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.
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 28 – September 24 (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 28 – September 24 (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.
October 1 – October 22 (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?
Want to support refugee farmers but can’t eat that many vegetables? LSI works with many families who struggle with food insecurity. Donate a share and LSI will donate the food to a family in need. Global Greens farmers get paid fair prices for their vegetables and a family in need gets fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate vegetables. All donations through this program are tax deductible.
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. Check your pick up location below for details on picking up your vegetables. Please bring your own reusable bags to pick up your vegetables.
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines: Pick up is Tuesdays from 4 – 6 p.m. Enter the building through the front doors. Your produce will be in the lobby area. Please mark your name off on the sign in sheet.
LSI Refugee Connection Center, 3200 University Ave. Des Moines: Pick up is Tuesdays between 3:30 – 6 p.m. Park in the parking lot behind the building. Enter through the glass door in the back of the building. Your vegetables will be in the first classroom on your right. Please mark your name off on the sign in sheet.
Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny, 520 NW 36th St. Ankeny: Pick up is Tuesdays between 4 – 6 p.m. Enter the building through the glass doors on the lower level on the north side of the building. Your vegetables will be halfway down the hall on your right at the food pantry. The church gives away free food out of their food pantry at the same time on Tuesdays. One of the food pantry staff will help you. Please mark your name off on the sign in sheet. Any vegetables left after 6 p.m. will be donated to the church’s food pantry.
Can I get home delivery of my box?
We have a limited home delivery program for people who live in the zip codes 50309, 50311, 50312, or 50314. The cost is $90 for the abundant share, $45 for the generous share, or $20 for the fall share (That is $5 per week). This is not an option on a week-to-week basis — you have to sign up and pay the full amount at the beginning of the season.
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. In 2017, any extra vegetables that members forgot to pick up were given to a therapist who works with many refugee clients. She would distribute the vegetables to the families she was providing therapy to. This worked out so well and the families were so grateful that we want to spread the word about the impact this could have on a larger scale.
When you donate a box of vegetables, LSI pays farmers fair prices for their vegetables and makes sure those vegetables go to families in need. By having these boxes purchased ahead of time, we can make sure and fill them with specific vegetables that are popular in the countries that these individuals come from. When you decide to donate a share, you can register as normal, but please choose the option “I would like to gift a CSA share to someone else.”
Donating a share is tax deductible.
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!