Lansing Roots is a small business education farm operating as an extension of the Greater Lansing Food Bank and their community gardening program, The Garden Project. Located in Mason, our demo farm parcel has a 72' passive solar greenhouse and several 1/4 acre parcels that are maintained by farmers primarily from under-served communities such as refugees and those living below the poverty line. Lansing Roots is made possible through a Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant administered by the USDA-NIFA. The Roots program offers training, technical assistance, marketing networks, and reduced barriers for entry into farming as a vocation. Our farmers will primarily be offering their fresh produce in a multi-grower CSA and to wholesale markets.
WHAT IS THE LANSING ROOTS CSA?
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a direct partnership between farmers and food lovers in the form of a weekly vegetable subscription. Subscribers of our CSA are true members of the farm who fill their kitchens each week with 10-13 different produce items of unbeatable quality.
Being a member of the Lansing Roots CSA has several advantages that extend way beyond the freshness, tastiness and healthiness of the produce -- our members know where and who their food comes from and connect to our farm through weekly e-newsletters and farm events.
The CSA program has vegetable distributions for 20 consecutive weeks, starting in June and running through October, and feeds on average a family of four or two ambitious vegetarians. A swap box is available at each distribution so that you can trade in what you don't care for and grab what you do! Each distribution guarantees a full produce box of the best local vegetables of the season, including but not limited to fruits, roots, fresh salad greens, cooking greens, alliums, and herbs.
Pricing & Payments
Members receive incredible value for the cost of the share in terms of quality and quantity, including better than retail pricing! Payments in full are accepted and greatly appreciated, however, payment plans are also offered.
Low-Income Option: Subsidized shares are available for qualifying individuals and families. EBT/SNAP Card payments and Double Up Food Bucks tokens are accepted under this option, if utilizing the Double Up Food Bucks program, weekly payments are reduced by half!
Please contact us to find out the best payment option for you and your family.
Distributions & Partnerships
The Lansing Roots CSA partners with Greater-Lansing area businesses that serve as distribution locations for our CSA. Please contact us for more information on these delivery sites or to discuss your place of employment or social engagement as a potential site.
How do I receive more information and how do I sign up?
Because of the limited availability of CSAs in the area and the high demand of shares, available spaces are expected to fill quickly! To secure a spot on the list, we encourage you to communicate your interest as soon as possible.
For more information on the Lansing Roots CSA or to sign up for your share, please contact Jill Plesko, Lansing Roots Marketing Coordinator, at the email address and phone number listed above. Responses will happily be returned within the week.
We look forward to hearing from you!
6 REASONS TO JOIN the Lansing Roots Farm Summer CSA What could be better than a weekly box full of healthy and delicious local vegetables for you and your family? 1. Supporting local farmers and stimulating the local economy. 2. Becoming a more engaged consumer. 3. Receiving higher quality produce at a better than retail cost. 4. Connecting with a growing community. 5. Promoting sustainability. 6. Backing the Greater Lansing Food Bank and its incubator farm program, Lansing Roots
Season: June through October
Type: multiple farm
# of Shares: 60
Full Share: $650/20 weeks; $32.50/week
Work Req? No
July, August, & September Farmers Market at the Capitol Events
The Lansing Roots Farm markets a wide variety of farm fresh produce to wholesale accounts.
If you are a produce buyer or an individual looking to purchase in bulk, please contact Jill Plesko, Lansing Roots Marketing Coordinator, for an updated list of available produce and prices.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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