Welcome to the UW Farm CSA Program

By becoming a member  or ‘shareholder,’ you are not simply purchasing food, you are directly investing in the success of our student-run farm program and joining our community! You will receive a portion of our harvest and enjoy some of the freshest local produce right from our campus to your table!


UPDATES, May 2020 due to COVID-19:

The UW Farm is implementing Enhanced Health and Safety Procedures for all UW Farm CSA Sessions

According to the CDC, currently there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 from touching either food or food packaging. However, the virus can survive on surfaces and objects for a limited amount of time. The available evidence suggests the virus can survive for about 3 days on hard surfaces, like metal or plastic, and about 1 day on soft surfaces, like cardboard. Proper hand hygiene is critical.

Per CDC’s guidelines: “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.” More info here.

Food Production:

All food grown at the UW Farm is conducted following NOP (National Organic Program) methods and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) pre-harvest, harvest, wash/pack, storage and transportation health practices.

Disinfecting and Cleaning:

All CSA re-usable plastic boxes that contain removable, single-use plastic or paper bags of produce for shareholder pick-up are sanitized by being submerged fully in a bleach/water bath within 24 hours after collection.

All UW Farm staff and approved crew wear a mask and gloves during harvest and wash and packing of CSA produce.

At both pick-up locations signage will be in-place reminding physical distancing of at least 6′ and encouraging shareholders to wear a mask and gloves. Disinfectant will also be made available at CSA pick-up locations:

  • On the farm at The Center for Urban Horticulture. 
  • On campus at the UW Club

NEW Pick-up Procedures:

  • Each week your share will be ready for pick up at 3PM every Wednesday. You may pick up your box anytime after 3pm.
  • All boxes will be arranged, not touching, and individually labeled with each shareholders name.
  • Follow these steps while at the pick-up location:
  1. Please keep at least 6’ between you and any other shareholder. 
  2. If possible  wear a face mask and gloves
  3. Find your box with YOUR NAME labeled on the lid
  4. Remove the lid and lift out the bag, containing the produce.
  5. Replace the lid on the container
  6. Leave the plastic container 

Upon returning to your car or home, immediately wash hands with soap and water and/or use 70% alcohol hand sanitizer.

For helpful information on the safety of food consumption during COVID-19 refer to this article:  https://thewholeu.uw.edu


HOW TO SIGN UP

Below are the three types of CSA programs we offer:

Summer, Peak and Fall. Information for each CSA session is listed below in detail.

CSA box pick-up Locations and a FAQ sheet are listed at the bottom of this page.


Summer CSA – SOLD OUT as of 2/24/21

16 Weeks, June 9  – September 22, 2021

Share Details:

Box Size: One size – will feed a family of four or two heavy veggie eaters. Box contents vary week to week, but each box contains an average of 8-12 different items based on what is fresh.

Cost for Summer CSA Membership: 

Faculty/Staff: $525 (or two installments of $250 and $275)

Students only: $500 (or two installments of $250)

When: Pick-ups begin the second week of June and will continue every Wednesday through the fourth week of September.

Where: You can pick up your box on our farm at CUH or at the UW Club on main campus, your choice! Scroll down the page for details on locations and other common questions and answers.

Some of the veggies you may find in your box: basil, beets, bok choi, carrots, celeriac, celery, chard, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, collard greens, cucumber, dill, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, garlic, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melon, cabbage, onion, oregano, parsley, parsley root, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radicchio, radish, rosemary, sage, salad mix, salad turnips, scallions, shallots, spinach, summer squash, sweet peppers, thyme,

By becoming a member you are not simply purchasing food, you are directly investing in the success of our student-run farm program and joining our community! You will receive a portion of our harvest and enjoy some of the freshest local produce right from our campus to your table!

  1. Fill out the 2021 Summer CSA QUESTIONNAIRE here (Opens February 3, 2021) to state your interest in subscribing and becoming a shareholder
  2. Print out the 2021 Summer CSA AGREEMENT FORM here (Opens February 3, 2021) Print out, complete, sign the first page and mail it to us OR download as a pdf, complete it, and email it to theuwfarm@gmail.com.
  3. Payment can be made with a paper check, money order or NEW in 2021, pay electronically via UW Touchnet secure method here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20410_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=48

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be added to our official membership or packing list until we have received a signed form and check. Membership slots are finalized on a first-come first-serve basis.


Peak Session CSA –  SOLD OUT as of 2/24/21

6 Weeks, August 4 – September 8, 2021    CONCURRENT WITH SUMMER SESSION

Box Size: One size – will feed a family of four or two heavy veggie eaters. Box contents vary week to week, but each box contains an average of 8-12 different items based on what is fresh.

Cost for Peak Session CSA Membership: 

Faculty/Staff/Alumnus/Neighbor: $225

Student: $200

When: Pick-ups every Wed. from mid-August – mid-September. NOTE if you have signed up for the Summer CSA then you will receive produce during the Peak Session time period. This Session is only six weeks, or ten weeks shorter than the Summer CSA.

