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Agriculture

CSU Community Supported Agriculture sign-up underway

April 14, 2011

The CSU CSA (community supported agriculture) project is now signing up members for the 2011 season. This will be the 7th year that CSU students working on the Rocky Mountain Small Organic Farm Project (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) will grow, harvest and deliver a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruit for CSA members.

Origin of Small Organic Farm

Assistant Professor Frank Stonaker initiated the Rocky Mountain Small Organic Farm project in 2005 to bring challenges faced by Colorado small organic farmers into an applied research arena. The CSU CSA emerged as a model that tied production, marketing and student training together.

Students gain experience in their field by actually planning, growing, harvesting and marketing over 40 types of vegetables, cut flowers, and small fruit. The students are also involved in applied research projects including variety trials and high tunnel vegetable production.

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 of produce

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).

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 $110. 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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Additional information and membership sign-up forms
Membership is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


Contact: Frank Stonaker
E-mail: frank.stonaker@colostate.edu
Phone: 491-7068