FAQ

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative way to get healthy local produce. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. In return, the share-holder receives shares once a week from the farm's bounty throughout the growing season. In summary, a CSA is a locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.

How will the CSA work and where do I pick up my shares?

You will choose your pick-up location when you sign up for Crops to Campus. You will be given the choice of one of two locations/days of the week:

  Location  Day Time
Option 1 Stadium Parking Lot north of campus Tuesday  4:00-6:00pm 
Option 2 Watkins Health Center Thursday 4:00-6:00pm
 

Produce for that week will be arranged on tables for selection by the subscriber. Usually there is an item or two that everyone receives, after this, subscribers may have a choice between other items, for example: Kale or Swiss Chard, Dill or Parsley, Summer Squash or Eggplant. The produce available will be dependent on the time of year and what the farmers have harvested that week. You will not be receiving the same produce every week. Some items may run out before others, but there will always be enough for each subscriber at each site to receive a variety of item of the same value. 

Why should I sign up for the CSA?

There are a lot of reasons to join a CSA and buy a share in a farm's harvest. Some people join for the amazingly fresh food. Some people enjoy the connection to a specific farm and/ or farmer. Others just want to support their local food system and are looking for a simple one-stop way to do so. Listed are some other reasons why to join KU’s CSA: Fresh, locally grown produce; support the sustainability of four local organic farms; challenge yourself to cook at home more; healthier meals for you and your family, convenience delivery on campus. 

When will the CSA for 2017 start and how long will it last?

The CSA is 24 weeks long. It begins the week of May 15 and will end the last week of October. But to know how much to plant, the farms need members to sign up in advance. Please sign up by April 15th for your choice of on-campus pick-up location. Sign-ups are available online at Common Harvest CSA

How much does a share cost?
2017 Subscription Options: Pay In Full Per Month
Full Share: 6-7 items per week $432 $72
Partial Share: 4-5 items per week $312 $52
Fall Share (full - 8 weeks)  $144 full payment only
Fall Share (partial - 8 weeks) $104 full payment only

Back to School shares will begin the week of Labor Day (Sept. 4th) and run through the end of October. Participants can sign-up online at Common Harvest CSA

You can also split your share with a friend, family member, or a co-worker. When choosing the option, please make on person responsible for payment. Common Harvest CSA cannot split payments between two individuals

What's in the bag?

Common Harvest has provided a general list of what tends to grow well in Kansas during each month of the growing season. These are the types of items you can expect to see as the growing season progresses. 

Subscribers to Crops to Campus will receive weekly emails forecasting what the farmers will be bringing to the pick-ups that week. Please note: this does not guarantee that each item will be available to everyone. Some items may be experiencing a more successful season and therefore be more plentiful, others may be harvested in smaller amounts and therefore run out quickly. 

The email used to sign-up for the CSA will be the one these weekly emails are sent to. Please use an email that you will check if you wish to receive weekly produce updates and recipes. 

Where will the produce come from?

Visit The Farms page to learn about the farms of Common Harvest CSA. ​ 

Who can sign up?

Any KU student, faculty, or staff member can sign up for KU’s CSA. The contract for the CSA will be between the share-holder and the farm(s). The Common Harvest CSA is also open to the Lawrence community. 

Is there a smaller share I could have?
Yes, a partial share is available for $52 a month ($13 a week). Back to School shares will also be available for those who leave Lawrence during the summer. These abbreviated subscriptions will begin the week of Labor Day (Sept. 4th) and run through the end of October.

You can also split your share with a friend, family member, or a co-worker. When choosing the option, please make one person responsible for payment. Common Harvest CSA cannot split payments between two individuals

 
Can a friend and I go into together to purchase one share for the both of us?

Yes, you can split your share with a friend, family member, or a co-worker. When choosing the option, please make one person responsible for payment. Common Harvest CSA cannot split payments between two individuals

Can I trade an item I don't want for something I'd rather have?

Yes, in 2017 Common Harvest will offer a swap basket in which you can trade one item you don't prefer for another you'd rather have. You can also use this option to trade something for an item you'd like to have more of. The hope is that this addition to the program will give you more flexibility and choice. Note: Common Harvest cannot guarantee that a given item will be available in the swap basket when you arrive for your share, in the case that earlier customers swapped for all available portions of that item.

Why is the share of certain items so small?

When the Common Harvest farmers harvest a specialty item that has a limited growing season - such as asparagus - they try to make sure that everyone can enjoy a taste. Therefore they split the portions into smaller bundles, sharing the wealth with more subscribers. The value of your share is spread out over the entire basket, thus a smaller amount of something does not equate to a lesser value share. In 2017, Common Harvest is making an effort to provide larger portions of items, where possible, in order to allow for a complete recipe. Note: this may not always be possible for these specialty items.

Does an individual with a partial share have their choice of all the items available that week?

Unfortunately not. The partial share is not a half share, it is a share of fewer items. There will be several items that all shares, both partial and full, can choose from. The full share, which costs more, will have their choice of a few additional items which are fewer in quantity or are of higher value. If you want to have access to more specialty items like eggs or honey, for example, we recommend the full share.


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