Falk College’s BrainFeeders Student Organization Brings CSA, Fresh Produce to Campus this Fall
For the second year in a row, BrainFeeders, a student organization in Falk College‘s Food Studies program, is partnering with Common Threads CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to bring fresh produce to campus. All Syracuse University and ESF faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the Fall 2016 program that will run for nine weeks (Sept. 1-Oct. 27).
Beginning the first Thursday in September, Common Thread Farm will deliver boxes to campus for its members. The drop-off location will be under the Huntington Beard Crouse Hall portal every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. If members are interested in campus delivery to another location, BrainFeeders will deliver CSA boxes for an additional fee of $5 (locations around the general campus area only). For more information, and to purchase a CSA share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 15.
Two share sizes are available this year. A full share is $280 total (approximately $31 per week), with eight to 10 types of sustainably and locally grown vegetables. A half share is $150 total (approximately $16 per week) and has four to five types of sustainably and locally grown vegetables. Vegetables to be expected in a box include lettuce, beets, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, herbs, eggplant, onions, winter squash, kale, chard, garlic, leeks, celery and more.
According to Felicia Ramallo, a food studies and nutrition science double major in Falk College and BrainFeeders secretary, “The CSA is one of our long-term projects to encourage students to have a connection with a farmer and become more connected with the local foods that are produced around central New York.” BrainFeeders was created in 2015 and is working to establish long-lasting food access and justice programs throughout the SU/ESF campus.
“The on-campus CSA program, organized by our food studies student club, is one of the many ways the students in our program are taking initiative and applying what they are learning in classes. We are constantly impressed by what this group takes on and how they get students and other community members engaged in local and sustainable food system projects,” says Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, assistant professor of food studies and BrainFeeders faculty advisor.
Click here to watch the BrainFeeders’ CSA 2016 video.