Eighteen years ago Tucson CSA founder, Philippe Waterinckx started working with Frank Martin at Crooked Sky farms, hosting a small CSA pick up on his porch in the spring of 2004. We say the CSA grew ‘organically’ with producers, members, volunteers and even musicians joining the fold along the way. Today, many of the original members and volunteers are still part of the CSA and we’ve had the chance to meet so many great folks over the years. We are going to call this April our Tucson CSA Anniversary Month this year and celebrate the wonderful community that you have helped to create with fun extras all month. One of the things that we are most proud of over the past 18 years is working hard to stay true to our values:
In light of those values, this week we are asking TCSA members to bring extra canned goods to the CSA for a new monthly donation to Tucson Food Share. Tucson Food Share is a community collective that provides FREE groceries to anyone who needs them at three weekly food distributions. They also host a weekly free community meal and are often in need of volunteers, for anyone looking to get involved. We’ve partnered with them since the beginning of the pandemic to donate extra produce (i.e. when you are not able to pick up your share) every Wednesday evening. It is great to be able to redistribute local, fresh produce to other members of the Tucson community, but they find there is also a growing need for canned goods for those who don’t have reliable access to a kitchen.
April 5th & 6th NEW: Every first pick-up of the month we will have a donation box out to accept non-perishable canned goods that truly help Tucson Food Share in their mission to distribute food resources to anyone who asks without judgement. Many folks who pick up food do not have kitchens or cookware to work with so canned goods help them enjoy a healthy quick meal.
April 12th & 13th: Check out recipes and TASTE samples of wheat berries – both savory and sweet – when you come to pick up! We are fortunate and grateful to source these high quality regenerative organic Sonoran Wheat Berries from Oatman Farms.
Stay tuned for more activities we have planned in April for ways to learn, engage, build community, and enjoy your food from Tucson CSA. Thanks for sharing our values and being such an important part of who and what we are celebrating. Happy 18th Anniversary!