Emerald Acres has been providing naturally grown vegetables, herbs and fruit to the Lincoln area through local Farmers’ Markets, Open Harvest, their CSA program and local restaurants since 2011. They are located just 5 miles west of Lincoln in the small community of Emerald. They grow over 40 different kinds of produce, culinary & medicinal herbs and bedding plants are grown on 5 acres. In addition to outdoor growing, Emerald Acres also produces lettuce hydroponically in an onsite greenhouse. They keep a flock of laying hens, and farm fresh eggs can be found at their farmers market stall and in CSA shares.
Emerald Acres has a unique mission – through the hard work of Direct Support Professionals, they teach individuals with developmental disabilities valuable skills that allows them employment opportunities through the farm and greenhouse.
Emerald Acres is an entity of Integrated Life Choices, which works with the Department of Health and Human Services to meet the needs of people in the community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Integrated Life Choices is dedicated to providing all people living with disabilities the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. Founded in 2006, Integrated Life Choices has more than a decade of experience in the industry as well a respected reputation for providing a positive and friendly work environment. ILC (Integrated Life Choices) extends support to people of all needs and abilities in the workforce through various opportunities in everything from agriculture to retail.
CSA begins June 5th and ends October 2nd.
Members support the farm and receive a share of the season’s harvest – a weekly or biweekly box of fresh picked produce, delivered to a pickup site in Lincoln.
To sign up head to http://www.emeraldacresne.com/members/types .
Full Share – 18 weeks (1 share, every week) of produce for $450
Half Share – 9 weeks of produce (1 share, every other week) for $225
Check out Emerald Acres facebook page for updates, market schedule and awesome pics of veg and veg growers having fun!