State of Vermont Workplace CSA

 

The 2017 Spring/Summer Workplace CSA is Open!

Enjoy fresh, local food- delivered right to your State of Vermont workplace.

 

Click here to find out which farms are participating and if your office is a State of Vermont Workplace CSA Farm drop-off site. If you are interested in participating, please, contact farms directly.  

 

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What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is the name of a direct marketing relationship between farmers and consumers, where a customer enrolls in a seasonal share from a local farm and receives a certain amount of local food products on a routine and often weekly basis. While the specific terms of membership differ from farm to farm, CSA shares are usually purchased for a set price early in the season in exchange for weekly boxes of mixed produce and other agricultural products.

CSA was created for customers to share in the seasonable rhythms of the people and land that produce their food, for families to access locally produced, healthy and nutritious foods, and for farmers to achieve financial security and an assured customer base.

Workplace CSA delivery programs have been identified by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an effective means of increasing consumption of healthy foods. Increasing access to healthy local food at the workplace does not only align with VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets’ priorities, but is also supported by Department of Health Workplace Wellness efforts, Department of Human Resources Wellness Program, and Attorney General’s 2010 Healthy Weight Initiative.

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How to get started

Once you have decided to explore a CSA, the following process will help select the best fit circumstance. Our goal is to act as a promoter of this opportunity, but it is up to the individual employee to research and make arrangements.

  • First step is identifying if your State of Vermont worksite is listed as a Workplace CSA drop-off site.
  • Once you have determined that your workplace is a location listed, you then need to pick a farm.
  • Once you have researched and decided on a farm, you will need to contact that farm, and make arrangements.

NOTE: Some farms have a minimum number of participants per location that must sign up before they will deliver to that worksite. Please, make sure you clearly understand your farm’s policy. Whenever possible, coordinate with members of your work community who are interested in participating in a CSA, to meet those minimum requirements.

How the program works

The State of Vermont Workplace CSA Program is a direct way for the Agency of Agriculture Food, and Markets to participate in improving the overall health of State of Vermont employees and the economic growth of Vermont CSA farms.

The State of Vermont (SOV) Workplace CSA Program provides space and opportunity for SOV employees to access and learn about local food. The primary goals of the program are the same as the overall Local Food Wellness and Consumer Awareness for State of Vermont Employees initiative: 

  • Exposing farmers to SOV employees as a new market to sell product,
  • Increasing SOV employees’ access to local food,
  • Improving workplace wellness, and
  • Engaging state employees in learning about Vermont’s food system and facilitating awareness opportunities.

The program offers the capability for Vermont farm CSA shares to be delivered to state worksites, as well as promote CSA delivery sites that are located near state worksites. The program’s objective is to promote a healthier workplace by aiming for more locally sourced food that is easily accessible to state employees.

Additionally, this program offers the opportunity for employees to support local farmers and conveniently access healthy, nutritious, and locally produced food delivered to their workplace. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets also views workplace deliveries as an important market opportunity for our agricultural communities and as a strategy for developing a healthy food culture in our workplaces.

Expectations of Participating CSA Farms

These expectations provide a way to ensure positive relationships between farms and State of Vermont Employees are maintained throughout the season, and the program continues to be successful for all parties. Payments must be arranged individually between each State of Vermont Employee and the CSA Farm directly. The State of Vermont will not be involved in any exchange of payment and/or be responsible for any un-received payments.

In order to participate in the State of Vermont Workplace CSA Program, you must agree to all conditions of the program and agreements with participating State of Vermont Employees. If these conditions are not followed, farmers can lose the privilege of delivering to SOV worksites, among other consequences. These conditions include:

  • Deliver CSA farm shares in boxes or crates every week during the set time, on time.
  • Label boxes or crates with employee’s name.
  • Proper communication with State of Vermont employee CSA members during delivery times, throughout the season if any changes in time and/or problems occur.
  • Open communication with new State of Vermont Employees CSA members about season dates and payment requirements.
  • Responsible for compliance with all State of Vermont Rules and Regulations, possession of all required licenses, and assumed liability associated with CSA share until SOV employee assumes ownership.
  • Pick up boxes or crates at drop site locations based on agreed upon schedule.

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Expectations of State of Vermont Employee CSA Members

These expectations provide a way to ensure positive relationships between farms and State of Vermont Employees are maintained throughout the season, and the program continues to be successful for all parties. Payments must be arranged individually between each State of Vermont Employee and the CSA Farm directly. The State of Vermont will not be involved in any exchange of payment and/or be responsible for any un-received payments.

In order to participate in the State of Vermont Employee Workplace CSA Program, you must agree to all conditions set forth by the farm you choose to participate with. These conditions include and are not limited to:

  • Fulfilling all payment requirements outlined by the farm directly.
  • The participation in being a CSA member through the full given season dates outlined by the farm.
  • Confirmation to pick-up weekly deliveries of the CSA at given state buildings, or an arrangement with the farm directly to ensure this delivery. Unclaimed CSA shares may be discarded, and a persistent pattern of unclaimed shares could result in the loss of a worksite’s privilege to receive shares.
  • Assume ownership and responsibility for your CSA share, including all potential physical or health risk, at the time of delivery by the farmer to the worksite location.
  • Share CSA concerns directly with the farmer, when appropriate; communicate with the on-site coordinator (if there is one at that work site) about drop site logistics, and share any programmatic concerns with the VAAFM statewide program coordinator.

If you have any questions about the program, please email  AGR.WorkplaceCSA@vermont.gov or call 802-505-1661

If you would like to learn more about the history of the program, please click here.