Growing Together CSA
What is a CSA? CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, connects customers with farmers and supports relationship building between the two. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public - a weekly box or bag of produce from their farm. Interested customers purchase a membership in the farm and then receive a share of produce each week during the CSA season.
By becoming a member of the Growing Together Fall CSA program, you’ll receive eight weeks of high quality, delicious vegetables and the opportunity to get to know the local farmer growing your food!
About the Growing Together Fall CSA
When you purchase a share, you’ll be matched with one of the five Growing Together farmers participating in the Fall CSA. That farmer will prepare your CSA bag each week. Learn more about the farmers here.
By purchasing a CSA share from the Growing Together farmers, you:
Invest in the success of the farmer by providing income early in the season.
Receive a bag of locally grown, nutrient-dense vegetables to cook with each week.
Decrease the farmer’s risk by providing a reliable market for their vegetables.
Taste vegetables that may be new to you with cooking tips from the farmers.
Gain the opportunity to deepen your relationship with the farmer growing your food.
2019 CSA shares are $215 for an 8 week membership (September 7th - October 26th, 2019). Full payment is due no later than May 15th. Payments plans may be available upon request.
Shares will be pre-packed into reusable bags by the farmers each week. We ask that you bring the bag back the following week to be reused. If you are unable to pick up your share, we ask that you coordinate someone to pick it up for you. If you are unable to do so, we will donate that week’s share to The Nashville Food Project’s meals program (learn more here).
Our Growing Practices
All of the Growing Together produce is grown in South Nashville, at a small farm off of Haywood Lane. Growing Together farmers adhere to growing practices that improve soil health and fertility and follow organic practices, only utilizing chemical inputs that adhere to OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) standards.
Vegetables You Might See in Your Share
As a customer, you can expect to see many vegetables you are familiar with, like end-of-summer tomatoes and early fall greens. You can also expect to taste crops from farmers' home countries of Burma and Bhutan, such as bitter gourd, daikon radishes, and mustard greens.
Each farmer is preparing their own CSA, so CSA bags may vary based on farmer. However, the number of items and approximate value per bag will be consistent across the farmers.
If you have any questions about the Growing Together program or the CSA, contact Sally Rausch, Growing Together Market Manager or 615-460-0172.