Community Supported Agriculture
The Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) provides a model of farming, directly linking consumers to farmers. With over 210 members, the CSA provides fresh organic produce to the campus and local community.
By purchasing a share of the harvest, members are able to pick up fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs on a weekly basis. This program allows community members the opportunity to invest in local agriculture and enjoy the benefits of fresh organic produce at the same time. Hampshire College students are welcome to volunteer with the CSA program, and a limited number of work-study positions are available.
When? Produce pick-ups are once a week. You choose your pick-up time between 12 noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday or Friday. You must pick up on the same day each week, within pick-up hours, unless you notify us in advance.
Where? Produce is picked up at the CSA barn at the Farm Center.
How?To become a member, all you need to do is buy a share!
Price? Fall Share (September 1 - November 25) costs $300.
Questions? Call or e-mail Nancy at the Hampshire Farm Center (contact information to the left).
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
- CSA is a new concept in farming that directly links the consumer to the farmer. How it works is that you (the shareholder) buy a ”share” of the harvest before the season. Once the season starts, you come to the Hampshire College Farm Center once a week to pick up your veggies, flowers, and herbs.
- Community Supported Farms provide healthy, chemical-free food for the community.
- By staying local, less energy is used to bring produce to consumers. This mean receiving freshly harvested vegetables at cheaper prices (up to 30% savings!).
How does the community support the farm?
- A community’s investment in CSA provides the farmer with resources to successfully harvest season after season.
- Part of being a CSA member is making the choice to support local, organic agriculture.
How does the farm support the community?
- Members know where their food is coming from, will be able to visit the farm, will receive a wide array of garden variety vegetables, and will meet the people who grow them.
- Sign up early and gain access to our pick-your-own crops (tomatoes, flowers, beans and herbs) as soon as they are ready.
- (We will contact you when the fields are open, usually late July or early August.)
- Mustard Greens
- Salad Mix
- Swiss Chard
- Sweet Potato
- Winter Squash