ISU Good Earth Student Farm
Good Earth is responsible for running a small, sustainable-focused CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. All major decisions are made by the executive team and members under the advisement of faculty advisers.
News & Announcements
February 8, 2019
CSA Share Sign Up Open to All!!
It is now February 8th, so priority sign up for CSA shares has come to an end and sign up is now open to all of the ISU community!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the CSA format, purchasing a paid or work share with us gives you a box of farm-fresh, sustainably grown local produce every week throughout the growing season, which extends from May through mid-October. Here’s some basic info for anyone who is unfamiliar with our format:
Paid-share: You pay $350 when you deliver your contract to us and are guaranteed a season of wholesome produce. That’s it! You must pick up your box or authorize somebody else to pick up your box every Monday from 4:30-6:30pm at Agronomy Hall.
Work-share: You pay $50 when you deliver your contract to us and provide us with 3 hours of work per week during your designated work shift. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the farm-to-table movement, become part of a fun and dedicated community, and enjoy some rewarding farm work. As with the paid-shares, you must pick up your box on Monday evenings.
As an additional option this season, we are offering $25 fall-only work-share contracts, which are the same as a normal work-share, except that you will receive boxes and dedicate 3 hours per week starting in the fall until the season ends. This is a good option for anyone who won’t be in Ames over the summer, but still wants to get involved and receive produce.
If interested, please visit our student organization website at https://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/organization/243/additional-documents, where you will find some additional information about this opportunity and the paid and work share contracts, which you can print, fill out, and deliver to 1126 Agronomy Hall with your check payment.
We have a limited number of paid and work shares available, so get your share today!
February 7, 2019
We are currently in need of three officers. Please come to our weekly meeting Thursdays at 5PM in Agronomy 1581 if you are interested. Below are brief description of each position.
Assistant treasurer: assist the treasurer in managing the financial activities.
Historian: keep farming activities record.
Secretary: keep meeting minutes, assist with work share and paid share contracts recording
February 20, 2019
We now have 19 paid shares, 25 work shares, and 5 fall work-shares remaining. Make sure to get your share before it's too late!
Here's a link to the contracts:https://iastate.box.com/s/ewrdio6tyu3kmmpjzuxeibr501jpvyh0
February 4, 2019
Good Earth Student Farm Informational Meeting Recap
If you missed our Good Earth Student Farm informational meeting on January 31st or would like a recap then see below for what was discussed. We hope you will consider joining us in any capacity you can for the 2019 season.
Who we are and what we do:
Good Earth Student Farm is a student run organization that operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm on 1.5 acres of rented land at the ISU Horticulture Research Station north of Ames.
The officer team, paid farm manager, and assistant farm manager work together to plan and produce diversified vegetables. Anyone affiliated with ISU (students, faculty, staff) can become a CSA member.
We are in search of an assistant manager for the 2019 season. Please see the posting on the ISU job board.
We have many options to be involved! Become a work or paid share member. Or be part of the planning process as an officer or general member. Or just volunteer!
Becoming a workshare member:
- Cost: $50 for full season, $25 for fall semester only
- Work 3 hours each week either in the field, harvesting, washing packing, delivering produce, or in the greenhouse.
- Receive one box of produce weekly for the length of the season. The work season starts in May and ends sometime in mid-October.
- It is your job to find a sub for your workday if you can't make your shift and to let the officers know that you will not be able to make it.
- Boxes are picked up at Agronomy hall on Mondays. You must bring your own bags to pickup your produce
Let us know if you can't make it to pick up and your box can be donated.
Becoming a paid share member:
-Cost: $350 for the season
- Receive one box of produce weekly for the length of the season
- Boxes are picked up at Agronomy hall on Mondays.
- You must bring your own bags to pickup your produce
- If you can't make it let us know if you will be sending a sub. All not picked up produce will be donated.
- Contents of boxes vary with the season and weather. At the start of the season you can expect items like kale, radishes, greens, salad turnips. In the summer, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers. Other items you will see are carrots, beets, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower as well as many common herbs.
Priority early sign up for last years members is open and closes Feb 7th!
***Sign up for new members starts Feb 8th** and continues until all the membership spots are filled on a first come first serve basis.
Attached you will find contracts for all share options
Payment and contract should be placed in our mailbox at 1126 Agronomy Hall. Payments can also be mailed through campus mail. If you would like to purchase a share for your campus organization or department you can pay via intramural.
Open officer positions: General meetings are held 5:00pm Thursdays in Agronomy 1581.
- We are still looking for officers for the 2019 season.
- If you will be around for the summer and are interested in the process and planning of running a CSA please consider joining as an officer.
- Help lead the work days as a workshare.
- Positions available are:
- Assistant to the treasurer/secretary
Work with the treasurer by collecting incoming contracts once payments are deposited. Manage the listservs, manage all member documents: file member contracts, keep track of new members and update member list through the season.
- Historian/secretary: record the general meeting minutes, work with the assistant to the treasurer on managing member documents such as work day attendance and share pickup records. . Assist with any other tasks that arise.
General membership: General meetings are held 5:00pm Thursdays in Agronomy 1581.
- General membership $5 for semester, attend at least one work day in the field or in the greenhouse, attend weekly meetings.
- Come out to any of our scheduled workdays or work events. Or schedule time to work with the field manager.
We hope you will join us for the 2019 season.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
February 16, 2019
We are still looking for officers!
For anyone who is interested in getting involved with us and gaining leadership experience, we still have officer positions available! We need a general secretary to record meeting minutes and keep track of our farm contracts. We also need an assistant to the treasurer to help us manage the finances of our farm.