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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Powell Gardens

Thank you very much for your support of the Powell Gardens’ Community Supported Agriculture Program. Over the past two seasons, this initiative has been a labor of love for our staff and volunteers.

In 2018, several key restoration projects were completed in the Gardens and more projects have been identified for 2019. Of particular focus will be The Heartland Harvest Garden. We will update planting choices, consider sustainability strategies and renew areas that have been adversely affected by Japanese beetles and fire blight disease.

As we focus our attention and resources on this very important hallmark of Powell Gardens, we will assess the sustainability and maintenance requirements of this garden and will make changes to better enable us to fulfill the original mission of this garden, to teach the community and particularly our children where their food comes from. As a result of these decisions we have decided to hit pause on the CSA program and shift focus to a Chef-in-Residence pilot program which will continue to elevate the good work done in the Heartland Harvest Garden but will require fewer resources to maintain. This program will focus on supplying four local chefs with produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden who will create, cook, educate and interpret main garden areas throughout the year.

There will still be opportunities to experience the fresh, unique produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden, through tastings, programs, workshops and culinary events.

What’s in the Box?

2018 Enews Archives

Produce Guide


How it Works

Box Size and Cost:
CSA members can choose between a full and half share at the costs listed below:

  • Full Share- 30 weeks @ $35/wk. Total= $1050
  • 1/2 Share-30 weeks @ $25/wk. Total= $750  *Please note that the ½ share is slightly more expensive weekly because of the labor required to divide quantities and package each box.

Boxes are distributed every Thursday once the season begins. Subscribers are responsible for pick-up at one of three locations at the prescribed times:

  • Powell Gardens’ Missouri Barn in the Heartland Harvest Garden | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061
  • Paradise Park | 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Kauffman Gardens | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    4800  Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110

Subscribers of the Powell Gardens CSA are given two options for payment:

  • Pay the lump-sum in full by check, cash or credit/debit prior to the start of the season
  • Pay monthly via automatic transactions from a debit/checking account

Shared Reward | Shared Risk

The shared reward/shared risk model is the reigning ideology of CSAs around the country. Memberships are purchased in-full prior to the growing season and include a share of the Heartland Harvest Garden regardless of yields. Good growing seasons provide members with a bountiful harvest while issues with pests, weather and other unforeseen factors may adversely effect crop yields. As a CSA member, you become part of the Powell Gardens family, experiencing the true nature of agriculture through shared rewards and shared risk.