What is 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.
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.
If you have any questions about the Growing Together program or our 2018 Fall CSA, contact Sally Rausch, Growing Together Program Manager or 615-460-0172.
We thank you for your support of Growing Together’s first CSA season!
Fall CSA Information
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!
How the Growing Together Fall CSA works
When you purchase a Growing Together CSA share, you will be matched with one of the five farmers participating in the CSA pilot. 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 each week.
- Taste vegetables that may be new to you with cooking tips from the farmers themselves.
- Gain the opportunity to deepen your relationship with the farmer growing your food!
2018 CSA shares are $225 for an 8 week membership if paid by credit card online ($215 if paid by check). All customers must complete the online form. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please complete the online form to reserve your share and then email Sally Rausch. Full payment is due no later than June 15th.
The Fall CSA will run for eight weeks, from September 1st - October 20th, 2018. This is perfect for customers who may be new to the CSA model, and it's great for customers interested in furthering their CSA commitment beyond the popular summer months.
CSA shares will be available for pickup each Saturday from 9:00am to 12:30 pm at the Growing Together booth at the Richland Park Farmers Market, 4711 Charlotte Avenue. Shares will be pre-packed into bags by the farmers each week. We ask that you bring the bag back the following week to be reused for your share.
Unable to Pickup?
If you are unable to pick up your share, please 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 kitchens to be used in the 3,100 meals that are shared with our partners throughout the city each week. Learn more about The Nashville Food Project kitchens here.
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.