CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. Luna Bleu Farm is one of the oldest CSA farms in Vermont. We were drawn to this business model back in the late 80’s because it forges a unique bond between farm, farmers and the local community. In a CSA, farmers and shareholders share in both the risks and the bounty of the season. By joining a CSA, members support local agriculture and invest in the local economy.
The price of food in the regular market place, often does not reflect the true costs of production or take into account the environmental, social and energy costs. Yet, access to fresh, nutritious, safe food can also be limited by economic class or other social factors. Community Supported Agriculture helps us answer the one of the central questions on our farm:
“How do we provide good food to all economic levels of our community and still remain economically viable?”
We still do not completely have the answer to that question. In fact, maybe more questions arise: what do we even mean by “economically viable”, what else limits access to good food and good eating…. and what is Kohlrabi!?
So, when you join our CSA, you can help us answer some of these questions– the big ones or the small ones. With our CSA, we try to make the price work for you. We give you lots of good food and try to make it fun. Many of our members have told us that they really have changed to a more healthful diet when they joined our CSA. Even kids like our vegetables. Parents tell me that their children eat all the spinach from the bag before they get home from the farm! Kids have asked me if they can take an extra bunch of Kale for their share (and how can I refuse!?)… and lots of them really like that Kohlrabi!
CSA gives the farm some wiggle room with production… If there is not enough carrots one week, members might get beets or celery… no spinach? pick chard or beet greens…. If there were a crop failure of say, tomatoes, the loss spread out across 100 families is much less than when it is all carried by just the farm family. (Luckily, with our crop diversity a complete crop loss is not so likely.)
The Nuts and Bolts
CSA members typically pay for a share of the harvest before the start of the growing season and thus help cover early production costs. Members receive fresh, organic vegetables weekly from June to October, and may also choose to receive winter crops from November to May– completing the yearly seasonal cycle. In addition, CSA members can purchase special meat shares and egg shares and other Luna Bleu farm products.
You and your neighbors can help transform local agriculture and your connection to food. CSA begins to redefine the economics of farming. With CSA the price of our food better reflects the actual cost of production and the true value of sustainable agriculture while keeping local farms healthy. Our members appreciate where their food comes from and even celebrate in the eating! It is a quiet — but exciting — revolution!
You can choose to pick up your share here at the farm in South Royalton or you can pick up at one of our delivery locations. We currently deliver each week, during the harvest CSA season, to South Strafford, Sharon, Randolph, Hanover, Norwich, Lebanon, and White River Junction. For the winter CSA we currently just have two pick-up options: at the farm or at the Norwich Winter Farmers market.
We are happy to consider other sites. If you can collect up a couple of others in your area, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!
We are strongly committed to making the food we raise available to members of the community in a wide range of economic situations. Luna Bleu participates in the Farm Share Program sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT). Contributions are collected to help pay for CSA shares, enabling us to provide vegetable shares to low-income families for half price.
To Donate: You can help to share the Luna Bleu harvest with other members of the community by donating to the Farm Share Program. Follow the directions on our CSA Membership Form or contact NOFA-VT to make a donation to Luna Bleu’s fund. Contributions to Farm Share are tax-deductible and every cent goes toward low-income shares. Any size donation will help your neighbors eat local and organic.
You may also make a donation to the NOFA general farm share fund to help any CSA farm provide subsidized shares.
To Apply: To apply for a subsidized share, please visit NOFA-VT, fill out the application, and send it directly to NOFA-VT. Please also fill out our CSA Membership Form and let us know that you are applying for a NOFA Farm Share. If you find the process confusing, just contact us and we will help you through it.
Work Shares are available to anyone willing to help with whatever needs doing here on the farm. In exchange, members receive a reduced cost for a share.
Work Share is not limited to field work: many talents are needed on a diversified farm like ours! If you are interested, please contact us.