What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
A CSA farm share is a fresh produce subscription program that allows participants to receive a delivery of fresh, seasonal produce for a number of weeks (20-22) during the growing season (usually May - September). 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.
- Opportunity to try new foods and test new recipes.
- Convenience--pick up your share at work or on the way home.
- Satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production.
- Know the farmer and the farm that grows your food.
- Keep your food dollars in your community.
- Enjoy Certified Organic produce and know the farm grows 100% of the CSA share.
How does the program work?
LFCHD is piloting the CSA Farm Share Credit Program in 2019 and will offer 25 $200 vouchers to employees through a lottery. Participants will then sign up for a CSA share from Elmwood Stock Farm. There are a variety of share types, sizes, prices, and pick up locations, so be sure to explore the farm's CSA offerings on their website below. A pick-up location with be at LFCHD on Newtown Pike for employees only, and there is a pickup location at Good Foods Coop close to the LFCHD Regency Rd location. Please note that the farm also offers meat, eggs, and other value-added products. You are welcome to add on these additional items but your voucher is only eligible for a produce/vegetable share.
How do I participate?
Interested to participate in the 2019 LFCHD CSA Voucher Program? Join us for a CSA Lunch and Learn event with a farmer from Elmwood Stock Farm on Monday, February 4th at LFCHD. CSA Vouchers will be limited to 25 LFCHD employees who are selected through the electronic lottery available 2/4 - 2/13 at 4:30pm. Lottery winners will be drawn on 2/14 at 3pm and notified via email confirmation that includes your voucher code for a $200 discount. Please do not sign up with the farm prior to receiving your confirmation email and voucher code. Once you receive your voucher code go to the farm's website and choose the type and size of your share, select your pick up location (there is a pick up at LFCHD), and enter your voucher code before paying for your share. Sign-ups will run from 2/14-2/20 . You will receive notification from the farm confirming your participation when you complete your payment and you will receive information about when to start picking up your CSA farm share closer to the start of the season in May.
Purchase deadline for voucher recipient CSA sign up is February 19, 4:30pm.
Purchase deadline for non-voucher sign up is February 20, 4:30pm
If you do not sign up with your voucher code by NOON February 20th, your voucher will be forfeited and will be available to the next person in line.
You may select to have your CSA share be payroll deducted. Indicate this preference when purchasing the CSA share from the farm by:
typing "LFCHD payroll deduction" in the new member / employee ID / payroll text field AND by selecting "Invoice" on the farm's website at checkout
Payroll deduction details in terms of weekly cost with and without voucher:
Mini – sufficient for two adults (with/without small children)
Regular – sufficient for family of four
Robust – sufficient for larger families
Payroll Deductions Dates:
Learn about the farm and select your CSA Share
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. See what's planned for your weekly share and swap items online—plus, skip a share while on vacation and add extras when you're back. The popular on-farm pickup continues, where members choose their own items from all the produce in season.
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 the farm and to purchase your CSA share.