The 24-week Dickinson College Farm Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership is for Dickinson faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Download our 2013 CSA application. To save paper, feel free to email your application (with electronic signature) to us at farm at dickinson.edu! Follow the directions on the application to send us your check.
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When you join Dickinson’s CSA program, you become a member of the farm for the season and receive a delivery of your portion of the farm’s harvest. When we reap a bounty, you do too! If we experience crop losses due to unforeseen circumstances, our CSA members share in the risks associated with unpredictable climate conditions.
From mid-May through the last week of October, members receive a wide variety of fresh, seasonal, Certified Organic produce harvested by students and farm staff at the Dickinson Farm in Boiling Springs, only 7 miles from Dickinson’s main campus.
The Dickinson CSA weekly newsletter also provides easy-to-follow recipes so that the discoveries of the harvest can be explored with tried-and-true recipes!
CSA members will have the opportunity to select from two CSA share sizes; regular and small. A regular share receives produce every week, while members who choose a small share pick up their produce every other week.
Members who receive regular shares and small shares are offered the same wide range of CSA perks and opportunities, from partner CSA programs to Pick-Your-Own crops at the farm!
For added convenience, members choose between picking up their share at the farm or having their share delivered to them on campus (a delivery charge will apply).
CSA pick-up at the farm will take place on Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
CSA pick-up on campus will take place on Fridays from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
I’m trying to decide if a regular or small share would be better for our family. How many people would a regular share feed vs. the small share?
A small share picks up every other week and can supply an avid cook or couple that eat both at home and out on the town. If you cook the majority of your meals and your family has more than two members, then we would suggest a regular share.
The shares are exactly the same size: the only difference is the frequency of the pickup. A small share picks up bi-weekly and a regular share picks up weekly.
- We offer a 10% discount for CSA members at our Dickinson Farm stand at the weekly farmers’ market!
- Those who are interested in joining the CSA later in the season should email farm at dickinson.edu to inquire about rates and options for a prorated share.
- Continuing this year, members will be able to bring their own containers to purchase bulk, eco-friendly dish detergent at the farm.
In addition to fresh produce each week, the farm CSA pick up will have other items for sale. These include local cheeses, eggs from Dickinson College Farm’s pastured hens, yogurt, seasonal meats, and other delectable treats. For CSA members who do not pick up at the farm we will have eggs for sale each week at our on-campus pick up location. CSA members are also offered the opportunity to purchase our popular free-range chicken and wild Alaskan salmon from Wild for Salmon.
CSA Members are Encouraged to Feel at Home at the Farm!
The Dickinson College Farm offers a selection of pick-your-own crops to CSA members including herbs, small fruits, tomatoes and flowers! The farm is a wonderful spot for an afternoon stroll or picnic. We encourage you to take advantage of the serenity and beauty that the farm has to offer!
About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA is an innovative way to connect local farms and local eaters. According to the USDA, as of a 2007 survey, there were over 13,000 CSA programs in North America, of which 12,549 are in the United States. Members of CSA programs agree to cover the planned costs of the farm operations, and in exchange they receive shares of the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season. Members also shoulder part of the risks of farming, such as adverse weather or pests.
CSA programs have been supplying families with fresh produce since the concept began in Japan back in the 1960s. The Japanese term for CSA is “teikei”, which translates to “putting the farmers’ face on food.” Since then, many farmers have adopted this model to market their crops, build local economies and help shape communities around nourishing, excellent food.