CSA Bonus Bucks
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is way to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer.
At the beginning of the season, you purchase a “share” of whatever the farm produces for that season, and each week you get a box with your share in it; typically it’s vegetables, but it can also be fruit, meat, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, whatever the farm grows.
While anyone can buy a share in a CSA farm, CSA Bonus Bucks helps working and lower income families access the benefits of a CSA.
THE BONUS BUCKS PROGRAM IS CLOSED FOR THE 2016 GROWING SEASON AS ALL FUNDS RAISED FOR THIS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO SUPPORT FAMILIES.
Stay tuned for more information on how the program will work in 2017.
Here’s how the 2016 program worked...
First, determine if you qualify for CSA Bonus Bucks.The total gross yearly income of all your household members combined must be at or below these levels:
If you have 1 person in your house hold, your annual income must be less than $41,000.
If you have 2 people in your house hold, your annual income must be less than $49,000.
If you have 3 people in your house hold, your annual income must be less than $56,000.
If you have 4 people in your house hold, your annual income must be less than $64,000.
If you have 5 or more people in your household, your annual income must be less than $71,000.
Limit: one per household per year.
If you are a dependent on someone else’s tax return who does not meet these levels, you do not qualify for CSA Bonus Bucks.
Second, choose a CSA.
A list of 2016 participating CSA farms is available to download below. Every farm works differently, every farm produces different food, has different seasons, different drop-off or pick-up options, and different pricing; some have full shares and half shares depending on the size of your family or your needs, some offer different payment options, some offer the opportunity to work at the farm. Each farm is different so you need to find a CSA farm that works for you and join. Ask for references, talk to your friends and neighbors. Talk to the farmers. Make sure that the CSA farm you choose meets the needs and desires of you and your family.
Third, dowload the application below, fill it out, and give it to the CSA farm when you buy your share. You will pay the farm for your share, minus your amount of CSA Bonus Bucks. You can receive half the original cost from GardenShare Bonus Bucks, up to a max Bonus Bucks value of $250, and pay the rest yourself. For instance, if you pick a $350 share, you would be awarded $175 of Bonus Bucks. However, if your share costs $550, half of which is $275, you would receive $250 of Bonus Bucks.
You may be able to pay for the rest of your share with your EBT/Food Stamp benefits.
If this option interests you, please call for details. 315-261-8054.
If downloading the application and farm list don't work for you, please let us know and we'll be glad to drop one in the mail to you. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 315-261-8054.
- CSA Bonus Bucks is a program of GardenShare, a nonprofit organization that works to make wholesome food available to all of us.
- GardenShare is not itself a CSA farm. We simply introduce you to CSA farms that accept our CSA Bonus Bucks.
- The list below is for reference. Please contact the farms directly for more information about shares, plans and costs.
- GardenShare does not certify or endorse any of the CSA farms listed here. It is your responsibility to choose a farm that meets your needs.
Tax-deductible donations to GardenShare help make CSA affordable for people on limited incomes.
Click here to make a donation to help extend CSA Bonus Bucks to more families.
Support for this program was provided by GardenShare supporters, Sweetgrass Foundation, and United Methodist Women.