Program offers local, fresh produce to UT community

May 28, 2013 | UToday
By Khyara Harris

The University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center continues its Community Supported Agriculture Program this summer with Riehm Farms.

Riehm Farm logoWhat began as a pilot program four years ago has expanded into a local food source for faculty, staff and students to buy fresh produce directly from farmers in Ohio.

“People don’t think about the most important thing, ‘Who grows your food?’” said Dr. Debra Boardley, professor of health education and public health, who is a customer of the program. “Riehm Farms offers this information, and you can even go out and visit the farm and watch them grow your veggies if you wanted to. So why buy broccoli from Florida when you can get it from Ohio?”

Riehm Farms, located in Tiffin, is offering 350 vegetable shares, 90 eggs shares and 50 beef shares. All shares range from one to two canvas grocery bags received weekly, depending on preference and availability.

The season will run for 20 weeks beginning Tuesday, June 4, until the middle of October.

“We are entering our fourth year partnership with the University and it’s been pretty good. But I would love to see it grow,” said Diane Riehm, co-owner of Riehm Farms.

The Community Supported Agriculture Program also offers complimentary delivery services to the campus every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Research Technology Complex, 2600 Dorr St.

The UT community can sign up for a membership here until Tuesday, June 4.

All memberships are on a first-come, first-served basis. The fruit shares are sold out.

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