UCSC Farm CSA program now accepting memberships

UCSC Farm apprentice Kim Allen packs cilantro for a member's weekly share of organic produce.
Organic strawberries are one of the early-season treats in a CSA share from the UCSC Farm.

Shares are now available in the UC Santa Cruz Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, with pickups scheduled to start in early June.

CSA members receive a season's worth of fresh and local organic produce grown at the UCSC Farm, along with other benefits, including a weekly newsletter and complimentary membership to the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

A share of produce contains a diverse supply of freshly harvested organic fruits and vegetables throughout the season (roughly 8-13 items per week).

A CSA share is designed to feed a household of two or three for a week, or a larger family that perhaps doesn't cook every day but still wants to eat fresh, organic, and locally grown food. Members pick up their produce at the UCSC Farm and have access to a pick-your-own herb and flower garden.

Shares for the 22-week season cost $480. Payment can be in full or divided into two or four installments. Each year, 10 percent of the shares are reserved for low-income households, at half the price of regular shares. SNAP Benefits (formerly Food Stamps) are also accepted.

To receive a CSA brochure and pledge form or ask any questions about the CSA program, please contact Miranda Roberts or Liz Milazzo at (831) 459-4661 or email farmcsa@ucsc.edu. More information and the CSA brochure and pledge form are also available at http://casfs.ucsc.edu/community/csap.html.

Comments from previous CSA members:

  • "I loved it! My 'purchase' does more than just buy produce: I view it as supporting sustainable agriculture and a great community program."

  • "We have never been disappointed by the quality or taste of anything from the farm"

  • "I love the newsletter, relaxing and reading it slowly. I look forward to it more than any other after-work activity."

  • "Best food experience we've ever had. One of UCSC's finest resources."