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Belly up to the produce bar with new CSA program

August 30, 2011

Want fresh, local, seasonal produce delivered (almost) to your office door?

Subscribe to Chapman University’s Community Supported Agriculture (SCA) program, a new project of Student & Campus Life and the Faculty Senate Environmental Committee.

What is a CSA? Over the last 20 years, CSAs 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 fruits and vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (a.k.a. a “subscription”) and in return receive a box of local, seasonal produce.

Boxes include a variety of local, seasonal produce grown with organic farming methods.  A large box includes 11-12 varieties of fruits and vegetables and a small box includes seven to eight. Prices are $30 for a large box or $20 for a small box, plus a $3 delivery fee.  Payments must be made in advance on a monthly basis. Pickup will be in the new Student Union on the first floor of Argyros Forum.

Visit the Tanaka Farms website for more information about the program, to register or to get a peek at what might be in the boxes on any given week. Or email Student Civic Engagement at

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