WashU has launched a partnership with HOSCO as its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provider. Employees, students, and community members can sign up for this CSA offering now!

HOSCO (Holistic Organic Sustainable Cooperatives), is a sustainable not-for-profit business incubator model for food production, entrepreneurship and apprenticeship training. Their mission is to significantly increase access of local foods while creating jobs and economic development by revitalizing blighted and asset-poor neighborhoods in St. Louis. HOSCO is committed to food justice, empowering others to grow the local food economy and make food in St. Louis more available and affordable. They have distributed over 1 million meals and 2.1 million pounds of produce to residents of St. Louis City and County. HOSCO has partnered with many local organizations, including BJC, YMCA, the St. Louis Science Center, and St. Louis Public Schools.  

CSA programs provide a convenient and affordable way for community members to access fresh, healthy and seasonal food while supporting and connecting with local farmers. HOSCO CSA members will receive weekly or bi-weekly boxes filled with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as pre-made meals created with ingredients sourced directly from local farms and crafted at the North Sarah Food Hub, HOSCO’s commissary kitchen. Depending on which option members choose, HOSCO CSA boxes will vary in price from $20 – $50 per box.

Crop Box Options

Participants purchase a farm share when signing-up, and in return, receive a weekly or bi-weekly box of locally grown items based on the type of Crop Box selected.

Options include:

  • The Basics – $20 per box.
  • Basic Goodness – $40 per box.
  • Goodness Gracious – $50 per box.
  • Build Your Own Box – $Price varies.
    This box is fully customizable.

You can cancel or put your account on hold at any time. New participants will be charged a one-time $15 registration fee.

We will honor the initial registration fee that current WashU CSA customers (via Local Farmer) have already paid and offer a one-time coupon code for those looking to switch to our new contracted CSA provider, HOSCO. To receive this code, contact School of Medicine Sustainability Coordinator, Heather Craig at hcraig@wustl.edu.

Pickup Times & Locations

Crop Boxes can be picked up weekly or bi-weekly across multiple campuses:

  • Danforth Campus, Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm.
    Box distribution is located on the parking lot between the Alumni House and Music Library, across Forsyth from the DUC.
  • West Campus, Wednesdays, 12pm – 2pm
    Box distribution is located on the parking lot behind the 7509 Forsyth building in Clayton.
  • School of Medicine Campus, Thursdays from 10am-2pm.
    Box distribution is located at the weekly Farmers Market on University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Quad.