Generally the CSA model relies on customers to pay in full before the harvest, which provides growers with the financial security to cover seasonal startup costs. So what happens when a community member wants to support a farmer but lives with a limited income, receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits?
We have an answer.
Fresh Start Farms is working with Cultivating Community to sign up SNAP recipients for CSA shares for the 2012 season.
Why sign up? There are two major perks:
- pay once a month as you receive food, instead of paying upfront
- pay half the price: thanks to a doubling program through Wholesome Wave, we are able to match SNAP dollars on CSA purchases--meaning SNAP customers pay for two weeks of every month and Cultivating Community pays for the other two.
Only one catch... we only have a limited number of these low income CSA shares available, so register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!!
Look through the winter gray toward the light at the end of the tunnel, and you will find juicy ripe tomatoes in your future :)