Our Community Supported Agriculture Program is actually a School Supported Agriculture Program!
In collaboration with Burns Sci Tech School in Oak Hill, FL we will be managing a "School Supported Agriculture" program, similar to a CSA (community supported agriculture), you can help support local small farms, boost the local economy, as well as provide your family with healthful, fresh produce!
Our upcoming season will be a sampler 4 week session from November 29th - December 20th Registration for the program is due November 24th.
You can Register HERE
Read more below:
Participants in a CSA farm pay in advance before the start of the season for a share of the farm’s harvest. In turn, they receive a portion of farm products each week throughout the growing season. Prepayment gives the small farmer operating capital for the year’s production, and helps the farmer plan the planting and harvest schedule.
We are not a supermarket! The vegetables that you find each week in your share are what we are harvesting at that time. You do not pick and choose as in a market. Part of the commitment is learning to eat what is in season here in our local area- you will become more flexible and adventurous with your cooking and eating habits. Each crop has a preference for certain growing conditions. There are some things that we cannot grow at all, and others that have a very limited season in Central Florida. Note that we always have greens- for salads, cooking, or both, and some type of herb(s). The selection changes during the season- at the beginning, you may find predominantly greens and herbs that mature quickly. Later on, you will see more of the long-season items such as root vegetables.
You can also expect to find unique, rare and heirloom varieties that you may not be familiar with. It ensures that your palate and your dinner plate will never be boring!
The weekly produce subscription (CSA) will begin on November 29th - December 20th. Pick up days will always be Thursday in the school cafeteria at student pick up time. Enjoy a sample of delicious, local produce for 4 glorious weeks at a total subscription price of $76 for the sampler season (4 week season).
An example of a weekly bag: Collard Greens, Carrots, Basil, Bell Peppers, Salad Mix
Generally we strive to include salad greens, cooking greens, two more hearty vegetable, and some other unique super fresh varieties to keep you excited to eat your veggies! We offer a weekly family share, which usually satisfies the produce needs for a family of 3 - 5. Large households, juicers, or big veggie eaters can sign up for more than one share, or multiple families can split a share.
Produce is harvested within 2 days of you picking it up! Produce is all sourced from farms using organic methods to grow their veggies located within 25 miles of Burns Sci-Tech.
How to Sign Up
If you want to be assured of a place in our program this season, please register and pay by the final due date of April 15th. Your spot is not guaranteed until we have received payment, and you must pay in full before the start of the season. Checks, Credit and Debit are accepted. The farm also accepts SNAP and is a part of the Fresh Access Bucks Program! This means that any SNAP participant in the program pays half! Contact me for more details on purchasing your CSA with SNAP!
Please Register by filling out this Form
Tips for Participating
The most common reason given for quitting a CSA is that you cannot use all the vegetables. Be realistic about your family’s lifestyle: if you eat out often or use a lot of prepared food, this may not work for you. If you live by yourself and you think a share may be too much produce for your needs, consider juicing, opt for splitting your share with a friend. You can take turns picking up or each take half the items-get creative!
Our CSA members vary from students to singles to families to retirees. Some are vegetarians, some are vegans, some juice, some follow a raw, live foods lifestyle, but most are simply interested in fresh, locally-grown, non-GMO, organic or pesticide-free, flavorful food. For many, this is a new way of cooking and eating. They find that they make more foods (such as pesto) “from scratch”. They also are willing to try new foods and ways of preparing them.
If you’re not used to eating a lot of fresh produce, you will change some things about how you prepare and cook food. To help you make the transition to cooking and eating this way, we suggest getting a good vegetable cookbook. Some of the best are designed for vegetarian lifestyles, but even if you eat meat, you will find great recipes, often for the more uncommon vegetables you’re likely to see in our shares (but not at the grocery store). You can also check out your local bookstore, library, or the internet for recipes. And keep an eye out for the recipes in our weekly newsletter - each week will feature recipes and ideas for the weekly share!
Many CSA programs recommend a salad spinner. Although handy for leafy greens, we find the easiest way to clean your veggies is to soak them briefly in a sink full of cold water, swish them around a few times, let rest for a minute (so the sand and dirt will sink to the bottom) then drain well in a colander. This is especially useful when the veggies are sandy, or stowaway critters have hitched a ride. But to keep your greens at their freshest, DON’T wash them until you’re ready to use them. This is why you’ll often find a bit of our farm along for the ride. Always store your greens in a plastic bag inside your refrigerator vegetable drawer, never loose on a shelf.
We also recommend that you start a compost pile or bin. You will probably have more vegetable waste than you’ve had in the past. If you have a yard (even if you only grow plants on a balcony), the best way to use these scraps is to recycle them by making compost that to use on your plants. You don’t need anything fancy– a small corner in your garden will do. Just be sure that when you put your scraps out, you cover them lightly with a top dressing of soil, and don’t forget to add the trimmings every time you cut grass or trim your plants.
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