You need people's cell phone numbers so you can track down deadbeats. Also, I wouldn't offer to do half shares b/c it just creates a mess for you. Suggest that they split them up themselves. The tricky part is splitting up the animal reasonably fairly. For the beef, this can take several hours. And you really need volunteers--but I've found that aside from a few people, it can be tough to get volunteers. (I think Winnie Chen had the farmer split the pig up and from some of the conversations on the board, I got the impression that it wasn't done completely equitably.)
If you really want to take a whack at this, I would recommend starting out with something relatively simple: like chicken (because they are discrete units) or lamb (Mel Thompson of Sierra Lambs) because the math is relatively easy.
Anyway, email me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to elaborate on the process.
I'd like to call Ryan directly. I find they get things confused easily and having two different people call them about the same cow is probably a bad idea. Plus, delivery MUST be done on a weekday, because their trucks are at farmers markets on the weekends. Ask around and see if you can get more people you know to commit. The more people we get, the faster we can get the ball rolling (I don't usually talk to Prather until I have at least half the cow). Personally, I can probably get committments for 3-4 shares.
I'm going to be away until the first week of May, at which point I will probably get in touch with Prather. Because of all the people who dropped out and drove me crazy last time, I'm thinking of upping the share size to 30lbs to make the number of shares more manageable. Let me know what you think...
I guess they don't say it's a small world for nothing!! It's great to hear form you. How is Lily's first year of school going? I hope all is well in general.
I've been following this board for a while, but this is my first time actually buying anything. I normally buy all my meat from Marin Sun Farms at the Ferry Bldg. and haven't joined a meat CSA because I don't have the space to store the amount of meat that buying a share usually entails. But this actually seemed like a totally manageable amount of meat and a good deal, so I thought I'd give it a try. I think (from what Carla used to say) that you and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to food, so probably overlap a fair amount and don't even know it!
I don't know how the pickup will work for this, but maybe we will see each other there, otherwise we should try to get together sometime over Christmas break.