CSA Stands for Community Shared Agriculture, a financial model popular with small scale farms. Customers buy a share at the beginning of the season when costs are typically highest for farmers, and then receive a bag of fresh produce each week throughout the growing season as a return on their investment. In this way, customers share the risk (crop fails) and rewards (bumper crop) with the farmers. It’s a great way to connect with your local food producer and support small scale agriculture.
We’re expanding our CSA program this year and looking for new members.
Feb 7 | Registration opens
Mar 28 | Registration deadline and payment due
Jun 5 – Oct. 20 | CSA Program (20 weeks)
CSA Pick up
Location: George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street (main entrance)
Times (please pick one): Mondays or Fridays, 12-1pm
Details: Please bring a re-usable bag to take home your produce. (If you forget, we can provide you with a paper bag). If you miss a pick up or are going on vacation, you can schedule in advance to pick up a double share another week, or have a friend pick it up in your stead. Otherwise, the produce will be donated to Ryerson’s Good Food Centre.
Total: $500 ($25 per week @ 20 weeks)
Payment method: Cash or cheque (made out to ‘Ryerson University’), due March 28.
We also offer a limited-space Member Farmer program, where Member Farmers participate in a weekly work shift on the farm.
How to Register
Registration is first come, first served. To register, please fill out this form.
What to expect
Below is an example of baskets at different times of the season. Please note this does not represent all of the different vegetables that will show up in your basket!
Spring basket example: radish, pac choi, fresh greens (salad mix), braising greens (kale and beet greens), bunching onion, fresh herbs
Summer basket example: fresh greens (salad mix), braising greens (swiss chard), beans, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumber, onion, carrots, fresh herbs
Fall basket example: salad turnip, brassica (broccoli rabe), fresh greens (salad mix or head lettuce), sweet pepper or eggplant, onion or leek, fresh herbs
What happens if I miss a pick up or go on vacation?
You can schedule in advance to pick up a double share another week, or have a friend pick it up in your stead. Otherwise, the produce will be donated to the Good Food Centre in the Ryerson Students’ Union.