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Community Supported Agriculture (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, loca
half share 300 l, 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 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 we are now proud to announce that the Buying Club model will be utilized in Summer 2018 at Ohio University. 

 

2018 WellWorks Buying Club:

University employees and community members are invited to participate in the 2018 Buying Club with weekly (Friday) pick-up on Ohio University's Athens Campus. 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 AND opt-in even after it has started. With such fleixibility, this program caters to a wide audience!

 

2018 Buying Club Details: 

  • Weekly pick-up will occur on Fridays from July 13 through October 19
  • Size Options: Participants can choose to purchase a Half Peck (Feeds 1-2 people per week), Peck (Feeds 3-5 people per week), or Half Bushel (Feeds 1-2 families per week) 
  • Prices: Half Peck = $165 for the full 15 weeks, Peck = $315 for the full 15 weeks, Half Bushel = $465 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 July 13), 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 = $11 per week, Peck = $21 per week, Half Bushel = $31 per week.
  • Online Registration: The online registration form is now available!
  • 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: Rural Action will deliver your shares to campus in the Walter Hall Parking Lot from 12:00-12:45 p.m. every Friday from July 13-October 19. The Walter Hall Parking Lot is Lot #134 on the Ohio University Parking Lot Map
  • This year's Buying Club is limited to 25 participants.The minimum number of participants needed to fully execute this 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 CSA Produce List

CSA 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 CSA 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  

2018  Online Registration Form         

     

2019 Community Supported Agriculture

As we did for 2018, WellWorks will be executing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Summer 2019 CSA program. That RFQ will be made available in Fall semester of 2018. If you would like more information about this process, please contact Annie Laurie Cadmus at cadmus@ohio.edu or 740.593. 9458.