Community

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

 

The concept of CSA began in rural Japan in the early 1960s, as farming became industrialized and many small farms went out of business. Village women from the Kanagawa Prefecture banded together to hire local farmers to grow crops for them. Bumper crops were shared collectively as well as any losses. CSA farms have since become popular in the US, as awareness of the importance of local agriculture has spread.

 

On our farm, CSA delivery runs for 18 weeks from mid June to mid October. Each week our members receive a pre-packed box containing 7-15 items, depending on which size share they have. The contents of our CSA boxes vary widely as the season progresses, from strawberries and fresh peas in spring to potatoes and shallots in fall. Click here to see our sample CSA boxes.

 

For members, CSAs provide access to really fresh, local, organic produce at very fair prices. You end up eating a lot more vegetables and you learn to enjoy many new things such as heirloom summer squash or fresh fava beans. For farmers, CSAs provide a guaranteed market for all their crops and a direct connection to the people who they are growing food for. There are no banks or government subsidies involved, just farmers and people working together to sustain small farms and provide quality food. Join a CSA program and become part of the growing movement striving to keep water and soil safe as well as maintain open spaces and farmland for the future. Help put the culture back in agriculture!

 

 

Community Services

 

We believe that everyone should have access to fresh local fruits and vegetables, so we have partnered with local food banks in a variety of ways.

 

In 2001 we created a CSA Food Bank Program. Each season we accepted donations from our members, which we then matched, allowing us to deliver produce to families who rely on the food bank for some of their dietary needs. Currently, we donate produce to our local food banks, and we ask that our drop site hosts to send unclaimed produce to their local food banks.

 

We also partner with The Gleaners Coalition, a non-profit based in Thurston County that organizes volunteers to harvest all our seconds, which are then donated and delivered to a variety of food banks and shelters throughout the county. Last year alone, they harvested over 20,000 pounds of produce from our farm! Many of the volunteers are school groups of all ages and this provides an opportunity for children to experience a working farm.