Community Supported Agriculture

With support from our Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IPHI partnered with local farms to provide limited-income residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland with locally grown, healthy, affordable produce every week.

Local farms grow healthy, nutritious produce year-round and assemble food baskets each week for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers to pick up at designated locations. Each share includes a variety of fresh-picked seasonal fruits and vegetables along with recipes and suggestions on how to prepare the unique variety of produce provided each week. Unlike traditional models, our pilot CSA program provided customers with multiple payment schedules and options, accepted SNAP and WIC benefits, and directly served low-income residents who had limited access to healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables. In Prince George’s County, where fresh produce is not necessarily readily available or affordable, the CSA provided an additional venue for families to buy healthy food, learn how to incorporate new fruits and vegetables into their meals, and create relationships with local farmers.

IPHI  built a strong partnership with ECO City Farms, a local community based organization. IPHI’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG) supported a number of CSA achievements, including:

  • Accepted SNAP/WIC benefits and payments on weekly, monthly, and seasonal intervals
  • Increased customer base by 200% during the 2014 pilot season
  • Supported three local farmers in supplying the CSA produce

To learn more about the Community Supported Agriculture pilot program, contact us at 202.747.3512 or via email at info@institutephi.org. Learn more about the Community Transformation Grant and its seven strategies by downloading the CTG Highlights Brochure