Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
What is a CSA?
Food connects us all. It is a basic need that we all have in common. Yet most people have no relationship with their food and lack knowledge about where it comes from or how it is produced. As food production, processing, and distribution becomes more centralized and controlled by fewer and fewer corporations, small farms struggle to find ways to sustain themselves. Food is being shipped to our tables from further and further away at great cost to local environments and economies, and local agriculture is fading away.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to reverse that trend. A mutually beneficial relationship is created by hooking up consumers with local growers. Consumers get fresh, healthy, locally grown food and the opportunity to know exactly how it is grown. Farmers get a reliable, local, and committed market for their goods. It’s all about producers and eaters who share a concern for the land and a commitment to preserve it joining together to create a more secure local food system.
How does a CSA work?
With a preseason payment, you purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest from Venetucci Farm. As a shareholder you receive a weekly box of our fresh, seasonal produce during the 19 week season from mid June to mid October, which can be picked up at one of three sites.
Shared Commitment: When you sign up for our CSA, you commit yourself to being a Venetucci Farm customer for the growing season, providing a secure market and helping cover production costs. In exchange, we will do our best to provide you with fresh, nutritious food that travels a short distance to your table. Both your money and food stay local.
Shared Risk: We will strive to bring you a beautiful and bountiful share of the harvest each week. Because we work with Mother Nature, we cannot offer absolute guarantees. As a shareholder, you share in the bounty as well as the risks inherent to farming.
How do we Grow our Veggies? While we can’t control the weather, we can control what we put in our soil and on our crops. We recognize the damaging effects chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides have on the ecosystems above and below the soil surface and we choose not to use them. “Soil in good heart” is at the root of healthy plants, healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet. We employ farming practices that restore and enhance the health of the soil, including minimal till, cover crops, composting, diverse and rotational cropping, careful seed selection, and integration of farm animals to help build the soil.
Know your Farmer, Know your Food
With so many different food labels out there, it’s hard to know what to believe. The best way to know your food is to know your farmer, so we invite you to come visit the farm and see how your food is grown. Also, shareholders will receive a bi-monthly newsletter with messages from the farmer, updates on what’s in season, information about volunteer opportunities, classes, or special events on the farm, as well as recipes to help you in the kitchen.
Benefits of Joining a CSA
While you will receive the benefit of great food, you also receive the opportunity to re-connect with the source of your food by visiting the farm. Venetucci Farm is only 10 miles from downtown Colorado Springs. We encourage you to take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities we offer, as well as joining us for seasonal membership gatherings at the farm. CSA’s are about building relationship with the land, with the farmer, and with one another. Weekly newsletters will include information about volunteer work days, membership events, recipes and food storage tips.
One of the greatest benefits of becoming a Venetucci CSA member is the opportunity to re-connect with your food and with the land. We encourage you to take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities we offer. CSA’s are about building relationship with the land, with the farmer, and with one another. Become a part of the process!
What produce will I receive?
It is hard to say exactly what you will receive on a geven date. You can be assured that quantity and variety will increase as the season progresses. You can be certain, though, of receiving some unique, heirloom varieties that you will not find in the grocery store. Be prepared for greater diversity, color, and flavor. Below is a sample share from four different weeks throughout past growing seasons:
July - beets, garlic, lettuce, herbs (basil, dill, tarragon, sorrel), kohlrabi, potatoes (Purple Viking), daikon radishes, snow peas, swiss chard, leeks, turnips, nappa cabbage
August - beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, leeks, summer squash, swiss chard, sweet corn, turnips, sorrel
September - beets, cantaloupe, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, basil, mizuna, tomatillos, potatoes, bell peppers, watermelon, onions, summer squash, swiss chard, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, kohlrabi
October - carrots, celery, garlic, leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, scallions, spinach, parsnips, winter squash, pumpkins
If you would like more information on our CSA, please contact Jamie Brown or call (719) 389-1251, ext.101