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Paying for CSA with SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks

Thanks to PACSAC, (Portland Area CSA Coalition), our farm is able to take SNAP food benefits as a form of payment for our CSA shares.  This allows you to pay for your share over the course of the season instead of in one lump sum. Once you sign up with us, we ask PACSAC to send you the necessary paperwork. You then fill out a simple form and mail it back to PACSAC within 7 days. This paperwork authorizes PACSAC to take your deposit now and then your monthly payments from June through October.  Please note, if you only receive cash benefits (allowing you to buy non-food items), then PACSAC cannot process your payment.

Double Up Food Bucks

For eligible households using SNAP benefits, the Portland Area CSA Coalition will match up to $200 toward the cost of your share through the Double Up Food Bucks program.

This is done by applying a match of up to $200 for the SNAP benefits that you use. This money goes directly to your CSA farmer, making CSA more affordable while helping farmers earn a living. For example, a CSA share normally priced at $650 will only cost you $450 with Double Up Food Bucks.

All members who are accepted into the Double Up Food Bucks program make an initial payment of $50, then pay the remainder of the cost over the course of  five months using automatically withdrawn monthly SNAP payments beginning in June. For example, if the full cost of the share is $650, your cost will be $450. After your initial $50 payment, each of your five monthly SNAP payments will be $80 each.

Eligibility:

  • Double Up Food Bucks are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
  • Only active SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) users may participate.
  • Only SNAP users who are new CSA members can use this program (this means that you or anyone in your household must not have been a member of any CSA in 2016).

How to use Double Up Food Bucks:

  1. Sign-up for the CSA.
  2. PACSAC will send you an email (with our farm cc’d) with paperwork that you will need to complete and mail back to the CSA Coalition within 1 week of signing up.
  3. That’s it! Once the season begins, the CSA Coalition will process your SNAP payments and provide the Double Up Food Bucks directly to your farm.

Background:

Double Up Food Bucks for CSA is part of a statewide program that provides SNAP match at around 50 farmers markets and through the Portland Area CSA Coalition. The goal is to double the purchasing power of SNAP participants to buy healthy, local fruit and vegetables. In 2017, the Coalition has $50,000 and will help at least 250 families participating in SNAP to purchase a CSA by providing up to $200 each in Double Up Food Bucks. The Coalition believes that farmers thrive and communities are healthy when everyone has access to fresh, local food. Double Up Food Bucks makes being a member of a CSA affordable for everyone while still providing a sustainable income for family farms.

Double Up Food Bucks is funded by Farmers Market Fund, a Portland-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing under-served populations greater access to fresh, locally grown food. The $1.6 million 2-year program has a broad base of support and funding from private and community foundations and USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant.

 

Leah & Ryan’s Magical Wedding

October 22, 2016

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We can’t wait to party down in the name of Love!

Silver Falls State Park at the NEW RANCH

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So we can get all of our duckies in a row, RSVP HERE  by October 8th, (even if you claimed ‘going’ on Facebook).

The Details

  • Silver Falls State Park is a 75 minute drive from Portland. It is beautiful. Factor in time for a hike!
  • A $5 parking pass is required for the day.
  • We can only have 30 cars at our venue site, therefore carpooling is appreciated.
  • If  you are able, consider leaving your car at the day use parking lot or campground and walk to the New Ranch. It’s a mild mile. Wear comfy shoes and make that part of your experience! We’ll likely organize a shuttle system as well.
  • There is a 10 pm curfew for day trippers. How that is enforced, we do not know. Might get locked in??
  • October in Oregon can be gorgeous or dreary. You may need an umbrella/raincoat if walking. Undoubtedly, it will be chilly at night.
  • With the exception of lawn games, all the fun will happen indoors.
  • This is an adult only party, with very few exceptions.
  • A schedule of events is below.

Dress Code

Yep, the wedding is a costume party. The theme is magic/magical. Seek inspiration from the forest, from your heart, from your imagination. Take it as far as you want. Come ready or get dressed up after the ceremony. Your choice.  There will be a treasure chest of costumes for those in need. Otherwise, wear what makes you happy.

Lodging

We encourage drinking but discourage drinking and driving. There are few onsite slumber party options as well as real beds nearby-ish.

