University engagement through local food enterprise: Community-supported agriculture on campus

Christopher Wharton, Alison Harmon

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    Community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs) are growing in number and variety across the country. Though CSAs can be found in a variety of settings, a less common but potentially successful venue in which to run a CSA is the university campus. Although universities present certain challenges for operating a CSA, they offer a number of unique advantages that can aid in the growth and success of the campus CSA. As such, university-based food and nutrition professionals may find that CSA development is a viable avenue through which to accomplish nutrition goals, such as increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. In this article, the authors review both the benefits and detriments of operating a CSA on a university campus and present 2 different but successful university CSA models.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)112-128
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2009


    • Campus CSA
    • Community-supported agriculture
    • Local foods
    • University farm
    • University garden

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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