KY Farm Share Coalition
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
A CSA farm share is a fresh produce subscription program that allows participants to receive a delivery of seasonal produce for a number of weeks (20-22) during the growing season (usually May - October). Payment for the entire growing season is required upfront which provides farms with guaranteed working capital for the growing season. As a consumer, you are buying into the farm and you become a shareholder. This means you share the inherent risks of farming with the farmer including dealing with weather, pests, and other unexpected circumstances but it also means you benefit from being the farm's number one priority when it comes to enjoying the bounty of their weekly harvest.
What are the benefits?
- Access healthy, fresh food every week
- Convenience! pick up your share at work or on the way home
- Get acquainted with who is growing your food and how it's grown
- Keep your food dollars in your community
- Opportunity to try new foods and test new recipes
- A pilot program at the University of Kentucky demonstrates that
subscribers to certified organic CSAs go to the doctor less, spend
less on prescription medications, and eat more fruits & vegetables
How does the program work?
Employers realize the benefit of a workplace CSA program to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Kentucky employers such as University of Kentucky and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government participate in the program and offer employees a voucher incentive to sign up for a CSA share. An employer offers a predetermined number of vouchers to eligible employees. Employees then sign up for a CSA farm share from a participating farm through this website. Share types, sizes, prices, pick up locations, and season lengths vary so be sure to explore the farm's CSA offerings carefully.
How do I participate?
Valvoline has enrolled in the CSA Voucher Program! Those employees who have indicated they would like to participate will be eligible on a first come first serve basis. Eligible employees will receive a voucher code good for $200 towards a mini, regular or robust CSA share. Once you receive your voucher code, visit Elmwood Stock Farm's website to learn about the share options and to sign up for your CSA share. On the farm website you will choose the type and size of your share, select your pick up location (your workplace will be an option if there are 10 or more sign-ups at that location), and enter your voucher code. The sign-up window for Valvoline employees is April 10th - April 20th. You will receive notification from the farm confirming your participation when you complete the sign up and payment process. You will receive information about when to start picking up your CSA farm share directly from the farm. Elmwood Stock Farm's pick ups begin the first week of May.
About Elmwood Stock Farm
Elmwood Stock Farm is committed to healthy and wholesome production of superior, high-quality, fresh farm products. Organic certification and close family involvement ensure that safe and sustainable farming practices are followed, while crops and livestock are well cared for. The 6th-generation family farm produces vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised chicken, pork, heritage-breed turkeys, and eggs.
Elmwood’s long-running CSA program offers 3 share sizes, add-on shares of eggs, meats, and pantry items, and all items are USDA Certified Organic. The popular on-farm pickup continues, where members choose their own items from all the produce in season. New for 2018, members can visit the online store to change out items in their share before it is packed each week.
Elmwood farmers Mac and Ann Stone are the faces you likely see at the farmers market, while Ann’s brother John Bell is on the farm tending the animals and raising the crops. The families share the work load with a great support team, and all work together to produce fresh, high quality CSA shares each week. They encourage members to learn about how food gets from farm to plate on scheduled farm tours, including a CSA day held each spring.
Click HERE for more information about Elmwood Stock Farm.
Recipes and Food Preservation
Looking for recipe inspiration appropriate for your CSA haul? Check out ideas from the Stone Barn Center.
Try preserving some of that summer goodness. Use these easy to follow guides from University of Kentucky, Fayette County Cooperative Extension.
Contact us for more information
Brooke Gentile: firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-219-7378