What's a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farming model that builds a partnership between farmers and the people they feed. As a Duke Campus Farm CSA member, you become a stakeholder in the farm, committing to share in the harvest - both in its unpredictability and seasonality. In return, you receive a weekly share of high-quality, organic produce harvested hours, not weeks, before delivery.
As Duke Campus Farmers, we are committed to growing organically, the best possible fresh produce within its season. While we pride ourselves as organic farmers, our primary goal is that of educators. DCF embodies its mission to catalyze positive change in the food system through teaching and collaborating with classes across the academic spectrum, and exposing thousands of students and community members to the joys and hard work of growing real food.
Our one-acre farm was created from a student-led vision now a decade ago. It is central to our core mission that the Duke Campus Farm remains a student-run operation. Your investment in our CSA program provides us with operating capital to run hands-on sustainable agriculture education to Duke students of all majors and classifications. Your buy-in helps us grow!
Farmers and members both have the opportunity to get to know, understand, and trust the person on the other end of the food chain. Our farm is located on the outskirts of Duke Forest (across the street from the Carolina Friends School), and we invite you to come visit us, work with us, or just watch your food grow during our community workdays.
CSA Membership Details
This season, we are offering a single CSA option that is 15 weeks long and runs from around the first of May through late August. Our share size feeds 2-4 people. If you’re a solo-dweller, nervous about consuming a whole box of veggies each week, or interested but likely to be out of town often, consider buddying up with a neighbor or co-worker who might like to share the full summer’s harvest. There's no limit on the number of folks who share one CSA membership. Additionally, you may send anyone in your stead (spouse, child, friend, etc.) to pick up your box any given week.
Summer 2020 will begin either the last week of April or first of May and run for 15 total weeks from the selected start date (CSA will not run during the week of July 4th). We will determine the start date based on weather factors and crop yield and will notify all customers of the first pick-up date via email. Building in this flexible start date allows us to share the best possible produce with you.
Each member will choose one pick-up location where they will find their box every week for the full subscription term. Pick-up options include:
- Tuesdays from 4-6 pm in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Visitor Parking Lot
- Tuesdays on-farm any time after 12:30 pm (4934 Friends School Rd.)
- Fridays from 11 am-1 pm at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON Atrium)
- Fridays at Smith Warehouse between 12:30-4:30 pm (Bay 2, Room 242)
COST & PAYMENT:
One 15-week share costs $375, payable in one or two installments. Folks choosing to pay in two installments will be prompted for the 2nd payment halfway through the summer program. Payments should come in the form of checks mailed to Duke Campus Farm c/o Saskia Cornes at FHI, Box 90403, Durham, NC 27708.
After you submit this signup form, you will receive confirmation of your submission and then be prompted with the payment information. Your spot is officially secured upon receipt of your payment. Thank you!
WHAT'S IN A BOX:
We grow a mix of old favorites and harder-to-come by heirloom vegetables. Every week, you will receive a newsletter before pickup detailing the contents of your box and related recipe ideas. Expect 5-8 crops per box over the course of the summer. You can expect some combination of:
- MAY: kale, carrots, swiss chard, snap peas, salad mix, beets, radishes, salad turnips, broccoli, lettuce, green garlic, herbs
- JUNE: salad mix, squash, cucumbers, beets, carrots, potatoes, kale, beans, radishes, lettuce, onions, garlic, herbs
- JULY: tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, leeks, green beans, onions, garlic, basil, squash
- AUGUST: tomatoes, okra, peppers, eggplants, garlic, green beans, squash, carrots and herbs
We grow and harvest on limited acreage with our members in mind, week by week, so we’re not able to make up shares at a later date. If you cannot pick up your share any given week, please find a fellow veggie-lover to pick up for you. Please also understand we are a small staff and cannot switch pick-up locations from week to week for individual members.
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**In response to COVID-19, We have decided to temporarily suspend summer CSA sign-ups. We aim to determine by April 15th whether we can continue our CSA without interruption or major adjustment. Thank you for your patience.**