Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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2017 CSA NEWS:

The University Farm will not be offering a CSA program for the 2017 growing season.

2016 CSA NEWS:

How to sign up:

Our CSA sign-up is closed for this 2016 growing season

Shareholder Perks:

Buy five and save! Sign up for all five sessions and receive one week free ($25 off your bill). This promotion will be available all season long.

Free bags in February! Sign up by February 29 (yes, 29th) at 11:59 p.m. and receive free bags for the season (that's $10 off!).

New this year:

We've spent the year evaluating all of your feedback, and we cannot be more appreciative of your input. This year the CSA will have the following minor changes to note:

1. No more trying to catch us in our office. All sign-ups will be via our online system, and payment will be processed via credit card.

2. Pay one and done. Instead of having to keep track of your payments (gah, did I pay this month?), you'll just pay in full upon sign-up to reserve your spot. If you'd like to take it session-by-session, you're welcome to sign up for one session at a time throughout the season.

3. Extended pick-up on campus. We apologize that we will only offer one pick-up location on CWRU campus this year, but to help you get there, we've worked to extend the time that you can pick up your bag. What was once 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is now 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..

4. Earlier season. Through careful planning and utilization of our indoor growing facilities, we are excited to announce that our season will start two weeks earlier than in prior years. Day one is June 2!

CSA 2016 Pricing and Pick-up

The 2016 run in five 4-week sessions.

Each session costs $100* - in return shareholders will receive $25 worth of organic (chemical-free, non-GMO) produce each week. The session dates will be as follows:

Session 1: June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23
Session 2: June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21
Session 3: July 28, August 4, August 11, and August 18
Session 4: August 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 8, and Sept. 15
Session 5: Sept. 22, Sept. 29, October 6, and October 13

*An additional $10 fee will be charged for 3 reusable canvas bags, which will be yours to keep at the conclusion of the program.

No Refunds for CSA once session registration is processed (registered and payment confirmed). If you are unable to participate once registered a refund is not permitted but there are two options: per program guidelines your CSA bag will automatically be donated back to farm for distribution to local organization or student group, or you can pass along your CSA to someone else by notifying us of name change.

Pick-up will be on Thursdays at the following locations:

Main Campus. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..CSA exchange table
Grab your bag on your way to lunch at the Biomedical Research Building (Floor 1 outside BRB Cafe) - located at 2109 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44106.
This will be the only pick-up location offered on campus this year.

Green Campus. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Take a scenic drive to the beautiful property of CWRU's Squire Valleevue Farm - located 10 miles east of main campus at 37125 Fairmount Blvd. Hunting Valley, OH, 44022.
Please note, if you enter this address into a GPS, it may suggest that we are in Chagrin Falls - both areas share a zip code and thus those directions will get you here just fine. This option is a bit more flexible so that you can grab your bag on your way home from work.

Pick-up involves simply grabbing your bag, signing the "picked-up" sheet, and going on your way. Typical pick-up can be done in 5 minutes. Easy as that!

Please note: Any bag not picked up in the designated times will be donated. If you are unable to pick up your bag, simply send a friend, family member, or co-worker to retrieve it for you - no advance notice necessary.

What Is a CSA?

If you're new to a CSA program, don't fret! Read all you need to know below.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Community members purchase shares in a farm and in turn, receive a weekly bag of farm-fresh produce. The goal is to offer variety, and to give the shareholders the opportunity to work with a wide array of different vegetables throughout the season.

The basic premise of a CSA is that a community comes together to support a local farm, assuming alongside the farmer the inherent risk of growing food, but also the potential for great success! Therefore, when the farmer has a successful year, it is the shareholder who reaps the rewards in the form of abundant, fresh, local produce.

Supporting your local farm is also a way to help reduce packaging and shipping costs, with the added benefit that your produce will be fresher, last longer, and taste better. But you'll only be getting what is in season and being grown by us - so no tomatoes in May.

The advantages of joining a CSA are many: you get fresh-picked local produce, you know the people growing your food, the produce is chemical-free (we stand by that at CWRU Farm), you reduce packaging and transport of your food, and you are supporting your local farmer and community.

Now in our fifth season of running a CSA, we believe things are only getting better. We are constantly learning and trying new things. We've modified our planting schedule, we are trying new seeding techniques, we have increased and altered varieties, and we have restructured our CSA. We've also improved our communication - as a shareholder, you will receive a weekly email with your bag contents and tips on how to get the most out of your produce. So give us a try - we'll be here every step of the way!

What's different about our CSA:

Farm-fresh oyster mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms. We are particularly unique in our production of oyster mushrooms. After firing up this project last year, we now produce 20-30 lbs of mushrooms per week!

No season-long commitment. Enjoy the option to sign up for the whole season or one month at a time—you won't be locked into a 20-week period, so you can tailor it around your summer schedule.

Online sign-up. Register and pay for your share when it's convenient for you.

Farm to table. Weekly newsletters will help you learn what's in your bag, how to store it, and how easily you can prepare it. We'll be here every step of the way with guidance, recipes, and local-food goodness!

Need more information? Have questions? Email