KY Farm Share Coalition

 Louisville Metro Government

 
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?

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness has enrolled in the CSA Voucher Program, along with Youth Detention Services and Resilience and Community Services! 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 full CSA share or a small CSA share. Once you receive your voucher code, visit Rootbound Farm's website and 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 Louisville Metro Government employees is April 9th - April 30th. 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 closer to the start of the season.

About Rootbound Farm

 

Rootbound Farm is a USDA certified organic family farm located in Oldham County, Kentucky. The farm is run by Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall along with a dedicated farm crew. Now entering their 8th season, they remain committed to their CSA program as the cornerstone of their business. Every weekly delivery features a beautiful collection of items grown on the farm and comes with a newsletter featuring recipes and storage ideas.  Ben and Bree believe that eating locally and organically should be delicious, healthy, and FUN! In 2018, members will be able to swap out some of the items in their vegetable share to meet their needs and desires.

 

Click HERE for more information about Rootbound 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: brooke@oak-ky.org or 502-219-7378

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