CSA Reimbursement Program

Local food exchange through the CSA reimbursement program

Luther College faculty and staff are eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement (up to $100) on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares (what's a CSA?).

Every CSA has a slightly different pick-up schedule, cost and quantity of produce. Luther encourages staff and faculty to browse through all options so you can find the program that will work best for you and your family. More detailed information is linked to the farm names below. The sign-up deadline is May 1st, but early registration is strongly encouraged. This program is co-sponsored by the Health Care Fund, Wellness Program and Center for Sustainable Communities.

How To Participate

By May 1st subscribe to your CSA (list of options) and pay in full. Officially enroll in the reimbursement program with Luther by completing the CSA registration form. Reimbursement will be handled through payroll. As it is considered a benefit of employment the CSA reimbursement will be taxable.

CSA Options

Food Education Events

As part of this program all participating households are asked to participate in two food education events throughout the season. These food events are intended to bring people from different parts of campus together in community to learn a new skill while enjoying tasty season foods. The full list of food education events can be found here.

FAQs

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

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. 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 Forsythe, faculty and staff will be eligible for reimbursement via payroll. Reimbursements will be paid on or before October 1st. Reimbursements are taxable.

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.

If you have any other questions, please contact Sarah Forsythe (x1573).