THE DEEPLY ROOTED
Oasis Farm & Fishery is excited to continue offering our affordable veggie share, a box of locally-grown, seasonal produce. This program aims to conveniently increase Homewood residents’ access to healthy, fresh foods while supporting restorative work and local community-based organizations that prioritize grassroots engagement and environmental justice.
How It Works:
But you can still pick up our fresh, locally-grown produce at the Homewood Farmer's Market
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Everyday Cafe, 532 N. Homewood Ave.
Registration for the 2023 Season is Now Closed
WHAT IS A CSA?
Pioneered by Dr. Booker T. Whately more than 60 years ago in an effort to promote Black-owned farms, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model has recently skyrocketed into popularity with more than 13,000 farms across the country connecting with customers directly through produce subscription boxes. In a standard produce subscription, customers pay a farmer upfront for a season’s share of produce to be received on a weekly or biweekly basis.
The Deeply Rooted Veggie Share (DRVS) will feature produce from urban farms based in Pittsburgh including our farm as well as Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm and Grow Pittsburgh. Veggie Share customers can expect a 4 pound share, valued at approximately $25 bi-weekly from June to October.
Why should you commit to joining the Deeply Rooted Veggie Share? Let us shine a light on a few of the many reasons!
Healthy for YOU: By supporting the DRVS program, you are ensuring a nutrient-packed seasonal diet for yourself and your loved ones! It is our goal that DRVS will provide the opportunity to creatively add fresh, in-season produce to your diet. According to the CDC, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is one of the best strategies to reduce risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, and more. Each week, we will provide recipe ideas for preparing and cooking your in-season produce in new, exciting ways.
Healthy for the ENVIRONMENT: The community farms and partners, Oasis Farm & Fishery, Chatham University Eden Hall, and Grow Pittsburgh, prioritize ecological health in our planting, growing, and harvesting of fresh, local produce. When we buy food locally, we are reducing carbon emissions since our food will have a much shorter distance to travel from the farm to your fridge compared to grocery stores’ produce being shipped in from all over the world. We embody environmental stewardship by utilizing organic growing practices such as implementing integrated pest management, building soil health, conserving natural resources, protecting the wildlife that call our agroecosystem home, and more. Stewarding green space in our urban community beautifies our neighborhood, reduces environmental hazards such as stormwater flooding, improves the physical and mental health of our neighbors, and can even tackle global issues like climate change.
WHO GROWS THE FOOD?
All produce will be planted, grown, and harvested in Homewood by Oasis Farm & Fishery, Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus farm and Grow Pittsburgh Urban Farms in Braddock. All Partner Farms utilize sustainable growing practices to steward and safeguard our natural resources.
The DRVS will operate from June 17 to October 21, 2023. Customers have the option to choose between a full share, which will receive ten boxes over the course of the 6 months, or a half share, which will receive five boxes of produce over the course of six months.
Customers will receive an informational message about the content of the upcoming Veggie Share, as well as confirm their pick-up via online form received via email by Monday, the week of Pick-up.
PICK UP PROCESS:
Bi-weekly shares will be available for pick-up only at the Homewood Farmers Market outside Everyday Cafe, 532 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 on Saturdays from 10AM-2PM.
COST & PAYMENT
We believe that access to fresh, healthy food is a right and should not be limited by economic status. It is with this in mind that we offer a sliding scale of payment options. All Veggie Subscriptions will receive the same amount and quality of produce (5 lb box containing 8 to 10 items valued at approximately $25) regardless of the price you pay; but community members are provided with the opportunity to participate at the level of financial commitment with which they are comfortable. At the time of registration, you will choose one of the following subscription types: