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What is a CSA? The acronym CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. Members of that organization pledge their support of that farm, with growers and consumers sharing those risks and benefits of food production. In 2019 Renovatus will be going into year four of our CSA program.

Why does Renovatus have a CSA? Renovatus uses the CSA model as a way to generate funds for the ministry and provide skills training to the residents of Renovatus. From seed to produce sale, we give residents a model for how to grow their own food and improve the skills needed to do that. We believe that nothing can be more rewarding than growing, selling, sharing, and eating food you grew.

Where is Renovatus located? 583 Cannon Road, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

How does the Renovatus CSA work? Members will pay at the onset of the growing season for a ‘share’ of the anticipated harvest. Once harvesting begins, weekly ‘shares’ of the farm’s bounty will be given to the members.

I’m unsure I’ll like what comes in the CSA share, how do I know if this is for me? That’s one of the joys of supporting your local farm! We are right here through the process. Post your favorite recipe or ask for someone else’s on our Facebook page. Ask Pete or the guys how they are preparing this week’s harvest. Look for our recipe posts in newsletters and on Facebook throughout the season. Or come on Monday or Wednesday for our market style pickup. Quality and taste drive our seed and plant selection, you can be sure that we are a resource and a friend for the year and through the harvest.

But really, why should I join a CSA? We thought you would never ask.

  1. You are supporting a local, grassroots food system.

  2. You get to enjoy local, fresh, and delicious food, weekly.

  3. You learn to eat with the seasons.

  4. Most importantly, with this CSA, you are part of restoring people’s lives.

What is a Market Style CSA? A market-style CSA provides much greater flexibility and is designed for those members who want more choice in what goes into their share each week. Every Monday and Thursday an assortment of vegetables is set up, and members pack their own share with a combination of "fixed" and "choice" items. Having a group of fixed items (take x amount of y) allows the farm to spread those items to all CSA members plus still gives you a push to try new things and eat more diversity. We are always flexible with fixed items: if you have an allergy, or just a strong dislike of a vegetable, you can trade it for another choice item.

The market style set up provides diversity of produce and flexibility with the CSA share, where members are able to take what they love, and leave what they don't. Staples, like kale and squash and abundant seasonal items, like tomatoes, will almost always be available as choices when in season. If there is a week that you're unable to come during the packing window, we can assemble your share for you if notified the week prior.

What if I am unable to pick up my share for the week? If you are unable to pick up your portion for the week, we suggest you donate that share to one of our food ministry partners. Renovatus can assist you with that if and when that time comes. Additionally, we would also suggest you give it to a neighbor, family, or friend that might be interested in partnering with Renovatus.

All crops are subject to weather, pests, and unforeseen conditions. With that in mind, what can you expect throughout the year?

May-June: lettuce, carrots, beets, kolrabi, broccoli, onions, kale, cabbage, cauliflower

June-July: tomatoes, pepper, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, beans

August-September: tomatoes, pepper, squash, beans, corn, eggplant

October-November: Greens, Carrots, lettuce, sweet potatoes, onions, radishes

Are you interested in something specific? Just ask! You are a part of this farm!

Are you interested in becoming a CSA member? Send us an email: renovatusrc@gmail.com