CSA Information

New This Year – Fully Subsidized CSA Subscriptions!

To qualify for the subsidized CSA, you must answer YES to each of these questions:

  • Do you receive help from Food Assistance Programs, such as SNAP, EBT, or WIC?
  • Does your household include at least 1 child under the age of 18?
  • Do you agree to participate in pre- and post-season surveys (online or in person) regarding your involvement in this program?

WHAT IS CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a direct “vegetable subscription” program that connects farmers and consumers just like you. Farmers receive funds from their “subscribers” early in the year to purchase materials to grow the crops; subscribers then receive the produce throughout the weeks of the CSA.

The Lansing Roots CSA is unique because the produce is grown by over 20 beginning, historically under-served, and refugee farmers of the Lansing Roots program. Part of the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project, Lansing Roots reduces barriers for entry into farming as a vocation through an incubator farm setting.

WHAT DO I RECEIVE AS A CSA SUBSCRIBER? Weekly or bi-weekly from June 21st through November 1st, subscribers receive produce boxes containing the freshest and most flavorful items of the season. The box selections reflect the seasonal nature of farming in Michigan; including standard favorites and more unique or specialty crops. Subscribers stay connected with the farm and informed about their weekly boxes through e-newsletters which provide cooking and storage tips, nutritional info, recipes, farmer spotlights, and farm news.

WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?

csa_boxSubscribing in the Lansing Roots Multi-Grower CSA program means more than receiving healthy and delicious local produce. By participating, subscribers make direct and positive impacts on food security in our region by supporting The Greater Lansing Food Bank, its programs, and low-income individuals and families right here in the Lansing area; giving a hand-up not a hand-out.

In addition, subscribers directly help improve economic livelihoods for beginning and historically underserved farmers and their families. By endorsing small-scale farm businesses, our community and Michigan as a whole will be stronger for having made the investment and commitment.

WHAT ARE THE SUBSCRIPTION & REGISTRATION OPTIONS? The Lansing Roots CSA offers three different produce subscriptions that provide subscribers with a wide variety of options to meet their household needs. Consider “share-splitting” with a co-worker, friend, or neighbor to divide pick up days & quantities received. *Note: One person must be the Primary Subscriber and take responsibility for payment, pick-up, etc.

If you have questions, please email csa@glfoodbank.org or call (517) 853-7812.