The Healthy Basket CSA


In 2016, two public Montessori schools – middle schools from different parts of town – began working together in the fields. Here, they learn agricultural methods from an experienced teacher: Joseph Fields, the farmer, himself. They learn to prepare a meal from the farm-grown produce, under the guidance of an inspired local chef. Further, they learn how to work within their community by managing an in-school produce-delivery program (CSA), “The Healthy Basket,” which allows them to package and take the local produce home. Through exposure to the farm program, the students learn to be adaptive thinkers, and how to build and maintain their surroundings through tasks such as fixing benches, building garden beds, composting, and recycling.

Education + Food Access with The Healthy Basket

Joseph Fields Farm, with the help of Earth Heart Growers, offers a CSA system (Community Supported Agriculture) for the schools called The Healthy Basket. The Healthy Basket allows families to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce locally grown and delivered directly to their homes by their children. The CSA, managed, packaged and conveniently distributed at the schools by the students, is made available at the lowest cost possible.

What is a CSA? *Community Supported Agriculture

Community-supported agriculture (CSA model) is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.