Kids’ Food Basket launches CSA program

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Kids' Food Basket farm Courtesy Kids' Food Basket

A nonprofit dedicated to addressing food insecurity is launching a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program on the farm at its headquarters.

Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket said last week that it is launching a CSA share program to the public, and proceeds will go toward supporting the nonprofit’s mission of “nourishing kids to reach their full potential.”

Members will have access to seasonal fruits and vegetables grown on the nonprofit’s chemical-free, sustainable 10-acre farm at its headquarters, at 1300 Plymouth Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

The Kids’ Food Basket CSA program will offer weekly whole shares designed for two or three adults or a family of four, for $400; as well as weekly half shares designed for one or two adults, for $250.

Members will have the option to purchase a full or half share for the 20-week season that runs May 27- Oct. 14.

“Now more than ever, the ability to access life-affirming, nutritious fresh food is critical,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, president and founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket. “Good food is the medicine our West Michigan children and families need to stay healthy and strong.”

Jason Lundberg, farm manager, said the Kids’ Food Basket farm “uses earth-friendly, sustainable growing practices, encourages biodiversity and focuses on the health of the soil, meaning the soil is alive.”

“By also using organic fertilizers, the farm is bringing farming back to its original roots so that all the food that is grown is 100% natural,” he said.

Every member will pick up their veggies and fruits from the farm weekly on Wednesdays, and the produce will change week to week based on availability and season.

Each week, Kids’ Food Basket also will offer demos, recipes and other activities on its website.

Shares can be purchased at kidsfoodbasket.org/kfb-csa.

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