Community Supported Agriculture

Sign up for a CSA on campus!

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Reminder

There is NO DELIVERY during Spring Break (March 17-21, 2014).

Enterprise Farm

Enterprise FarmsEnterprise Farm has been growing Certified Organic vegetables since 1983! They are unique in that they offer a Year-Round CSA, and this is the third time they have collaborated with the Tufts Office of Sustainability to offer a farmshare tailored for the academic calendar. They also offer a regular summer share, which is open to everyone and not limited to Tufts-affiliated staff or students.

Season Small Share Medium Share* Large Share
Academic Share @
Tufts University
Sept 2 – Nov 16, ’13
& Jan 20 – May 4, ’14
26 weeks
$550$21/week $725$27/week $950$36/week 

Pro-rated Pricing

Enterprise welcomes new members at any time with pro-rated pricing for shares that have already started. Those who sign up for the current season before Noon on Thursday can pick up their first share in two weeks during the winter season, or the following week during the summer/fall season! Email farmshare@enterprisefarmcsa.com with questions and to get pricing.

Detailed sign-up instructions:
  • Go to their website and click on “Sign up for an Academic farmshare” on the left hand side.
  • Fill in your information. 
  • Pick a Season and Share Size.
  • For Pick-up Location and Time, choose “Tufts University Academic Share: Office of Sustainability, Miller Hall basement ~ Wednesday 3pm (TUFTS STUDENTS, FACULTY, and STAFF ONLY)”.
  • Do tell them you heard about the CSA from the Tufts Office of Sustainability!
  • Click on “Pay for your Boston farmshare” to see payment options. (An option to pay with Jumbo Cash is currently in the works – stay tuned!)

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Plough and Stars

Plough and Stars

Photo from ploughandstarsproject.com

The produce for this CSA  comes exclusively for our community here in Medford Hillside and West Somerville. Plough and Stars operates a diversified farm 15 minutes away in Lincoln, sustainably producing a wide variety of fresh, nutrient-dense vegetables.

Traditionally, CSA members received a weekly box of the farm’s harvest, without much say in the contents.  This can be an exciting approach to cooking or intimidating depending on how you feel about a box of beets.  Each week, our CSA members will get an email or an update on Facebook with what’s fresh and available at the farm.  Members then place an order for exactly what they want and come to a designated pick up point to collect their freshly harvested produce.

Make a membership deposit in the 2014 Plough & Stars Farm CSA, and as soon as the season arrives, you can begin applying your deposit to weekly produce orders at their online Farm Stand.

To sign up, read over the Plough & Stars 2014 Membership Agreement for more information and return it with a check or email a signed copy to erik@plougandstarsproject.com and purchase your membership here.


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World PEAS

The World PEAS CSA is a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, sponsored by  Tufts University ‘s Freidman School and Community Teamwork Inc.. They deliver to both the Medford and Boston campuses.

The season typically runs for 20 weeks from June through October.  2014 season is already open for registration! World PEAS is also offering an academic/Fall Harvest share that runs for 8 weeks in September and October.

World PEAS aggregates the bounty of the season, supplying food grown by over 25 immigrant, refugee, and beginning farmers in eastern MA, to provide families with a weekly box of seasonally available fruit, salad and cooking greens, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, potatoes and other healthy foods. The World PEAS CSA is a unique, multi-producer model that makes it possible for beginning or small-scale farmers who cannot manage a CSA on their own to participate by growing a select number of crops for the CSA, while providing greater crop diversity and reducing production risk for CSA shareholders.

All shares include a variety of fruits and vegetables, including unique Asian and African crops.  Sign up for your small, large, or academic share today! There are three ways to do it:

NESF

New Entry provides multi-cultural, beginning farmers with business training, access to land and farm equipment, organic production training and materials, marketing assistance, and continued guidance to start and sustain their farm businesses.

Typical shares of vegetables are available in large (good for a family of 4) and small (good for 2) shares. They even have a coffee CSA featuring Greener Beans, micro-roasted in small batches.

Tufts Pick-up Locations

Medford/Somerville Campus (Both World PEAS and Enterprise Farm)

WHEN: Pickup is from 3pm on Wednesday until 11am on Thursday

WHERE: Office of Sustainability, ground level of Miller Hall (parking lot side, across from Hillel)

Shares will be placed in the glass vestibule outside of the office.  However, keep in mind that the vestibule is not air-conditioned, so we strongly recommend that you try to pick up your vegetables by 6 pm on the day of delivery to ensure optimal freshness.  We will also Tweet & update our Facebook status when the farm shares are here.

Also, be sure that you are taking the right share (which should be clearly marked with signs). Please do your part to keep the vestibule clean by collapsing your boxes and put them in the appropriate containers.

In case there are delays or changes to delivery times, World PEAS has a Twitter account where they post updates (@NewEntry).

Chinatown/Boston Campus (World PEAS only)

Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30
Jaharis building
150 Harrison Ave

Shares will be kept in the atrium of the back exit near Kris Maguire’s office and the Student Affairs Office on the first floor.  Those of you within the Tufts Community will be asked to show a Tufts I.D.  Those of you who are not part of the Tufts community will need to sign in at the front security desk.  World PEAS has provided security with a list of your names so that you will have access to the building. Members of the Tufts community who have access to the M&V building may be able to access Jaharis after hours.

Click HERE for detailed notes on World PEAS’ pick-up locations (address, time of pick-up, etc.).

If you haven’t already, like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter feed to receive alerts as soon as the vegetables have been delivered.


About CSA programs

CSA vegetablesWhat is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This means that you buy a share in a farm at the beginning of a season (in our case, the beginning of a semester) and you get produce delivered to you here.  When you sign up for a farm share, you will receive an individually packed box of fresh produce, delivered directly to a predetermined location for pickup. Here at Tufts, most farm shares are dropped off at the Office of Sustainability in Miller Hall for the Medford Campus and at the Jaharis Building in the Boston Campus.

If you’re looking for more than just vegetables, there are other types of CSAs such as:

  • Cape Ann Fresh Catch – a fish CSA in Massachusetts with drop off points all over, including Cambridge.
  • The Houde Family Farm – A meat CSA in St. Johnsbury, VT that produces veal, beef, and pork products and ship to the Boston area.

Additionally, there are a variety of farms where you can pick up meats and produce on your own. For more information about CSAs in general, visit http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

Remember, buying local produce is one of the most significant ways to live sustainably. If you support local agriculture and sustainable farming, you are being green every day… at least three times a day!

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