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Consider Joining a CSA This Spring

April 13, 2015

“Spring finally may be here! For a while, it was hard to imagine sunny warm days and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, but it seems we’ve made it through winter,” said Kristy Crocetto, Administrative Assistant to Penn Alumni Regional Clubs in Penn Alumni Relations. Kristy is located in the Sweeten Alumni House and coordinates her office’s sign up for a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) subscription program through Red Earth Farms.

CSAs have been gaining popularity over the past few years, as they are a fun and easy way to obtain fresh locally grown produce in urban and suburban areas. Red Earth Farms offers a “Choice CSA”, which allows members the opportunity to choose weekly from a list of seasonal fresh produce. The produce is then delivered to a drop-off point in your neighborhood. “Here at Sweeten,” says Kristy, “Enough people joined that we were able to make our building a drop-off point.”

CSAs have a “share fee” in which you pay an amount up front for a “share” in the crops that the farm produces. CSA subscriptions typically last from late Spring until early Fall, with most farms offering seasonal treats to go along with their produce.

Charis Lindrooth (C’87) runs Red Earth Farms with her husband Michael Alhert. When asked about the benefits of joining a CSA, Charis replied: “The member receives produce that has been harvested often within 24 hours of receiving their box. They enjoy the benefits of super fresh produce, they get connected with the source of their food by visiting the farm, through newsletters and through Facebook and other social media. They also know that they are supporting a local, family-owned Pennsylvania farm.”

For more information about joining a CSA, check out this website: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

The registration for CSA’s through Red earth Farms are now open and if you would like to sign-up with Sweeten Alumni House as your weekly pickup- you can reach out to Kristy Crocetto by the May 1st deadline: crocetto@upenn.edu

To know more about Red Earth Farms, check them out here: http://www.redearthfarm.org/about.php

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