We want to help you fully understand who we are, what we do, and how you can be a part of it. This article contains several common questions and answers. You may Contact us. if you have further question.
How does the coop work?
Individuals may purchase a share in the upcoming season’s crop. The number of shares is determined by the estimated yield of the area under planting. A person or family may purchase a half or full share based on their need. Then each Friday or Saturday during the growing season starting in October/ November and running until May/June members may pick-up their share. See the pickup schedule page for more information. Other pick up arrangements must be made with the farm staff.
Who are the owners?
CGOF was started and is owned by John and Pat Joslin. They are Florida natives and DeLand is Pat’s hometown. They are both nurses with a combined experience of over 60 years. In 2003 John had an encounter with cancer that started them on a search for how to live and eat healthier. In 2006 John rediscovered his passion for growing things when he started an organic garden in his yard. People began tasting his vegetables and wanted to buy them and the rest is, as they say, history. John and Pat are convinced that modern healthcare is not focused on promoting health. So they have launched out to begin sharing their knowledge and experience to help others live healthier, more fulfilling lives while providing them with good wholesome foods.
Can I work on the farm?
Yes! In fact each member agrees to contribute 8 hours for single share and 16 for couple and/or family share memberships per season on the farm when signing up. Of course you can work more often and likely will want to once you experience the benefits and enjoyment of working on the farm. We have all sorts of needs so there are things for those with physical limitations to do such as helping with school field trips to the farm.
Are there any other benefits to being a member of the coop?
Yes! Besides the benefits of eating better and getting physical activity from working on the farm there are many benefits. We are devoted to helping people develop healthier life styles. As part of that mission we will be planning classes and activities with that goal mind. All classes and events and activities are free to our members. In addition there is the social benefit. We will plan events on the farm a couple times a year so that we can get to know one another better.
Is there a guarantee about the produce we receive?
Yes and No! We guarantee the wholesomeness and organic nature of the produce because we eat it ourselves. But we can not guarantee from year to year what particular vegetables will be available or the quantity and quality. We have been experiencing over the past 4 years the best vegetables and fruit we have ever eaten. But by joining in the coop you are signing on to take the same risk every farmer does of crop damage and loss. We do everything we can to minimize that risk, such as planting a wide selection of vegetables while trying to use several varieties of each based on experience. In addition we use crop rotation and serial planting to try and provide a steady supply through the growing season of each vegetable. Bottom line is we can not guarantee what nature will do. But we guarantee you that we want to make this the most enjoyable experience we can. We highly value the reputation of CGOF and we will do everything we can make sure our members are satisfied.
How do I join?
You can join online at our membership page.
Feel free to contact us at our office (386)-740-9141, or Contact us. We also invite you to come out to the farm to look around and sample some of the produce the way God intended it to taste. We look forward to meeting you.
—John & Pat Joslin