LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2022) — Feb. 20-26 is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Week. A CSA is a convenient way to enjoy fresh produce and other farm offerings while supporting local growers. University of Kentucky Human Resources (HR) Health and Wellness offers $100 and $200 vouchers enabling employees with UK health insurance plans to participate in the program.
How does the CSA voucher program work?
You can use your voucher to purchase a share with the farm of your choice before the growing season. Buying your CSA share allows the farms to purchase the supplies they need. In return, you receive a weekly box or bag of seasonal produce (vegetables and other offerings) to pick up from a convenient location you choose. Farms will also provide newsletters with tips and recipes to help you use your share.
“I loved the mixture of vegetables that we got,” said Janna Neltner, a UK associate professor in pathology. “There were some core staples we were used to eating, and then others that were new to us. It allowed us (and by us I also mean picky tween children too) to try out some new vegetables I wouldn’t have bought specifically on my own. Turns out, we love quick pickled turnips. Who knew?”
How do I claim a voucher?
On the CSA website, you can claim your voucher. Then, you will receive a confirmation email with a code and link to instructions on how to purchase a share from your chosen farm. After you purchase your share, you can join our dedicated Facebook group and subscribe to our blog. Vouchers are available until May 6, and shares can be purchased until May 9.
I have a small family. Will a CSA share work for me?
Most farms offer multiple sizes. You choose the share size that is right for your family’s needs.
How do I choose a farm?
We are excited to have 11 farms this year. Information about each farm is available on our website to help you choose the one that suits your needs best.
Our partner farms are:
- Barr Farm
- Black Soil KY
- Elmwood Stock Farm
- Hickory Grove Farm
- HomeGrown Direct LLC
- Lazy Eight Stock Farm
- Old Homeplace Farm
- Rolling Fork Organic Farm
- Rootbound Farm
- Sustainable Harvest Farm
- UK Organic Farming Unit
For more information, visit the UK HR Health and Wellness CSA voucher program website.