CSA Drop Off
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is an arrangement between farmer and consumers in which the consumer pays up front at the beginning of the season for a weekly share of the harvest for that season. Read more on CSAs here.
A CSA drop off is simply the place where farmers drop off the weekly shares.
Sponsoring a CSA drop off site is a great option for employers because it provides a significant benefit to its employees with no upfront cost to the organization. CSAs help people access delicious, fresh, local, mostly organic produce at a discount of $300 compared to retail. Employees appreciate employers that make it easier for them to participate in a CSA.
How to set up a CSA Drop Off?
We recommend you do three things:
Gauge the interest of employees. You can do this by hosting a lunchtime talk on Local Food and CSAs. Avi Miner, Local Foods Educator at CCE-Tompkins, is available to talk to your employees. He can be reached at email@example.com or (607) 272-2292.
Identify a site coordinator. This is a person on site who will be the contact person for the farmer in case issues come up. This role requires approximately 1/2 an hour a week.
Select a CSA farm. Some farms require a minimum number of shares (e.g. 5) to establish a drop-off, so check in with them. A list of farms can be found here.
Savings & Costs
It is your employees who save directly, as a CSA share in general is some $300 more inexpensive than buying the same high-quality food at a supermarket. Employers save indirectly, through healthier employees and higher rates of retention.
CSA drop-off spots were set up this spring  at two spots on the Cornell campus, where participants receive a weekly portion of the farm’s harvest in a box full of fresh vegetables, including kale, carrots, Brussels sprouts and squash. What started with a handful of participants has grown significantly. The Vet College location started with five subscriptions in the spring, and increased to 36 by the fall.
Cornell Cooperative Extension helped link the Cornell campus with three local farms that are able to deliver – Full Plate Collective, Early Morning Farm, and Good Life Farm. “Some people choose to get fresh meat deliveries or even cheese,” says Tanya Grove, a volunteer CSA coordinator. “But most people enjoy the huge box of veggies. Plus, we have great, healthy conversations in the office. You’d be surprised. There’s a lot to say about vegetables!”
This is an abridged article from Cornell Pawprint. Read the full article here.
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