Agriculture Supported Communities
Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices
Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) is a farm share program where every member’s dollar makes them a stakeholder and a part of the farm itself. Members receive a seasonal “share” of organic produce each week throughout the season that can be picked up at a local community site.
There are many different kinds of farm share models, but the ASC is unique because we have different payment options to suit your family’s needs and budget. You can either pay for the whole season up front, or you can pay for your share on a weekly basis. We hope to make fresh, organic produce affordable and accessible to anyone. And we accept cash, credit cards, and SNAP benefits! Members who use their EBT cards and SNAP benefits to pay for shares will also receive $10.00 off the normal share price thanks to a partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley.We also offer additional financial incentives to make this program more affordable to more people. The ASC is also sponsored by local companies to assist families experiencing financial hardship who would like to participate.
By becoming a member of Rodale Institute’s ASC you are supporting organic agriculture as well as the local food system. You are in direct contact with your food source, and, in most cases, the food that you receive has been harvested the day you pick it up. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
A share consists of 1-2 bags of fresh organic produce each week containing a diverse rainbow of flavors that can include vegetables and herbs. Flowers, seasonal apple cider and eggs are also available to order for an extra fee. Members can either pay for the whole season up front ($750 for a regular share, $450 for small share) OR pay weekly ($30 for a regular share, $20 for a small share).
NEW THIS YEAR!
In 2017, Rodale Institute is offering a meat share comprised of hogs that were humanely pasture-raised on our 333-acre certified organic farm. This is a great way to stock-up your freezer with locally-raised, hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats! Sign-up early while spots are still available! Choose a large or small meat share only, or combine your choice with the ASC vegetable share.
Meat share pick-ups will be bi-weekly starting the first week of June in coordination with ASC vegetable shares at Sacred Heart Hospital Sigal Center, Rodale Institute, and Rodale’s General Store. Our large meat share is $200 and the small meat share $100. Bi-weekly payment plans are available, too! Pay just $25 each time you pick up your meat share. Large share payments are bi-weekly for 9 deliveries. Small share payments are bi-weekly for 5 deliveries. Customers on a bi-weekly payment plan will receive 2 to 3 cuts of meat at each pick up day over the course of the season.
The typical season runs from June – November.
Thursdays (Starting 6/1/17)
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 (Starting 6/3/17)
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
Need more information about ASC or becoming a member?
Contact Cynthia James, Food Production Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for our ASC program was provided by:
Rodale’s General Store
Sacred Heart Hospital
Berks County Intermediate Unit
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
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.