What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Consumers pay an up-front cost, and in exchange receive weekly or biweekly boxes of produce for the entire summer. Some CSAs offer market shares where customers can pay up front and draw down an account at the local farmer's market. CSAs come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate the diverse needs of customers. In fact, this year Luther employees will even have the option of trying out a Winter CSA or a "Garden Membership" (assistance with developing and maintaining a garden in your yard or in a community garden). More general information about CSAs

Why is Luther offering this program?

  • Eating more vegetables is proven to improve health and Luther wants to encourage faculty and staff in their wellness goals.
  • This program builds community, on campus and off:
    • Brings faculty and staff together over unique food experiences
    • Connects faculty and staff to local producers and the local community

Who is eligible to receive the reimbursement

  • This program is open to all current Luther College faculty and staff who are working .75 FTE or greater.

When will reimbursements be paid?

  • Faculty and staff are responsible for paying the farm of their choice in full and completing the CSA Program Registration form by May 1st. Upon engaging in two food experiences and submitting a receipt to Maren Stumme-Diers, faculty and staff will be eligible for reimbursement.  Reimbursements will be paid on or before October 1st.

What if I'm out of town and unavailable to pick up my share?

  • You can find a friend to pick it up for you that week. The friend can either use the vegetables or save them for you until your return.
  • Some CSAs offer the option of donating your box to the food pantry that week.  Food Pantry customers are always happy to receive fresh produce.

Can I split my CSA share with someone else?

  • You are more than welcome to split your CSA share with someone else if you are worried about not being able to use all the produce yourself. It will be up to you to figure out how to make that sharing happen. If you are sharing with another member of the Luther faculty/staff, only one of you is eligible for reimbursement. If you are sharing with a non-Luther employees, keep in mind that the financial benefit is meant to benefit Luther employees and make sure to structure your split with that in mind.

How many people can participate?

  • In 2014 Luther has funds to support reimbursements for the first 150 households that sign up.

Can I combine two lower cost offerings to maximize my reimbursement?

  • Yes. Faculty and staff are eligible for a 50% reimbursement (up to $100). If you elect to purchase a $150 market share, you will be reimbursed $75. You could maximize your reimbursement by purchasing a combination of any of the following options (listed below. You would pay $300 by May 1st to the options of your choosing and receive $100 back by October 1st. This provides you the opportunity to do a combination of gardening and shopping at the Farmer's Market or extending your CSA season through December. The CSA Reimbursement Program Registration form allows you to select multiple offerings should you choose to go this route.
  • $130 River Root Farm Winter Share
  • $150 Patchwork Green Market Share 
  • $150 Driftless Gardens Maintenance Package
  • $165 Annie's Gardens and Greens Standard Biweekly Share
  • $175 Canoe Creek Produce Food to Celebrate Share

 If you have any other questions, please contact Maren Stumme-Diers (stumma01@luther.edu, x1722).