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ColoState CSA: Hands-on farming for students

March 21, 2014

While the rest of the CSU community has been bundling up against the cold weather and wondering when winter will end, a small group of horticulture students have been hard at work planning the ColoState CSA program.

The program was started many years ago by Frank Stonaker, but has not been active since his departure. The ColoState CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, aims to bring the university together as a community over certified organic food production. The CSA is located at the CSU Horticulture Research Farm on Mountain Vista Road just across from the Budweiser.

Gaining experience in the field

The mission of the program is to facilitate the training of the next generation of organic farmers by providing hands-on experience in the student-operated study and practice of organic farming -- from production to market. This mission statement was created in alignment with today’s generation of students who are entering CSU with a heightened awareness of where their food comes from. With an increasing number of students enrolling in the College of Agricultural Sciences focusing in organic production, the ColoState CSA presents the potential for students and faculty from many different disciplines to work together.

To start off the ColoState CSA’s new era of community engagement, many crops have been identified for planting and trialing on the farm, including asparagus, kale, pac choi, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, summer and winter squashes, and melons. There also will be golden and red raspberries, which will be included in the CSA boxes this fall. In addition to growing and distributing tasty organic vegetables for 20 weeks over the summer to CSA members, the ColoState CSA also will be conducting preliminary variety trials and organic weed management research. The results of these studies will be made available to the local organic vegetable farming community.

Get involved!

If you are interested in getting involved or becoming a member, please sign up via email or in the horticulture office, 111 Shepardson. To learn more about ColoState CSA, visit us on Facebook.


Contact: Cody Hitchcock
E-mail: codyhitchcock@gmail.com
Phone: (404) 375-6272