University of Kentucky

Health & Wellness CSA Program

University of Kentucky will be offering CSA vouchers to eligible UK employees on UK healthcare plan as a part of wellness benefit. For additional information specific to the program click here.

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 UK Health & Wellness 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 locally grown, seasonal produce for 20-22 weeks during the growing season, usually May - September. All CSA shares offer a diverse array of vegetables throughout the season. CSA shares vary by farm in terms o size, price, share diversity, customization, length of season, pick up location and other farm products and experiences. 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 and the opportunity to try new foods and test new recipes.

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

  • Know the farmer and the farm that grows your food while also keeping your food dollars in your community.

  • Enjoy health benefits that come with increasing vegetable consumption and eating out less frequently.

  • 100 % of farm share is grown on-farm and USDA Certified Organic.

CSA Share Size Guide:

  • Small/Mini Share: 4-7 items/week. Good for households with 1-2 people. Best for first time CSA members.     

  • Regular/Large Share: 6-10 items/week. Good for households with 2-4 people who enjoy cooking.

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

The Farms 

Explore CSA options and purchase a share below.
Sign up instructions for each farm are available here.

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.

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 of 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 wife Anna, and their children, Jack and Molly. Our love of the land and the work, and our desire to farm in a way that is aligned with our values led us to farm in a way that is aligned with our values and led us to Community Supported Agriculture. 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. Now in our 10th season, 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. With customization you get more of the items you love and less of the items you won’t use.

    

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!

Now offering CUSTOMIZABLE farm shares! The traditional farm share model has always been for the farm to give you a box of whatever was grown that week, regardless of a members likes and dislikes. The new customizable approach allows CSA members 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!

  

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.

The UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is a part of the UK College of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, and is an integral component of the Sustainable Agriculture (SAG) Undergraduate Curriculum. The CSA project links faculty, staff, and students from the UK community with the Organic Farming Unit located at the UK Horticulture Research Farm. The CSA project is not a commercial farm and is not managed for profit. All financial proceeds from the sale of CSA shares support the production of food during the growing season and student educational activities of the SAG program. All faculty, staff, students, and friends of the UK community are invited to sign-up for our CSA.

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

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