CSA Registration


Meanwhile, here's the scoop on our CSA program:

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way of supporting local farmers and getting seasonable, organic, local produce at the same time! The concept of a food partnership originated in 1960s Japan, where it was called Teikei ("food with the farmer's face on it"). Farms need to pay for start up costs at the beginning of the season (i.e. in the winter, when they are considering how much to grow, what seeds to use, etc.), and people want healthy and yummy vegetables once they are grown.  For this reason, consumers buy a "share" of the next growing season in advance and receive it in weekly installments. That way, the farmers get their financial inputs ahead of time, and the basketholders get their baskets weekly during the harvest season. Being part of a CSA program will connect you to your community and your food like you've never been connected before.  

This year, we will be sourcing baskets from three local farms: Les Jardins CaryaMacdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens and Les Jardins de la Resistance. By adding a third farm supplier this year, the MacDonald Campus student farmers, we hope to meet the growing demand for local food within the McGill Community, while supporting McGill student engagement in ecological food production.

How does our CSA program work?
Each farm provider will supply us with a basket of different size and value. You may select one basket provider based on it's size/value or which farm you would most prefer to support.
Please see below for details on each farm, the value of the basket they offer, and how many people each basket can feed. In the spirit of the local food movement, we highly encourage folks to share baskets with friends, family and roommates so that the food we happily provide is enjoyed by many!

There are two 8-week sessions:
Summer: July 7 - August 25, 2016
Fall: September 1 - October 20, 2016
You may sign up for either session or both. By registering, you commit to receiving your chosen weekly basket for the duration of the session.
**Please note that we have a limited number of each, so sign up as soon as you can--both sessions always fill up completely with wait lists! 

Our Local Farm Associates:

Les Jardins Carya:
A small-scale, certified organic farm located in Senneville, QC (across the Arboretum from McGill's MacDonald Campus) and a supplier for our CSA program since 2009.
Basket Value: $240 for 8-weeks ($30 per week)
Feeds 3+ people

Example of a weekly Carya basket (mid-late August):
1 lb. of tomatoes
1 bag of potatoes
1 bunch of carrots
2 summer squash
1 bunch of swiss chard
1 bag of beans
1 bunch green onions
1 head of lettuce
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of basil

The MacDonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens (MSEG):
A 3-acre market garden at the MacDonald Campus that employs students in sustainable agriculture. This is the first season the student farmers will be joining us as basket suppliers!
Basket Value: $200 for 8-weeks ($25 per week)
Feeds 2-3 people
(Photo by Monica Allaby)

Example of a weekly MSEG basket (mid August):
1 eggplant
1 bunch of beets
1 bunch of carrots
1 bag of snap peas
1 bunch of swiss chard
1 bunch of red onions
1 melon
1 bunch of herbs

Les Jardins de la Resistance:
A certified organic, farmers' cooperative in Ormstown, QC, and a supplier of our CSA program since 2009.
Basket Value: $120 for 8-weeks ($15 per week)
Feeds 1-2 people

Example of a weekly Resistance basket (late July):
4 cucumbers
2 zucchini 
1 bag of salad greens
1 kale
1 green onion

Pick up location: Downtown campus (both summer and fall sessions). Depending on where the market is located in 2016, pick-up will occur either on McGill College by the Y-intersection, or on McTavish Street in front of SSMU.

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