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Viking Supported Agriculture (VSA) program connects campus community to local food producers

The WWU Office of Sustainability is once again facilitating its Viking Supported Agriculture (VSA) program that connects the campus community to local food producers who deliver boxes of their fresh items directly to campus. You can learn more about the benefits of connecting to farmers and food producers in this way at Sustainable Connections CSA website. Getting good food to people in times of crisis and supporting local and sustainable agriculture is a highly supportive activity that each one of us may be able to participate in for our own health and the greater good of our community.  Please visit our website for more information: https://sustain.wwu.edu/viking-supported-agriculture/.

This year, Boldly Grown Farm a fall/winter certified organic farm in Skagit County, is offering community supported agriculture to the Western community as part of the Viking Supported Agriculture (VSA) program. They will start deliveries to campus on November 5. You may sign up directly with the farm at https://www.boldlygrownfarm.com. Boldly Grown Farm is offering a “coupon” to miss a share (save $45) in case there is an overlap with your summer VSA.  The code is “missone.” You can go into your account and select which date you would like to miss.  The registration confirmation email will remind you to do this step.  Boldly Grown Farm will be delivering to the Office of Sustainability, High Street Hall 25 weekly on Thursday for pick up between2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Also, this year, we are fortunate to add Sea To Shore Seafood community supported fishery to the VSA line up.  Sea To Shore Seafood is delivering to campus now, so if you are interested in their products, please visit their website at www.seatoshoreseafood.com. Click on the link at the top of the page regarding weekly deliveries, click Whatcom County as your location, select your items, and choose Viking Supported Agriculture as your pick-up location at check out.  There is no weekly commitment, so you may order one week, and not the next.  Sea To Shore Seafood delivers to campus weekly on Thursdays for pick-up between 10 am and 4pm at the Office of Sustainability, High Street Hall 25.

Providers 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.

Please identify yourself as a VSA participant if not using your wwu.edu email address to sign-up for either Boldly Grown Farm or Sea To Shore Seafood.

Donate A Share: Food security is currently a challenge for some of our community members. We have set up a dedicated fund to receive your donations to pay for weekly fresh produce for students in need. You may donate here:  https://foundation.wwu.edu/VikingSupportedAgriculture.

Please reach out to linda.sterling@wwu.edu at the Office of Sustainability with questions. 

 

Thank you for your interest in healthy food and supporting our local producers! 

Warm wishes,  
The Office of Sustainability Team 

 www.sustain.wwu.edu

 

Sustainability: protects local and global ecology, upholds social equity, creates economic vitality, and maintains human health.

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