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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:

FALL 2014 CSA SHARES ARE SOLD OUT. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CHECKS.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

CURRENT MEMBERS:

Please visit the CSA Members page for availability and updates:

CSA MEMBERS PAGE


Find answers to your questions here!

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?
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?
When do I sign up?

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 kgilker@clemson.edu. 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

In 2014 the Student Organic Farm will be offering (2) fourteen week shares, a Summer Share and a Fall Share. Shareholders can sign up for one or both of the shares.

 

SUMMER SHARE (14 weeks) April 29th – August 1st
FALL SHARE (14 weeks) August 26th – November 28th


Summer Share: The first pickups of the Summer Share will take place on Tuesday, April 29th & Friday May 2nd, barring any delays incurred by weather, and will continue for fourteen consecutive weeks.

 

Between shares, we will take a three week break in August to accommodate anticipated production and labor shortages.

Fall Share: The first pickups of the Fall Share will take place on Tuesday August 26th and Friday, August 29th, barring any delays incurred by weather, and will continue for fourteen consecutive weeks.

 

What will I receive in my share? return to top

While it will vary week to week, here's what you can generally expect over the season:


SPRING – Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Green Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Pac Choi, Radishes, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Swiss Chard, Turnips
SUMMER – Basil, Cucumbers, Edamame, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Herbs, Okra, Peppers, Potatoes, Snap Beans, Southern Peas, Storage Onions, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Watermelons
FALL – Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Okra, Pac Choi, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach, Storage Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash

 

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 in their share at some point.

 

There is also an optional Fruit Share add-on available that will include blueberries, blackberries and peaches. Fruit share holders can expect 6 pints each of blueberries and blackberries and 30lbs of peaches as they become available. Fruit shares are $120.00 for the season. Payment in full is due at the time of deposit for fruit shares.

 

Fruit is not certified organic though the blackberries and blueberries are treated organically. Peaches come from the fruit research farm and are minimally sprayed.

 

 

What is a Fruit Share?

The Fruit Share will include blueberries, blackberries and peaches. Fruit shareholders can expect 6 pints each of blueberries and blackberries and 30lbs of peaches as they become available. The Fruit Share can be purchased as an optional add-on for vegetable shareholders or as a standalone product.

 

Fruit is not certified organic though the blackberries and blueberries are treated organically. Peaches come from the fruit research farm and are minimally sprayed.

 

Fruit Shares will be available only during the Summer Share and are 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. This should be paid at the time of deposit or purchase of your vegetable share (or) if purchasing as a standalone product; at any time before the first pickup.

 

What is the cost of a share in 2014?

CSA shares will be provided on a first come first served basis. A $50 deposit for each share 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 ($25/week)
Fall Share: $350.00 ($25/week)
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 posted on the CSA Members page (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/availability.html) every Friday of the week prior to 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, Share preferences and contact information to: kgilker@clemson.edu 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. In 2014, we will be organizing a method to get surplus produce to food shelters or other organizations in need.

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO THE FARM (PDF)

 

We ask that you 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.

 

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 gets to a needy family or a local shelter.

 

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

We have broken our 28 week CSA program into two 14 week programs to accommodate those who would only like to join for a shorter period or just during the 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.

When do I sign up? return to top

Signups are currently open for the 2014 SOF CSA program. We are preparing to grow for 100 members in 2014 and CSA shares will be provided on a first come first served basis.


How do I sign up? return to top

Please visit the Student Organic Farm store online and follow instructions. You can find the store at:

CU Student Organic Farm Storefront

 

What are my payment options? return to top

There are two payment options:

The Payment In Full 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 share purchased when payment is made in full.

The Deposit 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. We encourage this!

 

You can pay in full for one or both shares, pay a deposit and/or pay for a Fruit Share all from one convenient location. To pay by credit card, please go to the Student Organic Farm store and choose your options: Purchase CSA Shares here

 

Further questions can be directed to kgilker@clemson.edu. Thank you for your support and interest!

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