CSA

Shares are now available for the 2014 CSA. Sign up today!

WHAT IS COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)?

CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season

This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, growers and community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality produce, often at below retail prices. In return, farmers and growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse selection of crops. CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms. CSA is a unique model of local agriculture that has developed from many different influences.

HOW DOES THE GROW HARTFORD CSA WORK?

The Grow Hartford CSA is supported by members who purchase a “share” of the harvest for the year. The farm staff grows more than 35 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Each Thursday between 4 & 6 pm, members come to Grow Hartford’s Laurel Street site to pick up their produce. In addition, members can harvest pick-your-own crops such as herbs, cherry tomatoes and flowers.

WHAT IS A SHARE?

A “share” is a portion of Grow Hartford’s harvest from late July through the end of September. Households who buy a full share will receive approximately 140 pounds of a variety of vegetables and fruits, or about $30 worth per week, plus pick-your-own crops. A household share is estimated to supply 2 adults and 2 children or 2 vegetable-loving adults.

JOINING THE CSA

Memberships are available for the 12-week season from July 10th through September 25th. Regular priced shares are $350 for the whole season. Half of our shares are reserved for low income families and cost $75 for the season.

After submitting your information through our sign-up form, a payment for a minimum of $25 will be required to reserve your CSA membership. The balance will be due by June 15th. Payments may be made by check (made payable to Hartford Food System) or by EBT.

Please send payments to:
Dan Gregory
Hartford Food System
1 Congress Street, Suite 302
Hartford, CT 06114

LOW-INCOME SHARE ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible for a discounted share if you are part of any of the following programs:

Food Stamps/SNAP
WIC
State Administered General Assistance Program
Section 8 Housing
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Child Care Certification
State Supplement to the Aged, Blind or Disabled
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Connecticut Energy Assistance Program

Our general income eligibility guidelines for a low income share are (number indicates household size):

1: less than $20,665
2: less than $27,991
3: less than $35,317
4: less than $42,643
5: less than $49,969
6: less than $57,295
7: less than $64,621
8: less than $71,947

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the CSA, feel free to e-mail me at dan@hartfordfood.org.