Healthy employees have always been a priority for Vanderbilt University Medical Center—regardless of their income. VUMC has partnered with 3 farms to offer all VUMC employees a chance to enroll in a CSA program at a discounted rate. CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture and works like a subscription program for vegetables and fruits. Enrollment in a CSA allows employees to get local, seasonal produce directly from a farm.

Throughout the growing season, members receive a portion of each harvest that includes a variety of vegetables. These baskets of fruits and vegetables are often brought by the farmers to a central location for convenient pickup by CSA members.

Farms


Quick Facts

  1. All VUMC employees receive a 15% discount to one of the 3 above CSA programs (Delvin Farms, Green Door Gourmet, Sweeter Days Farm)
  2. VUMC employees earning $30,000 or less per year are eligible to receive a fully-subsidized CSA share.  
  3. Participants can join one of three CSA farms: Delvin Farms Door Gourmet, & Sweeter Days Farm.
  4. Participants can choose either a half share (for individuals or small families) or full share (for larger families).
  5. Participants must be willing to pick up their weekly or bi-weekly share.
  6. All CSA memberships either the 15% or the full subsidy are considered taxable income. See FAQ below for details. 
  7. Participants are asked to complete a confidential survey about food and eating habits before and after the CSA season for the program partner, Rooted Community Health initiative.

 

Example CSA Box

To learn more, please visit our FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions


John Compton, M.Div.

Program Coordinator, Rooted Community Health
john.w.compton.1@vumc.org

John Compton, M.Div. is the program coordinator of Rooted Community Health (RCH). John earned his Master of Divinity with distinction from Vanderbilt Divinity School focusing on the intersections of theology and ecology through the practices of sustainable agriculture. During his time at Vanderbilt, he worked as a research assistant in biomedical ethics under Dr. Keith Meador, a teaching assistant in environmental biology, and a university chaplain intern.