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Agriculture

Local organic produce grown by students

April 15, 2009

In 2005, the Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State University initiated a campus CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. The CSU CSA provides people who become members a wide variety of local organic produce.

Farm tended by students

The farm is tended by CSU students who are passionate about organic agriculture and who want to share their bounty with the local community. The advantages of signing up for the CSA are many:

  • consumer gets the freshest possible produce from a local farm
  • opportunity to contribute to a sustainable, local economy
  • direct relationship with the people who grow their 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 feeds a family of four. Individuals are encouraged to sign up with others for a share if you would like a smaller quantity.

Cost

The FULL share price for the 16+/- weeks of produce is $480. Due to demand, this year we are also offering HALF shares for $250. This should be enough for two people. 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 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Shares will be available beginning 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, apples (from an organic orchard on the West Slope) and strawberries will be 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 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 forms, please see our link to "CSA Information for members" on our website.


Contact: Teresa Mcclure
E-mail: Teresa.McClure@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7019