Linda Sterling, Office of Sustainability Coordinator
VSA is Western’s Community Supported Agriculture program, connecting students, staff, and faculty with Whatcom/Skagit County produce and producers. By signing up, you will receive a box of local, fresh, sustainably sourced food directly from farmers. Getting good food to people in crisis times and supporting local and sustainable agriculture is a highly supportive activity that each one of us may be able to participate in for the greater good of our community.
Summer Sign-Ups Currently Closed
The 2020 summer season sign-up is currently closed. Boldly Grown Farm is a fall/winter certified organic farm in Skagit County offering community supported agriculture to the Western community as part of the Viking Supported Agriculture (VSA) program. They will start deliveries in November. Due to the high interested expressed, Boldly Grown Farm is opening registration for their CSA early, anticipated to begin the week of May 18, 2020. You may sign up directly at https://www.boldlygrownfarm.com. Please identify yourself as a VSA participant if you do not use your wwu.edu email address when you sign-up.
For this year’s VSA, we solicited interest from the farms who participated last year and also reached out to Sustainable Connections to distribute the opportunity to their contacts at local farms. We then included all responsive farms/providers in our VSA options list. Boldly Grown Farm was chosen based on community responses to this list. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in this program!
Donate Shares to Students in Need
A fund has been set up for the purpose of purchasing shares in the CSA for donation to our students. Every dollar donated will go toward the purchase of Viking Supported Agriculture farm boxes for Western students who are experiencing food insecurity. Thank you for your generosity and support of Western students.
The Office of Sustainability is coordinating the pick-up location and day(s). This year, the pick-up will be located at the Office of Sustainability, High Street Hall 25, unless campus is not yet open, in which case alternate locations are being identified. Farms will deliver their items in either single-use containers and/or bags (due to virus concerns), or multi-use containers that are sanitized between uses.