Saint Martin’s University is partnering with Pope John Paul II High School, Sacred Heart Church, Pigman Produce Patch, and the Parsons Family Farm to provide nutrient-dense, locally grown, and ethically produced food within our community, especially for those in need.
Our Common Home Farms will include a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) program open to everyone in our community. You can have a direct connection with the people who grow your food. As a CSA member, you can purchase a share of the harvest at the beginning of the growing season and, once the CSA season begins, receive fresh produce on a weekly basis.
What will you receive from Our Common Home Farms CSA?
While we are growing a wide range and variety of crops, the majority of our yield will be in strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, asparagus, corn, potatoes, various squash, lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Over the season, we will also grow arugula, kale, beets, green beans, leeks, onions, radishes, and more.
good for a family of 3 or more (20 or 16 week shares)
good for 1-2 people (20 or 16 week shares)
Why support Our Common Home Farms CSA?
This program was inspired by Saint Martin's commitment to Catholic social teachings, our Benedictine values, and the Integral Ecology argument in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, subtitled "On Care for Our Common Home." With this program, Saint Martin's and our partners hope to specifically address food justice issues, create climate change resilience, and strengthen the health of the local community through farming.
By buying a share early in the season, you help provide crucial support for purchasing seeds, fertilizer, and paying for labor. Purchasing local agriculture, you help reduce reliance on industrial agricultural practices and long-distance shipment of produce using fossil-fuels.
By purchasing a share, you will also support the donation of healthy produce into the community through organizations such as Community Kitchen, the Sacred Heart Pantry, and Saint Leo's Food Connection. At Our Common Home Farms our goal is to donate 10,000 pounds of produce to these organizations this year.
To learn more about Our Common Home Farms, visit our website or follow us on Facebook. To sign up for the CSA, fill out the form below!