Mid-Season Step-back & Evaluation – Veggie CSA 2012

Since our start, we’ve consistently sent out an end-of-year evaluation and survey (we will this year too). Last year I realized that a mid-season Shareholder Evaluation could prove valuable too. Why? Because it may spark a dialogue back and forth, hopefully a dialogue amongst many.

We really appreciate you taking time out to mull this over. Please return your evaluation as soon as able. I will look at all I receive, try to make some sense of it all, and share “results” as soon as I can (probably within 3 weeks or so). Return your evaluation in any way you see fit, anonymously or not: email (swierfamilyfarm@yahoo.com), facebook or website (you’ll know how to do that better than me!), snail mail (640 E 18 mile Rd, Remus, MI  49340), or drop it off with me at your curbside delivery.

I’m not going to stir the pot too much up front. I will try not to be too wordy for now. I’d like to see what comes of the Evaluation, see what we hear back before I dive in with my own seasonal reflections (many of which are already somewhere on our Website). I do really enjoy the back and forth communications, and I look forward to your Evaluations.   

My focus and my intent are to economize our CSA efforts and  finances. We are trying to “work smarter” as we “work harder”.  We continue to try to put our farm efforts where they best make most Shareholders most happy, contented, and satisfied.

So… as promised last year, here it is!

Swier Family Farm : Veggie CSA 2012 Evaluation and Feedback

Thank you for taking your valuable time to help us better understand your needs. Your frank evaluation is invaluable; don’t hesitate to tell us the “good, the bad, the ugly”.

Thank You So Much!


Do you have a full share __a half share __ How many people eat from your share __ Are you a new shareholder__ returning shareholder__ Do you expect to purchase a share next year? Yes__ No_ If no, please detail (this could be a most valuable lesson for us):



With the Veggies, do you eat:     Them All Up     Most, Toss Some     Just a Few

Which don’t you eat?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (terribly inadequate to perfectly adequate): Through our pre-season telephone conversations, emails, and/or website materials:  Did we prepare you and your expectations for the seasonality, the uncertainties, the vagaries, and the “reality” of this CSA__ How could we improve this communication? What more should we express?



The price you paid was:     A Steal     A Worthy Deal     Too Much For Too Little 

On a scale of 1 to 10 (awful to fantastic), how have you found the veggie’s presentation__, cleanliness__, freshness__, sufficiently bagged__, quantity__, variety__, overall shelf-life in your fridge__, taste__

On a scale of 1 to 10 (no value to (nearly) priceless) how valuable are the flowers to you__the stand-by, familiar veggies__, the odd-ball, new-to-you veggies__, the community crate/grab-crate/trade-crate__, your families nutrition__, seasonal eating__, local food production__, organics__, diversity in your diet__, home-cooking__, cooking from scratch__, experimenting with new foods__ “knowing your farmer”__, investing in your local community__, sharing food, food prep with your children__. Did your participation in our CSA satisfy or further these (1 to 10, “definitely not!” to “absolutely, positively!”)__

On a scale of 1 to 10 (no value to (nearly) priceless), How valuable is CSA communication to you__I’d like to hear from more than just you, Chris__On our Website or Facebook, how valuable is our communication regarding: Recipes__, In your crate__, Notes about Veggies__, Photos__, Nutritional Contents__, Freezing/Canning/Drying (extending your harvest)__, Info about our farming practices__, How valuable is our Website__, our Facebook__ How important is an annual, on-farm event to you (i.e. the garlic harvest party)__ Work Bee opportunities__ No work, just a tour of the farm__ the “Community” in a CSA__

Thus far, have we met your overall expectations (1 to 10, not at all to very well met): __       

Thanks for your time! Thanks for your honesty!

Please detail any of your answers. Feel free to include any other suggestions, feedback, constructive criticisms, questions, comments, inspirations….

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