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Produce Buying Club (formerly CSA)

Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or a Buying Club (a way to purchase local vegetables wholesale) is a great way to get fresh, local, organic vegetables without going to the market. Members purchase a share of a farmer's crops before the growing season begins and, in turn, receive a selection of fresh, organic vegetables on a regular basis. A summer CSA or Buying Club typically runs June-October and includes a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruits. 

History of the WellWorks' CSA:

The WellWorks CSA program began in 2011 with Shade River Organic Farm serving as the provider. On a weekly basis, the Hamiltons delivered amazing vegetables and herbs to CSA supporters at Ohio University. This program was created in an effort to ensure our employees and members had easy access to local, nutrient-dense food. We genuinely believe that this program positvely contributes to the wellness of our community.

In 2018, due to time constraints, Shade River Organic Farm elected not to continue their relationship with the WellWorks CSA, so the University sought a suitable replacement through a county-wide Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Rural Action's Buying Club submitted the winning "bid" and the Buying Club model was first utilized in Summer 2018 at Ohio University. That model will continue again in 2019.

2019 WellWorks Buying Clubs: 

As of June 17, 2019, Ohio University's WellWorks Buying Clubs have tripled the participation numbers compared to 2018! We have, therefore, closed enrollment at this time. Please check back in early 2020 for information on joining next year's Buying Club. 

WellWorks Public Buying Club:

University employees, students and community members are invited to participate in the 2019 Buying Club with weekly (Fridays at noon) pick-up on Ohio University's Athens Campus in the Walter Hall parking lot. The program is managed by Rural Action and all produce is purchased from local farmers at the Chesterhill Produce Auction. This wholesale model of a Buying Club allows for a greater diversity in the produce received each week, which can be a limiting factor of a traditional CSA. It also allows you to opt-out of certain weeks that you know you'll be out of town. With such flexibility, this program caters to a wide audience!

NEW in 2019: CDC Buying Club

The Child Development Center is committed to providing children and their families with education about and access to fresh, organic produce. In 2019, any individual who is a parent/caregiver to a child enrolled at CDC is eligible to participate in the CDC Buying Club, with pick-up on Tuesday afternoons. This Buying Club's format is identical to the WellWorks Public Buying Club explained above except that it is limited only to families/caregivers and staff of the CDC and pick-up occurs on Tuesdays. Please note: this program must remain private to the families and staff of students at the CDC and, therefore, eligibility will be verified by CDC staff before a registrant receives a confirmation. If you are not eligible for the CDC Buying Club you may, instead, register for the WellWorks Public Buying Club with pick-up on Fridays. 

2019 Buying Club Details:

  • Duration:
    • Weekly pick-up for the public Buying Club will occur on Fridays beginning June 14 and will run for 15 weeks, concluding on September 27. There will be no pick-up on July 5 due to the holiday. 
    • Pick-up for the CDC (Private) Buying Club will occur on Tuesday afternoons beginning June 18, concluding on September 24. 
  • Size Options:
    • Half Peck (Feeds 1-2 adults per week),
    • Peck (Feeds 3-5 adults per week), or
    • Half Bushel (Feeds 1-2 families per week) 
  • Prices:
    • Half Peck = $12 per week ($180 for the full 15 weeks),
    • Peck = $22 per week ($330 for the full 15 weeks),
    • Half Bushel = $33 per week ($495 for the full 15 weeks). 
  • Opt-Out Option: The above prices are the base level prices for the full 15 weeks. An added benefit of the Buying Club format is that you can opt-out of any weeks that you may be unable to pick-up your share.
    • For each week that you choose to opt-out (or each week you have missed, if opting in after June 14), your payment will be prorated.
    • You must select your opt-out dates at the time of registration.
    • Your cost will be calculated and emailed to you so you know what your payment amount will be at the time of payment.
    • For each week that you opt-out of the program, the following amounts will be deducted from the base payment: Half Peck = $12 per week, Peck = $22 per week, Half Bushel = $33 per week.
  • Online Registration Forms:
    • WellWorks Public Buying Club: online registration form is now closed.
    • CDC (Private) Buying Club: Family and Staff of the Child Development Center have the opportunity to participate in the CDC Buying Club. Eligibility of each participant was verified before receiving confirmation of participation in that closed group.
  • Payment:
    • Payment (credit card or check made out to Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA)) must be supplied to Rural Action at the time of your first pick-up.
    • Rural Action is solely responsible for management of the program and ensuring the safety of the food provided. Ohio University is not financially involved in this program; the University is merely serving as a convenient pick-up location for participants.
  • Pick-Up Details:
    • Public Buying Club: Rural Action will deliver your shares to campus in the Walter Hall Parking Lot from 12:00-12:45 p.m. every Friday (excluding July 5). The Walter Hall Parking Lot is Lot #134 on the Ohio University Parking Lot Map
    • CDC Buying Club: Rural Action will deliver all shares to the CDC on Tuesdays at 3pm. Families/caregivers/staff can claim their shares when they pick up their children at the end of the day. 
    • If you ever forget to pick up your share, you may call Rural Action (740-677-4047, ask for Tom) to determine if you can pick up your produce at their office in The Plains OR to inform them to donate your produce that week. 
  • Each of the two Buying Clubs is limited to 30 participants.The minimum number of participants needed to fully execute each program is 10.


Receive Email Updates about future CSA programs or Buying Clubs supported by WellWorks:
If you would like to receive our email updates about Community Supported Agriculture and the Buying Club, please utilize the online email Sign-Up form.

Typical Weekly Produce List

Weekly produce content varies week-to-week and is different for every vendor. Each delivery provides vegetables that are growing in their garden at that time. Here is a list of vegetables and herbs that are typically included in an Ohio produce share throughout the summer:

Basil Beans Beets
Broccoli Bulb fennel Cabbage
Carrots Cilantro Cucumbers
Dill Parsley Parsnips
Peppers Potatoes Garlic
Kale/Chard Kholrabi Leeks
Onions Radishes Salad greens
Scallions Summer/Winter squash Tomatoes
Turnips Zucchini