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CSU CSA sign-up now underway for locally grown organic vegetables, flowers, and western slope fruit

April 16, 2010

The CSU CSA is again open for business bringing locally grown organic vegetables, flowers and western slope fruit to the CSU community. This will be the sixth season for the community supported agriculture project that Assistant Professor Frank Stonaker initiated as a part of the Rocky Mountain Small Organic Farm project in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The CSU Community Support Agriculture, or CSA, provides members with a wide variety of organic produce grown by students at the CSU Horticulture Field Research Center. Sign-up for this season is now underway.

Farm tended by students

CSU students tend the crops; learning organic production practices and sharing their harvest with the local community.

Some of the benefits of becoming a CSA member include:

  • Receiving the freshest possible produce from a local farm
  • Contributing to a sustainable, local economy
  • Developing a direct relationship with the people who grow your food

Weekly delivered produce

In the simplest of terms, a CSA offers consumers a "subscription" for weekly delivered produce during the growing season.

At the beginning of the season, people who are interested in receiving tasty, local, organic produce, purchase a “share” of the farm's harvest for the season. Each share is designed to supply a household of four with their seasonal vegetable needs. For smaller households, a ½ share is available, or individuals often sign up with others for a share.

Cost

The full share price for 16 weeks of produce is $500. Half shares are $350. If you are interested, we also have separate fruit and flower shares (see below), which are $75 each.

Weekly shares will be brought from the farm to CSU's Plant Environmental Research Center, or PERC, located at 630 W. Lake St. on Thursday afternoons and will be available for pick up from 3 to 6 p.m. Delivery begins around July 1, and will continue into October.

Optional fruit and flower shares

Fruits: Melons are included in the vegetable share. Additional fruit shares which include approximately 10 weeks of peaches, pears and apples (from an organic orchard on the Western Slope) are available for purchase for $75. Each fruit share consists of a quantity equivalent of local farmers’ market value per week.

Flowers: Flower shares are also available for $75 for 10 weeks of farm bouquets.

We encourage you to spread the word about CSAs to your friends and family. We are fortunate to have many great CSAs in the area.

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For additional information and membership sign-up forms, please see our link to CSA Information for members. Membership is limited on a first come first serve basis.


Contact: Frank Stonaker
E-mail: Frank.Stonaker@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7068