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Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) Market Program

The Clemson Student Organic Farm (SOF) is devoted to intensive production of organically grown crops such as seasonal vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.  Since its inception the SOF mission has been to explore more profitable and environmentally-friendly farming practices through research, education, and public service. 

 

The Clemson Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was begun in the summer of 2002 as a public outreach effort.  The program is modeled after the Community Supported Agriculture concept whereby members buy seasonal shares in exchange for weekly supplies of produce and cut flowers.

 

TO JOIN:

2015 CSA SHARES ARE NOW AVAILABLE. TO REGISTER PLEASE VISIT:

THE ORGANIC FARM ONLINE STORE

FULL PROGRAM DETAILS BELOW.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

CURRENT MEMBERS:

Please visit the CSA Members page for availability

CSA MEMBERS PAGE

 

FAQ's

What is a CSA?
Why a CSA?
Why Organic?
How long is the CSA season?
What will I receive in my share?
How much food will I get each week?

Do I receive fruit in my share?

What is a Fruit Share?

What is the cost of a share in 2014?

Can I find out what will be in my share ahead of time?

Can I share a Share with someone?
How do I pick-up my produce?

Where is the Student Organic Farm?
What if I am unable to pick up my share for some reason?
What if I need to change my pick-up day?
What happens if there is a crop failure?
Can I become a member for part of the season?

What if I need to cancel my order for some reason?

How do I sign up?
What are my payment options?

Can I pay with a check or credit card?


Further questrions can be directed to CHELSICRAWFORD@GMAIL.COM. Thank you for your support and interest!

Student Organic Farm at Clemson University

 

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Participants of a CSA program 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 (or other products). The produce, herbs, and cut flowers are distributed to shareholders via a central location during a designated time period. Funds generated from the CSA go directly to the farmer(s).

 

Why a CSA? return to top

CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members. Farmers benefit by receiving money up front to cover some of their production costs and also gives the farmer a direct relationship with the consumer. This allows them to refine their production to suit their market; saving time and money.

 

In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. They receive a wide variety of local in-season foods harvested at their peak of ripeness, flavor and vitamin and mineral content. The combination of the opportunity to support their local food systems, address environmental and food resource concerns and become familiar with the farmer(s) growing their food usually finds CSA members feeling satisfied with their commitment.

 

Why Organic? return to top

Organic agriculture is a production management system that promotes a polyculture of crops, a diverse insect ecology, and enhanced soil microbiology on a farm. It uses no toxics or synthetic materials - only those defined legally as "natural" in origin. Through extraordinary emphasis on plant health and balanced nutrition, organic agriculture can produce superior crops from fewer off-farm inputs.

 

How long is the CSA season? return to top

The Student Organic Farm offers (2) fourteen week sessions, Summer CSA Share and Fall CSA Share. Shareholders can sign up for one or both of the shares.

 

2015 DATES:

Summer Share: Week of April 21st – July 21st
Fall Share: Week of Aug 25th – Nov 24th


The first pickups 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.

 

What will I receive in my share? return to top

While it will vary week to week and season to season, here's what we typically grow and you can expect to see in your shares:


Arugula, Basil, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Cut Flower Assortment, Dill, Eggplant, Elephant Garlic, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Onions, Honey, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mint, Mustard Greens, Okra, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Sugar Snap Peas, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Watermelon, Yellow Wax Beans, Zucchini

 

Sometimes we will include a newsletter, recipes or other information to members keep you up to date on CSA activities and programs and provide guidance on preparing vegetables.

 

How much food will I get each week? return to top

The amounts and varieties change quite a bit during the season. As you read above, we grow many different vegetables and herbs, which you will get a share of during the season. You will pick-up between 4 and 10 different vegetables each week. Early on there will be more leafy greens and as the season progresses, a larger diversity of vegetables will be available.

 

Here you can see examples of full and small family shares from early fall.

 

[Example]
Summer Share

What’s in it?

Kale – bunch
Lettuce - head
Garlic - plant
Potato – 3lbs
Basil - .25 lb
Zucchini - 2lbs
Cucumbers – 1.5lb
Cabbage – 1
Tomato – 2 lbs
Beans – 1 lb

Peppers – .5 lb

What’s the actual market value of these items?
$39.55 (Based on MOFGA Organic Price Report's June and October 2012 averages)

What would be the CSA cost for these items?
The cost per week for a Share is $25; you can do the math!!

 

Do I receive fruit in my share? return to top

All shareholders can expect a watermelon and/or other melon in their share at some point.

 

There is also an optional Fruit Share add-on available. See below for further details on the Fruit Share.

 

What is a Fruit Share?

