KU Campus and Lawrence Community CSA
Sign up for the 2017 season has closed**
We take pride in providing our CSA members with the highest quality local produce available, as well as the opportunity to support sustainable agriculture, reduce energy consumption, contribute to a cleaner environment, strengthen the local economy and enhance the economic viability of family farms. We are partnering with the University of Kansas through a program called Crops to Campus, a way to bring fresh produce to not only KU staff and students, but also Lawrence residents, right on the centrally located campus, and at Sunrise Greenhouse in East Lawrence.
New this year!
- We have closely examined our administrative fees and reduced them so that you get more for your dollar.
- The take one/leave one basket -- if there's something you don't want, you can leave it in the basket and take something else from the basket.
- Larger item sizes. We heard from many of you that sometimes, there wasn't enough of something in the bag to make a recipe, so we will strive for larger amounts when possible. A partial share will be 4-5 items, and a full share will be 6-7 items.
- One more pick up location: we now offer a CSA pick up location at Sunrise Greenhouse, 1501 Learnard Ave.
Who can sign up for the campus/Lawrence CSA? Anyone in the Lawrence area. There are full share or standard options for people who want 6-7 items per week, and partial shares (these are not half shares)with 4-5 items per week, perfect for students and small households.
What do you get in a weekly share? Subscribers receive a bag each week of seasonal produce that is fresh and ready to eat from the fields of our four farms in Douglas County. The bag will typically contain a variety of vegetables, herbs, some small fruit, and sometimes eggs. If you'd like to see what we grow monthly, check out our month-by-month guide. We will offer information as often as possible about what goes into calculating the value of the bag so you know how it compares with other produce at farmers markets and grocery stores.
How much food should I expect? Quantities are a manageable size. When we say 6-7 items, an "item" is usually a group: two red bell peppers, a small box of tomatoes, a bag of lettuce, etc. (Sometimes limited items such as asparagus, strawberries and blackberries, are offered in a smaller amount to keep the CSA share balanced.)
What does it cost? Prices are based on grocery store prices of produce of comparable quality. The price of a full share will be $72.00 a a month ($432 for the whole season, May-October), while a partial share costs $52 per month ($312 for the whole season, May-October). Both include sales tax. You can pay online or by check via mail. If you pay monthly, the first payment is due by May 1, then June 1, July 1, August 1, Sept. 1, Oct. 1.
Where is the produce delivered? There are two delivery sites on campus and one in East Lawrence. On Tuesdays, the CSA site is at the northwest ramp of the football stadium from 4-6 pm, or you can choose to pick up at Sunrise Greenhouse, 1501 Leonard Ave. On Thursdays, from 4-6, it will be near Lot 90 on the southern side of campus, on the west side of Watkins Health Center. You are expected to pick up at the same location and same day every week. If you can't pick up, a friend can pick up for you or your produce will be donated to a local food pantry.
When does it start and end? The CSA begins the week of May 16 and ends the week of October 24. Please note that participation is all season long; it is not possible to sign up for only one month or a part of the season.
What if there's something I don't want to take or I want more of an item? This year, our CSA will provide a take one/leave one basket so that CSA members can trade items. For example, if the bag of potatoes we offered isn't large enough for the recipe you want to make, and you don't like tomatoes, you potentially could leave your tomatoes in the basket and pick up the extra bag of potatoes that someone else in the CSA line left in the basket. We can't guarantee that there will be something to exchange, but we will do our best to offer items in the basket at the start of the CSA each day.
What if I can't be there to pick up? If you will be gone for a pick-up please arrange for a family member, friend, or neighbor to pick up that week’s bag. Produce that isn’t picked up will be donated to a local food pantry. Payment will still be your responsibility whether you pick up or do not.
I have questions. Please contact CSA manager Jill Elmers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fine print: (please read):
Please note that by signing up and purchasing a share for the on campus CSA, you acknowledge the following:
Subscriber understands and acknowledges that the food provided through Crops to Campus are provided by Common Harvest and are not provided by the University of Kansas. Accordingly, Subscriber agrees to hold harmless the University of Kansas, its officers, agents, employees, directors, and affiliates, from and against any and all liabilities, losses or damages, claims, demands, causes of action, lawsuits, expenses, for personal injury or illness, including death, as well as related claims for medical treatment, and any other liability of any kind, of or to subscriber or any other person, directly or indirectly resulting from any incident, occurrence, or activity arising out of Subscriber’s participation in the Program.
Use the button below to fill out our online sign up form; at the end you can choose how you would like to pay. If paying by installment, first payment is due by May 1.