Spring is here, which means the Institute for Food farm is coming back to life. Farm staff are already busy working in the greenhouse planting flats of arugula, spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes in preparation for the summer harvest.
Last season we piloted our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Each week during the summer and fall months subscribers took home a box packed full of fresh seasonal vegetables grown on the Institute for Food farm. It offers a great way to build community and support healthy eating. As one subscriber commented on our end of season survey: “I love going to the fridge or pantry and asking—what should we eat tonight, and basing the answer on what good veggies we have available.”
Beyond supplying seasonal, sustainably grown produce, the CSA also provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning. Students assist in tending, harvesting, washing, packing, and delivering boxes. In the process, they learn basic environmental science related to plant growth, nutrient cycles, and plant insect interactions. They also apply this knowledge to the principles and practices of sustainability in connection with farm planning, nutrition, small business development, community outreach and teamwork. In this way the Institute for Food farm links students and community members in supporting its mission to foster healthy food, healthy eating, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
To access the sign up form, click on the CSA menu in the top right.