ISU Good Earth student farm is a student-run Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) that markets to the Iowa State Community. This model intends to create a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “shareholders” of the farm. Shareholders invest in the farm before the start of the season and in return receive weekly dividends in boxes of produce.
We operate on half an acre at the Iowa State Horticulture Research Station. Many of our members are SUSAG students and professors. We offer two kinds of membership, a paid-share and work-share option. Paid-share members pay $350 at the beginning of the season and usually receive 14-16 weeks of produce from mid-June to October. Work-share members pay $50 and contribute 3 hours of farm work per week in exchange for the same weekly box of produce. The duration of the season and amount of produce is weather-dependent.
Last year we grew over 7,000 lb of produce for 50 members!!
Our farm is exclusively a CSA farm and all our production is planned for the CSA. When crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. When we feel that members have received enough of certain crops, we will handle the surplus by selling and/or donating it to a food pantry or shelter. We may experiment with new varieties of vegetables so that we can increase diversity. These crops will be distributed as equitably as possible and all members will receive a small sample of these varieties.
There are currently several paid share memberships still available for the 2018 season!
*Please visit our website for more details on shares and volunteer opportunities.*