child Farm, a small local business that farms using ecologically responsible methods to grow culturally relevant vegetables. Through this CSA program you’ll be receiving 16 weeks of fresh, local produce, delivered directly from their farm to our weekly depot, ready for pickup.
Now more than ever, we need to support our neighbours and our local food system. Our CSA program often reaches maximum capacity fast. Act now to secure your spot this year.
Sign up now for the 2021 Choi Box Season
Update: Membership shares are full for the 2021 season
Please join our waitlist by completing this form here (http://bit.ly/ChoiBoxWaitlist21).
We will accept waitlist requests in the order they are received.
Our season is expected to start in mid-June, so you will hear from us by then if any spots become available.
Questions about the CSA?
What is the Choi Box?
The Choi Box is hua foundation’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Hua started it in 2015 to support Asian diasporic farmers in the Metro Vancouver area. In six seasons of stewarding the Choi Box CSA, we have had the pleasure of working with various farmers to bring fresh, organic-practice, and culturally relevant produce to CSA members picking up weekly shares in and around Chinatown.
Choi (菜) is a Chinese word for vegetables. While most people may be familiar with bok choi or pak choi, there exists a beautiful variety of choi that can be grown locally in and around Metro Vancouver (see our Sprouting Choi Guide for details).
The Choi Box is hua foundation’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Hua started it in 2015 to support Asian diasporic farmers in the Metro Vancouver area. In five seasons of stewarding the Choi Box CSA, we have had the pleasure of working with various farmers to bring fresh, organic-practice, and culturally relevant produce to CSA members picking up weekly shares in Chinatown.
>Members will pick up their choi weekly on Thursday evenings between 4:00 and 7:00pm at Britannia Community Services Centre.
>In the event that members are unable to pick up their weekly share or ask someone to pick it up on their behalf, the box will be donated to the Britannia Community Services Centre’s Food Security Program. Brave Child Farm cannot under any circumstances hold or deliver unclaimed weekly shares.
>The season is expected to run from June 25, 2021 to October 8, 2021 for a total of 16 weeks. The final dates will be set based on actual harvest schedules and will be provided to members one month in advance of the first CSA pick up date.
>Each share costs $520 for 16 weeks of vegetables.
>The weekly box generally consists of 7 to 9 seasonal farm items.
What does a weekly share look like?
◦ 7-9 seasonal farm items weekly
What Membership Looks Like
Questions about the Choi Box CSA program?
Graphics and original text by Joyce Liao