Community Supported Agriculture

Purchasing a CSA share is an easy way to support local food while enjoying fresh, delicious produce. 

CSA shares provide financial support to farmers before the growing season begins, allowing them to purchase the supplies they need to grow crops. Every week, you will receive a box of sustainably-grown seasonal produce. CSA shares are a wonderful way to eat seasonally and try fruits and veggies that you might not see in a grocery store.

World PEAS CSA Delivery

Best of all, two farm shares deliver directly to Medford and Boston, so you can pick up your share right from a Tufts University campus. Both World PEAS and Enterprise Farm welcome new members at any time with pro-rated pricing for shares that have already started:

If you are based on the Grafton Campus, consider purchasing produce from the Cummings School Community Garden, which is sold in the Webster Family Library and is used to support animals and owners who need assistance with the cost of unanticipated veterinary care.

Looking for something other than veggies? Try one of these unique, local CSAs:

For more information about CSAs or to find a farm near you, visit the LocalHarvest website.

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World PEAS

The World PEAS CSA is a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry), an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and additional partners. New Entry is a new farmer training program that helps beginning, immigrant and refugee farmers gain business and farm production skills and access to land, markets and other resources necessary to start viable farm business. Learn more about World PEAS on the New Entry website.

For the 2015 season, World PEAS will offer the following:

  • Fall Share: Fruit & vegetables for 1-2 people per week, 8 weeks of delivery starting Sep. 1st – Oct. 22…. $250
  • Large Share: Fruits & vegetables for 4-5 people per week, 20 weeks of delivery starting June 9th – Oct. 22nd…. Email nesfp@tufts.edu for a pro-rated share.
  • Small Share: Fruits & vegetables for 1-2 people per week, 20 weeks of delivery starting June 9th – Oct. 22nd…. Email nesfp@tufts.edu for a pro-rated share.
  • Fair Share: Small & Large share offerings with an extra contribution ($6.50 per week) to support the cost of a share for low-income families. Your purchase is tax deductible up to the donation amount of $130.00….. Email nesfp@tufts.edu for a pro-rated share.
  • Egg Share: Local eggs from pasture-raised hens at Pete & Jen’s Backyard Birds, fed GMO-free certified organic grain with no supplemental synthetic hormones or growth promoters. Receive ½ dozen per week, 20 weeks of delivery starting June 9th – Oct. 22nd….Email nesfp@tufts.edu for a pro-rated share.
  • Workshare: Small & Large shares available in exchange for sufficient volunteer hours.

For a detailed pickup schedule, visit the World PEAS CSA website.

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Enterprise Farm

Enterprise Farms

The 95-acre family farm is dedicated to growing high-quality, affordable vegetables. Established in 1984, Enterprise Farm is one of the longest running certified organic farms in Massachusetts. The farm’s founding father, Dave Jackson, lives on the farm with his wife and their three boys. All CSA members have free access to the farm’s 10 acre pick-your-own garden located at the farm in Whately, MA. Enterprise has been growing organic produce since 1983.

Share Sizes:

  • Small: 7-8 items. Feeds one vegetarian or an omnivore couple
  • Medium: 8-9 items. Feeds 1-2 adults or a small family who cook at home at least 3 times per week.
  • Large: 9-11 items. Feeds a family of 4 who cook at home about 3 times per week.

Share Types:

  • Summer/Fall Farm Share: June 15 – November 14 (22 weeks)
    • Small: $423.50
    • Medium: $545.25
    • Large: $723.50
  • Fall Only Share: September 1 – November 14 (11 weeks)
    • Small: $211.75
    • Medium: $272.63
    • Large: $361.75

For a detailed pickup schedule, visit the Enterprise Farm website.

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Picking up your share from Tufts:

Medford/Somerville Campus (World PEAS and Enterprise Farm)

Pick-Up Window: 3:00 PM Wednesdays – 12:00 PM Thursdays

Where: Miller Hall glass entryway, Office of Sustainability (parking lot side)

How to pick up your share:

Shares are placed in the glass entryway in Miller Hall.  The entryway is not air-conditioned, so we strongly recommend that you pick up your vegetables by 6:00 PM on Wednesdays to ensure optimal freshness.  The Office of Sustainability tweets when both farm shares arrive. Shares that are not claimed by Thursdays at noon will be donated.

  1. Plan ahead – bring a reusable bag to take home your veggies. The waxed boxes that the farms use to package your CSA can be reused and are expensive for the farms to replace.
  2. Take the correct share. Shares for World PEAS and Enterprise Farm are marked clearly with signs. Large shares are placed in red vegetable boxes, while small shares are placed in green vegetable boxes.
  3. Mark that you have received your share on the CSA pickup sheet.
  4. Collapse your box and put it in the designated bin.
  5. If there is a problem with your share, please contact the farm directly.

 

Chinatown/Boston Campus (World PEAS only)

Pick-Up Window: Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 PM

Where: Jaharis Building at 150 Harrison Ave

How to pick up your share:

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.

  1. Plan ahead – bring a reusable bag to take home your veggies. The waxed boxes that the farms use to package your CSA can be reused and are expensive for the farms to replace.
  2. Visit the front security desk. If you are a member of the Tufts community, you will be asked to show security your Tufts ID. If you are not part of the Tufts community, you will be asked to sign in. World PEAS provides security with a list of shareholder names so you may access the building. Members of the Tufts community who have access to the M&V building may be able to access Jaharis after hours.
  3. Take the correct share. Large shares are placed in red vegetable boxes, while small shares are placed in green vegetable boxes.
  4. Mark that you have received your share on the CSA pickup sheet.
  5. Collapse your box and put it in the designated bin.
  6. If there is a problem with your share, please contact the farm directly.