Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs connect farmers and consumers. Participants of CSA programs receive weekly shares of the produce harvested from a farm or collective of farms. Shareholders pay an advance seasonal membership fee to cover the production costs of farming in exchange the consistent supply of produce, flowers, or other products. In addition to supporting health and wellness, this direct exchange between farmer and consumer serves to educate CSA members on how their food is grown and by whom, while also supporting the economic sustainability of the farm.
As a public outreach effort, the Clemson University Student Organic Farm farm began marketing produce to the public in 2002. The now 100+ member CSA program provides weekly shares of freshly harvested organic produce to Clemson faculty, staff, students, and the general public for 28 weeks of the year. Surplus produce is sold to nearby restaurants and markets specializing in local foods.
The Student Organic Farm offers (2) fourteen week sessions: Summer CSA and Fall CSA. Typically the contents of each share include some combination of a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, or cut flowers, and occasionally honey. Shareholders can sign up for one or both of the fourteen week sessions. The first pick-ups of each session will take place on the given start dates barring any delays incurred by weather, and will continue for fourteen consecutive weeks. For those participating in both session there will be a break of several weeks in August to accommodate anticipated production and labor shortages. For more information about our CSA Program please see our Student Organic Farm CSA Program FAQs document.
April - July
August - November