Gator Community Support Agriculture (CSA) Program
In fall 2010, the Office of Sustainability launched the Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program hosted four farms, and has been a successful way to engage the campus community on food sustainability as well as to provide a convenient way to acquire local produce. The program returns for the 2015-2016 growing season and will have three farms with us to be a part of this year’s Gator CSA: Family Garden and Frog Song Organics.
About the Farms:
About Community Supported Agriculture
In a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, local consumers become farm members by paying a given amount of money at the beginning of the season, either as a lump sum or as installments. The cost depends on the length of the season and the variety and quantity of products provided. The up-front payment helps buy the seed and other inputs necessary for the season, gives the farmer immediate income and in many cases eliminates the need for operating loans. By committing to a price and paying at the beginning of the season, the members support the costs of production up front, as well as share in bounty and risks of the harvest. CSAs decrease the need for ongoing marketing by the producer. This allows the farmer to concentrate on land stewardship and growing good food.
In return for your membership and commitment, farmers provide fresh vegetables, fruits, and other farm products directly to consumer-members. Vegetables and fruits are available throughout the growing season, and a variety of other farm products may be distributed at different times throughout the year. As a consumer-member, you eat healthy food, know where it comes from and how it is grown, and share a connection to the land with the farmers who feed you.
How to Join
For more information about Gator CSA and the participating farms, please visit the the Field and Fork webpage: Gator CSA