LFUCG 

Workplace CSA Program

LFUCG will be offering 150 CSA vouchers to employees interested in signing up for a weekly share of vegetables for the 2020 growing season. Each employee that participates will be able to apply a $200 voucher towards the cost of a weekly farm share and conveniently pick it up at the government center or a nearby community pick-up.

To learn more about farm shares, often called CSA (community supported agriculture), and the benefits, pricing, and options read below. If you are already familiar with the LFUCG workplace CSA program, click here to view farm options and buy a share! 

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

  • Convenience--pick up your share at work or on the way home

  • Get acquainted with your farmer and learn how your food is grown

  • Keep your food dollars in your community

  • Opportunity to try new foods and test new recipes

How does the program work?
LFUCG piloted the CSA Farm Share Credit Program in 2017 and offered a limited number of $200 vouchers to employees who signed up for a CSA farm share from a participating farm. Given the success of the program over the past 3 years a similar number of $200 vouchers will be offered to LFUCG employees for the 2020 season on a first come, first serve basis. Share types, sizes, prices, pick up locations, and season lengths vary among farms so be sure to explore each of the farms' CSA offerings on the CSA At-A-Glance page and their websites carefully below. Please note that many of the farms also offer 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.
The pricing chart below reflects an average of share cost and size among all of our partner farms with a $200 CSA voucher and without.

What to expect?

CSA members can look forward to a delicious diversity of vegetables in your CSA share throughout the season! Here is a sample of weekly regular/large shares in spring, summer, and fall. Small shares generally provide 60% of the vegetables shown. 

 

 

Spring Share

Summer Share

Fall Share

How do I participate?

In order to participate in the 2020 LFUCG CSA program you will be asked to complete an application via Survey Monkey. The link to the survey will be sent out following the Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, January 15th. The program will be limited to the first 150 LFUCG

employees to complete the survey and sign up with a farm. Once you complete the survey, you will receive an email confirmation from Ashton Potter Wright (awright@lexingtonky.gov) that includes your voucher code for your $200 discount. Please do not sign up with a farm prior to receiving your confirmation email with your voucher code from Ashton. Once you receive your voucher code, review the farm options by visiting their website and select the farm you wish to join from those listed below. On the farm website you will choose the type and size of your share, select your pick up location, and enter your voucher code before paying for your share.

 

Detailed sign up instruction for each farm are available here. Sign-ups will run from January 15, 2020 through January 31, 2020.  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 (May/June 2020).

Questions? Contact Ashton Potter Wright at awright@lexingtonky.gov or 859-258-3131. 

Partner Farms 

The following farms will be delivering CSA shares
to the LFUCG workplace pick-up at the Government Center.

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.

Lazy Eight Stock Farm strives to provide our CSA members with the best experience possible. We work to build the connection between you and your food through weekly, customizable deliveries of our Certified Organic produce. We encourage all our members to come to the farm for our CSA harvest events, included with the purchase of your CSA share. Last season our you-pick strawberries and fall pumpkin harvest were wonderful events, and a nice way for everyone to enjoy the farm. The farm family consists of Carla and Lothar Baumann and their son, Bryce, his wire Anna, and their children, Jack and Molly. The main CSA season at Lazy Eight Stock Farm runs for 20 weeks, starting with strawberries and asparagus and ending with your favorite fall vegetables. Our CSA members have become the lifeblood of our business, and your membership helps ensure this small farm continues to thrive.

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 their two small children and a dedicated farm crew. We remain committed to our CSA program as the cornerstone of our business. We offer two box sizes and members have the option to customize their box each week in our easy online store. Customization means that every week we put forth the items that are at peak freshness on the farm and members can view their items online in advance and make changes to their box contents. Every weekly delivery also comes with a newsletter featuring recipes and storage ideas to help you make the most of your experience.  We also encourage members to follow along with the news from the farm through our active social media communities and our on-farm field days and tours.  We believe that eating locally and organically should be delicious, healthy, and FUN!

Sustainable Harvest Farm produces USDA-certified organic vegetables, grass-fed beef and pork. It is the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and praying by Ford and Amanda Waterstrat. In 2011 they offered their farm’s first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and became the first USDA-Certified Organic Farm in the region. By 2013 they expanded their operation to include grass-fed beef and pastured pork. They continue to look for ways to innovate and expand their farm to provide quality, sustainable and delicious food to their family and community. Now offering customizable farm shares where CSA members get to make their own choices about what they want to eat based on their preferences and what the farm has in season. If you don’t like beets, you won’t ever see them. If you love zucchini, we’ll make sure you get that!

Have a specific questions about a CSA share?
Visit the farm website and contact them for additional information.
 

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