Towne's Harvest Garden
The Towne's Harvest Garden is a three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm supporting a student-run, community-supported agriculture program. Towne's Harvest Garden promotes learning about food production, the value of eating and supporting local foods, community building, and individual empowerment. The Garden is named after the Towne family, one of the original homesteaders in the beautiful Gallatin Valley.
Welcome to the 2021 CSA season!
Our 2021 CSA shares are now for sale! This year we will offer: Spring, Summer, and Full Season CSA Shares. A student discount is available for the summer share! Please visit our CSA Program tab for more information and payment options.
What you need to know about CSA
We provide diversity, abundance, value, and a connection to the seasons. As a CSA shareholder, you’ll get vegetables that aren’t available in grocery stores- premium Japanese salad turnips, red kohlrabi, and exotic herbs. From arugula to zucchini, we grow it all. This can be challenging, or fun, depending on how you look at it. As a CSA shareholder you’ll get a lot of vegetables. You might be challenged to eat more vegetables, or maybe you’ll give some away to friends or neighbors. We aim to provide a solid value in comparison to purchasing comparable organic vegetables from area stores. The spring greens share is called that for a reason- it’s a lot of leafy greens. We do use some plastic- plastic mulch, floating row cover, high tunnels, and greenhouses. Other than our seed starting greenhouse, we do not use added heat for crop production. This means you won’t see tomatoes in your share until late July or early August. You’ll get winter squash in time to enjoy them through the winter, as nature intended, and they will be very good.
We don’t have to take out an operating loan. We spend thousands of dollars on seed and supplies in January, and we’ll have paid thousands more in wages to our student employees before the first CSA pickup in May. We are a student operated business with experiential education as a major focus and your pre-purchase of a season’s worth of vegetables makes this possible.
You share in the risk. A late spring frost, a June hailstorm, a bad seed lot, a cool year, a hot year- many
factors affect the production of crops, and all crops are affected differently by
the various possible challenges. In our 15 years we have never failed to deliver a
solid value of diverse vegetables. There have been years with more kale than peppers,
and in some years, there are more green beans than in other years. Our garlic is
pretty reliable, and very good. We seed carrots every couple of weeks from April through
June. While one of those plantings may well fail, it is very unlikely they all will.
Our diversity in crops, crop timing, and use of coverings (high tunnels) buys us quite
a bit of resilience to weather. When you purchase a CSA subscription you agree to share in the risk and the rewards of this diversity.
THG staff and students are committed to stringent safe food handling practices and are complying with additional social distancing and sanitation protocols that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will mean changes to our class meeting structure, CSA pickup, and public tour offerings, but our mission remains the same. We plan to grow more food than ever, increase our contributions to Gallatin Valley Food Bank, and maintain our community outreach effort. Local food systems and the health benefits of vegetables are more important now than ever before. We will move forward with vegetable production, CSA distribution, and education at Towne's Harvest this season.