This Community-Supported Agriculture starts on Aug 19 with Ridge to Reef Farm
- eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
- supporting their local farmer;
- being kind to our planet;
- learning something new; and
- being adventurous in the kitchen.
What is a CSA?
CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.
How does it work?
Getting food from Ridge to Reef Farm CSA is different from going to a farmer’s market or using a grocery delivery service. A CSA member makes a seasonal commitment to a small farm, and the produce is either home or office delivered on Saturdays or available for pick up on Saturdays at the ‘Chan’ Hendricks Market Square, next to the Post Office in downtown Christiansted between 10am and 12pm. A CSA member takes pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer, and are getting local certified organic food directly from farm to their kitchen. “Our fruit, egg, and meat share has been, literally, life-changing.” Summer 2017 CSA member.
“CSA is all about getting 100% nutrition from the foods you eat that are grown in a sustainable way,” according to Shelli Olive, the farm’s fruit farmer and market coordinator is at the Christiansted pick up location. She walks a CSA member through the ingredients, and teaches how to prepare new items learning through recipes how to substitute with local ingredients.
One of the biggest community impacts of the CSA is that the farm also grows food for the public school system through the National Farm to School Program. This means that when a CSA member buys a share, they not only are feeding their own families, they also are feeding students through the F2S program.
How to Sign up
If you would like to join the Early Fall CSA and support Ridge to Reef Farm, sign up for a share this July through the website www.ridgetoreef.csasignup.com/members/types , You can also read more about the CSA at www.ridge2reef.org/csa for more information.
“Sign-up is easy and best part is it’s affordable,” says Shelli. “To learn more and to join us for the Early Fall 2017 season, you can reach us at 340-220-0466, www.ridge2reef.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, AT THE FARMER’S MARKET, downtown Christiansted Saturdays 10a-12p, and payment can be done by check or paypal.
About Ridge to Reef Farm
Founded by Dr. Nate Olive in 2010, Ridge to Reef Farm is the only USDA certified organic farm in the USVI that follow over 100 best practices outlined in the National Organic Program. No synthetic chemicals or pesticides are used to grow food. Produce is 100% GMO-free, powered by the sun.