UK CSA Farm Stand is back!

Hey folks!

After quite a bit of a break, we are excited to announce that the CSA Farm Stand will be open this week. The veggies in the tunnels have come along quite nicely. We will have lettuce, carrots, and spinach for pre-order, and some radishes ($2.50/bunch) and snap peas ($5/quart) available on a first come, first served basis (no pre-orders for these two items). Place your order now!

As a reminder, you may place your order via Farmigo Monday at noon through Thursday at 6 am. Pick up will be at the E.S. Good Barn in the parking lot from 4-6 pm on Thursday. If you are unable to place your order by then, we always try to bring a few extra of each item that you may purchase at the pick up. We can’t wait to see you all!

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2016 CSA Sign Ups Filling Quickly!

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but we’ve been soaking in the recent sunny, warmer days. This also means we’ve been busy at the farm: seeding lots of crops in the greenhouse, prepping fields, and gearing up for transplanting our first round of spring crops.IMG_3585

We are nearly 70% FULL for our 2016 CSA subscriptions. If you’ve been putting it off or still thinking it over, I’d encourage you to reserve your spot today! Our first distribution day is less than 2 months away.

Information for CSA sign ups can be found here.

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If you’d like to tell any of your colleagues at UK about the CSA, you can email us to request pre-printed color posters to be dropped off at your office. Help us spread the love of fresh, organic vegetables across the UK campus!

National CSA Sign-Up Day

Today, February 26th, 2016 is National CSA Sign-Up day! We encourage you to support your local community agriculture and sign up for a CSA share, whether it be through the UK CSA or another local farm in the area.

You can find more information about UK’s CSA here.

If you are interested in branching out to different CSAs in the Bluegrass Region, you can find a CSA Directory list from the KDA website.

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CSA Manager update

Hello CSA members! Tiffany here.  I am writing with bittersweet, but very exciting news: I have left my position as CSA Manager and Kristi Durbin has taken over!  Kristi is a Sustainable Agriculture graduate, completing her student apprenticeship at the farm in 2012 and has been on staff at the farm ever since.  She has already planned new and exciting things for the upcoming season and I am confident that the UKCSA will continue to provide quality organic vegetables to our members.  I am thrilled to watch her grow, just as I did, in her farm managerial skills.  Joining her are returning staff members Aaron German, Katie Fiske, and Alex Goodman led by our fearless leader Dr. Mark Williams.

Although I will no longer be managing the CSA, I am still working closely with Mark to complete my Master’s degree focused on an economic analysis of the UKCSA operation. My goal is to provide benchmarking financial numbers that may be helpful to beginning farmers. At the end of January, the UKCSA hosted a farm tour in conjunction with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2016 Conference (http://www.ssawg.org/january-2016-conference/) to share our farming system with farmers from across the south. Opportunities to share ideas with other farmers who are making locally-based agriculture viable in their communities is always inspiring.  I am ever more passionate about sustainable agriculture transforming the way we feed our communities and am grateful that I have been a part of that movement at UK. The hands-on experience I received through my position has given me the confidence to run my own farm one day and the CSA-model has shown me that growing good, healthy food is transformative for people’s lives (both the farmer and the member).  I have loved every minute!

This year I will be joining my fiancé Alex Hessler in Blacksburg, Virginia who is a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and also manages the Virginia Tech Dining Services Farm.  Needless to say we never (ok I admit-always!) have the topic of vegetable production as a conversation between us.  After finishing my Master’s degree, I will be looking to lease farmland in the Blacksburg/Roanoke area-so if any of you have any contacts, pass them along:).

A few memories through the years my years at the UKCSA:

Tough-looking crew, 2011:

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Planting potatoes, 2012:

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Organic team meeting, 2013:

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Tiffany and Kristi harvesting fall broccoli,  2013:
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First CSA harvest, 2014:

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Fall broccoli harvest, 2014:

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Planting potatoes, 2015: Aaron, Katie, Alex, Tiffany, Kristi:

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Final CSA harvest, 2015:

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UK CSA Farm Stand is back!

Hello folks!

We hope everyone is doing well and has survived the winter weather over the past few months. We are happy to announce that starting this week our farm stand will be back open. You will have (baby) carrots, spinach, beets and baby kale ready for you to pick up on Thursday.

As a reminder, you should pre-order your veggies via Farmigo. We may have some extra, but order now to ensure you get these delicious veggies!  The webstore will be open from NOON Monday (today!) through 6am Thursday. Pick up will be Thursday on campus from 4-6pm in the parking lot by the E.S. Good Barn.  You can visit our Farmigo store here.

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We can’t wait to harvest for you and see all your lovely faces! We’ve missed you!

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2016 CSA Registration is now open!

Sign-ups have begun!  We welcome you to join us for our 10th CSA season. Registration is now available on our website: http://sustainableag.ca.uky.edu/csa or from the farmigo website: http://csa.farmigo.com/join/ukcsa/2016CSA. You may also find the 2016 CSA terms here. Sign-up, spread the word, and get ready for another season of fresh, organic vegetables. If you are a voucher participant, please contact Bluegrass Harvest/Community Ventures for registration.

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This example share is from Week#6: July 2nd, 2015.

Questions?  Contact us at uk.csa@uky.edu.

CSA Farm Stand in December

The CSA Farm Stand is still going!  The webstore will be open each Monday at noon through Thursday at 6am for pre-orders in December.  Delivery will be on campus each Thursday at the E.S. Good Barn parking lot from 4-6pm.  Some items will be available for walk-up customers, but we highly encourage pre-ordering to guarantee availability.      

Simply visit our webstore here: link here to place your order.

Please download our complete terms for additional information:  2015 CSAFarmStand Terms.  This is best for new customers to read.

Let us know if you have any additional questions!

uk.csa@uky.edu

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