Address: 86 Park Street, Rear, Hartford CT 06106 / (860) 296-9325, ext: 13
About Us / Grow Hartford CSA History: Grow Hartford, a project of the Hartford Food System, harvests thousands of pounds of organic fruits and vegetables at three different sites in Hartford. This project will operate for its eight growing season in 2011. Most of this produce is donated to social service agencies in the city, but a portion is available for sale to households through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership. Visit our website for photos and more info:http://www.growhartford.org/home/?page_id=3WHAT IS COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)?CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, growers and community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality produce, often at below retail prices. In return, farmers and growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse selection of crops. CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms. CSA is a unique model of local agriculture that has developed from many different influences.HOW DOES THE GROW HARTFORD CSA WORK? The Grow Hartford CSA is supported by members who purchase a "share" of the harvest for the year. The farm staff grows more than 35 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Each Thursday between 4 & 6 pm, members come to Grow Hartford's Laurel Street site to pick up their produce. In addition, members can harvest pick-your-own crops such as herbs, cherry tomatoes and flowers.WHAT IS A SHARE? A "share" is a portion of Grow Hartford's harvest from late July through early October. Households who buy a full share will receive approximately 140 pounds of a variety of vegetables and fruits, an average of 14 pounds per week, plus pick-your-own crops. A full household share is estimated to supply 2 adults and 2 children or 2 vegetable-loving adults.JOINING THE CSA Memberships are available for the 12-week season from July 14 through September 29. Shares are $ 350 for the season. Shares for low income families are $75For an application, visit:http://www.growhartford.org/home/?page_id=3Thank you!