Where: You may pick up your box on our farm at CUH or at the UW Club on main campus

Some of the veggies you may find in your box: basil, cucumbers, peppers, beets, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, eggplant, salad greens, beans, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, onions, Swiss chard, fennel

Our Peak Session CSA boxes arrive at the most bountiful time of year with produce like fresh basil, sweet tomatoes and even spicy peppers. This is a delicious time to sample some of the season’s most flavorful produce and highest value produce.

By becoming a member you are not simply purchasing food, you are directly investing in the success of our student-run farm program and joining our community! You will receive a portion of our harvest and enjoy some of the freshest local produce right from our campus to your  table!

  1. Fill out the 2021 Peak Session QUESTIONNAIRE here to reserve a share. (By doing this you will automatically loaded into our spreadsheet for those interested in being a shareholder.)
  2. Print out the 2021 Peak Session AGREEMENT FORM here complete the form, sign the first page and mail it to us OR download it as a pdf, fill it out, and send via email to theuwfarm@gmail.com.
  3. Payment can be made either with a paper check, money order or New in 2021 electronic payment via UW Touchnet here secure payment service: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20410_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=48

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be added to our official membership or packing list until we have received a signed form and check or payment. Membership, or subscriptions slots are finalized on a first-come first-serve basis.


Fall Season CSA – SOLD OUT as of 4/12/21

8 Weeks, September 29 – November 17, 2021

Box Size: One size – will feed a family of four or two heavy veggie eaters. Box contents vary week to week, but each box contains an average of 8-12 different items based on what is fresh.

Cost for Fall Season CSA Membership: 

Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $275.00

Student; $250

When: Pick-ups every Wed. from September 29 – November 17

Where: Pick up your box on our farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture or at the UW Club on main campus

Some of the veggies you may find in your box: potatoes, radicchio, winter squash, pumpkins, beans, garlic, onions, shallots, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sunchokes, mustard greens, lettuce, beets, carrots, herbs, and a limited amount of the following due to cold temperatures:  heirloom tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, peppers, eggplant

1. Complete the on-line Fall CSA Questionnaire 

2. Print out the completed Fall CSA Agreement Form, sign the first page and mail it to the Center for Urban Horticulture, attention, UW Farm OR download it as a pdf, fill it out and send to theuwfarm@gmail.com.

3. Payment can be made either with a paper check, money order or New in 2021 electronic payment via UW Touchnet secure payment service here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20410_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=48

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be added to our official membership or packing list until we have received a signed form and check. Membership slots are finalized on a first-come first-serve basis.

DEADLINE for purchasing a Fall CSA Share is September 17th. ALL payments, checks must be received or envelopes must be post-marked on or before September 17th to be accepted. If we are sold out before we receive your payment, an email will be sent to you and your check returned or payment refunded.


ALL CSA Pick-up Details: 

Locations: On the farm (Center for Urban Horticulture) or the UW Club on main campus

Day and Time: Wednesdays after 3pm.* Boxes are delivered to each site by 3pm. You may come at any time after 3pm to pick up your produce. CSA produce is stored in plastic tubs for food safety. Please remove your produce and leave the tub and lid at the site.

*Any boxes remaining out at the sites at 8:30am on Thursday will be removed.  If you are not able to pick-up your box while you are out of town, please let us know ahead of time so that we can keep the produce from going to waste!

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FAQ

Q: I would like to pay electronically, are there options for paying online?

A. NEW in 2021 there is a method via UW TouchNet marketplace to pay for CSA shares electronically.

Q: I need financial assistance, are there any options for me?

A: Please contact us at theuwfarm@gmail.com about need-based discounts. You may also pay in installments, but full payment for the whole season is due by the first pick-up. See exact deadline dates for each session.

Q: What happens If I go on vacation or miss a pick-up?

A: Due to health and safety regulations, any produce remaining at the sites at 7:30am Thursday will need to be composted. If you are not able to pick-up your box while you are out of town, have a friend pick it up or let us know ahead of time so we can keep the produce from going to waste and donate it to the on-campus Food Pantry. We also have many students who would gladly eat this delicious produce rather than seeing it get tossed!

Q: What would be an example of a typical box?

A: Take a look at these box photos from our previous seasons!

Testimonials

photo of CSA customer“The benefits I experienced as a CSA member included a much greater variety of locally produced, organic vegetables and herbs than I had made a part of my diet in the past. It also provided an opportunity to share the bounty with family and neighbors. I became good friends with my neighbors and shared meals! The variety of vegetables led naturally to my cooking a greater variety of meals….and when tomatoes were plentiful, I learned to can them!”

~Franklin Furlong

 

“The UW Farm CSA was an incredible way to connect with the seasons and support urban farming! This is by far the best CSA we have ever participated in, and each box was like unwrapping a gift. There was a huge variety of delicious vegetables each week- we loved experimenting with new produce and recipes thanks to this CSA. We’re glad we could support the UW Farm, and look forward to the next season.”

~ Josh Furman

 

“Thank you so so much! I had the best time getting those amazing veggies every week! It was totally the highlight of my week and cooking them was such a fun process, too.  That was my first time and I was trying to sign up for the fall season but I was a bit too late. Anyway, I absolutely loved it. You all are doing a wonderful job there. I’ll keep eye on the website and try to sign up again. Thank you so much.”

 ~ Mario

 

Questions? Email theuwfarm@gmail.com.

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