The Summer Fruit Share may include combinations of the following: peaches, plums, blueberries, nectarines, cantaloupe, and watermelon, as well as additional fruit that comes available from the fruit research farm. Fruit shareholders can expect approximately 6 pints of berries, 30lbs of peaches, 10lbs plums, and melons as they become available throughout the season.

 

The melons are certified organic, and the blueberries are treated organically. Peaches, plums, and nectarines come from the fruit research farm and are minimally sprayed.

 

Fruit Shares will be available on a first come first served basis.

 

The cost for a Fruit Shares is $120.00. Payment in full is required for fruit shares.

 

 

What is the cost of a CSA share?

CSA shares will be provided on a first come first served basis. A $50 deposit for each session is required to hold your spot which will be deducted from the balance of your share. Membership fees are as follows:

 

Summer Share: $350.00 (Breaks down to $25 per week x 14 weeks)
Fall Share: $350.00 (Breaks down to $25 per week x 14 weeks)
Fruit share: $120.00*

*Please note: Payment for the Fruit Share add-on is due in full at the time of purchase. Payment plans are only available for the vegetable shares.

 

Can I find out what will be in my share ahead of time?

Information on what will be included in the coming week’s share will be provided in a weekly member email each Friday prior to the following week's pickups. This service will be provided on a consistent basis in response to CSA 2012 member feedback.

 

Can I share a Share with someone?

Absolutely, yes. We understand that the shares contain a lot of produce and many people would like to participate in the program but simply can’t use up all the food each week. We will be facilitating the Share Sharing Program from the Sustainable Agriculture Program office.

 

If you already know who you will be sharing with, please identify that person in the space provided during checkout for your share.

 

If you have not already identified a family to share with, please send your name, session preferences and contact information to: chelsicrawford@gmail.com to be paired up with someone. We will pair up families as they are identified.

 

How do I pick-up my produce? return to top

Once a week shareholders will pick up produce from the Student Organic Farm. There are two options for pickup days, Tuesday or Friday. Members will indicate which day they prefer to pick up produce when they register. Members continue to pick up their produce once a week on their pickup day throughout the season.

 

At pick-ups, signs will denote how much you can take of each item. You certainly can take less depending on your need that week; rest assured we will not let extra veggies go to waste.

 

Please bring bags, baskets or boxes with you to transfer your share into. This will help to reduce waste. Bags will be available if you forget your own.

 

Where is the farm?

 

The Student Organic Farm is located on the Clemson University campus. You can find directions and maps here: http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/find_the_farm.html

 

What if I am unable to pick up my share for some reason? return to top

You may have a friend or neighbor to pick up your share if you can't be there on your delivery day. You can also donate your share for the week and we’ll be sure it does not go to waste!

 

What if I need to change my pick-up day? return to top

We discourage changing of pickup days. Please plan ahead and have a friend or neighbor pickup for you if you are unable to make your pickup. If you need to permanently change pickup days, requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

 

What happens if there is a crop failure? return to top

Variations in weather conditions may cause some crops to "fail" or to yield less than expected. In farming, this is inevitable. However, because we grow a large variety of crops and because we often have a surplus of other crops, we can usually compensate for a crop failure.

 

Can I become a member for part of the season? return to top

Unfortunately no. We have two 14 week programs to accommodate those who would only like to join for a shorter period or just during the summer or school year. Members can choose between the two share options (Summer and Fall) or sign up for both.

 

What if I need to cancel my share for some reason?

Should you have to cancel your share PRIOR to the start of the program a refund minus a $15 processing fee will be issued. If it is necessary to cancel during pickup season, a refund will only be given if there is another member to replace you. If a new member can be identified as a replacement, a prorated refund will be given minus a $15 processing fee. CSA program staff can assist in finding a replacement. Please contact the CSA coordinator in this circumstance.

How do I sign up? return to top

Please visit the Student Organic Farm store online and follow instructions.

 

Go to: Student Organic Farm Online Store to sign up for the program.

 

What are my payment options? return to top

Each 14 Week Session is $350. There are two payment options:

1. Pay In Full
This option allows shareholders to save some money by paying for the full amount of their share all at once. $15 is deducted from the total of each session purchased when payment is made in full. (Final cost using this option would be $335 per session instead of $350)

2. Pay a Deposit
This option allows shareholders to reserve a space in the program, by providing a $50 deposit for each share being purchased. The balance of each share purchased is due by the first pickup date of that option.

Please note: The Fruit Share add on is due in full with your deposit or payment in full.

 

Can I pay with a check or credit card? return to top

Yes, you can pay by check or credit card through our online registration process.

 

Please go to the Student Organic Farm Online Store and choose your options: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp

 

Further questions can be directed to chelsicrawford@gmail.com. Thank you for your support and interest!

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