Frequently asked questions about Urban Earth Farms CSA

What is a CSA?

CSA is an abbreviation for “Community Supported Agriculture.” Most CSAs are created by forming a contract between a farmer and a group of people who pay in advance for the crops he or she grows, sharing the risk and the bounty. Urban Earth Farms CSA is a co-op urban farm, and our Farmer is the only paid staff member. All shareholders of the CSA pay for their shares and/or commit to a certain number of work hours.

What types of produce do members receive in their share?

Members receive a weekly share of fresh seasonal vegetables that are grown in the city and harvested within hours of each Saturday morning pickup. The produce varies according to the season, but you can expect to receive an assortment of different things every week, including lettuces, chard, kale, turnips, peppers, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, squash, spinach, radishes, assorted herbs, and more. Please refer to our Seasonality Guide on the main Urban Earth Farms page.

Is your produce organic?

Urban Earth Farms’ produce is organically grown, not certified organic. So what does this mean?

Certified organic produce means that a farm has applied, paid for, and received a special certification from the US government, indicating that their produce has been grown without the use of pesticides, synthetics and chemical fertilizers and do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) that are not on the US governments approved list. Certification is very expensive and we don’t want to pass on the costs to our customers, so we have opted out of being “certified organic”.

Organically grown means that farmers make a commitment to grow and harvest produce using organic methods, such as using compost that does not contain chemicals or synthetic fertilizers, using seeds and seedlings that have not been genetically modified (GMO) and by using companion planting techniques instead of pesticides. Although we do not have the government certification to label our produce “certified organic”, our customers can be assured that we are committed to using organic methods of growing and harvesting.

What do I owe for my share, and how do I make a payment?

Check the Join page on the website to see a pricing list. Make a Payment Here, or send a check with your contact information (payable to ERUEV CSA) to P.O. Box 5206 Cincinnati, OH 45205. If you need to confirm what you owe, you can email uefadmin@enrightecovillage.org.

How do I contact Urban Earth Farms?

Urban Earth Farms
824 Enright Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45025
For general information: urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org
For CSA or farm information: uefadmin@enrightecovillage.org
For educational opportunities or workshops: education@enrightecovillage.org
Our greenhouse on Enright Avenue.
Our greenhouse on Enright Avenue.

Where and when do we get produce?

Urban Earth Farms CSA provides produce to shareholders for six months of the year, from May through November. Shares are distributed every Saturday morning during growing season and can be picked up at the Greenhouse Market, 824 Enright Avenue, between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday mornings.

How do I know what we’ll be getting in the weekly share?

Shareholders receive an email every Friday with what we think will be ready for distribution on Saturday, but these items may change. Our staff labels the items for pickup, provides recipes, and are available for questions if you are unfamiliar with any of the produce. If you follow us on Facebook, we often post recipes and other information to help you make the most of your share.

What happens if I forget to pick up my share?

If you forget to pick up your share before 1 pm on Saturday and haven’t contacted the CSA Coordinator by 9 am on the following Monday, your share is donated to a local food pantry. Since we are a co-op with limited personnel, it isn’t possible to have people available for share distribution outside of regular hours.

What if I can’t make it to the greenhouse on Saturday morning?

We can accommodate you if you let the CSA Coordinator know in advance (email uefadmin@enrightecovillage.org by 1 pm on Wednesday) that you’d like to pick up your share later. We’ll pack up your share and store it in the Greenhouse Market cooler.  We ask that you pick it up by 9 am on the following Monday, or your share will be donated to a local food pantry. You will need to contact farm personnel ahead of time to meet you, as you will be arriving outside of our regular operating hours. This is a service we provide as needed, but please don’t abuse the privilege. If you can never pick up on Saturday morning, and cannot make arrangements for someone else to pick up your share for you, perhaps the Urban Earth Farms CSA is not a good choice for you. These guidelines help us reduce food waste

If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us by email at uefadmin@enrightecovillage.org. We’ll respond as soon as we can.

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