How Does Our CSA Work?
Dear current & new members,
Thank You for joining La Vista for another exciting season. The season begins late May. Please join our mailing list on the home page to ensure you receive important announcements.
The season begins mid May.
Farm Pickup: Tuesdays 2pm-7pm at 4350 Levis Lane Godfrey, IL
Tuesday Full: begins
Tuesday Alternate A: begins
Tuesday Alternate B: begins
Edwardsville Pickup: Tuesdays 5pm-6:30pm at Green Earth Grocery 441 S. Buchanan St
Farm Pickup: Fridays 2pm-7pm at 4350 Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL
Friday Full: begins
Friday Alternate A: begins
Friday Alternate B: begins
St Louis Pickup: Saturdays 7am-9am at Garden Heights Nursery 1605 S. Big Bend Blvd STL
Saturday Full: begins
Saturday Alternate A: begins
Saturday Alternate B: begins
"Full" shareholders pick up their shares every week. "Alternate" shareholders pick up their shares every other week. The weeks are assigned at the beginning of the season. At the Farm, shareholder pickup days are Tuesdays and Fridays. Pickup times are between 2pm and 7pm. At Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights, shareholders pick up on Saturdays between 7am and 9am.
Please check your inbox regularly for important announcements regarding your share.
A full-time farmer manages the garden using sustainable practices that are in harmony with the living process of the soil. We don't use synthetic or chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Organizational responsibilities are over-seen by a Core Group of volunteers. Shares of the Garden's harvest are sold to area families and individuals who are interested in obtaining fresh produce and who support the principles of Community Supported Agriculture.
What’s included in a Share?
On average, a weekly Share provides two adults with a vegetable-loving diet or a vegetable-supplemented diet for a family of four.
What should I bring to my first pick up?
Since you weigh out your own produce, it is helpful to bring your own basket, containers, bags, ziplocs, rubber bands, scissors, pruners, etc... Also, bring a bottle of water, a sun hat and sunscreen for the you-pick field.
How long is the harvest season?
The season starts mid-May and goes through October, depending on growing conditions.
How is the produce distributed?
Shareholders are assigned a pick-up day, either Tuesday or Friday at the farm. The freshly harvested produce is available for pick-up at the garden barn between 2PM-7PM. (Some crops are pick-your-own.)
We also offer a St. Louis pick-up option at Garden Heights Nursery every Saturday morning from 7:00am - 9:00am. We offer an Edwardsville pick-up option at Green Earth Grocery every Tuesday evening from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Please note that there is a delivery fee of $35 for either delivery option.
How much does it cost?
A Full Share with weekly distribution is $600. ($635 for St. Louis or Edwardsville pick-up)
An Alternate Share, distributed every other week, is $340. ($375 for St. Louis or Edwardsville pick-up)
or call 618-467-2104 to have an application mailed to you
What is the "community" aspect of the farm?
Shareholders are asked to volunteer three hours a month to support the “community” aspect of the garden.
A wide range of volunteer activities are needed and include both outside farm work and "behind the scenes" work. Some of our volunteer tasks include planting, weeding, harvesting, farm maintenance, and grant-writing, membership support, publicity and website maintenance.