CSA Employee Wellness Program

Taste the local difference

This program, facilitated by Taste the Local Difference (TLD) was developed to support workplace wellness programs that encourage healthy, productive employees and improve overall wellness.  We are seeking workplace sites throughout the state to participate!

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a form of direct sale between farmer and consumer. Payment is collected to effectively assist in “supporting” the farm during the spring when input costs are high. Throughout the season, CSA shares – or a box of locally grown fruits and vegetables - are delivered on a weekly basis to the consumer.

What are the benefits of workplace CSAs?
We live in a region surrounded by an abundance of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Produce picked at its peak of freshness and delivered to your workplace ensures your employees will receive the highest quality foods both in nutritional value and superior taste.  Buying local can support farmers in many ways including keeping farms in production, competitive and economically viable.

Responsibilities of a Workplace:

  1. Allow a weekly CSA drop-off at your location for participating employees

  2. Give TLD access to promote the CSA sign-up to employees

  3. Allow for surveying of employees to gather data on health improvements, perception of this employee benefit, etc.

  4. (Optional) Assist employees by offering payroll deduction for cost of CSA

Taste the Local Difference® (TLD) will provide:

  1. A thoughtful match for a CSA Farm Partner compatible with your company

  2. Communications for Employees promoting the CSA partner, benefits of healthy eating, recipes to try, sign-up, etc.

  3. Development, implementation and analysis of surveys

  4. Consultation throughout the process

To learn more please contact Paula Martin at health@localdifference.org