New Community Supported Agriculture Program

Washington University’s Office of Sustainability and Human Resources are excited to announce a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program partnership with Local Farmer CSA. WashU staff, faculty, and students are invited to sign-up as a CSA member and receive a weekly or bi-weekly Crop Box filled with locally grown produce, fruit, meat, cheeses, yogurt, and/or other artisan goods. CSA programs provide a convenient way for community members to eat fresh, seasonal foods and support local farmers. They also save time – rather than choose, bag, and pay for produce at the store, you can just grab your box and go!

We are especially excited to work with David Smith from Local Farmer CSA given his commitment to sustainable farming. Participating farms grow produce using organic practices. David purchases meat that is antibiotic-free. He also encourages CSA members to reuse or recycle their Crop Box containers and egg cartons. The Office of Sustainability and Human Resources share David’s passion for providing easier access to local food that is healthy both for consumers and the environment.

David will have a weekly pick-up site at West Campus beginning Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Orders will be accepted beginning April 15-17. Participants receive a mix of items according to the type of Crop Box selected. Options include:

  • Student Box – $20 per box.* This box is exclusively for students!
  • Farm Share Box – $29.99 per box.*
  • Build Your Own Box – $40+ per box. This box is fully customizable. All you have to do is spend a minimum of $40.* You can add and drop items each week using the online farmers market.

*All box options include a one-time $15 sign-up fee for registration and processing.

Members can stop by to pick-up their Crop Box every Wednesday from 4p to 6p. David will be on-site to answer questions and share preparation tips. The pick-up location is the parking lot behind the 7509 Forsyth building in Clayton. The parking lot is just one MetroLink stop or short bus or bike ride from the Danforth Campus. The pick-up will move inside the parking garage (top covered level) in the case of inclement weather. Click here to sign-up.

This is a pilot program for the 2016 growing season. We are looking to add additional pick-up locations at the Danforth and North campuses beginning this fall, depending on the level of interest.

Are you interested in joining the program but want to learn more before you commit? You can also visit with David’s team and partner farmers at the School of Medicine’s Farmers Market every Thursday, 10a to 2p, on the plaza of the BJC Institute of Health. No sign-up necessary!