We are now opening up registration for new members for the 2012 season of the UK CSA!
We are cutting the capacity of the CSA in half this year, so act fast to ensure your spot is reserved!
Whether you are a new or returning member, please read the 2012 CSA Information Sheet here: csainfosheet2012 and review the important changes to this year’s CSA program mentioned below. After reviewing the information, if you’re ready to sign-up, download the registration form here: csaregistration2012 , fill-it out digitally or by hand, print it, sign it and send it along with your check to the address listed on the form.
Feel free to send other interested members to our website or this blog post for information on signing-up.
Finally, we do not offer “half-shares”, but if you are interested in finding a partner to share with, feel free to comment on this blog post or on our facebook page to connect with others.
Number of Shareholders
For a variety of reasons, primarily funding, it has been necessary for the CSA program to grow every year since its inception. While our staff and students have handled the larger program well, we are beyond the sustainable “carrying capacity” for our 6 acres of production space. By substantially reducing the number of participants in the CSA program we will be able to develop a more sustainable crop rotation and focus even more on the educational and extension components of the program.
- To accommodate this change we are asking shareholders who have participated in the program for 3 or more years to consider enrolling in a program offered by a local farm. This will help us meet our goals of using our CSA to build the customer base for local farms and introducing as many new people as possible to the concept of CSA. Visit www.localharvest.org to search for a CSA farm in the area.
Number of Weeks and Cost per Share
At the end of the 2011 season we surveyed all of the CSA’s in the Central Kentucky region to determine their average season length and average cost per week. We found that our 2011 season length was longer than all others and our prices were well below the average. While the CSA program is primarily self-funded we enjoy many advantages that private farms do not. We want to make sure our product is offered at the average market rate to prevent any unfair competition over local farms. Therefore:
- We have decreased the number of weeks the program runs (from 25 to 22) and increased the share cost. This years program will begin on Thursday, May 31st and run through Thursday, October 25. Share cost will increase from $570(2011) to $600/share for faculty/staff and from $456(2011) to $501 for students.
As always, if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to sharing a season of harvest with you!
Your UK farm staff