Community Supported Agriculture Program
Registration for the 2018 CSA is now open!
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a system that allows members to purchase a share of the season's harvest before the season begins. CSA members share both the risk and the reward of the growing season by investing in their farm. This arrangement is mutually beneficial for the farmer and CSA members by providing the farmer with necessary capital for supplies and labor to ensure a successful growing season, and by providing the CSA members with a consistent supply of fresh local vegetables. CSA members also enjoy the added satisfaction of a deeper connection to the land that sustains them by supporting local agriculture with their purchasing power.
How does it work?
Each share will include between eight to fifteen different vegetables, fruits, and culinary herbs every week that reflect the seasonal abundance of the farm. There is a strong emphasis on greens and vegetables, although we do grow some fruits and are working on establishing more. In addition to fresh produce, members may also be provided flowers, ornamental pumpkins and other fun extras! CSA members may also have the opportunity to engage in tours of the sustainable agriculture operation, potlucks and other events catering to members.
Part of this connection to the farm through your CSA subscription includes recognizing the inherent risks of agriculture due to unpredictable weather or other environmental circumstances. The CSA is a platform for teaching and learning on the farm, and much of your produce will be grown and prepared by apprentices, students and volunteers under the supervision of the CSA coordinator. Our farmers are dedicated to producing an abundance of healthy and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables, but as a member of our CSA you are agreeing to accept the consequences of crop loss or damage due to environmental conditions, learning opportunities or other unforeseen factors.
Half shares are available! Half shares encompass the same diversity with half the quantity. A full share is great for families of 4-5, or 2 serious veggie consumers. A half share is ideal for a family of 2-3 or 1 serious veggie lover.
If everything goes as planned the twenty week season will begin May 30th and continue until October 10th. There will be fewer items during the first part of summer and more items towards the end of the growing season. This year we are planting over 120 different varieties, comprising 40+ different crops! This includes all of your mainstay vegetables, from carrots and greens, to tomatoes and cucumbers. You may also receive vegetables you have little familiarity with including pac choi, fennel, kohlrabi and a number of unfamiliar varieties of common vegetables (white eggplants, purple tomatoes, yellow carrots!).
A late spring half share (top) and full share (bottom). Photos resized to display accurate sizing.
Location and Distribution Time
Members can pick up their fresh produce at the MSU Tollgate Farm in the pavilion on Wednesdays between 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We have added a cooler pickup option this year. You can now, for an additional fee to your registration, opt to pick up your produce starting Wednesday at 6:30 until Saturday at 9pm from our walk in cooler.
Please read the complete application, complete and mail it along with your deposit or full check to:
Michigan State University
Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48377
You will receive a notification once we have received your application.
For more information: mailto: TollgateCSA@anr.msu.edu
Testimonials from previous seasons:
"Thank you, thank you team for all of the hard work you place into making this such a great experience. Friendly team and delicious produce!"
"With the unending exhausting heat of Summer 2016, the work you all did was extremely impressive! Thank you & Congratulations!"
"Everything was wonderfully delicious, fresh and I enjoyed the students and Will each week."
"Thank you for being such a warm and friendly crew!"