CSA

A CSA share is a wonderful way to connect with your local farmers and learn more about food.

2017 CSA STARTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

TUESDAY, JUNE 6

PLEASE EMAIL US FOR A MEMBERSHIP FORM

esiegel2@igc.org

Our CSA program, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture,  began rather humbly several years ago.  However, as the local agriculture movement has grown, so has our CSA; to the point where we now have about 120 members. 

The concept of CSAs started in Europe and Japan in the 1960s to help farmers gear up to their growing season in partnership with their customers and came to the United States in 1984.  By providing a guaranteed market through prepaid annual sales, consumers essentially help finance farming operations. This allows farmers to focus on not only quality growing, but can also level the playing field in a food market that favors large-scale, industrialized agriculture over local food.

CSA members pay for their shares ahead of time, which enables the farmer to hire staff, purchase seeds, repair tractors, equipment and tools.  It still is months before the farmer can bring their produce to the markets.  This "share risk" arrangement creates a true partnership between the farmer and the CSA member.  In return, each week we bring down food from our farm to our various CSA drop off locations.

HOW OUR CSA WORKS

Our CSA is divided into 4 sessions

Tuesday and Saturday picks up:

Session 1 June-July

Session 2 August-September

Session 3 October

Saturday pick up only:

Session 4 November

In order to experience a full season's spectrum of produce, we recommend you sign up for all four sessions.  Some CSA members pay for the full season, while others are more comfortable paying for each session.  We are flexible about vacations, and if known ahead of time, will prorate the session according to how many weeks you will be picking up.  Shares that are not picked up without any notice are donate to shelters or families in need.

Due to the growing demand for our CSA it is highly recommended you sign up early, as there is a possibility our CSA will fill up.  If you are interested in a CSA share or have further questions, please e-mail us at esiegel2@igc.org.

CSA PICK UP LOCATIONS

SATURDAYS

Adams Morgan Farmers Market at 18th and Columbia Road, NW DC 9 AM - 1PM

Takoma Park, Maryland 3 PM - 8 PM (address given when you sign up)

 

TUESDAYS

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) campus 11 AM - 1 PM

Brookland Farmers Market, outside Brookland Metro Station 4 PM - 6 PM

Takoma Park, Maryland 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

 

FARM VISIT DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 11:00AM - 4:30PM

What People Are Saying

"We are really enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables we are getting every week from the CSA.  I just wanted to share with you what my daughter said last night after tasting the delicious green beans we got yesterday.  She said "If parents want their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables they should join a CSA!"  I think that says it all.  Have a great day. "


Best, 
Elizabeth 

What People Are Saying

"We love our CSA products!  My office smells like basil right now.  Thank you so much for offering this CSA at the NIH!"