The VOLunteer Supported Agriculture (VSA) program is a Vol-centric Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and experiential Organic Farm Internship for UT Knoxville undergraduate students. CSA programs are mutual relationships between growers and subscribed community members in which the members have a direct relationship with their food producer and help share the risk associated with production. The VSA works to connect community members with their farmers and inspire the next generation of agricultural ambassadors by offering shares of our harvest for purchase. Interested parties can become members by paying an up-front fee that will help buy seeds and supplies and provide stipends for our student interns who are participating in the unique, experiential, organic production internship component of our program. In return, members receive a weekly half-bushel box of fresh, locally grown, organic produce for twenty weeks! Box contents will vary from week to week and feature a variety of seasonal produce.
The Organic Farm Internship Program is not currently hiring, however, you can read more about the program on the “Internship” tab.
Thank you for your interest in the VOL Supported Agriculture Program. We are not offering shares for 2023. We are hopeful for a return of the VSA program in the future. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue participating in the local food movement and find businesses and CSA programs that match your needs. The Nourish Knoxville’s Local Food Guide is a great place to start.
The VSA program is part of the UT Vegetable Extension Program, which focuses on providing innovations in production practices for Tennessee growers through research and education throughout the state. For more information, please visit vegetables.tennessee.edu.