Beginning July 1st!
Desert Farming Initiative is excited to launch the second season of our Farm Share Box Program, (formally known as, Community Supported Agriculture, CSA) program for students, faculty, and staff of UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, & Natural Resources.
What is a Farm Share?
A Farm Share, also know as community-supported agriculture (CSA), is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. In short: people buy “shares” of a farm’s harvest in advance and then receive a portion of the crops as they’re harvested.
Our 20 week program (July 1st-November 11th) will be divided into two 10 week subscription periods, with individual and family size boxes. Prices range from $180 for an individual 10 week subscription to $260 for the family box subscription.
Each Farm Share box includes a variety of produce (such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, radishes, basil, zucchini, squash, melons, winter squash, parsnips, lettuce, kale, chard, collards, herbs, etc.). All produce is certified organic by CCOF.
All proceeds help fund student employment opportunities at the farm and demonstration farm projects.
Two Box Options
- Family Share – 8 – 12 products per box, larger portions, and more diversity of product than the individual share. Enough produce to keep meals interesting with vegetables throughout the week.
- Individual Share – 6 – 9 products per box, smaller portions, and generally less diversity and specialty items than the Family share. Plenty of vegetables for one individual who eats lots of vegetables or wants to share with a roommate.
How to Sign Up
First come first serve. Spots available to Faculty, Staff, and Students only. Payment can be received through our market place Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. There are just a few spots left for the first 10 weeks!
Farm Share BOX Pick Up Details and Logistics
- Pick up location – Valley Road, Knudtsen Resource Center/ Ag Station Entrance Parking Lot. There will be a pop up tent with a DFI staff assisting the booth. You can park in the parking lot near the booth. (click on button below for directions)
- Pick up date – Wednesday Every Week
- Pick up Time – 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. You can pick up your produce any time between this time period.
- First Pick up Date – July 1st
- Last Pick up Date – September 2nd (next 10 week program will start the week after)
- Alternative Pick up time – Unfortunately it is too hard for us to accommodate and alternative pick up time, location, or day. In the past we have opened up our pack hose for self serve pick up, but the Ag Station gate is currently shut to general traffic. We do not have the staff or resources to set up another location, date, and time. If the pick up time is a big issue please contact us at email@example.com.
- How to pick up the produce – Bring your own bag or box – Like last year, we will have your produce ready in a pre-package individual box. You will then remove and transfer the produce from the box into your own carrying device that you will bring each time. We like this process because it reduces packaging waste and expenses. We do have limited DFI reusable eco-cotton produce bags available for sale for $10. If you forget a bag or box I am sure we can figure something out, but please try to get in to the habit!
- Wear a face mask – As per the Governs mandate effective 11:59 PM Thursday, June 25th, all residents must wear a mask in public. Please wear a face mask until the restriction has been lifted.
- Farm Stand? – Last year we had a farm stand operating during the pick up time, and you could do more shopping. We may bring this back, but for now we will not offer produce for sale to prevent the general public popping off the street, since we will be more visible with the pick up site off of Valley Road.
- Can I get a refund if I can not get my box one week? Unfortunately No. A farm share program is like a membership fee. If you can have someone else pick up your box. If your box is not picked up we donate all product to the food pantries. In a normal year without COVID we will have two pick dates and locations.
- Can I pick up my box on a different day at the DFI farm if I can not get it on Wednesday? The answer is maybe, but we prefer not to try to accommodate this. If you have access to the Ag Station main gate, we could arrange it, if our staff has time to respond to these individual requests. If the Ag Station main gate was not under security lock, we would have an additional time and day where people can self serve, but we can not do this right now with the COVID restrictions.
- Can someone else pick up my box for me? YES YES YES!
- When do I sign up for the second 10 weeks? We will be sending out emails for this in the last week of August. If you are a current member, you will get priority to renew for the second 10 weeks.
- What is the main difference between a Family Share and an Individual Share Box? A Family share has anywhere between 8 – 12 products, and the portions of each product is generally larger or more quantity per item than the individual. The individual generally has less items than the family share, around 7-9 items, the portions are smaller, and enough to feed one person and to share a meal with a roommate. The family share will also include more unique items, such as herbs and fruits, and will provide you with a diversity that will challenge your cooking creativity and skills!
Donate a Share Box Program
DFI is partnering with Pack Provisions at UNR as well as St. Vincent’s Food Pantry and the Community Health Alliance Food Pantry in efforts to supply more fresh locally grown produce to food insecure students and community members. We will be seeking donations of any amount greater than $10 to fund individual shares in the program. Consider helping out and providing more UNR students with nutritious food! Stay tuned for registration…
DFI began in 2013, and is a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES), and Cooperative Extension. DFI is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program. The program has two farm locations on NAES land, and is comprised of multiple hoop houses, greenhouses, the capacity to produce 12 acres of row crops, and a 2-acre vineyard. Currently there is a variety of fruits and vegetables grown for commercial sale to local wholesale and retail markets across the greater Reno area. DFI supports student hands-on learning, UNR research, demonstration of desert crop production, and outreach to the agricultural industry.