The UNM Sustainability Studies Program has announced a new partnership between the Agri-Cultura Network and La Montanita Co-op. Starting in May, the on-campus Co-op Grab & Go location, next to the UNM Bookstore on main campus, will be the weekly distribution site for fresh shares of local produce through La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
“La Cosecha is a unique program that promotes local agriculture and economic development, and improves community health by increasing access to healthy, affordable, locally-grown produce,” said Anzia Bennett, CSA program director.
La Cosecha CSA is a program fulfilled by the Agri-Cultura Network of nine small farms in the Albuquerque’s South Valley. Half of the CSA members are South Valley residents who are able to pay a reduced price weekly for a fresh bag of local produce. The subsidized shares are completely sold out, but half and full-priced shares are still available for a limited time.
Due to the anticipated demand, UNM community members are encouraged to apply for a share by Friday, April 11 to ensure paperwork is completed by the first distribution during the week of May 12. Interested participants may sign up for the program through a CSA agreement for a half share and a weekly payment of $15 or full share for $30 per week. Payment options are available for the overall cost with either a one-time payment, two payments or payments spread out over six months.
“This season the Agri-Cultura Network farmers will be offering 200 CSA shares, of which only a limited number remain. For the first time, UNM community members have the opportunity to support local farmers and South Valley families by picking up a bag of fresh produce each week on their way home from campus,” said Jessica Rowland, UNM Sustainability Studies Program lecturer.
The season will run for 25 weeks from May 12 through Oct. 27. Pickups will be Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 p.m. at the on-campus Co-op Grab & Go. Support your local farmers, build a healthier community and feed your family delicious produce.
For more information and or questions, visit UNM Sustainability Studies or contact LaCosechaCSA@gmail.com.