Sustainable Agriculture Project: Farm Shares
Support the SAP by purchasing a Farm Share!
Each purchase directly supports student learning opportunities, cultivates connections, and supports local regenerative farming practices.
Each week you will receive a selection of fresh, seasonal produce grown right at the SAP. Produce is available for on-campus delivery on Wednesdays in Allendale, or for downtown pick-up from Devos Building C on Thursdays.
What is a Farm Share?
What is a farm share?
Over the last 20 years, Farm Shares have become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Through this arrangement, small farmers are able to directly market their produce to the community and the community, in turn, is able to directly support its local farmers.
Why purchase a farm share?
Having Farm Share members sign up early in the season allows the farmer to plan production to precisely meet customer needs. Receiving payments early on in the season allows for the cash flow needed to fund the majority of expenses such as hosting educational events, making learning opportunities available to students, and supporting our interns. Farm Share members help to kindle connections within the community and create opportunities for the farmer to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
How do the CSA farm shares work?
Members purchase a farm share from the GVSU SAP before one of the sessions ranging from the beginning of May into October.
Each week, you receive a share of our bountiful harvest, typically 5-15 pounds of 5-10 kinds of vegetables, typically enough to feed 2-3 people.
As of 2023, campus delivery is complimentary! Your produce will be brought right to your office door or campus apartment with our campus delivery service. Shares will be delivered on Wednesdays between 9:00-12:00.
Farm shares can be picked up at our partner location, the Social Justice Center in Devos Building C anytime on Wednesday.