Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a community-supported, nonprofit, urban organic farm and education center. Our farm community is made up of CSA Members and non-Members.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was introduced to the U.S. in 1985 to promote fresh, locally grown food and foster social and ecological responsibility. CSAs establish a direct partnership between farmers and consumers, allowing members to share the risks and rewards of farming while enjoying a sense of responsibility for appropriate land stewardship.
Families and individuals become CSA Members by paying a seasonal fee (payment plans available), which entitles them to a share of our weekly vegetable harvest. The farm is also open to non-members. While non-members are not entitled to a weekly share, they are encouraged to enjoy our Sunday Farmers’ Market, monthly workshops, volunteer opportunities, special events, and farm tours.
Membership in our CSA affords access to the freshest possible organic produce, while supporting local, sustainable, healthy agriculture in Tampa Bay. Because we’re an educational farm, your membership supports hands-on ecological education through our volunteer program, field trip program and workshops. We’re a community farm, so members enjoy building relationships with our farmers, volunteering, and learning about how their food is grown!
To become a member of Sweetwater’s CSA you must fill out a membership application and pay for a Full, Half, or Friend of the Farm membership. Applications for the November through May Season are accepted beginning in March (for renewing Members) and April (for new Members). We accept applications until we have sold the total number of shares we will have available for the next Season. In 2013-2014 that number will be 265 shares. Members pay for their seasonal share before the Season begins or may opt for a Payment Plan. Then Members simply come to the farm to pick up their freshly-harvested organic vegetables each week (or every other week depending on their membership.) “Friend of the Farm” Members pay a premium for their Full Membership and receive special recognition and free access to all of our farm events. These “Friends” recognize the importance of growing our education programs and their extra donations ensure the continuation of the important work we do for our community.