Food Security Club

Makaria Farm winter squash.

**The 2nd year of Makaria Farm’s Food Security Club is now completed. Please stay tuned for details on our 2014 program.**

Register today for the 2nd year of Makaria Farm’s Food Security Club, and help Vancouver Island take an important step towards local food security.

The Food Security Club is open to residents of Victoria, Nanaimo, the Gulf Islands, the Cowichan, and beyond.

As a member of the Food Security Club, you’ll receive bulk amounts of vegetables that are easy to store or preserve through the winter of 2013-14. Want to support sustainable agriculture and eat local, organic produce year-round? We’ve created this club for you.

Whether you’re a butternut soup master or a food preservation newbie, our Food Security Club makes it easy and affordable for you to enjoy quality, organic, local produce in the off-season.

What is Makaria Farm’s Food Security Club?

Members register and pay a $100 deposit in the winter/spring, which allows Makaria Farm to buy seeds and plant enough for everyone. Then, in the fall of 2013, members receive a one-time order of bulk quantities of crops that can be easily stored or preserved, such as garlic, onions, carrots, beets, squash, potatoes and tomatoes.

Selling these crops in bulk quantities allows us to offer wholesale (or better) prices, making it more affordable for you to eat local, organic food year-round. It’s a win-win for you and our farm.

What do I get with my membership?

Heather shows off bulbs of fresh garlic.

You can choose which crops your Food Security Club membership includes. Each crop is available in $30 shares. You can order any number of shares of each crop. In order to join, you must order at least 5 shares in total.

  • beets (1 share = 20lbs)
  • blue potatoes (1 share = 20lbs)
  • cabbage (1 share = 30lbs)
  • carrots (1 share = 15lbs)
  • garlic (1 share = 3 lbs/25-30 bulbs)
  • kale (1 share = 10lbs)
  • kohlrabi (1 share = 30lbs)
  • leeks (1 share = 20 leeks)
  • onions (1 share = 20lbs)
  • tomatoes (1 share = 15lbs)
  • winter squash (1 share = 30lbs)

*Note: availability of some crops may be limited due to weather/pests.

How much does it cost to join the Food Security Club?

You must order a minimum of 5 shares at a cost of $30 each in order to join, for a total of $150. A deposit of $100 is due upon registration: you pay the balance when you receive your vegetables in the fall.

How do I get my shares?

Your vegetables will be ready in the fall of 2013. You have the option to pick up your vegetables at the farm on one of the pick-up days, or to have your vegetables delivered to your door for $15 per membership. We deliver to all communities on south Vancouver Island from Nanaimo to Victoria, as far west as Lake Cowichan and Sooke.

How long will stuff keep & how much room does it take up?

2012 members Kerry and Valerie pick up their carrots, squash and garlic from Brock.

Many of the crops, such as garlic, onions, potatoes and winter squash will last many months (into March/April) when stored in a cool, dry place. Other crops can be stored in the fridge or layered in peat moss or sand, such as carrots and beets. Other crops are more suited to canning, freezing or processing into salsa, soups or sauerkraut. We provide recipes and storage tips to help you make good use of your shares.

Most crops don’t take up much room. Two shares of potatoes, beets or carrots would be like having four 10lb bags of potatoes in your house. Garlic takes up even less space. Winter squash is the bulkiest, but two shares fit in a large laundry basket and the colourful squash make great decorations on shelves around the house!

How do I sign up for the Food Security Club?

  1. Print and fill in the registration form, online here.
  2. Pay your $100 deposit in one of the following ways:

We will contact you to confirm that we’ve received your payment and that you are registered.

3. We’ll keep you posted on when your bulk vegetables will be ready for pick-up in the fall. The rest of your payment is due when you receive your vegetables.

Ready to sign up? Please click here to register.

p.s. Help us spread the word!

Please help us get the word out about this 2nd year of our Food Security Club by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter, via email, and by telling your friends and family how amazing our vegetables are!

Also, you may also want to consider signing up for one of our weekly summer vegetable bag options – click here for details.

Thank you for your support. You keep us growing.