The Flagstaff CSA is an innovative local food sourcing project that sprouted from the collaboration of Jeff Meilander of the Flagstaff EcoRanch, Peggy Pollak of Tree A’Lolly Farm, and Dr. Taylor Joyal’s ENV490C team of Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability. The teammates Cory Tripp, Sean Doctor, Kolby Ah Sau, Jerika Marshall, Gabryl Sam, and Austin Tipps researched, developed, and initiated this program as their senior seminar project for their clients Jeff and Peggy. Furthermore, the conception, contracts, and development all took place within a three-month period of February to April of 2017. The project was first aimed to be a feasibility study, and with much progress they moved on to develop and implement an actionable plan to launch this CSA for the 2017 summer and fall season.
Although still in its early initiation stages, the Flagstaff CSA is the most local community supported agriculture program to have been launched in Arizona and one of the most local operations in the southwestern United States. The locality measures in at an average of 10 miles from farm-to-consumer, and is of course grown entirely organic. In addition to supporting our shareholders, the CSA has committed to uphold giving back to the community by donating a half share to a local charity for every share bought. There are only a limited number of shares available, so fill out the contact form or email Jeff at FlagstaffEcoRanch@gmail.com in order to apply.
The ENV490C team received inspiration to undertake this project from a desire and passion to serve the local Flagstaff community with fresh, seasonal, and organic produce as well as speciality items. In order to continue pushing forward the local food revolution, they immediately teamed up with Jeff and Peggy’s family-owned and operated Flagstaff farms. As environmental activists and local food pioneers, the team consciously chose to initiate and work on such a big project because of the inherent growth potential as compared to most other senior capstone projects. With this said, the team knew that massive thought and energy investment into a seed stage project could evolve and bloom into a super effective program and city-wide movement that cultivates community health, connection, and resourcefulness.