Periodic Updates on SW Colorado Farm to Preschool
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28 March 2016
CSA Season 2016
It's time to sign up for a CSA share (community supported agriculture), where you pay up front to get weekly shares of fresh, local produce from some of the best farmers in the area. Most farms allow the sum to be broken into several payments; some farmers offer deliveries to childcare centers. Another exciting new offering in La Plata County this year is a wholesale preschool CSA model, with less variety of produce, more quantity of each, focusing on produce that kids love and centers can most easily prepare.

Check out our La Plata County CSA Share Funding opportunity to get 20% off your CSA share (below) and see our list of  La Plata County CSAs and their details. Make sure to keep your ears open: there may be a farmer just down the road from you that would be excited to offer your childcare center a CSA arrangement. Not in La Plata County? Ask around for information about CSAs in your area.
Lets get our kids eating local!

Kelsey Reeder
Healthy Community Food Systems
  - A Southwest Marketing Network Partner

Some of this information is directly from our work in La Plata County, but can serve as useful examples throughout Southwest Colorado.

Get 20% Off Your CSA Share
HCFS will contribute to preschool providers (both homes and centers) in La Plata County 20% of the cost of a produce CSA share while funds last, so sign up and contact Jim Dyer right away for details.  We will contribute upfront to help you make your payments, and all we ask is that you let us know how you put the food to good use in snacks, meals, and edible educational activities.
Fields to Plate
A 20 week CSA beginning mid June running through October with baskets varying in produce varieties weekly, never the same basket. Max Kirks of High Pine Produce located in Hesperus, CO will provide the contents of our weekly CSA boxes, as we focus on specialized growing crops that store well in order to supply the area with nutritious produce during the off-season. Payment options and half or full shares available. Durango pick-up; payment due by May 1Learn more and register.
Laughing Wolf/Kestral Farm CSA
With a seasonal focus, and a greenhouse for extended harvest, Laughing Wolf Farm provides a big bag full of fresh harvest weekly. For 2016, Laughing Wolf Farm and Kestrel Farm have joined together to offer two dynamic 10-week CSA seasons as follows: June 6-Aug 11 & Aug 16-Oct 20. Durango pick-up. Learn more and register.
Mancos Valley CSA
A multi-farm CSA program offering a wide array of locally-grown produce (June 2-Oct 27). Our farmers are committed to growing the highest quality farm fresh produce right here in the beautiful Mancos, Colorado. Willing to customize box contents and/or split a share between two preschools. Durango delivery available; get discount if ordered before April 15thLearn more and register.
Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative
Multi-farm CSA. Sign up and get a box of the best produce from our member farms, each week for 18 weeks. The CSA program is a great way to support our local producers while getting the best and freshest local food. Durango pick-up; payment due by April 15th. Learn more and register.
Tierra Vida Farm
Wholesale preschool & regular CSA options (June 15-Oct 19).
Wholesale Preschool CSA info: More eaters than a family, with less experienced taste buds. Preschools have different needs for produce than do families. More of the staples like carrots, beets, lettuce, cucumbers, and potatoes will be the majority of the box. More adventurous flavors will debut throughout the season in smaller amounts to keep it interesting and diverse. This mix of regular staples with a few extras mixed in will allow kids to experience new, fresh flavors without it being a major component of the meals. Boxes are pre-packaged so you can be in and out in 5 minutes. Durango, Three Springs, & Bayfield regular CSA pick-up; Durango wholesale preschool CSA pick-up.
Twin Buttes
In exchange for your up-front investment, you will receive a weekly box of seasonal produce grown on-site, a weekly newsletter with produce information, recipes, and our farm updates. CSA shares will be distributed over a period of 18- 20 consecutive weeks from June through October each season. Durango pick-up; payment due by May 1Learn more and register.
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