The 2020 BU CSA with ReVision Urban Farm will be cancelled in response to COVID-19 and to Boston University’s announcement. ReVision Urban Farm will be reaching out to those who signed up for the CSA. CSA participants can either join the farm’s general CSA or receive a refund for their share. We look forward to the BU CSA returning in 2021.

Enjoy the Seasons With a Farm Share!

Delicious heirloom tomatoes, crisp salad greens, tender tasty carrots…these are just a few of the many exciting vegetables that members will find in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares this season.

Each year, BU Dining works with a local farm to offer CSA shares on campus. A CSA share is a means of buying local food where you pay the cost upfront and receive local produce for 18 weeks, which can be picked up on campus at the GSU Plaza (775 Commonwealth Avenue) on Thursdays between 11am-1pm between mid-June and mid-October. Paying for all or some of the share up front allows the farm to purchase seeds, tools, and other equipment, as well as pay employees in the beginning of the season when expenses are high but sales are low.

We are excited to work with a new farm partner this year – ReVision Urban Farm based in Dorchester, only 5 miles from the Charles River Campus. Part of the Victory Programs family, ReVision Urban Farm is located right off of Blue Hill Avenue, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. ReVision Urban Farm is an innovative urban agriculture project. The mission of which is to increase access to local, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for residents of the ReVision Family Home and the extended Boston community.

CSA Basics

Each week CSA members receive one box of vegetables and herbs averaging between 5-20 pounds, beginning in mid-June and ending mid-October (18 weeks). Members can expect the box to be slightly lighter with more greens at the beginning of the season, and heavier at the end of the season as the summer and fall fruiting crops arrive. Occasionally heavier items like melons and winter squash will not fit inside the box and will be included for pick-up next to the boxes. Each week’s share may contain as many as ten different vegetables and herbs.

All produce is grown using natural, sustainable practices and methods. Any produce outsourced will be brought in from small, local farms within the immediate Boston area.

Full Share Example:

  • 1lb of Greens (ex: Salad Mix, Arugula, Asian Greens, etc.)
  • 1 Bunch of Beets
  • 1 Bunch of Leeks
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Bunch of Radish
  • 1 Bunch of Collard Greens
  • 1 lb. of Bush Beans
  • 1 lb. of Tomatoes
  • 1 Bunch of Parsley
  • 1 Bunch of Basil
  • 2 Heads of Garlic

Other produce may include, but is not limited to: Squash, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Onions, Spinach, Melon, Callaloo, Malabar Spinach, Variety of Herbs, Celery, Kohlrabi, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Bok Choy, and many more!

CSA Cost:

$685.00 for a Full Share (averages out to $38.06/week) or $538.00 for a Half Share (averages out to $29.89/week).

Payment Plans are available through the online sign-up.

*If cost is a concern please reach out to Conor Brosnan at cbrosnan@vpi.org.

CSA registration is open through April 17, shares are limited – join now!

A half share will typically be 5-7lbs less weight than a full share. Using the sample share listed above both shares would have 1lb of greens but the half share would have smaller quantities of other items and/or fewer items.

CSA shares are meant to feed more than one person, so absolutely! While only one person’s name can be listed as the CSA member you can share your produce with others. If you don’t live with the people you are going to share the produce with you could divide up the share after each pickup or alternate with someone for pickup every other week. If you do alternate pickups please make sure to use the name of whoever purchased the share at the pickup.

If you’re going to be out of town you can have a friend, family member, coworker, or roommate pick up your share.

When the harvest allows ReVision Urban Farm will also sell produce during the distribution. We will promote these days on social media, so be sure to follow our accounts. The BU Farmers’ Market will also return in September.

You can contact Conor Brosnan, Revision Urban Farm Grower, at 617-825-8642 or cbrosnan@vpi.org.