KY Farm Share Coalition

 A CSA Voucher program

What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture:

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.

HOW does the CSA Voucher Program work?

 

KY Farm Share Coalition is a community supported agriculture program (CSA) with a mission to help certified organic farmers increase and stabilize their annual revenue while improving healthy food access and health behaviors for consumers. CSA's are a weekly box of locally grown produce provided at specific price points by local farms looking for new ways to reach clients and potential markets. KY Farm Share Coalition is helping farmers connect with those individuals through a unique workplace wellness CSA program of particular interest to self-insured employers. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, those employers are looking for ways to rein in healthcare costs.

 

KY Farm Share Coalition developed a program that addresses this need for employers while generating new dollars for farmers. CSA shares are proven to reduce the health care costs of consumers by providing them with access to fresh, healthy foods that promote healthier lifestyles. Employers invest in a cash $200 'voucher' for their employees towards the purchase of a CSA, guaranteeing revenue for our local farmers throughout the growing season. CSA Voucher Project is organized and administered by the Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) in partnership with the University of Kentucky Agricultural Economics, regional employers, participating farmers growing USDA certified organic produce, and other partners.

We are currently working with new employers for the 2018 CSA season. Contact us for details.

Contact us for more information

 

Brooke Gentile: brooke@oak-ky.org or 502-219-7378

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