CSA

CSA BasketsUpdate, September 2016: Unfortunately, there are no CSAs available at this time. Please check back soon!

WHAT IS A CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farm (in our case, our organic farm run and managed by our program youth!) and the members of a neighborhood or community.

OUR CSA FARM:

Our teen interns study the FETCH sustainable sciences curriculum and then plan, build, manage and market our CSA farm.  They harvest and pack boxes of vegetables each week, to provide to monthly subscribers.

WHAT’S INSIDE OUR CSA BASKET?

Each basket contains the USDA recommended amounts of five subgroups of vegetables to feed two-four people per a week.  Items will vary weekly, but all baskets include a variety of Chinese cabbage, lettuce, eggplant, tomatoes, radishes, beets, carrots, swiss chard, kale, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, broccoli, onions, herbs (such as rosemary, dill, mint, basil, and cilantro), edible flowers and recipes!

BASKET PICK-UP:

Basket pick-up is once a week, on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the FETCH Manoa farm. Our farm is located directly across the street from the Longs Drugs parking lot at Manoa Marketplace.  All produce is organically grown.

Baskets are $25 a week, with monthly subscriptions paid in advance.  (To test our pricing, we purchased the same amounts and kinds of vegetables from two local supermarkets.  These baskets cost $67 and $85 each, for non-organic vegetables).  All proceeds are tax-deductible (receipt provided) and are placed in a scholarship fund for our program youth, for when they enter college.

To join our CSA basket program or for more information, get in touch with us today! Please use our “contact” form with your name & phone number, so that we may contact you.  You may call our office (please see the “contact” page for the number). If there is not an immediate space, we will add you to the wait list.

INTRODUCING ONE OF OUR LONG-TERM SUBSCRIBERS:

Nicole with the CSA basket (From left to right: Kainoa, Miranda, Edwin, Nicole, and Jackson)

Teen interns & Nicole with the CSA basket
(From left to right: Kainoa, Miranda, Edwin, Nicole, and Jackson)

“My name is Nicole and I moved to Hawaii two years ago from Germany. My diet is mainly vegetarian and I try to choose organic, locally grown veggies whenever it’s possible. Salads, cooked veggies (stir fry, curried, etc) or ratatouille are my standards in cooking. Oh, and smoothies as my breakfast. I do not enjoy grocery shopping… in fact, I prefer to stay out of the supermarkets in general. When I heard about the possibility of receiving a weekly CSA basket with fresh Hawaii grown & seasonal vegetables, I was very happy!

I have been a FETCH CSA subscriber since January 2015. Since then, my diet has improved a lot. I bring my lunch to work and have regular smoothies with kale in the morning. I actually used to receive a weekly box of organic veggies back in Hamburg and I loved it. No more supermarket veggie shopping and wrapping everything in plastic… no more deciding about what to buy!! The content in the weekly basket decides what to cook, and allows me to try new & different recipes! Aside from what I have already mentioned (no need to do my grocery shopping; eat healthier, locally grown organic veggies), another best thing about receiving the CSA basket is, I get to save money. I am also able to contribute to the community by supporting participating FETCH students in their college aspiration. I love to contribute to the importance of growing veggies in a small scale for the community and educating students about the importance of healthy diet. FETCH program makes a huge effort in bringing a conscious and healthy diet to the next generation and inspiring youth to actually grow food. It is a wonderful project and I am happy to be part of it!”

Thank you so much, Nicole, for the review!! -FETCH team

Harvesting (From left to right: Miranda, Lehua, and Nick)

Harvesting
(From left to right: Miranda, Lehua, and Nick)

CSA basket making (from left to right: Chloe, Kaya, and Julien)

CSA basket making
(from left to right: Chloe, Kaya, and Julien)