Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a worldwide movement that serves to connect the community to local farms.
The CPOF CSA began in 2000 with a membership of 25 and has quickly grown to its current membership of 300. Members subscribe for either a large share, a box of produce designed to feed 3 to 6 people for a week, or a small share, designed for students or for 1 to 2 people. CSA Membership means you will eat mostly organic produce, as well as seasonal and locally-grown produce. Some of the produce in your share will be varieties you may never have cooked with. Therefore, CPOF provides a newsletter. Shares are picked up on campus or at one of the convenient countywide drop-sites.
Being a member also entitles you to use the CPOF farm as a learning site and a relaxing area with your family and friends. Members and their families may stroll the organic farm grounds, U-pick produce, garden, or simply enjoy time with the other members, farmers, staff and students of the CPOF.
A Network of Local Growers
By supporting the Cal Poly Organic Farm, members also contribute to the success of an even broader network of local growers throughout the county. The CPOF CSA purchases local produce to add to the share and to sell on campus. The produce is either certified organic or grown in a sustainable fashion and may come from other Cal Poly enterprise projects. Some of the local contributing farms are the following: 7th Heaven (CCOF, Cayucos), Cal Poly citrus and avocado enterprise, Cal Poly stone fruit enterprise, Growing Grounds (SLO), Le-Forts Organic Crops (CCOF, Creston), Mt. Olive (Paso Robles), Swift Subtropicals (CCOF, Los Osos), TKP Farms (CCOF, Santa Maria).
CPOF is always expanding on its network of local, organic farmers with whom seasonal crop planning and purchasing needs are discussed. Please contact us if you would like to recommend a potential collaborative grower.
Our CSA lends itself well to those who enjoy cooking meals with fresh vegetables and heirloom varieties which are not available in most grocery stores. Without the support of the CSA members, Cal Poly couldnt provide this unique educational experience in sustainable and organic farming at Cal Poly.
Cal Poly Organic Farm: Pick Up on Monday or Thursday between 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
North County Drop Site: Pick Up on Monday between 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
South County Drop Site: Pick Up on Thursday between 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(Drop sites are arranged depending on members needs. A minimum of 8 members are needed to develop a new drop site.)
Become a Member
Interested individuals should submit the Membership Form along with payment to:
Cal Poly Organic Farm
HCS Dept. Bldg. 11
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Checks should be made payable to
Cal Poly Organic Farm. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please include the Credit Card Payment Form with your membership form.
Please note that space is limited and the program has filled in past seasons. Upon receipt of your membership form, you can expect to receive a confirmation notice with directions to CPOF or to your selected drop site if applicable.
Forms and Documents:
Fall/Winter 2008/09 Calendar
Community Membership Form
Student Membership Form
Credit Card Payment Form