About Us

Welcome!

This blog is a forum to share what’s going on at the farm, post event announcements, serve as an archive to share recipes and foster communication among members involved in the UK CSA project.

The UK CSA project is an integral part of the Sustainable Agriculture Undergraduate Curriculum at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and links local community members (shareholders) with the Organic Farming Unit located at the UK Horticulture Research Farm.

The CSA project is not a commercial farm and is not managed for profit.  The CSA operates as a working classroom where UK students and interested community members come together to learn the fundamentals of sustainable agricultural production and marketing.  The CSA also serves as a demonstration project for Kentucky farmers looking to establish similar operations across the state.

Please visit the UK CSA website to learn more.

All financial proceeds from the sale of CSA shares support the production of food during the growing season and student educational activities at the Horticulture Research Farm.

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Social Media Links

UK CSA Instagram
UK CSA Facebook
UK CSA Flickr

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Get to Know the 2020 CSA Crew

Read on to learn about the 2020 CSA Crew.

Name: Diane Crossfield
From:
Lexington, KY
Major:
Sustainable Agriculture, Plant & Soil Sciences
Hobbies:
Creating cocktails and the chemistry behind what makes a good cocktail; propagating my houseplants; writing letters
Favorite Vegetable:
Garlic; bitter greens rossed raw with thinly sliced radishes and dressed with simple vinaigrette
Books:
cocktail books, Eli the Good by Silas House
Music:
Kris Kristofferson; Billy Bragg with Joe Henry; Alejandro Escovedo; Swamp Dogg with John Prine
Family:
One husband, four kids, two grandsons, two dogs, two cats, four chickens
Favorite farm tool:
I love the scuffle hoe

Name: Zachary Davis
From:
Lexington, KY
Major:
Sustainable Agriculture from UK; Masters at Asbury Theological Seminary
Hobbies:
Reading; sacred harp (Shape Note); singing; gardening
Favorite Vegetable:
Collard greens
Favorite Recipe:
Broccoli Cheetos
Books:
Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress; Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution; Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved
Movies:
Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises
Family:
Married to Emma
Favorite farm tool:
BCS tractor and hand cultivators

Name: Kristi Durbin
From:
Birmingham, Alabama; Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Lexington, KY
Major:
Philosophy & History of Math and Science at St. John’s College; Sustainable Agriculture at UK; currently working on M.S. in Integrated Plant & Soil Science
Hobbies:
Reading; photography; running; biking; hiking; baking bread; Russian language and Russian lit
Favorite Vegetable:
Brussels sprouts
Books:
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
Family:
Husband, Trevor; daughter, Vesper (6); son, Levin (4); dog, Luna Lovegood (2)
Favorite farm tool:
Hot Bed Weeder; Finger Weeder

Name: Emily Gallagher
From:
Carroll County, Maryland
Major:
Currently studying Sustainable Agriculture at UK
Hobbies:
Horseback riding; hiking; bowhunting
Favorite Vegetable:
Corn on the cob – grilled
Movies:
Just Go With It
TV:
F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Parks & Rec
Family:
3rd of 3 daughters; 3 nieces; 1 cat; 2 dogs; 1 horse
Favorite farm tool:
Waterwheel transplanter

Name: Aaron German
From:
Ramona, California
Major:
Philosophy and German minor at California State University, Chico; M.A. Philosophy at UK
Hobbies:
Growing food used to be a hobby; Current hobbies include brewing beer; landscaping my yard; travelling with my wife
Favorite Vegetable:
Fresh picked sweet pepper eaten raw
Books:
John Steinbeck; Fyodor Dostoevsky; Samuel Beckett
Music:
Aldous Harding currently enjoying; Frank Zappa; The Melvins; Will Oldham; Van Halen
Movies:
Eddie and the Cruisers
TV:
UK basketball and football; Coach Cal press conferences and interviews; farming videos; The Wire; Bojack Horseman; any show about bad people doing bad things
Family:
One wife, two cats
Favorite farm tool:
Collinear hoe; Finger Weeder

Name:Viktor Halmos
From:
New Orleans, LA; first generation Hungarian-American
Major:
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and Sustainable Agriculture minor
Hobbies:
Outdoors; camping; hiking; biking; rock climbing; photographing landscapes; avid chef
Favorite Vegetable:
Peppers, mild and spicy (Hungarian Hot Wax, Banana, Cayenne)

Favorite Recipe: Summertime Hungarian dish called Lescό, which consists of lots of peppers, tomato, and paprika
Books: Reading about new cuisines, car and bicycle mechanics, sustainable architecture, the environment
TV/Movies:
Watching documentaries on world traveling, nature, and architectural projects
Family:
Older brother in Georgia, mom and stepfather in Lexington; Two-year-old cat Magnolia; Want to get a snake
Favorite farm tool:
Scuffle hoe and Matermacc vacuum seeder

Name: Gavin Parker
From:
Lexington, KY
Major:
Senior studying theatre and creative writing at UK
Hobbies:
Reading; writing; walking; hiking; watching movies; cooking
Books:
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Movies:
Saving Private Ryan
TV:
True Detective Season 1
Family:
Parents, two older brothers, one older sister, sister-in-law and nephew, George
Favorite farm tool:
Water wheel

Name: Bailey Riordan
From:
Malverne, New York
Major:
Senior studying Horticulture at UK
Hobbies:
Growing flowering geophytes and other cut flowers; avid cook
Favorite Vegetable:
Red cabbage
Favorite Color:
Light pink
Household:
3 roommates

Name: Ruth Stanley
From: Lexington, KY; Danville, Illinois
Major: MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary; now studying Montessori method in religious education
Hobbies: Reading; hiking; eating; being still; having great conversations; travelling to Scotland
Favorite Recipe: Anything with chocolate
Books: George MacDonald; Dostoevsky
Movies: British films
TV: The Good Wife; The Good Fight
Family: Two incorrigible dogs, Milo and Vida
Favorite farm tool: Tobacco knife used for brussel sprout harvest

Big shout out to our volunteers at the farm:
Laura Cleary
Isaac Hines-Williams
Victoria Meyer
Lee Meyer
Bethany Snyder