The Youth Garden Project is a 1.5 acre productive and educational garden!
Each garden row serves equally as a source of nutritious food for the Moab community, and as a learning tool for hands-on education. We grow food in our garden and orchard using organic growing practices and strive to weave opportunities to develop environmental literacy into each interaction.
Currently, the Youth Garden Project is home to 70+ garden rows, 70 fruit trees, 20 chickens, 10 fish, 2 cats, 4 bunnies, and many other trees, herbs, and native perennials!
Community Supported Agriculture
A CSA share is one way that community members can support the local food system! CSA members invest in local farms up front, then eat fresh, delicious food all season long. Purchase of a YGP CSA share supports our youth and community programs, scroll down to learn more!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Members purchase a “share” at the beginning of the growing season and in turn receive a bi-weekly or weekly allotment of fresh, in-season, locally grown organic produce. Our 2023 CSA is currently full – if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please fill out this short form and we will let you know if spots become available.
This year, we are also adding a brand new CSA Work Share Program! Through this program, participants volunteer for 3.5 hours a week in exchange for a weekly share of produce. If you are interested in being notified when applications open for this program, please fill out this form.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Members purchase a “share” at the beginning of the growing season and in turn receive a weekly allotment of fresh, in season, locally grown organic produce.
CSA Terms & Conditions
Individual shareholders pick up produce every other week for a total of 12 weeks per single shareholder, May 2nd-October 10th. One share will receive a total of 12 boxes of produce throughout the season.
Self-serve pick-up will be on Tuesdays in the YGP kitchen from 4 pm until 8 pm. CSA members are expected to arrive with tote bags or a box to bring home their share.
Each shareholder is responsible for communicating with Farm Produce Manager Sarah via text or email by 8 am on the morning after pick-up to arrange for pick up outside of the designated period. We are happy to accommodate a flexible pickup arrangement if we receive advance communication. If the shareholder does not communicate by 8 am the morning after pickup day, produce may be distributed to YGP programs or within the community as YGP sees fit.
The cost for a single share is $350 and for a double share $700. We do not offer refunds for CSA share memberships.
When is the CSA Season?
The Youth Garden Project CSA runs from May through mid-October (dependent on first frost). The 2023 season will run for 24 weeks, from May 2nd through October 10th, with each shareholder receiving 12 shares total.
How Does it Work?
Every week our CSA produce is harvested dependent on what is available week-of. Our garden crew works hard to manage the food production and provide as much food per week as possible. Members are always welcome to volunteer to have an increased connection to their food (Please call ahead if you would like to volunteer!).
How Much Does it Cost?
2024 Membership Share Prices:$350 for one share (biweekly pick-up) $700 for a double share (once a week pick-up) Care Share Built into the price of each CSA share is a contribution to our YGP ‘Care Share’ program. Care Shares are distributed weekly to the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and Seekhaven during the CSA season, who then distribute shares according to the needs of the families they serve. Payment plans are available.
Am I a good candidate for a CSA?
You may be a great CSA candidate If…
- You or your family have the time to cook and enjoy lots of fresh produce incorporated into your meals.
- You enjoy trying new ingredients you have never used before or don’t use often.
- You are okay with receiving something in your weekly share you don’t love from time to time.
- You are willing to eat seasonally. For example, tomatoes won’t be ready in early June, and July is too hot for an abundance of lettuce.
- You understand that what is provided in the weekly share is based on the garden’s production.
- You are able to make the scheduled weekly pick-up time (Tuesdays from 4-8pm at the Youth Garden Project)
You may NOT be a great candidate for a CSA if…
- There are two or more common vegetables you don’t like.
- You want to know exactly what will be in your share a week or more in advance.
- You would prefer to stick to what you know and are not excited to experiment with new vegetables or fruits.
- Your schedule does not permit you to prepare foods using garden fresh ingredients.
- You know in advance that you typically cannot make the scheduled weekly pick-up times.
How Do I Pick Up my CSA?
CSA Pick-up is on Tuesday evenings, May 2nd – October 10th in the Youth Garden Project kitchen (behind the office building). Pick-up starts at 4pm and remains open until 8pm.
CSA Work Share Program
New in 2023, YGP will be offering a work share program to increase access to fresh, local food and provide an opportunity for community members to build a connection to the growing process. Work share members commit to 3.5 hours of volunteering a week during the CSA season (24 weeks), and in turn receive a full weekly CSA share box (valued at $600). Shifts are from 7:30am to 11am on either Mondays or Tuesdays.
Volunteer hours will typically focus on CSA produce harvests, with additional tasks as needed to maintain the productivity and wellbeing of the garden. No gardening experience is necessary to participate in this program – if you are excited to take part in your local food system and committed to helping us grow fresh, nutritious veggies, we’d love to hear from you!
Applications with more details will open in early spring, and positions are limited. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, please fill out this interest form.