What is a Community Supported Agriculture?A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm is a local, sustainable business that works in partnership with the community. All over the United States small farms are being bought by corporations that control large and ever increasing amounts of agricultural land. The CSA model is making it possible for small farmers all over the country to stay in business.
“Shareholders” pay for their share of produce before any harvest takes place. This early season boost in revenue enables farmers to buy supplies and pay for labor. This bond to the farm creates a direct link with the farmer, allowing for a personal connection with the food and the land on which it is produced. It is in this partnership that shareholders place trust in their local farmer and join in the joys, risks, and advantages of each season’s harvest.Here are more great examples of how a CSA benefits Shareholder, Farmer, and Community:
- Opportunity to purchase fresh, vine-ripened, locally grown produce that is not commercially transported.
- A wide selection of produce varieties are available. For example, the farm grows 35 varieties of tomatoes, 20 varieties of lettuce, 10 varieties of beans, 15 varieties of squash, 7 varieties of carrots, and 12 varieties of onions.
- Peace of mind, knowing all crops are raised using natural/sustainable practices, while eliminating the use of harmful synthetic insecticides and herbicides.
- Ability to have a direct link with the farmer, allowing for a personal connection with the food and the land on which it is produced.
- Opportunity for your family to participate in the farm's production, educational programs and seasonal festivals.
- The raising of capital is done at the beginning of the season, when most costs are incurred, which allows the farmer to concentrate on production and ensures fair compensation for labor throughout the season.
- Strengthens the local economy by keeping food dollars within the community.