Agriculture Supported Communities


Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices


Sign up for the 2018 season!

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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, a portion of the up front payment will be considered a tax-deductible gift. Our program offers both vegetable and meat share options:

Vegetable Shares: Members will receive a mix of products that have been field-grown and grown in our high tunnels. We strive to offer variety while providing a good selection of some of the basics.

Meat Shares: In addition to the vegetable share, the option to participate in a monthly pork,  poultry or pork/poultry duo share is available. All meat included in shares were organically-raised on pasture at Rodale Institute. Members can receive a monthly meat share with a weekly vegetable share or without. There are no substitutions or revisions for meat shares. Monthly pick ups will occur the second week of each month starting June and ending in October. Monthly payment members will be charged on the weeks of deliveries. A la carte meat purchases are also available – see cuts and prices at rodaleinstitute.org/visit/store/rodaleinstitutepork.

WHEN:
Full season runs from June – November, weekly

WHERE:

Thursdays
Alliance Hall Park | 534-526 West Chew Street  Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6pm
Berks County Intermediate Unit Education Centre | 2101 Centre Avenue  Reading, PA | 3:30 – 5pm
Working Tree Center | 2056 Minesite Road Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6pm

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

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


Support for our ASC program was provided by:
Site Hosts
Allentown YMCA
Alliance Hall Park
Berks County Intermediate Unit
Rodale Institute
Working Tree Center

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? Learn more and apply at rodaleinstitute.org/rodale-institute-asc-internship.