Student Organic Farm Offering Summer CSA

The Student Organic Farm is offering a twenty-week community-supported agriculture program beginning in May and running through September.

By becoming a member of the CSA, you will receive half a bushel of fresh, organic locally grown vegetables that can be picked up at UT Gardens from 4:00–6:00 p.m. on one of three days each week. The produce is grown at the East Tennessee Research and Education Center’s Organic Crops Unit in South Knoxville. The program is run by Plant Sciences students and teaches agriculture skills related to business, marketing, crop planning, and customer relations.

One share will provide two to four people a weekly supply of vegetables. Members will receive six to twelve items each week that may include kale, beets, onions, Swiss chard, sweet peas, salad mixes, collard greens, broccoli, herbs, garlic, and cabbage. As the season progresses, more variety is available and items may include tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, okra, eggplant, melons, peppers, and flowers.

The twenty-week program is $560 or four payments of $145, with a payment due at sign-up and on April 1, May 1, and June 1. The estimated weekly expense is $28. Ninety memberships are available on a first come, first served basis. To become a CSA member, complete a registration form and follow the directions on the form to submit payment by check, cash, or credit card.

In the event all shares are sold, you can sign up for a waiting list by e-mailing jmarti90@utk.edu with your name, address, and phone number.

Produce from the Student Organic Farm also will be available at the UT Farmers Market in the UT Gardens, 4:00–7:00 p.m. Wednesdays beginning in May and running through October.

CONTACT:

Jeff Martin (865-974-9204, jmarti90@utk.edu)