Phat Beets CSA Program is Becoming ANV’s BeetBox CSA (Letter)


 

 

 

 

August 11,  2020

Dear Phat Beets Community,

We thank you for your support of the Beet Box CSA, and want to give our community an update on the future of the Beet Box.  Since 2011, you have supported so many of our programs, farmers and communities, with your donations, purchases, and your volunteer time. It is without a doubt you have been the engine that has kept our CSA program alive, and allowed us to fulfill our mission: connecting small farmers of color to flatland communities and creating equitable access to healthy affordable produce.  Phat Beets has decided to move forward with a transition of our Beet Box CSA to Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV).

Acta Non Verba is an organization based in East Oakland, focused on serving youth and their families through urban farming.  We are confident that ANV will use the Beet Box to increase food access, support our farmers, patients and families at La Clinica, and low income Beet Boxers. At the same time, all Beet Box CSA profits will be deposited into local youth’s educational savings accounts; bridging the generational wealth gap and saving for their individual educational pursuits. 

In hopes of making the program better than ever before, we’d really appreciate it if you complete a short survey (https://bit.ly/ANVBeetBoxSurvey) letting us know how we can make your CSA subscription even more enjoyable. 

Here are some fast facts you need to know:

  1. There will be a price increase for Full, Half, Fruit and Fruit, Honey, & Nut Shares starting September 1, 2020.
  2. All CSAs will be picked up at OMNI until deliveries begin again – we will reach out when they do.
  3. The missed pickup window for CSA shares is 10am-12pm the following day (Wednesday or Sunday). Any shares not picked up will be donated to a local women’s shelter.
  4. Emails will be responded to within 2-3 days.  For urgent questions, you can reach us at [email protected] or call 762-BEETBOX (762-233-8269).

The Beet Box CSA distribution will continue at the Omni Commons in North Oakland, and ANV will maintain offices at the Omni. The CSA program is currently in transition until August 24th- and we thank you for your patience as we undergo this exciting time.   

Now, more than ever, our communities need health, power, and solidarity. Lettuce turnip ‘dem beets! 

In Gratitude,

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Phat Beets Produce

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