FairShare’s Partner Shares Program began in 1993 to improve access to fresh vegetables grown by local farmers. The Partner Shares Program provides financial assistance to limited-income households and eligible organizations to purchase CSA shares from FairShare farms. We are also eligible to accept SNAP benefits for payment for your CSA share!
Partner Shares is a cost-sharing program. For eligible households and organizations, FairShare will contribute 50%, up to $300, toward the cost of shares* from FairShare-endorsed farms. For example, a share worth $600 will qualify for $300 from FairShare and require a payment of $300 from the participant, which can be spread over the course of the season.
*Only on-farm produced shares are eligible
Partner Shares participants take on the responsibilities of being a good CSA member of the farm of their choice and work with FairShare to complete an affordable payment plan for the remaining cost of their share. Assistance funds and availability of CSA shares are limited. We recommend applicants complete and submit their Partner Shares application as soon as possible as the program typically fills up by mid-spring each year. Requests for Partner Shares funding assistance are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Any interested households are encouraged to contact us to check on availability throughout the year.
The application is made available January 15 each year. Requests for Partner Shares funding assistance are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are not reviewed until all application materials have been received. Watch this short, how-to video to get started:
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Once you have filled out your application, you must submit a $25 initial payment (cash, check or money order) to reserve your spot in the program. The initial payment will be applied to your balance due.
Example: If your payment contribution for the whole share is $300, once you complete your initial payment of $25, you will owe $275.
We offer many options for you to make a co-payment, including payment plans based on your needs. Choose which one works for you:
**Some important notes on using SNAP/EBT Benefits: Due to USDA Food & Nutrition Service guidelines, we will not be able to deduct the full payment at one time. The $25 initial check, cash, or money order payment is still required with the application.
All payments (including post-dated payments) must be submitted before your application can be considered complete. If you withdraw your application, or funding is no longer available, FairShare staff will void and discard any checks.
Some health insurance providers are recognizing and rewarding their members for proactive healthy choices, one is eating a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables. Now the Coalition has several Health Plan Partners that are providing cash rebates or other wellness incentives to their members for purchasing CSA vegetable shares from a Coalition farm. Click here to learn more and see if your provider participates in this program.
For more information about Partner Shares, please call (608) 226-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FairShare is a proud member of Wholesome Wave National Nutrition Incentive Network:
Interested in starting a food access program at your farm, or within your CSA network or coalition? Take a look at our Food Access Toolkit for an in-depth look at the structure of our Partner Shares program, and for tips and suggestions on how to jumpstart many different types of food access initiatives.