At Global Greens, we are doing everything we can do to ensure the health and safety of the staff, farmers, volunteers, and CSA members. We will continue to have COVID-19 at the top of our minds as we enter this growing season. In a time like this, we are reminded of the importance of having a local food system that can provide our community with healthy, safe food. Thank you for investing in farmers who are working to feed our community.
Shop local. Eat global.
LSI’s Global Greens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a win-win for your health and our community. Through a seasonal subscription, you’ll receive weekly certified naturally grown vegetables raised by former refugees in Central Iowa. This program connects refugees who were farmers in their home countries to land, infrastructure, and the business coaching they need to start their own farm businesses.
Shop local. Eat global.
Enjoy Iowa favorites, along with fun surprises like African eggplant and roselle leaves
Interact with local farmers from Bhutan, Burundi, and Rwanda
Maintain your veggie intake and reach your health goals
Discover fresh food picked at peak freshness and flavor
Support 20+ small farming businesses in your community, simply by shopping
Avoid crowded markets and receive weekly recipes
Vegetables are grown following organic practices
Limited shares available. Register now to avoid the waitlist!
Abundant Box Registration
Receive our most plentiful option of fresh produce every Tuesday. Perfect for those who like to cook or preserve vegetables.
May 25 – September 21 (18 weeks)Register
Generous Box Registration
Receive fresh vegetables every other week. This is the same share as the Abundant Box, just half as often. Great for beginning cooks.
May 25 – September 21 (9 weeks)Register
Fall Box Registration
This option is the perfect way to extend your CSA share to include four more weeks of fall vegetables and storage vegetables.
September 28 – October 19 (4 weeks)Register
1 head of garlic
1 pound of onions
1 bunch of beets
1 pound of potatoes
1 bag of arugula
1 bag of leaf lettuce
1 bag of spinach
1 pound of broccoli
1 spaghetti squash
1 bunch of mustard greens
Which of these pickup locations would you prefer?
Your health and the health of our staff are of utmost importance. For now, we are planning on having “drive-through” pick up at each drop site for at least the first few weeks of the CSA. As the CSA gets nearer and we learn more about COVID-19, we will be in communication with you as the season approaches.
What is a CSA and why is it important?
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program allows customers to buy a “share” of the farm at the beginning of the season. Customers pay up front at the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly box of vegetables.
A CSA is a huge benefit to Global Greens farmers because it gives them a guaranteed market to plan and grow vegetables for. Owning and operating a small farming business is risky. Farmers’ markets sales are variable and dependent on outside forces that farmers cannot control (bad weather, competition, unknown customer preference, etc.). A CSA gives the farmers a guaranteed market and takes some of the guesswork out of pre-season planning. Farmers know going into the season how many seeds to order and when to plant them to provide the vegetables each week of the year.
What kinds of vegetables can I expect each week?
You will receive a wide variety of common vegetables that grow well here in Iowa. Most weeks, you will receive a vegetable or two that are popular in the farmers’ native countries. You will receive recipes with each box.
How many vegetables can I expect each week?
With a full share, you will receive between 6-10 different vegetables per week. This is a nice amount of vegetables for a family of 4, or for 2 people who really love veggies. With a half share, you will also receive 6-10 vegetables — just every other week. This is a good amount for 2 people, or for 1 person who really loves their veggies.
What does delivery day look like?
Tuesdays are our delivery day. Drive-through pick-up will be available for free in 2021 at all of our drop sites. Check your pick up location below for details on picking up your vegetables.
Lutheran Services in Iowa, 3200 University Ave., Des Moines: Pick-up is on Tuesdays between 3:30 – 6 p.m. All pick-ups will be curbside pick-up. Please drive to the rear of the building and pull up to the glass door. Drive as far forward as possible to allow others to drive in line behind you. Please tell the Global Greens staff member your name (or the name of the person you are picking up for). They will check your name off our list and will load your vegetables into the back of your vehicle. The vegetables will be in compostable grocery sacks.
Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny, 520 NW 36th St., Ankeny: Pick-up is on Tuesdays between 4 – 6 p.m. Drive around to the rear or north side of the building and pull up to the glass doors on the lower level of the building. Congregation members will be volunteering with both a food pantry and CSA curbside pick-up at the time of pick-up. Please let the pantry volunteers know that you are a Global Greens CSA member and tell them your name (or the name of the person you are picking up for). The vegetables will be in compostable grocery sacks, and they will load your vehicle for you and check your name off on their list.
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines: Pick-up is Tuesdays between 4 – 6 p.m. When you pull into the community center, please drive to the far (south) side of the parking lot. All pick-ups will be curbside. A Global Greens staff member will be sitting outside of a refrigerated truck. Please pull up your vehicle to the truck and let the staff member know your name. The vegetables will be in compostable grocery sacks, and we will mark your name off on our checklist and load the vegetables into the back of your vehicle.
Can I get home delivery of my box?
We are currently offering home delivery for any CSA customers in Des Moines for a $5 fee per delivery.
We will deliver your produce between 3 – 7 p.m. If you are not going to be home, please leave a cooler just outside your door for us to put your produce in. If nobody is home and we don’t have anywhere to leave the vegetables, we will donate the food.
Can I get a refund?
We will refund what you have paid above the deposit if you cancel prior to April 1. Global Greens farmers purchase seeds, plants, and fertilizer based on how many CSA members there are. When a member cancels, it affects the farmers’ bottom lines.
Can I pay using my EBT/SNAP benefits?
Yes, and you get 50% off per week! We will have a card reader at our LSI pick up location and you will have to swipe your card once every four weeks.
When you sign up, please choose the “I am paying in installments” option and leave a note in the comments at the very bottom of the page that you will be using your EBT card. No deposit is necessary. We do ask, in good faith, that by registering for the CSA, you agree to pay for the entire season.
What if I can’t make it to pick up my vegetables?
You are welcome to have a friend or family member pick up your share for you — no need to contact us. Just have that individual check your name off on the sign in sheet. If you will be unable to pick up your vegetables, please contact Dan by Monday before delivery at Daniel.Bowser@LSIowa.org or 515.571.7271 (cell). That gives us time to donate the produce to a refugee family in need.
If you want to change your delivery location, please let Dan know by Monday so we can make arrangements.
I signed up for the Generous (every other week) box. I’ll be gone one of the weeks I’m supposed to get vegetables. Can I get my vegetables a different week instead?
Yes. Please email Daniel.Bowser@LSIowa.org and we can move the day you get vegetables back or forward by a week. At least one week’s advance notice is required.
What is the Donate a Share Program?
LSI’s Refugee Connection Center serves many people who struggle with food insecurity every day. Global Greens finds itself in the unique position of having healthy, fresh, culturally appropriate vegetables that you can’t find anywhere else in Des Moines. We love how many vegetables Global Greens farmers give away to their communities, but we also want to support them in growing their businesses. LSI’s Refugee and Immigrant Center has case managers who work directly with folks in the refugee community who are age 60 and above. Case managers distribute the vegetables to those elders who are food insecure.
When you donate a box of vegetables, LSI pays farmers fair prices for their produce and makes sure those vegetables go to families in need. By having these boxes purchased ahead of time, we can plan better with our case managers to ensure the vegetables are donated in a timely manner to people who most need them.
What does Certified Naturally Grown mean?
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) prohibits farmers from using any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms. CNG follows the same standards as Certified Organic, but CNG requires less paperwork and is much cheaper. You can read more about CNG here. If you have questions about our growing practices, just ask!
Reach out to us at GlobalGreens@LSIowa.org!