Workplace CSA Program
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is offering 35 CSA vouchers to employees interested in signing up for a weekly vegetable share for the 2021 growing season. Each employee that receives a voucher will be able to apply $200 towards a weekly farm share and conveniently pick it up at LFCHD or a nearby community pick-up. LFCHD employees will also have an opportunity to enter to win a wellness raffle share and Employee Association basket that recipients will be able to pick up on a designated week during the season.
To learn more about CSA and the benefits, pricing, and sign-up details read below to find out what might be best for you. If you are already familiar with the LFCHD workplace program, click here to view the partner farm and CSA share options for 2021!
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
A local produce subscription where members receive weekly deliveries of seasonal vegetables and some fruits for 20-22 weeks during the main growing season (May - October).
A model of buying food that is focused on community where a participant pays in advance for a share and then becomes a important member of the farm for the whole season.
A weekly box or basket of fresh, KY Proud, and certified organic vegetables. The items in a share are harvested at their peak ripeness and will often store longer and have more flavor than other produce.
What are the Benefits of CSA?
Easy access to healthy fresh food and the opportunity to try new foods.
Convenience--pick up your share at work or on the way home.
Know your farmer that grows your food. Receive regular newsletters, updates, and useful recipes.
Enjoy health benefits of increasing vegetable consumption and eating out less frequently.
Keep more food dollars local.
CSA Share Size, Pricing, & Customization
Choose a CSA share that works for your household!
Mini Share: 5-9 items per week. Good for households with 1-2 people who enjoy cooking a few times a week. Best for first time CSA members.
Regular Share: 6-12 items per week. Good for households with 2-4 people who enjoy cooking several times a week.
Robust Share: 10- 14 items or more per week. Good for larger households with 4 or more people who enjoy cooking most nights a week.
Each week members can swap out vegetable items and swap in other vegetable items, add on additional farm items, and pause share on vacation and use credit in future weeks.
Pricing & Payment Details:
All LFCHD employees can choose to pay for farm shares using LCHFD payroll deduction or pay the farm directly.
LFCHD payroll deduction: All LFCHD employees regardless of whether they receive a voucher will be able to use a payroll deduction to pay for a CSA share. Participants will be directed to indicate this payment plan preference at sign-up. View step by step instructions here.
Farm payment plan: If you plan to pay the farm directly you can pay in full or split it up into installments using cash, check or card. When choosing this option payment in full is required before start of the season.
View chart below for cost with and without the $200 CSA voucher.
Eating with the Seasons
Expect delicious diversity in CSA share throughout the season! Here are a sample of weekly regular/large shares in spring, summer, and fall. Small/mini shares generally provide about 60% of the vegetables shown.
CSA Pick-up Location
Pick up your share at Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, every Tuesday from 3-5 pm or choose a nearby community pick-up or home delivery for additional fee.
How to Participate?
Attend virtual CSA Lunch and Learn on Tuesday January 19th at 3:30 during the town hall meeting with Elmwood Stock Farm. Learn more about their CSA program and how to enter the voucher lottery for a chance to apply a $200 voucher towards your CSA purchase.
Enter the CSA voucher lottery Jan. 19th-25th: Look for an email on January 19th after the town hall meeting with directions on how to enter lottery to claim a voucher. Employees will have until Monday January 25th at 5pm to express interest. \
Voucher participants will be notified on January 26th: Recipients will receive an email notification with a voucher code and signup instructions.
Sign up for a CSA share: LFCHD employees can purchase a CSA share with Elmwood Stock Farm and apply their voucher code and/or choose LFCHD payroll deduction.
View step-by-step signup instructions here.
Questions about the program? Contact Tara Mason, Team Leader for Community Health Equity and Education at TaraL.Mason@lfchd.org or Katie Harvey, KY Farm Share program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LFCHD will be partnering with Elmwood Stock Farm to bring participants
weekly vegetable shares for the 2021 growing season.
Elmwood Stock Farm is a sixth-generation family farm situated on 550 acres just outside Georgetown, Kentucky. USDA certified organic since 2000, Elmwood Stock Farm produces wholesome vegetables, fruits, pantry items, pasture-raised eggs, poultry and pork, and grass-fed, grass-finished beef and lamb.
Mac and Ann Stone, Ann’s brother, John Bell, and a great support team produce healthy and delicious weekly CSA Farm Shares. CSA shareholders benefit from Elmwood Stock Farm’s many years of growing for CSA, from a well-planned weekly share to the opportunity to swap and add items and the ability to skip a week for vacation from your secure online account. Have your vegetable, meat or egg share delivered to your home, or choose to pick up from more than a dozen community locations.