More than a weekly farm share

The Food and Farm Program is now offering a 15-week certified organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) share that is more than vegetables.

Your membership cultivates the food security and health of your neighbors while empowering young Vermonters to address the complex issues of hunger, nutrition, food access, sustainable agriculture, and responsible land use in their community.

The Food and Farm program is bringing back our two-season (summer and fall) CSA this year with a limited number of Cultivating Member shares. Fees from this special CSA go directly to fund our Health Care Share program which puts Vermont youth to work on the Farm at VYCC and provides organically grown food to families in need. Skip right to the sign up app!

Join by July 1 to enjoy our limited two-season CSA that feeds you, supports Vermonters in need, and employs local!

What does your share cost and include?

  • Our CSA costs a total of $620 and runs from July until December.
  • Pick up days: You will get 12 weekly pick ups (Thursdays) of 12-15 pounds of organic produce during the growing season and 3 monthly pick ups (on a designated Thursday) of 15-20 pounds of organic produce leading into the colder months.
  • Pick up sites: Pick up locations are at the Farm at VYCC at 1949 East Main St. in Richmond or at sites in Chittenden and Washington Counties (ask for details on these when you sign up).
  • Farm Bucks! You will get a total of $100 in food value back to you to spend on the Farm Stand at VYCC on more veggies, herbs, pasture raised eggs, and chickens for your share.
  • A donation toward the Health Care Share: Your CSA cost includes a $100 fee that goes directly to fund a Health Care Share for a Vermont family in need.
  • Pay in installments: You can make your payment in one of three ways: One-time, two installments of $310 (due 6/15 and 7/15), or three installments of $205-210 (due 6/15, 7/15, and 8/15).

Sign up now!

*VYCC is a member of NOFA-VT. Produce is certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF).

*The value of a Cultivating Member (and Health Care Share) CSA is higher than the price of the share over the course of the season. Members realize savings over farm stand purchases.

CSA Overview

What sets your CSA apart from the rest?

Our Cultivating Member CSA is more than just vegetables. With your membership, you feed your family with high-quality produce while also purchasing a food share for a Vermont family in need. You also support local youth through employment at our headquarter farm and partner farms throughout the state.

How can I ensure that your food is safe and clean?

Our farm is Certified Organic by Vermont Organic Farmers. We also participate in produce safety planning through the University of Vermont Extension and all of the produce in your share has been thoroughly cleaned in our wash station.

Logistics

How many weeks is my CSA?

Each Cultivating Member CSA includes 15 farm shares: 12 weekly shares and 3 monthly shares.

When are pick-ups?

The first pick-up will be Thursday, July 12 and will continue every week on the same day through September.

For October, November, and December, shares will transition into monthly boxes that will also be picked up on Thursdays.

Where are pick-ups?

Our main pick-up location will be at our headquarter farm in Richmond (1949 East Main Street). If this is inconvenient for you, please contact us for more information on other pick-up sites throughout Washington and Chittenden counties!

Can someone else pick-up my share? Do I have to notify you?

If you cannot make your pick-up, let us know in advance when you can get it and you can store your share at our headquarter farm in Richmond.

If you are away and unable to get your share, we cannot offer the share later. Consider offering your share to a family member or friend that week!

How much food will I get?

For the first 12 weeks (July – September), your share will include 12-15 pounds of organic certified vegetables and herbs.

The food in your monthly shares (October-December) will increase slightly to 15-20 pounds of food so that you can make it through three additional weeks!

This is enough food to feed a household of approximately four members!

What if there is a veggie in the share I don’t want or like?

Each week, we work hard harvest and package all ready harvests for more than 400 families through our Cultivating Member and Health Care Shares. In order to meet demand, we ask that if there is a veggie that isn’t your favorite, you share it with friends, families, or coworkers!

Finances & Payment

Payment options?

We accept cash, credit, or check as payment for your CSA. Payments can be made in full or in installments of two or three. See our “Payment Options” below for more information!

Do I save money through CSA rather than just purchasing from the Farm Stand at VYCC?

Yes. With a Cultivating Member CSA, you will gain around 10% in savings. The share is lighter in earlier weeks and provides $28 of food, but as the season picks up you will a receive a greater value of food than the original cost.

What are VYCC Farm Bucks?

VYCC Farm Bucks can be redeemed at the Farm Stand at VYCC to buy additional vegetables, herbs, eggs, or pasture-raised chickens. You may also use them to pre-order any of these items and add them to your share!

Will my VYCC Farm Bucks roll over into next year?

VYCC Farm Bucks must be used within the year. To help you use them, we offer a variety of eggs, frozen pature-raised chickens, vegetables, and herbs to purchase through the Farm Stand at VYCC!

Can I add to my share for additional costs?

If you let us know a week in advance, we can add eggs, chicken, herbs, or extra produce to your share for an additional cost. This can be paid using your VYCC Farm Bucks, cash, or check.

We accept cash, credit, or check as payment for your Cultivating Member CSA. You can pay in one of three ways:

Payment in Full

One-time payment of $620 due within two weeks of purchase

2 Installments

Two payments of $310 due on June 15 and July 15

3 Installments

$205 due on June 15

$205 due on July 15

$210 due on August 15

Checks

Checks should be made payable to VYCC with Cultivating Member Share written in the memo line. They can be mailed to:

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

ATTN: Ruby Bertola

1949 East Main Street

Richmond, VT 05477