Community Supported Agriculture makes fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable for families who sign-up now and pay with SNAP (formerly food stamps)
(Portland, Ore.) March 25, 2017 – The Portland Area CSA Coalition and 31 farms have teamed up to make healthy, local fruit and vegetables more affordable for families paying with SNAP (formerly food stamps) through the Double Up Food Bucks Program. This program is growing statewide in 2017 and now 250 first-time CSA families who pay with SNAP can save up to $200 off the cost of a CSA subscription while spreading out their payments over the course of the season.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a subscription for a weekly box of healthy, fresh produce from a local farm. CSA is a mutually-beneficial relationship where a family makes an upfront commitment and the farmer promises grow an entire season of produce for that family. CSA members enjoy the highest-quality local produce while supporting their local farmer.
“CSA is an amazing way to ‘know your farmer’ because members can chat with me every week when they get their vegetables and we host on-farm events twice a year,” said Amy Love, farmer at Love Farm Organics. “In addition to building community, CSA offers a way to ‘know your food.’ In a CSA, you get loads of healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables grown just for you and your family. CSA is an adventure where members experience unique varieties bred for outstanding taste and learn new ways to cook.” Love Farm Organics provides a weekly newsletter that describes over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables they grow along with cooking tips and recipes.
“CSA members develop a taste for whole foods, change their eating habits, and gain confidence in the kitchen. With chronic, diet-related illnesses affecting more and more of our community, CSA offers a way to improve your family’s wellbeing without medicine. We believe that farmers thrive and communities are healthy when everyone has access to healthy, fresh food,” said Bryan Allan, Chair of the Portland Area CSA Coalition.
Detailed information and a list of farms that accept Double Up Food Bucks is available at portlandcsa.org/foodbucks. “There are 31 CSA farms that accept Double Up Food Bucks in Oregon from Ashland to Newport, from Bend to La Grande, and all points in between. If you’re interested, you should sign up right away because the CSA season starts in late May and Double Up Food Bucks are provided first-come, first-serve,” said Bryan Allan. In 2017, $43,000 is available that will help 250 first-time CSA families who pay with SNAP save up to $200 off the cost of their CSA.
Click here for a library of photos featuring CSA farms and produce from the 2017 CSA Share Fair, taken on March 11, 2017.
About Love Farm Organics
Love Farm Organics is a 5th generation family-owned farm located in the foothills of the coast range west of Portland. Amy Love, along with her husband Kip and their daughters, grow delicious, high-quality, nutrient-dense, seasonal, farm-fresh produce from non-gmo, heirloom, open-pollinated, organic seeds, directly for our CSA Members. Twice a year, CSA Members can visit the 25-acre original homestead, which has orchards, berries, annual vegetables, a wetland, and woodland.
About the Portland Area CSA Coalition
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit coalition of 59 CSA farms who share a vision for a community where everyone eats local food, farmers thrive, and CSA is a household name. Our farms provide a weekly subscription for a box of produce to over 8,000 CSA households in the Portland metro area and other parts of Oregon. Our farms grow primarily vegetables, but also provide fruit, meat, dairy, grains, fresh-cut flowers and other locally-grown products.
About Double Up Food Bucks
Double Up Food Bucks for CSA is part of a statewide program that provides SNAP match at around 50 farmers markets and 31 CSA farms. The goal is to double the purchasing power of SNAP participants to buy healthy, local fruit and vegetables while still providing a sustainable income for family farms. Double Up Food Bucks is funded by the CSA Coalition and the Farmers Market Fund, a Portland-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing under-served populations greater access to fresh, locally grown food. The $1.6 million 2-year program has a broad base of support and funding from private and community foundations and USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant.