CSA FAQ's

What are the payment options?

You can pay in full for your share or the payments can broken into 3 equal installments. We just ask that you make one payment per month. For instance, the first payment is due April 1, second payment due May 1, third June 1. We also accept SNAP/EBT benefits. SNAP/EBT CSA members pay weekly using their Utah Horizon card. Shares are half price due to the Double Up Food Bucks program, which matches SNAP/EBT funds up to $30 on the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. This amounts to $10 per week for a half share and $17.50 per week for a full share out of pocket. If you are interested in paying with SNAP/EBT benefits, check out the 'SNAP/EBT Membership' page!

How do I pay?

Online credit/debit card payments will be accepted with a transaction fee of 3.5% + $0.15. Please visit https://international-rescue-committee.square.site/ to pay. You can also mail/drop off a check to the IRC office in downtown Salt Lake. Please make all checks payable to the International Rescue Committee. Mail to PO Box 3988, Salt Lake City, UT 84110. If you are using SNAP/EBT benefits, you must bring your UT Horizon card to your pick-up site each week and we will run the transaction when you collect your share. Please note that we are only accepting SNAP/EBT benefits at the IRC and Central Park pick-up locations at this time.

Where does my money go?

All of your CSA proceeds go directly to the farmers who grow your food. Your money does not pay for staff time or operation costs.

What if I go out of town?

If you are going out of town, we suggest you find a friend to go pick up your share. You do not need to inform us that a friend is picking up your share. They can just come to your pick up location, say your name, and pick up your share!

What if I forget to pick up my share?

We cannot wait for you if you are unable to pick up your share at the designated time. Every pick-up site will have a site leader and you will be contacted with a reminder to collect your share 30 minutes prior to the end of the pick-up window. All unclaimed shares will be donated to a family in need.

When do I need to commit by?

We request that those interested in participating in the New Roots CSA commit by April 30th, 2021.

When does the CSA start?

The New Roots Farm Box CSA will run for 20 weeks from June 16th to October 27th, 2021 with weekly deliveries of produce to your selected drop off site. Unsure which site you signed up for? Check your email!

Where do I pick up my box?

Where do I pick up my share?

The drop off day is Wednesday afternoons, and you will be able to pick up your share between 4 and 6pm at your selected pick-up or workplace site.

Is New Roots produce organic?

We follow strict organic growing practices and use no synthetic inputs on any of our farm sites. Because of the unique nature of the New Roots program, with over 17 primary farmers, we have chosen not to participate in the National Organic Certification Program. We use only organic methods and build soil fertility with cover crops and compost, control weeds with human powered tools, minimize insect damage with spun-fabric row cover, and accept a certain amount of crop loss due to pests, disease, and bad weather.

How long have you been farming?

New Roots farmers have hundreds of years of collective farming experience using sustainable practices. The Redwood Road farm welcomed its first refugee farmers in 2010, and the 2 acre plot has provided the Salt Lake community with locally grown produce ever since.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a partnership between local farmers and you, the hungry customer. CSA’s are a business model that allow you as a consumer and our farmers to share both the risks and benefits involved with growing food. The customer makes a monetary commitment to the farmer at the beginning of the growing season and in return receives locally, organically grown produce every week of the growing season. The monetary commitment enables the farmer to receive the support when it is necessary: at the beginning of the season. Receiving the money up front allows them to invest in their season’s crops, purchasing seeds, materials and other tools for that year. The customer receives the benefits of having fresh healthy produce every week grown by a farmer that they know and trust—a farmer who can respond to feedback, adapt to the needs of their community, and grow food for the people.

What is the International Rescue Committee?

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Salt Lake City and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.

What is New Roots?

New Roots is a subsidiary program of the International Rescue Committee and seeks to build a healthier community through the development of small scale, urban farms and community gardens while increasing food access for refugees in Salt Lake City. You can learn more about New Roots on our About page.

Who is a refugee?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Two-thirds of all refugees worldwide come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.

Learn how you can help make an impact at www.rescue.org.