Student Organic Farm is now offering their Fall CSA
The Community Supported Agriculture seasonal membership is available now.
The Student Organic Farm (SOF) is now offering their Fall Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. The share season runs August 26-December 16 and costs $576 for a full share or $340 for a half share.
CSAs are seasonal memberships to the farm. At the beginning of each season, the CSA members pay in advance for a weekly share of vegetables from the farm. This model benefits the farm’s cash-flow and allows the farm to purchase supplies needed to produce their crops in some of the financially tightest months of the year. Members receive a variety of produce each week, which exposes them to new vegetables they may not otherwise experience. The SOF is able to curate shares based on what is abundant any given week. They keep records to ensure their members receive the value of what they paid for at the start of the season.
This CSA is also directly supporting transformational learning opportunities to MSU students who grow the produce with staff supervision.
There are two options for picking up your produce: a drive-through distribution on the farm, as well as a pick-up on campus in front of Bailey Greenhouse. Both options are low-contact methods developed last year to minimize any Covid risk. Staff are also able to arrange for a drop off to offices, sorority or fraternity houses, as well as local residences if there is group of 5 or more members interested in picking up there.
To learn more and sign up, visit: http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/csa.html.
I'm a graduate student in the Department of Horticulture and my research focuses on weed control on organic farms. This is how I first learned about the Student Organic Farm and the great staff and crew that run it. The SOF is great to have on-campus for teaching, research, and access to quality produce. I'm an avid gardener in the summer, but in cold months I miss eating fresh produce. The Fall and Winter CSA shares are great options for me since the student organic farm has the infrastructure to keep producing well past when I can be gardening. I especially like trying new winter squash varieties from the CSA for soups and roasting!
- Daniel Priddy
Many years ago, in the sixties, when I was beginning to raise our four children, I turned to Adele Davis and her books, including Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit, as a resource for feeding our family. It was important to use as many organic and pesticide free things as possible. In those days, you were considered a curiosity if you talked about "organics." A number of years ago, I discovered your Student Organic Farm. It was a dream come true. Your delicious freshly picked veggies have been staples since then. I don't know how I would have gotten through this pandemic year without you.
- Sandra Seaton