  • camping
    • 10 tents can be pitched next to the Ranch.  Sign up to claim your spot!
    • Reserve a campsite in the park. ($19) The campgrounds are located one mile from the Ranch. To reserve call 1-800-452-5687 or go online at www.oregonstateparks.org.
    • Bunks

      The New Ranch has 23 bunk beds in the loft. The bottom bunk is wide enough to sleep two persons, and the top bunk is wide enough for only one person. NOTE: Bring your own sleeping mat & sleeping bags- bunks have no mattresses. Heat provided by fireplace.

    • Cabins
      • We have claimed nearly all of the cabins in the campground and are reserving these primarily for family/ families and those who have traveled very far to join us.
    • Hotels and B & B’s

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Schedule of Events

3 pm ~ Magical Nuptials

3:30 ~ Celebration & Revelry Begins

  • Potluck happy hour

We’re bringing plenty of beer and wine and we welcome your contributions for the nibbles & liquor. Sign up to bring a happy hour item.

  • Lawn games

Cornhole, Giant Jenga and Ladder Ball, oh my!

6 pm- Dinner Drops

Supper will be provided by Suprimo, a mobile, wood-fried pizza outfit from Portland. Menu includes a pizza buffet, wood fired veggies and a big ‘ol salad al a Rockwood Urban farm. A hearty pot of soup (thank you Harriet!) rounds out the meal and to top it off, we’ll have root veggie inspired cakes from our gifted baker friends, Annie & Katia of Seastar Bakery.  

6:30-9:30 Dance Party

  • Live Music by Soul Companions. It’s gonna be good, Y’all.

Pumpkin Time

When it’s time, it’s time.

Sunday Brunch

Join us back at the ranch at 9:30 am for a light breakfast. Have a cup of coffee and a bite and then help us clean up the aftermath! Check out time is 1pm.

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

[email protected]

Leah: 503-421-1435

Ryan: 503-752-6685

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Pay for your CSA with SNAP

SNAP

Oh SNAP! Thanks to a partnership with The Portland Area CSA Coalition and The Farmers Market Fund, we are thrilled to take SNAP payments for our 2016 CSA Shares!! And right now, eligible SNAP participants can take advantage of The Double Up Food Bucks Program to increase purchasing power and get up to $200 in matching funds!

Sign up for Rockwood Urban Farm 2016 CSA!

DUFBDouble Up Food Bucks provides matching money to your CSA farmer, making CSA more affordable while helping farmers earn a living. For example, a CSA share normally priced at $650 will only cost you $450 with Double Up Food Bucks. You would pay that $450 with an initial payment of $50 when you sign up and five monthly SNAP payments starting in June of $90 each.

Eligibility:

  • Double Up Food Bucks are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
  • Only available to new CSA members (you, and anyone in your household, must not have been a member of any CSA in 2015).
  • Only available to CSA members who pay with SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)

How to use Double Up Food Bucks:

  1. Sign-up for our CSA  and make an initial payment of $50 (cash, check or credit cards/ paypal).
  2. We will send you a membership agreement that you will need to complete and mail back to the Portland Area CSA Coalition within 2 weeks of signing up.
  3. That’s it! Once the season begins, the Portland Area CSA Coalition will process your SNAP payments and provide the Double Up Food Bucks directly to the farm.

Background:

Double Up Food Bucks for CSA is part of a statewide program that provides SNAP match at around 50 farmers markets and through the Portland Area CSA Coalition. The goal is to double the purchasing power of SNAP participants to buy healthy, local fruit and vegetables. In 2016, the Coalition has $20,000 and will help at least 100 families participating in SNAP to purchase a CSA by providing up to $200 each in Double Up Food Bucks. The Coalition believes that farmers thrive and communities are healthy when everyone has access to fresh, local food. Double Up Food Bucks makes being a member of a CSA affordable for everyone while still providing a sustainable income for family farms.

Double Up Food Bucks is funded by Farmers Market Fund, a Portland-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing under-served populations greater access to fresh, locally grown food. The $1.6 million 2-year program has a broad base of support and funding from private and community foundations and USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant.

 

 

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Rockwood Urban Farm Videos

This video by Tom Chamberlin, Face to Face with S. Brian Willson, captures the very special day that Brian, author of Blood on the Tracks, shared his incredible story with RUF folk. Meanwhile the ‘Twigaloo’ nest was built. Starring special guest , Dianna Corigliano.

Check out the late summer abundance of 2103 with this Rockwood Urban Farm Cider Party video vignette by filmmaker & farm member Tom Chamberlin.  The truckload of apples were picked by a cadre of compost loving geeks at the family farm of Leah’s partner in advocacy, Nellie McAdams.