CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and refers to a network of individuals who pledge to support local farms, while sharing the benefits of local food production.
At Wylde Center, we have three CSAs available to you.
Wylde Vegetable CSA – Certified Naturally Grown (In progress)
Sugar Creek Herb U-Pick CSA - Certified Naturally Grown
Riverview Farms CSA – Certified Organic
What is a Wylde Vegetable CSA?
New to the organization in 2017, and managed by our first ever farm fellow, Wylde CSA is an 8 week market style CSA that allows you to choose fresh vegetables from a weekly selection versus a pre-packed box.
What will I get from the CSA market stand?
The produce for the CSA includes, but is not limited to: peppers (hot+sweet), okra, tomatillos, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, ground cherries, beans, potatoes, herbs.* *Availability is based on seasonality.
What is the fee for the Wylde CSA? And when do I pick it up?
$200 for an 8-week session. Pick up is on Tuesdays after work from 5-7 p.m. from Oakhurst Garden @ 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030.
Bring your own bag!
Bring your own bag or box to take away your produce. This will help us reduce packaging and ultimately what ends up in the landfill.
What happens to the extra produce?
The extra unclaimed produce will be donated to other community programs in need of produce.
Wylde’s Farmer Fellow Program
In 2017, Wylde Center received a grant from Food Well Alliance to add a Farmer Fellow to our team. The Farmer Fellow is growing food that will be distributed as part of our program at the Decatur Housing Authority. In addition, produce will also be shared using the free market stand at our Edgewood Community Learning Garden. To help fund the farmer program for 2018, Wylde Center has started this CSA. Your participation not only fills your belly, but many others as well. Thank you! CSA is Certified Naturally Grown http://www.cngfarming.org/
Length of U-Pick Herb CSA May through December 2017. What seasonal herbs will be available?
Your role as a U-Pick Herb CSA shareholder.
Cost for participating in the U-Pick Herb CSA program. The cost is $40 for Wylde Center members and $45 for non-members. If you are interested, please send Jen Wassum an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will get back to you to schedule an orientation.
New to the concept of CSA’s? Read on.
CSA (Community Support Agriculture) participants subscribe and pay in advance for weekly deliveries that start in mid-May and continue every week through early December. We pick your veggies, pack them, and deliver them the next day to the Wylde Center. Our delivery date is Wednesday.
Your share generally includes about enough veggies for a family of four for a week (though you will likely need to supplement the CSA delivery, particularly with fruit) OR enough to keep a family of two that likes to cook at home in ample vegetables with a little left over to preserve for the winter and early spring. Each week’s share includes 5-7 items. How much subscribers receive each week can vary a little bit since weather affects how the plants are growing and how much we can harvest. We occasionally provide stone-ground grits or cornmeal from corn grown on our farm, and sometimes supplement with organic produce grown by other nearby family farms. The contents of the weekly share varies by the season: in the spring, it’s cool weather crops such as leafy greens, crisp radishes, beets, onions, garlic, and strawberries; in the heat of the summer, it’s fruity vegetables such as corn, cucumbers, peas, peppers, tomatoes, melons, blueberries; in the fall, it’s root crops and more hearty greens such as broccoli, butternut squash, kale, turnips, sweet potatoes, apples, collards. The happiest subscribers are those who greet the weekly surprise of what’s in the box with excitement because they like learning about new veggies and eating seasonally, and welcome the opportunity to share cooking ideas with others. Shares are packaged in individual boxes or sometimes in bags. They are not marked with names. The contents are similar, though there can be a little bit of variation (mustard greens vs. kale, for example).
Because the average food item travels 3,000 miles before making it to your plate in Georgia, local organic food is fresher and tastier. Hard to argue with that. But beyond taste, participating in a CSA helps to underwrite changes in our food system that will increase access to fresh, healthy, and safe food. Right now, subsidies make mass-produced, unhealthy food cheap in comparison with fresh fruits and vegetables. Conventional agriculture – both production and transportation of food – consumes 1/5 of the oil our country uses in a year. By funneling your food purchases to locally produced organic foods, you’re not only helping small family farms stay in business, you’re helping to establish a less resource-intensive system that results in cleaner air, water, and soil (and tastier and more nutritious veggies)! Best of all, CSAs promote deeper community connections between and within neighborhoods and farmers. We hold an event for our CSA customers on the farm each year so that they can learn more about where their food comes from and meet us, the farmers who grow the food.