Rodale Institute, Agriculture Supported Communities

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Family Farm

Rodale Institute,  Agriculture Supported Communities

ASC (Agriculture Supported Communities) allows community residents to have access to fresh, high-quality, organic produce grown locally at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown.

ASC is a unique twist on CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). There are two share sizes of fresh, organic produce available: small share and regular share. ASC members can pay for the entire season up front or choose to pay-as-they-go on a weekly basis. In exchange, members receive 1-2 bags of fresh, locally-grown, seasonal, organic produce weekly for approximately six months out of the year. The typical season runs from June through November.

The cost of a regular share is $750.00 and the cost of a small share is $450.00.

Shares can be picked up at a local community site.

The unique part is that the ASC has a pay-as-you-go from week to week option available for families with limited income making fresh organic produce affordable and accessible for more of the local population. Members can choose between a regular share for $25 per week or a small share for $15 per week. Cash, credit card, or EBT card (SNAP Benefits) payments are accepted at the distribution site when picking up shares.

Each bag contains a diverse rainbow of flavors every week and can include vegetables and herbs. Flowers, apples, cider, and eggs are also available to order seasonally for an extra fee.

The ASC program is also the training grounds for future farmers. Interns will join us for eight months at the Rodale Institute to learn every aspect of starting up, maintaining and running a small organic grower business. At the end of the season, ASC interns will have gained tools to be a step closer to starting their own organic grower's business thereby increasing job opportunities and availability of fresh organic produce in communities with low-accessibility throughout the country.

By becoming a shareholder, you are also supporting organic agriculture, the web of local food systems, and community health. You are not only supporting the important research that the Rodale Institute has been doing for over 60 years to advocate the benefits of organic agriculture, you are also helping to bring organic food to low-income communities with limited access.

The Rodale Institute holds special events and conducts gardening workshops throughout the season. Our bookstore & garden shed is open March through December. Check our website for seasonal hours. Farm tours are available year round as well.


Listing last updated on Jan 23, 2014

Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC)

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. Since then, the Rodale Institute has been dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, education and outreach. ASC Shareholders also support this important research and advocacy for organic agriculture.

The Rodale Institute has been Certified Organic since 1971.

Season:  June through November

Type:  single farm

Since:  2012

# of Shares:  180

Full Share:  $750/year or $25/week for entire season

1/2 Share:  $450/year or $15/week for entire season

Work Req?  No

Latest Reviews

I purchased a full share for the 2013 season and was never disappointed. I had more than enough produce for three adults and a child in my home and I was able to share with neighbors at times because I got so much from the CSA share.... [more]

I belong to the ASC. The produce is aboundant and delicious. I couldn't be happier to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing what is in my share each week.

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