Agriculture Supported Communities


Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices


Sign up for the 2018 season!

Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program is a farm share program that offers a weekly selection of seasonal fresh, organic, locally-grown produce delivered to your community. Through farm share programs, you are a stakeholder in your local farm and a supporter of your local economy. By participating in the ASC program your dollar contributes to the important work that we have been doing at Rodale Institute for over 70 years, including researching the benefits of organic agriculture, training new organic farmers, and increasing availability and accessibility of organic produce in low-income communities.

In addition to the ASC organic vegetable share, Rodale Institute offers the option to participate in a meat share. Members can participate in either the meat share only or combine with a vegetable share. There are no substitutions or revisions in the meat shares. A la carte meat purchases are also available - see cuts and prices at rodaleinstitute.org/visit/store/rodaleinstitutepork.

Members can choose to pay on a week-to-week basis or for the whole season up front. The funds from these shares support the initial early season operating costs necessary to run a vegetable farm such as seeds, equipment, and greenhouse management. In addition, a portion of the up front payment will be considered a tax-deductible gift.

WHEN:
Full season runs from June – November, weekly
Winter season runs from November – February, bi-weekly

WHERE – FULL SEASON:
Thursdays
Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) Education Centre | 2101 Centre Ave.  Reading, PA | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Rodale’s General Store | 1002 Pennsylvania Ave.  Emmaus, PA | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Sacred Heart Hospital Sigal Center | 450 West Chew Street  Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6:00 pm

Saturdays
Allentown YMCA | 425 South 15th Street  Allentown, PA | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rodale Institute | 611 Siegfriedale Road  Kutztown, PA | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE – WINTER SEASON:
Rodale Institute
| 611 Siegfriedale Road  Kutztown, PA
(Exact dates may vary due to weather patterns)

Need more information about ASC or becoming a member? Contact ASC@RodaleInstitute.org.


Support for our ASC program was provided by:
Site Hosts
Rodale’s General Store
Allentown YMCA
Sacred Heart Hospital
Berks County Intermediate Unit

Material Support
USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Kremmer’s Café and Catering
NRCS
Buy Fresh Buy Local Lehigh Valley Chapter

Community Support/Partnerships
Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown
Allentown Health Bureau
Lehigh University ILR Business Program
Tri-State Regional CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) Program
The Food Trust
Cooking Matters


Agriculture Supported Communities Internship

The ASC program is also the training grounds for future farmers. A minimum of five interns will join us for eight months at the Rodale Institute to learn every aspect of starting up, maintaining and running a small organic grower’s business. At the end of the season, ASC interns will go back to their communities with the foundational tools to start their own ASC businesses increasing job opportunities and availability of fresh organic produce in communities with low-access. By becoming a shareholder, you are also supporting organic agriculture, the web of local food systems, and community health. Interested in interning? Contact ASC@RodaleInstitute.org.